Announcement Regarding Applicants Affected By Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria
Our hearts go out to those affected by the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. We want applicants impacted by this tragedy to know that we will work with you to meet any needs you have regarding application to the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy including but not limited to extending application deadlines.
If you find you need accommodations in the application process due to Hurricane Harvey, please reach out to Jennifer Richardson, Director of Recruitment & Admissions via email and put in the subject line: Hurricane Accommodation Request.
We know the recovery process will be long and stressful and we hope we can alleviate any stress related to the pharmacy school application process so that you can stay on track to achieve your goal of attending pharmacy school on time.
Important Application Updates
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM PCAT (Please note OUCOP WILL accept all February PCAT scores):
February 2018 Administration:
Pearson is opening an additional test administration as requested by the PCAT Advisory Committee for the 2017-18 admission cycle. The administration is scheduled from February 1-14, 2018. Registration will open on December 18 at www.PCATweb.info. Please note that all scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates should register no later than January 17, 2018. Registering anytime thereafter will incur a late fee.
Important dates to communicate to interested PCAT candidates are listed below.
February 2018 Administration
• Testing Dates: 2/1/2018 – 2/14/2018
• Registration Opens: 12/18/2017
• Register and Schedule By: 1/17/2018
• Late Register and Schedule By: 1/24/2018
• Cancel By: 1/26/2018
If questions, please contact Scoring.Services@pearson.com.
Please read all information on this page carefully. It is the applicant’s responsibility to read and comply with all admission requirements and application procedures. If you have any questions about the information on this page, please contact us.
All applicants, including re-applicants, must utilize the PharmCAS application and follow all PharmCAS procedures and policies in order to apply to the College of Pharmacy regardless of previous applications or materials sent to the College of Pharmacy.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY TRANSCRIPTS TO OUHSC ADMISSIONS & RECORDS UNTIL YOU ARE REQUESTED TO DO SO AFTER ACCEPTANCE!
General Application Requirements
Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is on a competitive basis. Residents of Oklahoma receive some preference in the selection process but all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. There are two tracks for application: early decision and regular decision.
OU participates in the PharmCAS early decision program. This program allows you to select one PharmCAS school for application. The early decision process allows applicants to know by October 20 of the school’s decision. See the PharmCAS instructions on their website for full details. The deadline for early decision applications is September 5, 2017.
Students applying for the early decision track should be aware of the following:
- The application must be complete by September 5. This includes the PharmCAS application, supplemental application, PCAT scores, and two letters of reference.
- The latest an applicant can take the PCAT to be considered for early decision are the September 2017 dates. If an applicant is taking the September PCAT then unofficial scores must be submitted to email@example.com no later than Monday, September 11.
- Early decision interviews are typically conducted in early October. An interview is not guaranteed simply by selecting to apply to the early decision program. If you are not accepted in the early decision phase, your application will be rolled over to the regular decision applicant pool and any new information received throughout the cycle will be considered for a possible interview.
- If you are accepted as an early decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer.
Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is on a competitive basis. For admission to Fall 2018, the PharmCAS application, two letters of reference and PCAT scores must be submitted by March 1, 2018. The College of Pharmacy supplemental application must be submitted by April 1, 2018. Applicants should successfully complete all required pre-pharmacy courses and provide the college with an official transcript showing spring course grades by June 1, 2018.
Regular admission interviews are typically conducted February-April of the application year therefore it is highly recommended that applicants apply earlier than the deadline to receive full consideration for all interview positions. The college employs a rolling admissions process which means that positions are filled as we interview.
Failure to meet deadlines or to submit any of the required application materials will constitute a late or incomplete application and will not be considered for admission.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure s/he meets all admissions requirements and follows all application and admissions procedures to ensure full consideration of the application.
- All applicants are required to adhere to application deadlines, requests for interviews, admission offer deadlines, transcript deadlines, orientation and enrollment deadlines and to respond promptly to any inquiries or requests for additional information as directed.
- Additionally, applicants are expected throughout the process to demonstrate the professionalism expected of one who aspires to be a pharmacist, not only by following deadlines, promptly responding to inquiries or requests and informing the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs of any changes to their application or admission status, but also in all communications with PharmCAS, fellow applicants, Pharmacy Student Affairs or the college in general. Applicants should carefully review and adhere to the Applicant’s Code of Conduct available on the PharmCAS website.
- The college will publish and follow application procedures and admissions requirements.
- The college will regularly communicate with all applicants regarding the admission process.
- Recognizing the stressful nature of a competitive admissions process, college staff, faculty and students will exhibit professional behavior in dealing with all applicants and will treat them with respect, integrity and dignity.
- All completed applications will be reviewed for possible interviews.
- The college will extend offers of admission in a timely and fair manner and will strive to inform all applicants of admissions decisions as quickly as is possible while maintaining a fair process that balances both the needs of applicants and the college.
Steps to Applying
Application for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires completion of the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS)application. Official transcripts,PCAT scores (code 104), and recommendation letters should be submitted directly to PharmCAS.
It is highly recommended that you apply earlier than the deadline, as we use a rolling admissions process and fill positions as we interview!
Upon creation of your PharmCAS account, please make note of your assigned PharmCAS ID #. This will be needed for the supplemental application. PharmCAS will begin processing your application upon receipt of the application, all official transcripts and your fee. PCAT scores and references may arrive at PharmCAS later as long as they are received before the deadline, however, our office will not review the application until all materials are received. Please keep in mind that PharmCAS processing can take up to 4-6 weeks.
PharmCAS Online Application Process
The College of Pharmacy requires a supplemental application.
The supplemental application fee is $75.00. This includes the fee for applying to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as well as a processing fee for the supplemental application.
You can access the supplemental application here. It is recommended to submit the PharmCAS and supplemental applications at the same time.
You will need your PharmCAS Application ID # to enter on your supplemental application. The supplemental application serves as your application to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
An application is considered incomplete if the supplemental application is not received by the deadline of April 1st.
The Admissions Committee requires each applicant to provide two letters of recommendation which provide insight into the applicant’s personal, academic, and professional characteristics.
Applicants should solicit letters from those who can best attest to your ability to be successful in pharmacy school. Examples are professors, employers, volunteer supervisors, or health care professionals or a pharmacist.
These individuals should know the applicant well, and be in a position to evaluate the applicant’s potential for academic success and a career in pharmacy.
We do not accept letters from family, friends or clergy members. We do not accept letters mailed directly to the college.
All letters should be submitted directly to PharmCAS. Please visit the PharmCAS website for instructions regarding submission.
Applicants are responsible for the submission of official transcripts from each institution attended directly to PharmCAS. All transcripts are due by March 1.
Please do NOT send official transcripts to the OUHSC Admissions & Records office until you are told to do so after acceptance in the class!
Applicants who applied prior to January 1 and are taking courses in the fall semester, must submit their fall transcripts to PharmCAS submit the required academic update on PharmCAS’ website.
All pre-requisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
OUCOP does not accept nor require a WES evaluation of foreign coursework.
All required pre-requisite coursework must be successfully completed by the June 1 of the admission year.
Official transcripts that include the spring semester work should be submitted directly to the College of Pharmacy by June 1 of the admission year to demonstrate successful completion of the required coursework or the applicant’s admission may be withdrawn.
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements page for more details regarding additional conditions of admission.
Each applicant is required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). PCAT scores should be submitted directly to PharmCAS (code 104).
Applicants should be aware that no decision regarding an interview can be made until PCAT scores are received from PharmCAS.
The College must receive PCAT scores directly from PharmCAS for consideration for an interview.
The highest PCAT score will be used to determine eligibility for admission.
The PCAT is a computer-based exam. For specific information on registering for the PCAT, please visit their website. When you register, PCAT will assign you a PCAT CID #. This number must be entered in your PharmCAS application or PharmCAS will not receive the scores in order to include them with your application.
Please note that the PCAT's admission cycle begins in July each year so if you take the PCAT in the admission cycle prior to applying during the next cycle, your scores will not be automatically forwarded even if you designated OUHSC or PharmCAS to receive your scores and you will need to submit an Additional Score Release on the PCAT website.
For example, an applicant takes the PCAT in January 2017 but decides he/she will apply for entry into Fall 2018 rather than 2017, he/she will need to submit an Additional Score Release through PCAT's website to ensure the January 2017 PCAT scores are received by PharmCAS.
OUCOP does not accept international students. To be eligible for admission, an applicant will need to be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, or hold DACA status at the time of application.
Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to your success at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Each applicant regardless of citizenship status whose native language is not English is required to demonstrate English proficiency by achieving a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.
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 may only be waived for the following conditions:
1. The applicant has a diploma from a U.S. high school.
2. The applicant has a bachelor's degree from a U.S. university.
The TOEFL CANNOT be waived for the following reasons:
1. The applicant has an associate's degree from a U.S. university or a bachelor's degree from a foreign college or university.
2. The applicant has a master's, Ph.D., or professional degree from a U.S. university.
Interviewees will be informed of their status no later than 2 weeks after their interview.
The Admissions Committee requires a personal interview to assess an applicant’s communication skills as part of the admission process. Interviews are by invitation only and are based upon evaluation of the applicant’s completed application.
Interview invitations are sent via e-mail. Applicants who have not submitted official transcripts to PharmCAS of all completed coursework prior to March 1 of the admission year or who after the holistic application review, do not meet interview criteria established by the Admissions Committee will not be invited to interview.
Additionally, applicants must demonstrate that they are on track to complete the pre-requisite coursework by June 1 of the admission year. It is the applicant’s responsibility to carefully review the pre-requisite course requirements to make sure they are eligible for admission prior to applying.
OUCOP engages in a holistic admissions process. This means that each aspect 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 can be considered competitive for an interview if they have at least a 3.0 GPA in the areas mentioned above 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. Writing skills are formally assessed using the PCAT writing scores obtained on the most recent attempt of the PCAT.
Early decision interviews are typically held in early October. Regular decision interviews typically are held on a rolling admissions basis from January-April. Dates are subject to change based on needs. It is highly recommended to apply earlier than the deadline to receive full consideration for all available interview dates.
An invitation to interview does not imply acceptance for admission, and all expenses incurred during the interview are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must interview in person on their assigned day and time. Interviews cannot be conducted via telephone or video conferencing due to the nature of the activities that occur that day.
Notifications of an interview are made via e-mail only. Please make sure PharmCAS has your correct e-mail address that you check most often and that you have added “ouhsc.edu” and “webadmit.org” to your e-mail "safe list" to avoid e-mails going to your spam box.
OUCOP utilizes the Multiple Mini Interview format. Applicants complete a circuit of 5 stations designed to assess the applicant’s attributes, problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills. You may wish to familiarize yourself with the MMI process via online resources.
Due to the nature of the multiple mini interview format and other interactive activities on the interview day, we require the applicant to attend in person and do not conduct video or telephone conference interviews.