In light of the recent changes made to course format and grading policies, the College of Pharmacy has updated its admissions requirements as follows: All required prerequisite lectures and labs that have transitioned completely to online for spring and summer 2020 will be accepted to meet course requirements for admissions into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. In addition, we will accept a pass, satisfactory, or a letter grade of “C” or better for any prerequisite courses (or higher level substitute as approved by the admissions office).
In addition, applicants for fall 2021 are not required to take the PCAT. We will accept PCAT scores at the discretion of the applicant.
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program
- Completion of preprofessional courses
- Completion of general education coursework or an Associate of Arts (AA) degree
- Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
- PLEASE NOTE: Fall 2021 applicants are not required to take the PCAT for admission. We will accept PCAT scores at the discretion of the applicant.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) –International applicants are required to take the TOEFL unless they meet the following:
- One academic year of English courses at a college/university in US with grades of B or higher OR
- All high school instruction in U.S.
- Language skills will be assessed during interview to determine proficiency
- 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+
- Submission of ALL application materials by the application deadline date February 1, 2021 including:*
*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.
The Admissions Committee utilizes holistic admissions where we look at numerous factors (both quantitative and qualitative) to assess a candidate for admission. Metrics are important (GPA and PCAT) but many other elements of a candidate’s background are thoroughly reviewed including, but not limited to; application essay, supplemental questions, letters of recommendation, leadership and volunteer experience (pharmacy related and other), work experience, co-curricular activities, motivation, candidate’s background, and why a person wants to be a pharmacist. Embracing a holistic approach to admissions allows our program to select overall a higher quality class while creating a more diverse cohort of students.
Science GPA—The preferred minimum science GPA to apply is a 2.5. As explained above (see “‘Holistic Admissions”) GPA is one of many factors considered by the Admissions Committee. Applicants need to show their ability to perform well academically to succeed in a professional program and a rigorous curriculum and GPA is one measure. The committee looks at several GPA’s (e.g. Science GPA, Overall GPA, Pre-req GPA, and even by year and specific subjects and classes). The middle 50 percent (25th percentile – 75th percentile) of our past three entering classes for Science GPA has ranged approximately between 2.75 – 3.60.
PCAT—Pharmacy College Admissions Test—The preferred minimum PCAT score to apply is greater than or equal to the 40th percentile admission. As explained above (see “‘Holistic Admissions”) the PCAT score is one of many factors considered by the Admissions Committee. Applicants need to show their ability to perform well academically to succeed in a professional program and a rigorous curriculum and the PCAT is one measure. The committee looks at all scores (both multiple attempts and sub-scores). The middle 50 percent (25th percentile – 75th percentile) of our past three entering classes for PCAT (Cumulative) has ranged approximately between 50 – 88 percentile. Please visit http://www.pcatweb.info for registration dates, deadlines, and test locations. (PLEASE NOTE: Fall 2021 applicants are not required to take the PCAT for admission. We will accept PCAT scores at the discretion of the applicant.)
Supplemental Questions & Essays—The supplemental questions on the PharmCAS application allow you to reveal your thoughts about your strengths as a person as well as areas of personal development you believe you need to improve. The essay communicates 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 supplemental questions and essay topics in PharmCAS.
Letters of Recommendation—Two letters are required from separate references (PharmCAS accepts up to four). 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.
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.
Preprofessional Course Requirements
In-class lecture and lab formats are preferable for completion of preprofessional coursework. Online preprofessional 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.
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.
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. A sequence of botany and zoology is acceptable only if general biology I and II is not offered at the college or university
Microbiology MCB3020 (3 credits) – (note: for Microbiology & Cell Science majors at UF, MCB 3023 will be accepted in place of MCB3020), OR MCB 2000 and higher 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)
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)
Functional Vertebrate Anatomy and Animal Physiology with labs ZOO #713C and PCB#723 (9 credits)
Analytical Geometry with Calculus I – MAC #311 (4 credits)
Statistics – STA 2023 (3 credits)
Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Credits
Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are high school programs that offer college-level courses and the opportunity to earn college credit. The University of Florida College of Pharmacy PharmD program will accept courses taken under these programs to meet the preprofessional coursework requirements if the course(s) are listed on your college transcript and are accepted for credit by your undergraduate institution.
UF Online Prerequisites
All non-UF students who have applied for admissions to the Pharm.D. program and want to request permission to take Biochemistry online as a non-degree seeking student should contact our Pre-Pharmacy advisor at 352-273-6217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.