PharmD Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

High School Student Questions

Are freshman students admitted directly into the Pharmacy program?
Yes, the Connections to Pharmacy: Early Assurance Program is a guaranteed pathway to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree for academically strong high school students who are planning to pursue a career as a pharmacist. High school seniors who have a minimum weighted GPA of 3.5 and a minimum ACT of 26 can apply for admission into this prestigious program. The Connections to Pharmacy: Early Assurance Program begins with admission and completion of Pre-Pharmacy requirements in the UC McMicken College of Arts & Sciences.

In addition to completion of the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum, students are expected to participate in extracurricular activities that contribute to their personal development and growth. Students will be enrolled in a freshman learning community that has a pharmacy focus. Students who are admitted into the Connections to Pharmacy: Early Assurance Program and successfully complete the pre-requisite courses with a minimum GPA of 3.4, minimum science GPA of 3.0 and a minimum PCAT of 40 will complete the PharmCAS application, be invited for their admissions interview and then admitted to the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy to complete the four year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

Do I have to complete the Pre-Pharmacy courses at the University of Cincinnati?
No. All or part of the Pre-Pharmacy courses can be completed at the University of Cincinnati or at another accredited college or university. The College recommends that you complete the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at a 4-year college or university.

If I complete the Pre-Pharmacy courses at UC, will I have an advantage during the admission process?
Absolutely, but you will not be guaranteed admission simply because you've completed the Pre-Pharmacy courses at UC. As a UC student, you will have a Pre-Pharmacy advisor who is knowledgeable on the College's requirements. You will also know the exact courses that you need to take as a pre-pharmacy student at UC, and you'll feel more connected with the College through your advisor and various student organizations and events. You will also be guaranteed an interview if you 3.5 cumulative college GPA or above (as calculated by PharmCAS), score a 70 or better on the PCAT, and a C or better in core required courses. And if you're admitted to the PharmD program, you will have an easy transition to pharmacy school because you're already familiar with UC.

Does the College of Pharmacy accept AP credits?
Yes, to view which courses you would receive credit for please click here. We do encourage students who have received credit for any science courses to repeat them at the college level as well.

Admission and Application Questions

How many students apply? How many enroll?
We usually receive between 300-400 applications each year. We enroll approximately 96 students each year.

What are the minimum GPA and PCAT requirements for admission?
A preferred  minimum of a 3.0 cumulative college GPA and a preferred minimum PCAT composite score of 40. Click here to see the average GPA and PCAT score for the most recently enrolled class.

Do all pre-pharmacy courses have to be completed before I can apply?
No. The Pre-Pharmacy courses do not have to be completed before you apply. If admitted, courses must be completed before enrolling into the Pharmacy program.

Is it a requirement to work in a pharmacy setting to be admitted?
We strongly encourage students to work in a pharmacy setting or engage in pharmacy shadowing experiences before applying. This will allow students to explore the field of pharmacy to provide a knowledge base of the profession. Previous pharmacy work experience is not a requirement.

Do you require letters of recommendation? How many?
Yes. We require that you submit three letters of recommendation. We suggest that the letters come from your academic instructors, academic advisors, Pharmacists, and employers. We will not accept letters of recommendation from politicians, friends, family members, co-workers, current students or clergy

Where should I send my college transcripts and PCAT scores?
All official college transcripts and PCAT scores must be submitted directly to PharmCAS from the institution or testing service. Not doing so will delay your PharmCAS application.

Can I take the PCAT more than once?
Yes. PCAT allows students to take the exam up to five times and the Winkle College of Pharmacy considers the highest composite.

How can I check on the status of my application?
You can check the status of your PharmCAS application by logging into your PharmCAS application. After we've received your PharmCAS application, we will e-mail you informing you of your application status at UC.

College Student Questions

Do I have to complete the Pre-pharmacy courses at the University of Cincinnati?
No. All or part of the Pre-Pharmacy courses can be completed at the University of Cincinnati or at another accredited college or university. The College recommends that you complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum at a 4-year college or university.

I'm not taking the Pre-Pharmacy courses at the University of Cincinnati. How do I ensure that they count towards the Pre-Pharmacy requirement?
Students who are not completing the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at the University of Cincinnati are encouraged to consult the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy (pharmacy@uc.edu) for guidance on what courses to take. Students completing the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at select colleges or universities in Ohio or Kentucky can use the u.select Web site to determine which courses are equivalent to UC's Pre-Pharmacy curriculum. I hold a degree in a pharmacy-related field.

Do I still need to complete the Pre-Pharmacy requirements?
All students must complete the required Pre-Pharmacy requirements regardless of a previous degree. Whether you've earned the degree from a US or foreign institution, you must complete the required Pre-Pharmacy courses to qualify for admission consideration

International Student Questions

I’ve completed some Pre-Pharmacy courses at a foreign institution. Can these courses satisfy UC's Pre-Pharmacy requirements?
Yes, they might satisfy UC's pre-pharmacy requirements. Students who have completed equivalent pre-pharmacy courses at a non-US institution should have foreign transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Students are advised to e-mail (pharmacy@uc.edu), mail, or fax (513-558-4372) a copy of the WES evaluation to the College to determine if the foreign coursework is acceptable, or if additional courses must be completed.

I hold a degree in a pharmacy-related field. Do I still need to complete the pre-pharmacy requirements?
 All students must complete the required pre-pharmacy requirements regardless of a previous degree. Whether you've earned the degree from a US or foreign institution, you must complete the required pre-pharmacy courses to qualify for admission consideration.

As an international student do I need to take the TOEFL for admittance into the program?
Yes, 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

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