Admission Requirements

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UF College of Pharmacy

Preprofessional Course Requirements

The UF College of Pharmacy requires students to meet the following preprofessional course requirements before admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Chemistry

General Chemistry I and II with labsCHM #045, #045L and CHM #0468 credits
Organic Chemistry I and II with labsCHM #210 and CHM #211, #211L8 credits
BiochemistryAny BCH 3000- or 4000-level course for 3-4 credits is acceptable4 credits

Biological Sciences

Integrated Biology Core I and II with labsBSC #010, BSC #010L and BSC #011, BSC #011L*8 credits
MicrobiologyMCB3020**3 credits

*A sequence of Botany and Zoology is acceptable if General Biology I and II is not offered at the college of university

**UF Microbiology and Cell Science majors may take MCB3023, while MCB2000 level and higher from all Florida state schools are accepted

Anatomy and Physiology***

Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labsBSC#085, #085L and BSC #086, #086L8 credits
Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with labsAPK #100 and APK #1058 credits
Functional Vertebrate Anatomy and Animal Physiology with labsZOO #713C and PCB #723 or ZOO #733 and PCB #7039 credits/8 credits

***Only one of these course sections is required for admissions

Mathematics

Analytical Geometry with Calculus IMAC #3114 credits
StatisticsSTA #0233 credits

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.

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Holistic Admissions

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.

Admissions Information

ADmissions criteria

Science GPA

This is determined by calculating the GPA from all science courses. The preferred minimum science GPA to apply is 2.5.

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PCAT

The PCAT should be taken after completing the majority of preprofessional coursework. Only the highest set of scores is considered. The preferred minimum PCAT score to apply is greater than or equal to the 40th percentile.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

PharmCAS Essay and Supplemental Questions

These communicate motivation, goals, circumstances and experiences related to a pharmacy career.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters are required from separate references. The committee prefers letters from a pharmacist and a science professor.

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Extracurricular Activities

Examples include involvement in student organizations, community service, volunteering and work experience. Leadership and pharmacy experiences are also valued.

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 pre-pharmacy@cop.ufl.edu.

Grade Forgiveness

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.