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Admission Requirements

ABOUT OUCOP

OUCOP is fully accredited through the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the accrediting body for all U.S. pharmacy schools, 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100 Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810. Current accreditation status which was renewed in 2011 is valid through 2020. OUCOP is also regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). OUCOP was founded in 1893 and graduated its first class in 1896. The college currently resides on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City. Entering classes are only seated on the OKC campus although there is a possibility students may complete fourth year rotations in the Tulsa area.

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Admissions Committee Mission and Diversity Statement
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ADMISSIONS PROCESS

OUCOP is committed to admitting and matriculating a quality diverse student body consistent with the educational mission of the college. The admissions process is overseen by the Admissions Committee, led by the committee chair. This committee is appointed by the Dean of the college. The admissions process is administered by the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs. Questions regarding the admissions process should be directed to Jennifer Richardson, Director of Recruitment & Admissions at jennifer-richardson@ouhsc.edu or at 405-271-6598.

OUCOP engages in a holistic admissions process. This means that each aspect, both academically and non-academically of the applicant's record is important. Eligibility for an interview is based on an evaluation of the applicant's academic record including the pre-requisite, overall, science, math, and last 60 hours GPAs in addition to the PCAT and other academic factors as well as an applicant's non-academic record including their experiences and attributes.

In general, applicants are competitive for an interview if they have at least a 3.0 GPA in all GPA calculations and a composite PCAT score of the 40th percentile with no subscore lower than the 20th percentile. Additionally, applicants should have no negative letters of recommendation and should demonstrate those qualities desirable in a healthcare professional such as good communication skills, leadership, community service activities, and a demonstration of pharmacy knowledge. Although not required, it is highly recommended that an applicant gain experience in a pharmacy setting whether paid or unpaid experience.

ADMISSIONS POLICIES

Admissions policies are defined by the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs and approved by the Dean of the college. All admissions policies adhere to accreditation standards as well as federal and state laws. Application procedures can be found on the college's website in the Prospective Students section.


OUCOP, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. All incoming students are expected to meet required technical standards. Additionally, applicants should be aware all COP students are subject to criminal background checks and drug screening. PDF files are available on this page regarding the technical standards and criminal background checks and drug screenings. Applicants should be aware that admission requirements defined below are minimum requirements. The admissions process is competitive and most applicants who are admitted far exceed the minimum. All applicants must meet the same admission requirements and follow the same application procedures to be considered for admission.

Admission Requirements

    1. Applicants must have and maintain a cumulative (overall) GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale in all college coursework. OUCOP does not recognize academic forgiveness or academic bankruptcy policies. All attempts of a course are included in the calculation of GPAs.
    2. Applicants must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Although no minimum requirement is defined, due to the number of applications that are received each year, it is generally recommended that applicants achieve at least a 40th percentile composite score with no score less than the 20thpercentile in each subscore to be competitive for an interview.
    3. Applicants applying for the Early Decision application track must sit for the PCAT at least once by September 1 of that application year.
    4. The highest PCAT exam score is considered for admission.
    5. The college will not accept PCAT scores older than three calendar years from the date an applicant plans to enter.
    6. The PCAT writing assessment score from the applicant's PCAT exam is used to evaluate an applicant's written communication skills and is included in the holistic application review.
    7. Applicants must complete all pre-requisite coursework at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Foreign coursework is not accepted for admission and is not included in any GPA calculations including the overall, science, pre-requisite, math, last 60 hours, or any other GPA calculations. The college does not accept nor require World Education Services (WES) course-by-course evaluations.
    8. Applicants must have either completed or be on track to complete the pre-requisite coursework requirements by June 1 of the year they plan to enter. It is generally recommended that applicants maintain a 3.0 in all GPA calculations to be competitive for an interview. Pre-requisite course requirements can be found on the Pre-Pharmacy Requirements page or by downloading the PDF file of the pre-requisites worksheet available on this page.
    9. Applicants must have completed organic chemistry and microbiology within five calendar years of the planned entry year. There is no time limit on other pre-requisite course requirements. This time limit may not be waived without specific permission from the Director of Recruitment & Admissions. A waiver will only be granted if the applicant is currently working in a profession that utilizes these subjects on a daily basis and this has been documented.
    10. Applicants must successfully complete all pre-requisite coursework with a "C" (C+, C, C- grades are acceptable) or better by June 1 of the year they plan to enter.
    11. Although all attempts of a pre-requisite course are included in the calculation of the GPA, applicants should be aware that the most recent attempt of a pre-requisite course will be the grade on record in determining completion of requirements. This means that an applicant's last attempt of a course must be a "C" or better to maintain eligibility for admission.
    12. Applicants are required to be in good standing at the current or last college or university attended.
    13. Applicants are required to participate in the interview process. Interviews are by invitation only. More information on interviews can be found on the Application Procedures page.
    14. Applicants must be eligible for licensure as a pharmacy intern in the State of Oklahoma. Applicants should refer any questions regarding licensure to the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy (OSBP) (www.pharmacy.ok.gov).
    15. Applicants must have a reasonable chance to successfully complete the professional curriculum. Accepted students are required to undergo a background check and random drug testing as outlined in the background check and drug screening policies found on this webpage.
    16. As a state-supported institution, a preference is given for Oklahoma residents but the college encourages any quality applicant to apply.

The college reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission for the following:

Additional Policies

Students for Whom English is a Second Language

Applicants are only eligible for admission if they are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident or hold DACA status at the time of application. All applicants regardless of residency status must meet the same admission requirements and follow the same application procedures.
OUCOP does not accept transfer students from foreign colleges of pharmacy. OUCOP does not waive any part of the Pharm.D. curriculum or grant advanced standing to students who have attended a foreign college of pharmacy.

If English is your second language, regardless of residency status (i.e. DACA student, permanent U.S. resident or U.S. citizen), the TOEFL exam is required. This is an OUHSC requirement. Only the TOEFL is acceptable. TOEFL scores may not be more than 2 years old. A minimum score of 550 (Paper-based), 213 (Computer-based), or 79 (Internet-Based) is required for admission. TOEFL scores should be released directly to PharmCAS (code 8246).

The TOEFL exam requirement will be waived if you either graduated with a diploma from a U.S. high school or if you received or will receive a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university by June 1 of the planned entry year. We do not waive the requirement if you have an associate’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. from a U.S. college or university.

Students Who Have Been Dismissed from a College of Pharmacy

Students Who Have Been Dismissed from A College of Pharmacy

Application Information & Downloads

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2017 Pharm.D. Application Guide
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List of Common OU Norman Pre-Requsites
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Prerequisites Worksheet
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Confirmation of Acceptance and Orientation

Confirmation of Acceptance and Deposit

Students accepted for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program are required to confirm their intention to enroll and attend on the assigned campus with a $500.00 non-refundable deposit. This deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term. Accepted applicants usually have 10 business days to respond. The time to respond may vary depending on the time of year an applicant is accepted. Offers of admission are conditional based on the successful completion of requirements and adherence to all admission policies prescribed by the Admissions Committee.

Financial Aid

The purpose of the financial aid program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is to provide assistance to students who need help in meeting the cost of their education. We encourage all students who believe they will require financial aid to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web for the academic year they plan to attend. OUCOP is unable to offer non-resident tuition waivers at this time. Students who have questions related to financial aid programs and forms should contact the OUHSC Office of Financial Aid at (405) 271-2118. Information on Financial Aid.

Student Orientation

Students admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program will receive notification of the schedule for student orientation and enrollment prior to the beginning of the fall semester classes. Orientation sessions are scheduled the week before classes begin. All entering students are required to attend. The culminating event of orientation week is the White Coat Ceremony in which entering students are cloaked upon their entry into the profession.

Contact Us

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OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu

Oklahoma City Campus

Jennifer Richardson
Director, Recruitment & Admissions
The University of Oklahoma
College of Pharmacy
1110 North Stonewall Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
405-271-6598