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Admission Requirements

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program

  • Completion of pre-professional courses
  • Completion of general education coursework or an Associate of Arts (AA) degree
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
  • Foreign language required – can be completed by one of the following:
    • Two years of a foreign language in high school
    • 8-10 semester credits of a foreign language in college (includes sign language)
    • 8-10 semester credits of a foreign language earned by CLEP exam

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – must complete if English is your second language
    • TOEFL (http://www.ets.org/toefl/) iBT version with a minimum composite score of 80, but 100 or higher is preferred.  For each subject area, the following minimum score is required: Reading = 20+, Listening = 20+, Speaking = 25+, Writing = 23+

Application Instructions

*Only complete applications will be reviewed.  Interviews – Once the Admissions Committee reviews the applicants file, selected candidates will be notified via email inviting the applicant for an interview.

Admission Information

The Admissions Committee considers several basic factors when reviewing applications:

  1. Science GPA—This is determined by calculating the GPA from all science courses. It is not the same as your cumulative GPA or an overall math/science GPA.  The average science GPA for the admitted fall 2015 class was a 3.41; the range was approximately 3.0 to 4.0.  The minimum required science GPA to apply is a 2.5, however the competitive is a 3.0-4.0.  The University of Florida does not allow grade forgiveness, which means that grades for multiple attempts for the same course number will be averaged together for that course.  Dropped courses are indicated as a “W” and are not factored into the GPA since a grade was not earned.  We do accept AP/IB credits for pre-professional courses, but there is no grade value assigned for those courses, so they cannot be factored into the GPA.
  2. PCAT—Pharmacy College Admissions Test—If you take the test multiple times, only the highest set of scores is considered. It is advisable to take the PCAT after completing the majority of the pre-professional courses for best preparation.  At the minimum, you should have completed General Chemistry I & II, Biology I & II, and Calculus I; and you should at least be enrolled in Organic Chemistry I when you take the PCAT.  The average PCAT score for the admitted fall 2015 class was at the 80th percentile and ranged from about the 60th to 99th percentile on the composite score.  The minimum required PCAT score to apply is at the 50th percentile, however a competitive score for review is generally between the 70th-99th percentile composite. Please visit http://www.pcatweb.info for registration dates, deadlines, and test locations.
  3. Personal Profile & Essays—The personal profile reveals your thoughts about your strengths as a person as well as areas of personal development you believe you need to improve.  The essays communicate your motivation, goals, circumstances, and experiences related to a pharmacy career.  Students should focus on providing complete and in-depth information in response to the questions and essay topics in PharmCAS and the supplemental UF College of Pharmacy online forms.
  4. Letters of Recommendation—Two letters are required from separate references.  The Admissions Committee prefers (not requires) letters from (1) a pharmacist and (2) a science professor.  A reference can be anyone that knows you well who is not a relative, so it may be a supervisor or other professional.  Of course, the content of the letter is more important than the title or position of your reference.  Applicants should select individuals who will be motivated to write detailed comments concerning the applicant’s character, motivation, communication skills, empathy/compassion, service, aptitude for pharmacy studies, maturity, and self-confidence.
  5. Extracurricular Activities—Examples include involvement in student organizations, community service, volunteering, and work experience. Leadership experiences are highly valued.  If involvement during high school is not in your distant past at the time of application, you may also include activities from high school.  Although pharmacy experience is not a requirement for admission, it is strongly recommended.  The experience gained by being exposed to pharmacy practice is invaluable and also provides the opportunity to establish a relationship with a pharmacist that may later be used as a reference.

Pre-professional Course Requirements

In-class lecture and lab formats are preferable for completion of pre-professional coursework. Online pre-­professional coursework involving sciences with labs may be accepted. Online coursework in subjects such as English, history, social studies, humanities, and mathematics are acceptable.

Please note that where the “#” is indicated, the number is variable. At public institutions in Florida, the course prefix and last three digits of a course number will match exactly among institutions even though the course title may vary. For example, CHM#045 may be CHM1045 or CHM2045, but it is the same course.

Chemistry

General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II with labs CHM #045, #045L and CHM #046, CHM #046L (8 credits)
Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II with labs CHM #210 and CHM #211, #211L (8 credits)
Biochemistry – BCH4024 (4 credits)

Any BCH 3000 or 4000 level biochemistry course for 3 or 4 credits is acceptable. Unless the BCH course is one semester of a two semester sequence for biochemistry. In that situation we require the two courses for the 6 semester credits (if you are unsure that the courses your institution offers is acceptable, please email Deborah Robinson at drobinson@cop.ufl.edu for assistance)

Biological Sciences

Integrated Biology Core I and Biology Core II with labs BSC #010, BSC #010L and BSC #0ll, BSC #011L (8 credits)
Note: BSC #010, BSC #010L and BSC #011, BSC #011L are preferred. If your school does not offer biology II with lab, botany or zoology will be accepted in place of biology II.
Microbiology MCB3020 (3 credits) – Lab is not required (note: for Microbiology & Cell Science majors at UF, MCB 3023 will be accepted in place of MCB3020), OR MCB 2010 from all Florida State Schools

Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II with labs BSC #085, #085L and BSC #086, #086L (8 credits) or BSC #093, #093L and BSC #094, #094L (8 credits)

OR

Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with labs APK #100 and APK #105 (8 credits), formerly PET #320 and PET #350 (8 credits) or ZOO #733 and PCB #703 (8 credits)

OR

Functional Vertebrate Anatomy and Animal Physiology with labs ZOO #713C and PCB#723 (9 credits)

Mathematics

Analytical Geometry with Calculus I – MAC #311 (4 credits)
Statistics – STA 2023 (3 credits)

Public Speaking is no longer required, however students are encouraged to take SPC 2608 or an Interpersonal Communication course. The curriculum will involve communication skills among peers and faculty, in labs, and in supervised pharmacy practice experiences.

PharmCAS and the University of Florida College of Pharmacy do not grant grade forgiveness. The UF College of Pharmacy does not have a time limit on when academic work would not be acceptable. It might be advantageous for a student who took pre-professional coursework 15 or 20 years ago to consider retaking coursework for audit or credit; but, it is not required.