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We think you’ll feel right at home at the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Whether you are looking to start your pre-pharmacy courses or are ready to apply to the program, we invite you to learn why we’ve been the choice for talented professionals for more than 125 years.

Current College Students

So you are getting serious about a pharmacy career. This section gives you facts, additional information and resources to help you decide whether pharmacy is a good match and then describes steps to prepare yourself in becoming a qualified applicant.  You can expect to read information about:

About a Pharmacy Career

Why UMKC?

Financing your Pharmacy Education

 

How to Prepare

Get Ready for the Rigors of Professional School
If you have not taken classes for a while, go back to basics and create detailed study plans that incorporate the strategies that have helped you in the past. Be sure to work in time for all of your current responsibilities — they may be different from when you went to college in the past. If you are a current college student, use the academic resources available on your college campus. Take advantage of supplemental instruction, tutoring, writing centers, math centers, and your instructors’ office hours.
Prepare to Discuss Your Work Experience
Whether you come from a health care background or not, your real-life work experiences are important. Be prepared to talk about how you have created a new program, worked on a team, solved important problems, supervised and developed new talent, grew into your job, cared for people in time of need or managed budgets. All of these skills relate directly to pharmacy and will give you a leg up on many applicants who have not had a job prior to pharmacy school.
Gain Experience as a Pharmacy Technician
Working as a pharmacy technician offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a pharmacy. The Missouri Board of Pharmacy and The Kansas Board of Pharmacy provide additional information about becoming a pharmacy technician. There are two types of Pharmacy Technician licenses. Most people are registered technicians, whereas certified technicians (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) work in more specialty roles, especially in hospitals. Please check individual State Board of Pharmacy websites if you plan to work outside of Missouri or Kansas.
Job Shadow a Pharmacist
Observing a healthcare professional in their place of work can offer an opportunity to ask questions about working within a health care team and helping improve patient outcomes. Because of federal privacy laws, you may not be able to see pharmacists work directly with patients, but you can see other aspects of their work and ask them questions about what they do on a daily basis.
Volunteer
Chose volunteer experiences that help you gain experience taking care of others in need. Volunteer experiences can assist students with not only becoming a more active member of their community, but also with gaining valuable skills for a career in pharmacy. Experiences volunteering at a hospital or assisted living center, homeless shelter, food bank or health fair may be particularly helpful as you gain an understanding of the challenges and rewards of caring for people in need. A passion for helping people is absolutely essential for a career in healthcare.
Prepare for the PCAT
Give yourself plenty of time to study for the PCAT. You may not have taken a standardized test for several years. Visit the PCAT website to learn more about the test, check out study guides, take a practice test and register for the exam. Use multiple methods to study, such as reviewing pre-pharmacy coursework, taking practice tests, creating flashcards and using PCAT study guides.
Complete the required pre-pharmacy courses
Some AP, IB, and CLEP credits count as prerequisites, depending on the subject and your score. Please check the information about Credit by Examination available at the Office of Registration and Records website. Remember that some AP/IB courses accepted for UMKC undergraduate programs are not accepted by the School of Pharmacy for our prerequisites.

If you are transferring to UMKC to complete your pre-pharmacy requirements, you will apply to UMKC through the Office of Admissions and follow the steps above for Current UMKC Student

If you are applying to the UMKC Pharm.D. program from another institution, along with meeting with your current advisor, you should also meet with a UMKC School of Pharmacy advisor to discuss which courses will transfer from your institution and to learn about the Pharm.D. admissions process.  Please email a copy of your transcript before your appointment.

Check our equivalency sheets for more information about what courses will transfer from your college or university..

Note:

  • UMKC students do not receive preference for admission into the Pharm.D. program.
  • Coursework from foreign institutions cannot be transferred into our pre-pharmacy or Pharm.D. programs.
  • The UMKC School of Pharmacy does not accept transfers from other pharmacy schools. If you want to attend UMKC, you will have to apply and seek admission as a first year student and complete our entire curriculum.

When you are ready to apply:

Please visit our Application Instructions page  to learn the specifics about the application process, steps and deadlines.

A few important points about applying to the Pharm.D. program:

  • Prepharmacy courses take a minimum of two years to complete, although the average applicant has three years of college coursework prior to entering pharmacy school.
  • Applicants do not need to earn a bachelor’s degree in order to apply to the UMKC School of Pharmacy.  The Pharm.D. degree requires four years of didactic and experiential coursework to be completed after entry.  For a look at the coursework required after entry, take a look at the Pharm.D. curriculum.
  • The Pharmacy College Admission Test is required.  Studying for the exam ahead of time and really spending focused time reviewing each subject emphasis area is the best preparation.  There are a number of exam preps available which can be found in hard copy materials and electronic forms, including practice tests.  Be sure to use any and all methods that will help you perform at your best level.
  • The School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee evaluates the whole student in seeking the best candidates, but you must meet our minimum academic requirements.  Once the minimums are met, your application is reviewed to determine your overall preparedness for the profession.  Our focus is on your preparation for the pharmacy practice profession, your ability to meet the rigors of the program, and your skillsets, including decision-making, care-giving, and communication abilities, for working with health care professionals and patients.
  • Minimum academic requirements:
    • Cumulative GPA > 2.75
    • Science/Math GPA > 2.5
    • PCAT Composite > 16

 

Contact information:

pharmacy@umkc.edu
(816) 235-1613