The practice-level degree for pharmacists is the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. In order to become a pharmacist in the United States, a student must graduate from an accredited pharmacy program and successfully complete the national and state licensure exams. The Doctor of Pharmacy program at UMKC is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Pharmacy is an exciting and challenging profession. Please explore our site to learn more about our program and the variety of career options you can pursue with a Pharm.D. degree.

Early Assurance for High School Seniors

The Early Assurance (EA) Program allows 40 incoming college freshmen priority status for the Pharm.D. program at UMKC. Students apply for EA during their senior year. Students admitted to the EA program graduate high school knowing they are on track to earn their seat in the School of Pharmacy.
EA students will spend their first two years on UMKC’s Volker Campus completing the pre-pharmacy requirements. They will have benefits preparing them for the Pharm.D. application process and their professional career.


Once students are admitted to the Early Assurance Program they will receive certain benefits setting them apart from other pre-health students. These benefits will include a press release to their high school, priority advising appointments, special networking opportunities with School of Pharmacy faculty students and alumni, as well as additional resources to help them prepare for the Pharm.D. program.


To qualify for the Early Assurance Program, students must meet all UMKC freshman admission requirements and:

  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA at the end of junior year
  • Have at least a 25 ACT composite score or 1200 SAT

Missouri residents and non-residents are eligible to apply.

Apply Now

Although the deadline date to apply for the EA program is March 1st, qualified applicants are encouraged to APPLY EARLY in the process. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in the fall with admission decisions being made as early as October.
Students applying for EA must apply through the UMKC Office of Admissions and the School of Pharmacy.
Submit to the Office of Admissions:

  • A completed online Freshman admission application
  • $45 application fee
  • An official high school transcript through the end of junior year
  • Official college transcripts for any dual credit completed
  • Official scores for any Advanced Placement completed

Submit to the School of Pharmacy:

Final acceptance into the EA program is contingent upon graduating from an accredited high school and full-time enrollment as a UMKC pre-pharmacy student beginning fall semester after high school graduation.

From EA to Pharm.D.

During their sophomore year of college, EA students will apply to the Pharm.D. program following the Pharm.D. admission process. In order to move from the EA program to Pharm.D., students will be required to meet all Pharm.D. admission criteria to include completing the prerequisites (PDF) courses with grades of C or higher, pass a formal, on-site interview and criminal background check, and pay the seat deposit. Early Assurance students must complete the criteria within two years of entering the program and must also meet the following standards.
Pharm.D. Admission Standards for EA Students:

  • Maintain cumulative College GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Maintain Math/Science GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Earn minimum PCAT Composite of 40
  • Successfully complete Pharmacy 7100 – Introductory Topics in Pharmacy course during freshman year

EA students who meet the criteria and standards will earn a seat in the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Those who do not meet these requirements can apply for admission under the regular Pharm.D. admission criteria.


EA students will remain eligible for undergraduate scholarships and the UMKC Metro Rate while they complete their pre-pharmacy work.
For questions about the Early Assurance program, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (816) 235-1613 or