School of
Pharmacy

A career in pharmacy can be an exciting and rewarding choice at any stage of life. We welcome anyone interested in pursuing a pharmacy degree, including those who have already built a career in a different field. 

Change your career to pharmacy

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and many have significant personal responsibilities. However, once they enter pharmacy school, they are working toward the same goal becoming a pharmacist. Our students develop strong relationships with each other and our faculty. They are active in the community and dedicate time to leadership and professional development outside the classroom.

Making a career change isn't easy, but we are excited to help you determine if a career in pharmacy is right for you.

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Prerequisites

Our Pharm.D. program requires almost 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework before you can be accepted into the program. If you have already earned some college credit or a bachelor’s or advanced degree, some of your coursework may satisfy these requirements. However, it is likely that you will need to take the majority of our required courses, especially those that must be completed within five years of beginning the Pharm.D. program.

Required pre-pharmacy coursework

  • General Chemistry I with lab
  • General Chemistry II with lab
  • Organic Chemistry I with lab*
  • Organic Chemistry II with lab*
  • General Biology I (Botany)
  • General Biology II (Zoology)
  • Human Anatomy with lab*
  • Cell Biology*
  • Microbiology with lab*
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Communications/Public Speaking
  • Calculus I
  • General Physics with lab
  • U.S. Constitution course: American History I or II, political science/American government or completed bachelor’s degree inside the United States
  • Medical Terminology*

*Courses that must be completed within five years of beginning the Pharm.D. program

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Meet with an advisor

You're not on your own. A member of our Office of Student Affairs will help you determine which courses you need to take and work with you to develop a general timeline for your application at all three sites.

Please email to schedule an appointment, or call

816-235-1613 in Kansas City
573-884-9683 in Columbia
417-837-3600 in Springfield

Gain pharmacy experience

We understand that you're probably working full time, but it is important to gain pharmacy experience before you apply to the program. There is no minimum number of hours required. 

You could contact a local pharmacist to arrange a job shadow experience. You could also apply to become a pharmacy technician. The Missouri Board of Pharmacy and the Kansas Board of Pharmacy provide information about these positions and licensing. Most pharmacy technicians work as registered technicians, whereas technicians certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board work in specialty roles, especially in hospitals.

Apply to the Pharm.D. program

The professional Pharm.D. program curriculum (PDF) requires four years to complete. Students must attend the program full time at one of our three sites in Kansas City, Columbia or Springfield, Missouri.

Students should begin the application process about one year before their intended start date.

Learn more about the Pharm.D. application

Application materials

  • PharmCAS application
  • Official copies of all college or university transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • PCAT scores

The UMKC School of Pharmacy also requires that each applicant submit a supplemental application and nonrefundable fee directly to the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Applicants who have completed the PharmCAS application will be directed to the UMKC Supplemental Application.

The School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee evaluates the whole student in its search for the best candidates, but applicants must meet our minimum academic requirements. 

Minimum academic requirements

  • Cumulative GPA > 2.75
  • Science/math GPA > 2.5
  • PCAT composite > 16

Once it has been determined you have met the requirements, your application is reviewed to determine your overall preparedness for the pharmacy practice profession, your ability to meet the rigors of the program and your skill sets, including decision-making, caregiving and communication abilities, for working with health care professionals and patients.

$115K
Median starting salary for our graduates