PharmD Admissions

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Admissions and Application Information for the Doctor of Pharmacy PharmD Program

Applications for admission will be accepted for the Fall 2017 class beginning August 1, 2016.

  • Early Decision Applications are due by September 6, 2016.
  • Regular Applications are due by March 1, 2017.

Early Decision:

The University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy participates as an Early Decisionschool. If UC is your first choice then consider applying early decision. Choosing early decision if accepted is a binding option. See PharmCAS for more information regarding early decision. The Early Decision application deadline is September 6, 2016. If a student selects to apply Early Decision but is not accepted for Early Decision their application will automatically be considered in the regular application pool.

Early Decision Application Information

Early Decision Timeline
July 15 PharmCAS Application opens
August UC Supplemental Application opens
September 6 Early Decision Applications due
September - October Selected Early Decision candidates are interviewed
October 21 Admission Decision for Early Decision candidates finalized

How to Apply Early Decision:

The PharmD program is offered full-time, day-time only and admission is highly competitive. To be considered for admission, students must:

  1. PharmCAS Application: Complete the PharmCAS application to PharmCAS by midnight on September 6, 2015. Select Early Decision –University of Cincinnati. You must e-submit your PharmCAS application and arrange for PharmCAS to receive all official college transcripts. This includes transcripts from International institutions. All International transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) and sent to PharmCAS. PharmCAS will not release applicant information to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy until all transcripts, from each and every institution attended, are received and verified..
  2. University of Cincinnati Application: University of Cincinnati Application: Complete the University of Cincinnati application online by creating a new login. There is a $65 application fee for the University of Cincinnati application. All applicants, including UC undergraduate students, must submit the application online by midnight on September 6, 2016. Access the application.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: As part of your PharmCAS application, we require that you submit three letters of recommendation. We suggest that the letters come from your academic instructors, employers, and/or someone of your choosing. We will not accept letters of recommendation from politicians, friends, family members, co-workers or clergy.
  4. PCAT: Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). For more information and to register for the PCAT. Scores should be submitted directly to PharmCAS (code: 104) and scores will be accepted from July 2015– September 2016. For the Fall 2017 application cycle, a minimum PCAT composite score of ≥ 40 is preferred.
  5. Pre- Pharmacy Curriculum: Complete (or be in the process of completing) an undergraduate pre-pharmacy curriculum that is equivalent to UC's pre-pharmacy curriculum. The minimum cumulative college GPA considered is ≥ 3.0.
  6. Late or Incomplete Applications: Late or incomplete applications are not considered. No exceptions are made.

Early Decision PharmCAS:

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy participates in PharmCAS, a centralized application service for students applying to colleges of pharmacy. By midnight on September 6, 2016 you must e-submit your PharmCAS application for Early Decision and arrange for PharmCAS to receive all official college transcripts. PharmCAS will not release applicant information to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy until all transcripts, from each and every institution attended, are received and verified by PharmCAS. From the time PharmCAS receives your college transcripts, it can take up to 4 weeks to process and release your application to The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

It is the applicant's responsibility to follow all PharmCAS application instructions, the PharmCAS Applicant Code of Conduct and to provide information as requested.

Early Decision PCAT:

The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy.

Students typically take the PCAT the summer prior to applying. Scores should be submitted directly to PharmCAS (code: 104) and scores will be accepted from July 2015- September 2016 for the Early Decision application.

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy has a minimum PCAT composite score of ≥ 40 is preferred. Students cannot take the PCAT more than five times. If more than one PCAT score is submitted, the best composite score will be used for admission purposes, although all test attempts are reviewed in the admission process.

Learn more and register for the PCAT.

Early Decision Selection Process:

All applications that have completed the Early Decision Application by the September 6, 2016 deadline will be carefully reviewed for admission consideration. The Winkle College of Pharmacy uses a holistic review process. To be considered a qualified candidate, applicants should have a strong academic background (as demonstrated by cumulative college GPA and PCAT scores); a demonstrated history of leadership and involvement in community service, student affairs, and professional affairs; strong essays and personal statement; and a broad knowledge of the pharmacy profession. Qualified candidates will be invited to campus for an interview.

Early Decision Interviews:

Interviews are invitation-only and are conducted by two College of Pharmacy faculty members. Interviews are usually 30-45 minutes in length and are followed with an Information Session and a student-guided tour of the Academic Health Center and a student session with current PharmD students. The applicant assumes all expenses for attending the interview. While we make reasonable efforts to schedule the interview at a convenient time, applicants are expected to make themselves available to participate in the interview. Early Decision interviews will be held in September and October.

Notification of Admission for Early Decision:

Notifications of admission will be e-mailed by October 21, 2016. If selected for admissions, letters will also be mailed via postal mail to the preferred mailing address indicated on the PharmCAS application. It is the applicant's responsibility to be sure that the e-mail address provided on the PharmCAS application is current and up to date. Please do not call the College of Pharmacy for information regarding your admission status.

All applicants offered admission will be asked to complete a background check through Certiphi Screening, Inc. An email requesting basic identifying information will be sent to begin the screening process. Once this is completed, Certiphi will produce a national background check. After the background check is finalized, Certiphi will send an

email requesting the report be reviewed. Applicants have ten calendar days from the date of the email to review the report prior to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy receiving it.

Regular Admission Application Information

Regular Admissions Timeline
July 15 PharmCAS Application opens
August UC Supplemental Application opens
November 1 Recommended date to submit all application materials
March 1, 2017 Application deadline for PharmCAS and UC
November- March Selected candidates are interviewed
December- April Candidates are informed of admission decision

How to Apply for Regular Admission:

The PharmD program is offered full-time, day-time only and admission is highly competitive. To be considered for admission, students must:

  1. PharmCAS Application: Complete the PharmCAS application at by midnight on March 1, 2017. You must e-submit your PharmCAS application and arrange for PharmCAS to receive all official college transcripts. This includes transcripts from International institutions. All International transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) and sent to PharmCAS. PharmCAS will not release applicant information to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy until all transcripts, from each and every institution attended, are received and verified. Your transcripts do not need to arrive to PharmCAS by March 1, 2017; however it is highly recommended that you have arranged for PharmCAS to receive all transcripts by the end of fall term. We suggest e-submitting your PharmCAS application early, this allows for earlier review.
  2. University of Cincinnati Application: Complete the University of Cincinnati application online by creating a new login. There is a $65 application fee for the University of Cincinnati application. All applicants, including UC undergraduate students, must submit the application online by midnight on March 1, 2017. Access the application.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: As part of your PharmCAS application, we require that you submit three letters of recommendation. We suggest that the letters come from your academic instructors, employers, and/or someone of your choosing. We will not accept letters of recommendation from politicians, friends, family members, co-workers or clergy.
  4. PCAT: Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). For more information and to register for the PCAT, visit www.pcatweb.info. Scores should be submitted directly to PharmCAS (code: 104) and scores will be accepted from January 2015 – January 2017. For the Fall 2017 application cycle, a  PCAT composite score of  ≥ 40 is preferred
  5. Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum: Complete (or be in the process of completing) an undergraduate pre-pharmacy curriculum that is equivalent to UC's pre-pharmacy curriculum. The preferred cumulative college GPA to be considered is ≥3.0.
  6. Late or Incomplete Applications: Late or incomplete applications are not considered. No exceptions are made.

Regular Admission PharmCAS:

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy participates in PharmCAS, a centralized application service for students applying to colleges of pharmacy. By midnight on March 1, 2017,  you must e-submit your PharmCAS application and arrange for PharmCAS to receive all official college transcripts. PharmCAS will not release applicant information to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy until all transcripts, from each and every institution attended, are received and verified by PharmCAS. Your transcripts do not need to arrive to PharmCAS by March 1; however it is highly recommended that you have arranged for PharmCAS to receive transcripts by the end of the fall term. From the time PharmCAS receives your college transcripts, it can take up to 4 weeks to process and release your application to The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. We suggest e-submitting your PharmCAS application early, this allows for earlier review.

It is the applicant's responsibility to follow all PharmCAS application instructions, the PharmCAS Applicant Code of Conduct and to provide information as requested.

Regular Admission PCAT:

The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy.

Students typically take the PCAT the summer prior to applying. Scores should be submitted directly to PharmCAS (code: 104) and scores will be accepted from January 2015- January 2017.

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy has a preferred PCAT composite score of  ≥ 40. Students cannot take the PCAT more than five times. If more than one PCAT score is submitted, the best composite score will be used for admission purposes, although all test attempts are reviewed in the admission process.

Learn more and to register for the PCAT.

Regular Admission Selection Process:

All applications that are complete and received by the March 1, 2017 deadline will be carefully reviewed for admission consideration. The Winkle College of Pharmacy uses a holistic review process. To be considered a qualified candidate, applicants should have a strong academic background (as demonstrated by cumulative college GPA and PCAT scores); a demonstrated history of leadership and involvement in community service, student affairs, and professional affairs; strong essays and personal statement; and a broad knowledge of the pharmacy profession. Qualified candidates will be invited to campus for an interview.

Regular Admission Interviews:

Interviews are invitation-only and are conducted by two College of Pharmacy faculty members. Interviews are usually 30-45 minutes in length and are followed with an Information Session and a student-guided tour of the Academic Health Center and a student session with current PharmD students. The applicant assumes all expenses for attending the interview. While we make reasonable efforts to schedule the interview at a convenient time, applicants are expected to make themselves available to participate in the interview.

University of Cincinnati students who have a 3.5 cumulative college GPA or above (as calculated by PharmCAS) and score a 70 or better on the PCAT and a C or better in core required courses will be guaranteed an interview.

Notification of Admission for Regular Applications:

Notifications of admission for regular applicants will be e-mailed between December - March. If selected for admissions, letters will also be mailed via postal mail to the preferred mailing address indicated on the PharmCAS application. It is the applicant's responsibility to be sure that the e-mail address provided on the PharmCAS application is current and up to date. Students will receive one of three decisions: selected for admission (admitted), not selected for admission (denied), or placed on the alternate list. Please do not call the College of Pharmacy for information regarding your admission status.

All applicants offered admission will be asked to complete a background check through Certiphi Screening, Inc. An email requesting basic identifying information will be sent to begin the screening process. Once this is completed, Certiphi will produce a national background check. After the background check is finalized, Certiphi will send an email requesting the report be reviewed. Applicants have ten calendar days from the date of the email to review the report prior to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy receiving it.

International Applicants Information

International applicants must have foreign transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and arrange for the evaluation to arrive to PharmCAS before March 1, 2017. International students who are non-native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL score to PharmCAS before March 1, 2017. To be considered for admission, international students must achieve a TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based).

In accordance with rules 4729-30-02, 4729-3-03, 4729-5-31, 4729-5-32 and 4729-5-34 of the Ohio Administrative Code: International applicants must establish spoken English proficiency by completing the TOEFL IBT with the following minimum scores or higher:

  1. Writing: Twenty-Four
  2. Speaking: Twenty-Six
  3. Listening: Eighteen
  4. Reading: Twenty-One

International students who are admitted to the University will be contacted after admission with instructions on obtaining an I-20. Contact UC's International Student Services Office only after you are admitted. Do not contact them before you receive an admission letter.

International Applicants Employment

The curriculum for the University of Cincinnati Winkle College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree provides experiential learning across all 4 years of the curriculum equivalent to 1500 hours of training. This training meets the requirements of most states in the U.S. for pharmacist licensure.

Students studying in the U.S. with a visa have limited options for employment in the field of pharmacy while a student. These options include curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT). For a student admitted and enrolled in the PharmD program, CPT is limited to an elective that is completed in one semester. OPT is limited based upon rules set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Find detailed information on international student applicants.

The College of Pharmacy is not responsible for providing employment opportunities for students studying in the PharmD program.

Conditional and Unconditional Admission

All offers of admission are considered conditional until students successfully complete the pre-pharmacy requirements including:

  • Completion of pre-pharmacy curriculum with a C or better in core required courses
  • A clean background check
  • Good academic standing in the last term prior to beginning the PharmD program
  • Have all official college/university transcripts from every institution attended sent to the College of Pharmacy

Once the college verifies that the student has completed all Pre-Pharmacy requirements and complied with other pre-admission requirements, their acceptance becomes unconditional. If a conditionally-admitted student does not complete the pre-pharmacy requirements before professional pharmacy classes begin, they forfeit their admission to the College.

Alternate List

Students who are placed on the alternate (waiting) list will be assigned a number which represents the place they are on the alternate list. Any student, who is placed on the second tier of the alternate list, will not receive a number. If, before classes begin, an accepted student decides not to attend the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, the college will contact the next student on the alternate list. Students who are placed on the alternate list are encouraged to make additional plans for the academic year, in the event they are not admitted into the PharmD program.

  • Check your PharmCAS account often to follow the progress of your application materials.
  • Be aware of deadlines and be sure to complete your application by the deadline.
  • Take the essays seriously. Answer the questions thoroughly and concisely. Type essay responses and answer the questions thoroughly and concisely. Be sure to have someone review your essays before submitting them.

 

Tips For Applicants

  • Ask your references to document information in support of your application which is not demonstrated by items such as GPA and PCAT scores.

     

  • Begin your PharmCAS application early and submit it early to avoid missing the March 1,  2017 deadline.

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