Pharm.D. Guaranteed Admission Option for Those With Non-Science U.S. University Bachelor Degrees
The purpose of the Pharm.D. Guaranteed Admission Program (PGAP) is to provide a mechanism for those adult learners who are highly motivated toward a career change to the pharmacy profession and are highly focused, committed, and determined to succeed in attaining their goal in the quickest way possible. Many adult learners have financial responsibilities that make pursuing a second career difficult. This program allows these students to pursue their goal at an affordable cost and in a shorter timeframe lessening the financial burden leaving one profession and pursuing another will incur. Please note that to be eligible for this program, you must already have received a non-science bachelor's degree at the time of PGAP application.
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Richardson, Director of Recruitment & Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-271-6598.
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PGAP Admission Requirements
- Submit the PharmD Guaranteed Admission Program (PGAP) application by May 1st of the year you plan to begin pre-pharmacy coursework. (e.g. If you plan to start coursework in Fall 2019, then submit your PPAP application no later than May 1, 2019.)
- Submit all official college transcripts showing a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 or better as well as a letter from an official at your degree-granting university verifying that you are in good professional standing and have no conduct infractions.
- Submit a 2 page essay over an assigned pharmacy topic and receive a score of 3 or better on a 1-5 grading scale.
- Submit two letters of reference. One must be from a professor and the other may be your choice of a professional reference. Acceptable references may come from professors, employers, volunteer supervisors, organizational advisors, or 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.
- Submit a copy of your letter of acceptance to your primary undergraduate college or university where you plan to complete your pre-pharmacy curriculum. You must not be required to complete remedial (zero-level) coursework in math or science.
- Submit a signed copy of your PGAP Statement of Understanding if accepted into the program.
Additional Requirements to Finalize Pharm.D. Admission
IF SELECTED FOR THE PGAP, YOU MUST COMPLETE THESE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO GAIN ADMISSION TO THE PHARMD PROGRAM:
- Complete pre-pharmacy curriculum (see Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum on this page) with a grade of “C” or better in coursework and a 3.0 pre-pharmacy curriculum GPA. Your bachelor’s degree will exempt you from completing additional electives. All pre-requisites must be completed at a U.S. college or university. Be aware that the electives you took in your degree will still be included in the calculation of the pre-pharmacy 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 PGAP and will no longer receive priority for admission.
- Maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative college GPA. Your verified cumulative GPA must be a 2.50 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 PGAP and will no longer receive priority for admission nor will you be eligible for admission at all.
- You may not repeat a required math or science course more than once. If you do, you will be removed from the PGAP. You can still apply but you will no longer receive priority in the admissions process.
- You must complete all of the pre-pharmacy curriculum at your primary college or university. If you need to take a course at a different college or university, contact the Director of Admissions for a course substitution request form. Approval is not guaranteed and extenuating circumstances must be present for approval of the request.
- Complete 20 hours of verified pharmacy experience. 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. If you do not reach this minimum, you will be removed from the PGAP and will no longer receive priority for admission or if already accepted, your conditional offer of admission will be withdrawn.
- You must have at least 10 verified pharmacy experience hours completed and your experience verification sheets indicating so at the time you submit your PharmCAS application. You must have the final 10 verified hours completed and your experience verification sheets submitted no later than April 15th of the year you plan to enter pharmacy school. If you do not reach this minimum, you will be removed from the PGAP and will no longer receive priority for admission and if already accepted into the PharmD program, your admission will be withdrawn.
- Submit your 2 page Pharmacy Experience Reflection sheet no later than September 1st of the application year. (e.g. If you plan to apply for entry to begin pharmacy school in the fall of 2021, then you should submit the reflection no later than Sept 1, 2020.)
- Complete 20 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 20 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, you will be removed from the PGAP and will no longer receive priority for admission, and if you have already been accepted, your conditional offer of admission will be withdrawn.
- You must attend a leadership development seminar each spring of your pre-pharmacy curriculum. Failure to attend the seminar will result in removal from the PGAP and you will no longer receive priority for admission. Seminars will be made available via Google Hangout so that students not able to attend in person, will still be able to participate.
- Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) no later than the July or September dates of the application year. (e.g. If you plan to apply for entry to begin pharmacy school in the fall of 2021, then you should take the PCAT no later than July or September 2020.)
- To be eligible to receive an interview, you must score a minimum composite percentile score of 39 with no subscore below the 19th percentile. If you do not reach this minimum, you will be removed from the PGAP. You may still re-take the PCAT and apply to the PharmD program, but you will no longer receive priority for admission.
- You must apply via PharmCAS for the Early Decision Program (EDP) and designate the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. You must submit all of your application materials no later than Labor Day Monday of the application year. Failure for your materials to be received will result in removal from the PGAP. 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, OUHSC application, PCAT scores, Pharmacy Experience Verification Sheets, and your Pharmacy Experience Reflection sheet.
- You must be invited for and successfully complete a personal interview. Be aware that students who are accepted via the EDP must accept the offer of admission and may not apply to any other schools. If you are denied admission because of an unsuccessful interview, you will be removed from the PGAP. You may re-apply for the PharmD program in a later admission year but you will not receive priority in the admissions process.
- You must meet all admission requirements, enrollment requirements, technical standards, professional standards, and deadlines as directed by the Office of Student Affairs or the Admissions Committee. Failure to meet these conditions could result in the withdrawal of your conditional admission offer.