Prospective Student FAQ
- When are applications accepted?
- What do I need to submit?
- What are the requirements to apply to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (PharmD) program?
- What if my school does not award an Associate of Arts (AA) degree?
- If I have an upper level degree (baccalaureate, masters, MD, JD, PhD) or am currently attending another pharmacy school, does this make me exempt from having the pre-professional courses?
- How do I know if a course is equivalent?
- What does the PCAT consist of?
- What do I need to do to prepare for the PCAT?
- When is the PCAT offered and where can I find more information?
- How many times can I take the PCAT?
- What is the required gpa to apply?
- What is the required PCAT score to apply?
- What if I already have a bachelor of pharmacy from another country?
- Where do I send my foreign transcripts to be evaluated?
- I am not doing well in one of my pre-professional courses, is it okay to withdraw?
- Does the UF College of Pharmacy have scholarships?
- I submitted my application. Why haven’t I received a confirmation that your office received it?
- I submitted my application already. When will I know my file has been reviewed?
- When is the latest I might hear from the College?
- Where is the University of Florida College of Pharmacy?
- How many students are accepted each year?
- How many of out of state applicants are accepted each year?
- How many students apply to the Pharm.D. program? How many are accepted?
When are applications accepted?
For Fall 2018 admissions, application materials will be accepted from July 18th, 2017 (PharmCAS) until February 1st, 2018. There are no exceptions. All information must be submitted (or postmarked) by 11:59pm on February 1st, 2018. You may apply and still be in the process of completing coursework during the fall 2017 semester or the following spring and/or summer 2018 semesters. Your conditional acceptance can be contingent on you completing coursework during the spring and/or summer semesters prior to beginning the program in the fall, if admitted.
What do I need to submit?
Please refer to the Application Procedures for a detailed, step-by-step list of all application information. The components to having a completed application are: 1) Complete the Information Form and 2) Apply to PharmCAS.
What are the requirements to apply to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (PharmD) program?
- Minimum of an Associate of Arts (AA) degree (a baccalaureate degree from a UF-recognized, accredited institution completes this requirement)
- Pre-professional courses
- Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
- Foreign Language
What if my school does not award an Associate of Arts (AA) degree?
You should first check with the Registrar’s Office at your institution to be certain they do not award an AA degree. Most public schools in the State of Florida award one. If they do not, you need to have completed a minimum of 60 college credit hours including the general education course requirements. Please follow the guidelines set by the University of Florida.
If I have an upper level degree (baccalaureate, masters, MD, JD, PhD) or am currently attending another pharmacy school, does this make me exempt from having the pre-professional courses?
No. Everyone must have met the admission requirements, including all pre-professional courses, to be admitted to the UF Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.
How do I know if a course is equivalent?
In-state public institutions: The course prefix and the last three digits must be the same (e.g. CHM 2045=CHM 1045)
Out-of-state or private institutions: The course title must be the same/similar or course description must show to be equivalent. For example: General Chemistry I = Fundamentals of Chemistry or Chemistry I, etc. When in doubt, compare your course description with those for the University of Florida — https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/courses/descriptions/chemistry.aspx
What is on the PCAT?
The 4 subtests of the PCAT are: Biology, Chemistry, Quantitative Ability, Reading Comprehension along with an essay. For a complete breakdown, turn to page 5 of the Candidate Information Booklet.
What do I need to do to prepare for the PCAT?
You should complete Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Calculus and be enrolled or have completed Organic Chemistry I.
When is the PCAT offered and where can I find more information?
There are 2 testing windows in July, 2 testing windows in September, 12 testing windows in October and November. The last testing available is in January 2018 ( 2 testing windows) prior to the application cycle closing. For further details including registration dates, deadlines, PearsonVUE testing center locations, and any new updates, please visit http://www.pcatweb.info.
How many times can I take the PCAT?
You may take the PCAT as many times as you choose. The Admissions Committee will review the highest score. However, after the first attempt, you should evaluate your scores and review for the sections where you did not score well. The PCAT content has been changed effective for tests beginning in July 2016.
- For test results earned prior to July 2016, scores for the multiple-choice subtests are listed for the current subtest titles rather than their titles prior to July 2016.
- All subtest percentile ranks have been converted to the current percentile ranks, and Composite scaled scores and percentile ranks have been recalculated so that they do not include the Verbal Ability subtest.
- The reason for these changes is so that all reported PCAT scores are comparable to those earned for the current PCAT test blueprint and the current norms.
What is the required gpa to apply?
The Admissions Committee for the University of Florida Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program examines the science gpa as calculated by PharmCAS, using their grading scale. They review all applicants and give consideration to Florida resident applicants and non-resident applicants with a 3.0-4.0 science gpa. The College does not have grade forgiveness, therefore, if you have taken a class more than once, the grades will be averaged together. If you have questions about the grade calculation, please contact PharmCAS.
What is the required PCAT score to apply?
The Admissions Committee for the University of Florida Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program reviews all applicants and gives consideration to Florida resident applicants with a ≥ 40th percentile composite and non-resident applicants with a ≥ 60th percentile composite.
What if I already have a bachelor of pharmacy from another country?
You should contact the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (http://www.nabp.net) to see if you are eligible to take the Foreign Pharmacy Equivalency Exam and the NAPLEX. If you are eligible to take those and you receive passing scores, then you would be able to sit for the state licensing exam. If you are not eligible to take the FPGEE and you want to apply to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, you would have to go through the Entry Level Doctor of Pharmacy program which is 4 years. We do not have an accelerated program for those who already have a degree in pharmacy from another country.
Where do I send my foreign transcripts to be evaluated?
Two of the most frequently used agencies that are recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services are Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. and World Education Services.
I am not doing well in one of my pre-professional courses, is it okay to withdraw?
If it is a science course, it is better for your gpa to receive a ‘W’ versus a failing grade. However, please keep in mind, the Admissions Committee does not look favorably upon numerous withdraws.
Does the UF College of Pharmacy have scholarships?
The College does have a number of scholarships provided through several sources. You must be enrolled in the program to apply for these. Students should not rely on scholarships to pay their full tuition. If you should require financial assistance, please visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov for information regarding federal financial aid. For tuition (in-state and out-of-state), fees, etc., please visit http://pharmacy.ufl.edu/education/student-affairs/financial-aid.
I submitted my application. Why haven’t I received a confirmation that your office received it?
Our office receives close to 1,000 applications. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact our office to make sure it is complete. You are welcome to email the Office for Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org to check the status. Please understand that PharmCAS takes 4-6 weeks to verify. Therefore, once you submit your PharmCAS application, please allow sufficient time for it to be processed and uploaded into the system.
I submitted my application already. When will I know my file has been reviewed?
The Admissions Committee reviews applications beginning in October. If your file is complete (i.e. PharmCAS, UF application, Personal Profile Essay/Campus Ranking form and PCAT scores) and considered competitive, it will be placed in line to be reviewed. Please make sure you have your email address on the PharmCAS application. After your application has been reviewed, you will receive an email either to invite your for an interview or let you know your application is deferred for further information (i.e. letter of reference, higher PCAT score, etc.)
When is the latest I might hear from the College?
You could receive an email as early as September up until July. It depends on when your application is complete and reviewed by the Committee. If you are placed on the alternate list, you could be selected from this list in May or June. Everyone will be notified via email with a decision by the end of June.
Where is the University of Florida College of Pharmacy?
The main campus is located in Gainesville, Florida. The satellite campuses are located in Jacksonville (UF Health – Jacksonville) and Orlando (UF Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona). For information pertaining to the distance sites, please visit http://pharmacy.ufl.edu/the-college/campuses.
How many students are accepted each year?
We accept approximately 270 students each year: 135 to Gainesville, 55 to Jacksonville and 85 to the Orlando Campus.
How many of out of state applicants are accepted each year?
We admit approximately 20-30 out-of-state students each year.
How many students apply to the Pharm.D. program? How many are accepted?
We receive between 550-650 complete applications each year. We accept 270 students into the program for each entering class.