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:
How to Prepare
When you are ready to apply:
A few important points about applying to the Pharm.D. program:
- Pre-pharmacy 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 skill sets, 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