OUCOP Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
OUCOP strives to enroll a diverse group of academically prepared exceptional students who exhibit the personal attributes, traits, interpersonal skills, and professionalism necessary for success within the professional program. OUCOP recognizes the importance of diversity as it enhances the learning environment, training experiences, and enriches campus life. We seek to assess students in a holistic manner giving individualized consideration to each applicant who might contribute to the college in this manner as well as exhibiting leadership potential in the practice of pharmacy.
By conducting a comprehensive, flexible, holistic review of all applicants, we strive to seat a diverse class constituted by academically gifted, highly motivated, resilient students who share a deep commitment to the values and goals of our profession and our college.
The holistic review gives individualized consideration to the applicant’s talents, accomplishments, experiences, and potential to contribute to the learning community by using information from the academic record, life history, recommendations, essays, and personal interview. Just as the university is committed to diversity and inclusion, so is OUCOP.
We recognize and respect the essential worth of each individual and value differences amongst groups. We aspire to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, spiritual belief, geographic origin, abilities or disabilities, age, and socioeconomic status.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion are for the following reasons:
- Understanding and valuing a patient’s culture is a key element of pharmacist competence and is best taught by life experience, rather than as an abstract object of study.
- Diversity promotes understanding in a pluralistic society and contributes to the breakdown of stereotypes and biases.
- A diverse student body promotes a rich, lively, and enlightened discussion and prepares students for a heterogeneous workforce and patient population.
- A diverse student body will contribute to a diverse pharmacist workforce and diverse leadership in pharmacy, supporting improvements in access to health care for diverse populations and a reduction in racial and ethnic disparities in health status.
In addition to exhibition of the college’s values, the Admissions Committee is committed to identifying and admitting a student body who exhibits the following values:
- Commitment to service to others
- Good ethical judgment
- Integrity in all they do
- Resilience and adaptability
- Reliability and dependability
- A collaborative and collegial spirit
- Commitment to life-long learning and curiosity
- Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Creativity and innovation
- Cultural competence
- Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
- Effective written communication
The Admissions Committee will lead the campus and the state in identifying and admitting a diverse and inclusive student body who fully embodies the mission and core values we strive to uphold. Further, the Admissions Committee will identify and admit students who will transform and lead their campus, their communities, their patients, and their society by providing exceptional pharmacy care and impacting health outcomes in a positive way.
OUCOP is committed to admitting and matriculating a quality diverse student body consistent with the educational mission of the college. Admission to the Pharm.D. program is overseen by the Admissions Committee, led by the committee chair. This committee is appointed by the Dean of the college.
The application and admissions process is administered by the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs. Questions regarding the application and admissions should be directed to the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs at OUPharmD@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 or other standardized exams, as well as an applicant's non-academic record including their experiences and attributes.
Admissions policies are defined by the Admissions Committee in consultation with 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 and the governance of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Edcuation.
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 after admissions and during their tenure at the college.
- 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 in calculating an overall GPA.
- All attempts of a course are included in the calculation of the overall, science, and math GPAs.
- The most recent grade of a course that has been re-taken will be used to calculate the pre-requisite and last 60 hours GPAs.
- Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours of specific pre-requisite coursework.
- All pre-requisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
- Pre-requisite coursework may be satisfied if taken outside of the U.S. as long as the applicant provides a World Education Services course-by-course evaluation. WES is the ONLY acceptable foreign course evaluation accepted by OUHSC.
- Acceptance of foreign coursework to satisfy pre-requisite course requirements is at the discretion of the College of Pharmacy. Inquiries regarding acceptance of foreign coursework may be directed to the Director of Recruitment & Admissions. The Director cannot tell someone what pre-requisites may be satisfied by foreign coursework unless they provide a copy of the WES evaluation. It is recommended this be done at least one year prior to a planned entry year.
- The 6 hours of required English coursework must be completed at a U.S. college or university. Foreign coursework will not be accepted to meet this requirement.
- Applicants must have either completed or be on track to complete the pre-requisite coursework requirements by August 5th of the year they plan to enter.
- Applicants must successfully complete all pre-requisite coursework with a "C" (C+, C, C- grades are acceptable) or better by August 5th of the year they plan to enter.
- Applicants must take either the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) or the Graduate Record Examinaton (GRE), the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), the Dental Admission Test, or the Optometry Admission Test.
- The preferred exam is the PCAT but there may be occasions we will accept one of these standardized exams in lieu of the PCAT. If you wish to substitute the PCAT for one of these exams, you must submit a standardized exam substitution request form. Additional information may be requested before a decision is made regarding the request. Submitting the form is not an automatic acceptance of the requested substitution. The College reserves the right to require the PCAT be taken by any applicant to our program.
- Although no minimum requirement is defined for the PCAT, it is generally recommended that applicants achieve at least a 35th percentile composite score with no score less than the 19th percentile in each subscore on the PCAT.
- Applicants applying for the Early Decision application track who take the PCAT in September must submit the preliminary score report via email to OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu no later than September 10th.
- The highest PCAT exam score is considered for admission.
- The college will not accept PCAT scores older than three calendar years from the date an applicant plans to enter.
- The PCAT writing assessment score from the applicant's PCAT exam is used to evaluate an applicant's written communication skills.
- A minimum overall scaled score of 300 is required if you substitute the GRE. The highest score will be used for admission. GRE scores are only reportable for 5 years after the test date.
- GRE scores must be reported to the OU Health Sciences Center. PharmCAS does not report GRE scores. The score release code for OUHSC is 6902.
- The GRE writing assessment score is used to evaluate an applicant's written communication skills.
- A minimum overall scaled score of 500 is required if you substitute the MCAT. The highest score will be used for admission. Only MCAT exams taken since April 2015 will be acceptable.
- PharmCAS does not report MCAT scores. To report official MCAT scores, please complete the following steps:
- Please go to the AAMC website and log in to your account.
- Under My Reports drop-down menu, select Print Score Report.
- The report will contain a verification code. Please email the verification code and your AAMC ID number to OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu and include in the subject line "Official MCAT Scores".
- The MCAT does not include a writing assessment. Therefore, if an applicant substitutes an MCAT exam in lieu of the PCAT exam and is invited for an interview, the applicant must complete an on-site writing assessment that day in addition to other interview activities and should plan accordingly.
1. A minimum Academic Average of 18 is required if you substitute the DAT. The highest score will be used for admission.
2. PharmCAS does not report DAT scores. Please email a copy of your official DAT report to OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu, attention Jennifer Richardson.
3. The DAT does not include a writing assessment. Therefore, if an applicant substitutes a DAT exam in lieu of the PCAT exam and is invited for an interview, the applicant must complete an on-site writing assessment that day in addition to other interview activities and should plan accordingly.
1. A minimum overall scaled score of 300 is required if you substitute the OAT. The highest score will be used for admission.
2. PharmCAS does not report OAT scores. Please email a copy of your official OAT report to OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu, attention Jennifer Richardson.
3. The OAT does not include a writing assessment. Therefore, if an applicant substitutes a OAT exam in lieu of the PCAT exam and is invited for an interview, the applicant must complete an on-site writing assessment that day in addition to other interview activities and should plan accordingly.
- Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or currently hold DACA status at the time of application.
- Applicants are required to participate in the interview process and have a successful interview to be eligible for admission.
- Interviews are not guaranteed and are by invitation only.
- Interviews are only conducted in-person. Teleconferencing or video conferencing is not permitted.
- 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).
- 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.
- Applicants must meet the technical standards.
- As a state-supported institution, a slight preference is given for Oklahoma residents but the college encourages any qualified applicant to apply. Non-residents who are invited to interview may submit a non-resident tuition waiver application but no guarantee is made to receive one as it is dependent upon available funding.
- Requests to defer enrollment are considered on a case-by-case basis and should be for extenuating circumstances. Examples of extenuating circumstances that would be acceptable are military deployment, serious illnesses, family obligations, etc. After paying an enrollment deposit, an applicant may request in writing an enrollment deferral for one year. The written request should include the specific reason for the request. Additional information may be requested to verify the request before a decision is rendered. Questions regarding a possible enrollment deferral should be sent to Jennifer Richardson, Director of Recruitment & Admissions.
The college reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission for the following:
- The applicant fails to keep his or her file current. This includes but is not limited to a change in enrollment from what was reported on the application as well as failure to meet deadlines for orientation/enrollment requirements. Applicants should inform the Director of Recruitment & Admissions immediately of any plans to change enrollment or other aspects of the application.
- The applicant receives a grade of "D" or "F" in a pre-requisite course and does not successfully repeat the course with a “C” or better by August 5th of the planned entry year.
- Information is received indicating that the applicant's character is such that he or she is not suited for the responsibility and privileges found in the practice of pharmacy or is ineligible for licensure as a pharmacy intern in the state of Oklahoma.
Students for Whom English is a Second Language
- Applicants are only eligible for admission if they are a U.S. citizen, 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 automatically 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 or Have Withdrawn from A College of Pharmacy
Students who previously attended a college of pharmacy regardless of whether it was the University of Oklahoma or another college of pharmacy and were dismissed for either academic or professional reasons should do the following:
- Provide a full accounting of the situation on the PharmCAS application. It is highly recommended that students dismissed for academic or professional reasons relay in their applications what has been learned and how any previous obstacles have been addressed.
- Demonstrate academic strength in coursework taken since the dismissal. It is highly recommended that students dismissed from a college of pharmacy for academic reasons demonstrate strong grades in advanced sciences since the dismissal. OUCOP does not waive any Pharm.D. curricular requirements. If a dismissed former pharmacy student is accepted, they must complete the full four year curriculum.
- If a student was dismissed for professional reasons, that student must have a reasonable chance for success to complete the Pharm.D. curriculum and be eligible for licensure as a pharmacy intern in the state of Oklahoma and any ethical or professionalism issues must have been addressed and corrected.
- The student must meet the current admission requirements and follow all current application procedures as all other applicants.
Students who previously attended a college of pharmacy regardless of whether it was the University of Oklahoma or another college of pharmacy and withdrew may be asked to provide documentation including but not limited to the following:
- Submit the PharmCAS application. Applicants should relay in their application why they are now ready to re-enter a PharmD curriculum.
- Provide documentation the technical standards can be met.
- Provide a letter from a health professional the student is ready to be placed in an academic and clinical setting.
- Successfully complete a personal interview if invited to interview.
- If accepted, the student may request, in writing, advanced standing in regard to previously completed Doctor of Pharmacy coursework. This request will be reviewed by the OUCOP academic dean and granting of advanced standing is not guaranteed. If the student previously attended a pharmacy school other than OU, course descriptions must be provided for evaluation.
- All students accepted for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program are required to confirm their intention to enroll and attend with a $100.00 non-refundable deposit. This deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.
- Accepted Early Decision Program applicants will have 10 business days to pay the deposit from the date of notification of their acceptance from OUHSC Admissions & Records.
- Regular Decision applicants accepted prior to March 1st will be required to pay the deposit no later than March 1st unless otherwise instructed.
- Regular Decision applicants accepted after March 1st will have 7 business days to pay the deposit from the date of notification of their acceptance from OUHSC Admissions & Records.
- Offers of admission are conditional based on the successful completion of requirements and adherence to all admission policies prescribed by the Admissions Committee.
Students admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program have requirements they must complete in order to be enrolled to attend classes. These requirements include but may not be limited to, providing required immunization documentation, completing a criminal background check, completing a random drug screening, and providing any final transcripts or other requests.
Admitted students will receive notification of deadlines and other instructions for these requirements prior to matriculation in the fall. Admitted students will also be required to attend new student orientation the week before classes begin in August. Orientation is mandatory so students should take this into account when planning trips or other life events.
Since all first year students are enrolled in the same courses, the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs will complete the enrollment process for all admitted students in August prior to orientation. Admitted students do not have to enroll themselves.
2019 Pharm D Application Guide
Pre-Requisite Coursework Worksheet
Technical Standards Doctor Of Pharmacy Program
Criminal Background Checks And Drug Screening Requirements
Standardized Exam Substitution Request Form
OUCOP is fully accredited through the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the accrediting body for all U.S. pharmacy schools. Current accreditation status, which was renewed in 2011, is valid through 2020. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, http://www.acpe-accredit.org.
OUCOP is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (http://www.ncahlc.org).
The college currently resides on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City. The Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs is fully staffed to provide complete student services including, but not limited to, the functions of recruitment, admissions, and enrollment.