Applicants must complete all 72 semester hours of pre-pharmacy coursework with a grade of C or higher (C- or below is not acceptable) by the end of the spring term prior to their first fall term in the School of Pharmacy. Due to the increasingly competitive nature of the applicant pool, individuals who have completed all pre-pharmacy courses prior to applying for admission may receive some preference. Online labs (with the exception of the Physiology Lab) and public speaking courses will not be accepted. Failure to complete the coursework satisfactorily will result in withdrawal of the admission offer.1
The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required and considered in the admissions process for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS). The PCAT must have been taken within the last three years and no later than October of the year of application for December deadline applicants, and August of the year of application for Early Decision applicants. Composite scores over the 50th percentile is preferred but not required. The SSPPS now accepts the MCAT as well as the PCAT. You will need to send your score report directly to the school since PharmCAS does not have the option of including MCAT scores. For more information, contact email@example.com
The onsite interview process is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of the profession, communication and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. In addition to an individual interview, the candidate will write an essay on an assigned topic, and will be observed in a problem-solving group activity to further assess interpersonal communication skills. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the onsite interview process.
When a candidate meets the threshold to be invited for an interview, the school's admissions team will contact the candidate directly with a summary of available interview dates.8
Each admitted student must submit to a national background check
on upon initial, conditional acceptance to pharmacy school. The rationale for
performing criminal background checks on accepted pharmacy school applicants is
based on a number of issues, including 1) the need to enhance the safety and
well-being of patients and, in so doing, to bolster the public's continuing
trust in the pharmacy profession, 2) to ascertain the ability of accepted
applicants to complete their pharmacy education (students are required to
maintain a State of Colorado pharmacy intern license while participating in the
pharmacy curriculum which includes direct patient care activities) and to
eventually become licensed pharmacists.
In support of this
recommendation, AACP has initiated a PharmCAS-facilitated national background
check service, through which Certiphi Screening, Inc. (a Vertical Screen®
Company) will procure a national background report on applicants at the point
of acceptance. AACP has initiated this service in order to recognize the desire
of pharmacy schools to procure appropriate national criminal history reports,
and to prevent applicants from paying additional fees at each pharmacy school
to which they are accepted.
All matriculated students are also required to undergo drug testing and you will receive further information regarding this requirement after you are enrolled in the program. Please find this policy and others on the following page Drug Testing and Marijuana Policies.12
The School of Pharmacy reserves the right to choose to correspond with our applicants via e-mail, phone or by U.S. Postal Services. It is incumbent upon the applicant to ensure a current email, phone and postal address is currently on file. The School of Pharmacy cannot be held accountable if the candidate does not receive or respond to application or admission related correspondence.
E-mail messages generated by the School of Pharmacy and related services may be sent simultaneously to multiple applicants. To avoid missing important e-mails, turn the "Spam" or "junk" email filters off during the application cycle or periodically check your Spam/junk e-mail file for the School of Pharmacy related messages.11