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
The PharmD application deadline has been extended to June 3, 2018. Please submit your PharmCAS application, letters of references, PCAT scores, and supplemental application by that date. Please contact theÂ Director of Recruitment & AdmissionsÂ if you have any questions.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT PCAT: Please note OUCOP WILL accept all February 2018 PCAT scores for Fall 2018 entry.
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 PharmCASÂ 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.
Please note the application process for Fall 2019 entry will not begin until July 18, 2018. Any information you complete on the PharmCAS application before then is for Fall 2018 and will not be forwarded to a 2019 application.
Please see information for the application tracks for Fall 2019 below and note that a few changes have been made so be sure to read all instructions carefully!
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 19, 2018 of the school's decision. See theÂ PharmCAS instructionsÂ on their website for full details.The deadline for early decision application is September 4, 2018.
Students applying for the early decision track should be aware of the following:
- The application must be complete by September 4. This includes theÂ PharmCAS application,Â a standardized exam score, and two letters of reference.
- The latest an applicant can take the PCAT to be considered for early decision are the September 2018 dates. If an applicant is taking the September PCAT then unofficial scores must be submitted toÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ no later than Monday, September 10, 2018.
- The Fall 2019 early decision interview will be conducted on Saturday, October 13, 2018. 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 on October 22, 2018, and any new information received throughout the admissions cycle will be considered for a possible interview.
- You will be notified of a decision no later than October 19, 2018.
- If you are accepted as an early decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and will have 10 business days to pay a $100.00 non-refundable admission deposit.
Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is on a competitive basis.Â For admission to Fall 2019, theÂ PharmCAS application, two letters of reference and a standardized exam scoreÂ must be submitted by June 3, 2019. The College of Pharmacy supplemental application is by invitation only. If an applicant is invited to interview, they will receive the link to submit the supplemental application which will need to be completed prior to their selected interview date. Applicants should successfully complete all required pre-requisite courses and provide the college with an official transcript showing completion byÂ August 5, 2019.
Regular admission interviews will be conducted with set dates in February and April 2019 (specific dates TBA) of the application year. If additional interviews are needed, they will be conducted on an as-needed basis May through July 2019.
Therefore it is highly recommended that applicants apply earlier than the deadline to receive full consideration when there is more space in the class. The college employs a rolling admissions process which means that seats 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.
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 June 3, 2018. The College of Pharmacy supplemental application must be submitted by July 1, 2018. Applicants should successfully complete all required pre-pharmacy courses and provide the college with an official transcript showing spring course grades by August 5, 2018.
Regular admission interviews will be conducted with set dates in February and April 2018 . If additional interviews are needed, they will be conducted on an as-needed basis in May through July 2018.
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.
Steps to Applying
Application for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires completion of the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application. It can be found at https://www.pharmcas.org. Â Â PharmCAS processes your academic information providing one central location to send transcripts, references, and PCAT scores while applying to multiple pharmacy schools. The PharmCAS deadlines are the Tuesday after Labor Day for the Early Decision Program and June 3rd for the Regular Decision Track.
- Create your PharmCAS account. Make note of your assigned PharmCAS ID #. This number must be entered in your supplemental application if you are invited to interview.
- Enter your reference contact information in your application. A minimum of two references are required. References are completed electronically so as soon as you save your reference information, a web link will be e-mailed to them to complete the online form.
- Arrange to have official transcripts sent from all colleges or universities attended. Refer to the PharmCAS instructions for specific information on how to complete this step to prevent delays.
- When registering for the PCAT, make sure to designate PharmCAS (code 104) as the recipient of the scores. If you took the PCAT in a previous application year, you will need to re-release the scores even if you designated PharmCAS previously. You may do this by going to PCATâs website at https://www.pcatweb.info. Make note of your assigned PCAT CID # as you will need to enter this in your PharmCAS application so that scores may be matched to your application.
- Please note that in order to verify an application, PharmCAS only needs all official transcripts. Processing takes approximately 4-6 weeks. References and PCAT scores may be submitted later so you donât have to wait for those to submit an application. However, all required materials must be received by our college before an application will be reviewed for a possible interview.
- Â If you are enrolled in the fall semester of the application year, you will need to submit an Academic Update to PharmCAS. This update window opens on December 15th. It is required for all applicants to complete this step if taking fall courses. It is a two-step process. You will log back in to your application, enter your fall grades and your projected spring enrollment (if you plan to take spring Â or summer courses) and then you will have an official transcript sent to PharmCAS so the fall grades can be verified. Both steps must be completed. Sending a transcript alone is not sufficient.
PharmCAS Application Process
PharmCAS Application Instructions
PharmCAS Forms & Printable Documents
PharmCAS Fall Academic Update Information
PharmCAS Applicant Code of Conduct
The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy PharmCAS School Page
The Admissions Committee requires each applicant to provide two letters of recommendation which provide insight into the applicantâs 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, preferably a pharmacist. These individuals should know the applicant well, and be in a position to evaluate the applicantâs potential for academic success and a career in pharmacy.Â
We do not accept letters from family, friends or clergy members. Failure to follow this policy may cause a delay in application review.
Although a minimum of two letters is required, you may enter up to four names in the PharmCAS application and if four recommendations are received, all four will be evaluated.
- Applicants must take either theÂ Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)Â or theÂ Graduate Record Examinaton (GRE)Â or theÂ Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
- The preferred exam is the PCAT but there may be occasions we will accept a GRE or MCAT score in lieu of the PCAT. If you wish to substitute the PCAT for one of these exams, you must submit aÂ standardized exam substitution request form.
- 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 toÂ OUPharmD@ouhsc.eduÂ 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. Please go toÂ the AAMC websiteÂ for instructions on how to have a copy of your official MCAT scores mailed to OUCOP. Please be sure to have them mailed to: OU College of Pharmacy, 1110 N Stonewall Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73117.
- 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.
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 bachelorâs degree from a U.S. university by June 1 of the planned entry year. We do not waive the requirement if you have an associateâs degree, masterâs degree, or Ph.D. from a U.S. college or university.
Applicants are responsible for the submission of official transcripts from each institution attended directly to PharmCAS. All transcripts are due by the PharmCAS early decision application deadline (September 4, 2018) or the regular decision application deadline (June 3, 2019) depending on which application track you choose.
Please do NOT send any 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 and submit the required academic update on PharmCAS website.
All required pre-requisite coursework must be successfully completed by August 5 of the admission year.
Official transcripts that include the spring or summer semester work should be submitted directly to the College of Pharmacy by August 5 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.
Once OUCOP has received a completed application consisting of the verified PharmCAS application, a standardized exam score, and at least two letters of recommendation, the applicant's application will be review for a possible personal interview.
OUCOP engages in a holistic admissions process. This means that each aspect of the applicantâs record is important. Eligibility for an interview is based on an evaluation of the applicantâs academic record including the pre-requisite, overall, science, math, and last 60 hours GPAs in addition to the PCAT (or other substituted standardized exam score) and other academic factors as well as an applicantâs non-academic record including their experiences and attributes.Â
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 35th percentile with no subscore lower than the 19th percentile (or a 300 scaled score on the GRE or a scaled score of 500 on the MCAT).Â
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.
OUHSC requires a supplemental application. Only those invited for an interview will receive information on submitting the supplemental application. Those invited to complete the supplemental will need to do so prior to the selected interview date.
You will need your PharmCAS Application ID # to enter on your supplemental application. The supplemental application fee is $50.00.
Do not send official transcripts to the university. Official transcripts should be submitted directly to PharmCAS.
The Admissions Committee requires a personal interview to assess an applicantâs communication skills as part of the admission process.
Interviews are by invitation only and sent only via e-mail to the e-mail address entered in the PharmCAS application. Please make sure PharmCAS has your correct e-mail address that you use most often. Please make sure you place "webadmit.org" and "ouhsc.edu" on your email "safe" lists so as not to miss out on important communications from our office or the university. You may also want to check any "spam" or "junk" e-mail boxes you have on a regular basis to make sure communications are not placed in there.
OUCOP utilizes the multiple mini interview (MMI) format. Applicants complete a circuit of at least 5 stations designed to assess the applicantâs attributes, problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills. You may want to conduct an internet search to learn more about the MMI process.Â
Applicants who have not submitted official transcripts to PharmCAS of all completed coursework prior to June 3 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 August 5 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.
An invitation to interview does not imply acceptance for admission, and all expenses incurred during the interview process 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.
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.
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 (unless you have been approved for a standardized exam substitution) are received from PharmCAS.
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 and ends in February 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 February 2018 but decides he/she will apply for entry into Fall 2019 rather than 2018, he/she will need to submit an Additional Score Release through PCAT's website to ensure the February 2018 PCAT scores are received by PharmCAS.