The admissions committee assesses each applicant's credentials and makes interview selections after the deadline. Selection for interviews is based primarily on overall GPA, including a separate evaluation of the chemistry, biology and mathematics GPAs and PCAT scores. In addition, recommendations, the application essay and pre-pharmacy course deficiencies are considered in the interview selection process.
The following is required for admission:
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 average GPA of our admitted students is typically around 3.4.
Competition is typically the strongest among out-of-state applicants.
Application to the
Doctor of Pharmacy program is available through the Pharmacy College
Application Service or PharmCAS,
a centralized application service to apply to multiple degree programs offered
by schools and college of pharmacy. PharmCAS is designed for first-year
professional Pharm. D. degree programs.
In addition to the
PharmCAS application, candidates must also submit a Supplemental Application. Candidates must submit both a
PharmCAS application and a supplemental application to be considered for
admission. For more information, please go to the following page to apply.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Three recommendation forms are required as part of the PharmCAS
application. Letters submitted in lieu of completing the form will
not be accepted. The applicant should seek recommendations attesting to his/her
academic performance (academic recommendation) or on the applicant's
professional skills and potential for success in a rigorous professional degree
program (professional recommendation).
All transcripts must be submitted to PharmCAS regardless of the age or
transferability of courses. The admissions committee considers all coursework
completed and derives a cumulative GPA from all colleges and universities
attended. Failure to reveal all transcripts will result in disqualification.
Once admitted, official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities
(including other University of Colorado campuses) attended must be submitted
directly to the School of Pharmacy. All transcripts must be received in a
sealed envelope from the institution. Updated official transcripts must be
provided as soon as each subsequent term is completed.
Excellent oral and written English communication skills are
necessary prerequisites for admission to the school, success in the program and
competent practice in the field of pharmacy. The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy
requires all applicants for whom English was not (or is not) the primary spoken
language at home to receive an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) by telephone.
The interview is conducted by the school’s English as a Second Language (ESL)
instructor, who is an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign
Languages (ACTFL) certified Oral Proficiency Tester in English, typically prior
to the on-campus admissions interview. However, applicants may also be
identified at any point in the on-campus interview process and be referred for
a subsequent OPI. Any applicant born in a foreign country where English is not
the native and primary language, or born/arrived in the US speaking another
language at home until entering school, should consider that English is not
their primary language and identify this on admission materials in order to
receive an OPI. Due to the rigorous communicative demands of the Pharm.D.
program, the minimum English oral proficiency admission standard is “advanced
low” according to the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Guidelines for Speaking. Applicants
rated at an oral proficiency level below “advanced low” via the OPI are
disqualified from the pool of applicants considered for admission.
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.
To see tentative interview dates,
please click here.
Approximately two weeks after receiving a letter of acceptance,
applicants must submit a $1,000 confirmation deposit to hold their position in
the entering class. This is a one-time only deposit and will be returned as a
credit in the first semester of matriculation. If the student withdraws after
enrolling in the School of Pharmacy, it will be refunded minus any debts to the
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.
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
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