PharmD Early Assurance Program for High School Seniors


Program Information

The PharmD Early Assurance Program (PEAP) provides a path for those high school students who are highly motivated toward the pharmacy profession and are focused, committed, and determined to succeed in attaining their goal in a shorter timeframe. In recent years, many students and parents have expressed a desire to save money when pursuing higher education due to the rising costs of an education both at the undergraduate and professional level.

If you have any questions, please contact our admissions staff at oupharmd@ouhsc.edu or 405-271-6598.

We also offer monthly informational sessions via Zoom on the last Friday of every month from 3:30-4:30 pm Central time or you can schedule an individual advising appointment if you prefer. Just click the link below to reserve your spot now! 

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THE 2020-21 APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN!

The online application can be accessed at:

OUCOP PEAP Application for High School Seniors 

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PEAP Admission Requirements

  1. Submit the PharmD Early Assurance Program (PEAP) application by April 1st of the year you plan to begin college. (e.g. If you plan to start college in Fall 2021, then submit your PEAP application no later than April 1, 2021.)
  2. Submit an official high school transcript showing a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. Submit official ACT scores showing a minimum composite score of 22 or better. Priority will be given to students who also have a STEM composite of a 21 or better. Alternatively, students can submit official SAT scores showing a minimum score of 1130 or better.
  4. Submit a 2 page essay over a selected pharmacy topic (see Supporting Documents section below) and receive a score of 3 or better on a 1-5 grading scale.
  5. Submit two letters of reference using the provided reference form on this page (see Supporting Documents section below). One must be from a science or math teacher and the other may be your choice of a professional reference. Acceptable references may come from teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, employers, volunteer supervisors, organizational advisors, a healthcare professional you have either worked with or job shadowed (family friends or family members are NOT acceptable). We do NOT accept letters from friends, family, family friends, politicians, or clergy members. Letters should provide as many details as possible about your qualities, attributes, and ability to be successful in college and professional school. 
  6. Submit a signed copy of your PEAP Statement of Understanding if accepted into the program.


Additional Requirements to Finalize Pharm.D. Admission

IF SELECTED FOR THE PEAP, YOU MUST COMPLETE THESE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO GAIN ADMISSION TO THE PHARM.D. PROGRAM:

  1. Complete pre-pharmacy curriculum (see PEAP Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum on this page) with a grade of “C” or better in coursework and a 3.0 pre-pharmacy curriculum GPA. Your verified pre-pharmacy GPA must be a 3.0 at the time you submit your PharmCAS application for the PharmD program. If you do not reach this minimum, you will be removed from the PEAP and will no longer receive priority for admission.
  2. Meet with the Director of Recruitment & Admissions at the conclusion of each semester to determine I am making adequate progression in the PEAP program. I understand it is my responsibility to contact the Director to make the appointment. I understand that appointments may be conducted in person or via telephone or video conferencing.
  3. You may not repeat a required math or science course more than once. If you do, you will be removed from the PEAP. You can still apply but you will no longer receive priority in the admissions process. If you do not pass a required course, contact the Director promptly to re-assess your remaining curricular requirements.
  4. Online, AP/IB, and CLEP credit are all acceptable to satisfy pre-requisite courses. If you have AP/IB or CLEP credit that appear on your college’s transcript, let the Director know so that your pre-pharmacy curriculum may be adjusted accordingly.
  5. Complete 10 hours of verified pharmacy experience.  You must have the 10 verified hours completed and your experience verification sheet(s) submitted no later than April 15th of the year you plan to enter pharmacy school. If you do not reach this minimum or meet this deadline, you will be removed from the PEAP and will no longer receive priority for admission.This experience may be gained via paid work as a pharmacy clerk or pharmacy technician, volunteering in a pharmacy setting, or job shadowing a pharmacist. You may submit experience verification sheets as they are completed to be added to your file. 
  6. Submit your 2 page Pharmacy Experience Reflection sheet no later than April 15th of the year you plan to enter pharmacy school. (e.g. If you plan to apply for entry to begin pharmacy school in the fall of 2023, then you should submit the reflection no later than April 15, 2023.)
  7. Complete 10 hours of verified community service. You may participate in community service either on campus or off campus. Membership in an organization alone does not constitute service but participating in a community service through an organization or serving in some capacity such as an officer or committee would.  You may submit community service verification sheets as they are completed to be added to your file. You must have the 10 verified hours completed and your community service verification sheets submitted no later than April 15th of the year you plan to enter pharmacy school. If you do not reach this minimum by the deadline, you will be removed from the PEAP and will no longer receive priority for admission, and if you have already been accepted, your conditional offer of admission will be withdrawn.
  8. You must complete an assigned leadership development exercise each spring of your pre-pharmacy curriculum. Failure to complete the exercise by the deadline given will result in removal from the PEAP and you will no longer receive assurance for admission. Examples of the exercise could be an online leadership course or seminar and/or include an assignment or assessment to ensure completion.

  9. You must apply via PharmCAS for our Fall Priority Application Track and designate the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. The Fall Priority Application Track deadline is October 1st each year. Failure for your materials to be received will result in removal from the PEAP. You may still apply for admission to the PharmD program but you will no longer receive priority. A completed application consists of the PharmCAS application and the OUHSC application. You do not have to re-submit letters of reference.

  10. You must be invited for and successfully complete a personal interview. If you are denied admission because of an unsuccessful interview, you will be removed from the PEAP. You may re-apply for the Pharm.D. program in a later admission year but you will not receive assurance in the admissions process.


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PEAP Application Checklist

PEAP Application Checklist for High School Seniors



PEAP Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum for High School Seniors

High School PEAP Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum



PEAP Timeline

High School PEAP Timeline



Application Supporting Documents

For Admission to PEAP:

PEAP Application Essay Instructions

PEAP Transcript Request Form

PEAP Reference Form

PEAP Program Information for High School Seniors


After Admission to PEAP

PEAP Community Service Verification Form

PEAP Pharmacy Experience Verification Form

PEAP Pharmacy Experience Reflection Cover Sheet