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North American-Trained PharmD Program

Admissions Requirements

The North American-Trained PharmD (NTPD) Program is open to pharmacists who are licensed in the United States or Canada and are in good standing with the licensing agency. There is no minimum grade point average (GPA) to apply to the NTPD Program. University policies require background checks for all students upon admission. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider exceptions to admissions policies on a case-by-case basis.

Students may begin the NTPD Program in the fall or spring semester. Applications are accepted at any time for the NTPD Program, provided the applications are received prior to each semester's deadline. The deadline for the fall semester is May 15, and the deadline for the spring semester is October 15.  Applications received after the semester's deadline will be considered for the next admissions cycle. Acceptance into the NTPD Program will be honored for one year from the start of the semester for which admission was requested. Students who fail to enroll in any course within that year may be required to reapply. Admission extensions to the NTPD Program will be determined annually, based on demand and feasibility.

As a student of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, all students are subject to all school and program policies as our entry-level PharmD students, including the ethics and conduct code and academic advancement policies. A full list of these policies is located on the Program and School Policies and Procedures website page.

To apply to the NTPD Program, applicants must complete ALL of the application materials listed below. All application materials are reviewed by the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee.

 Application Form

Download a copy of the application form (PDF) or contact the Distance Degrees and Programs (DDP) office to obtain the application form.​​1

 Personal Statement

A one-page personal statement describing the applicant's reasons for seeking a PharmD degree and applying to the NTPD Program.​​2


Official transcripts demonstrating the completion of a bachelor's degree in pharmacy should be sent directly from your school to the chair of the Admissions Committee​​3

 Pharmacy License

A notarized copy of the applicant’s current pharmacy license. As noted in the Active Pharmacy License policy, the DDP office requires an active United States or Canadian pharmacy license as an admissions requirement for all applicants and for current students to remain enrolled in the program. All applicants and current students are required to inform the DDP office of any changes in their license status, such as expiration, suspensions, restrictions, and/or the receipt of any letters of admonition. All students should provide proof of updated licensure upon licensure renewal. Failure to successfully maintain your license or notify the DDP office of any changes to your license will lead to disciplinary sanctions up to and including to dismissal from the program. ​4


Three recommendations written on standard University of Colorado School of Pharmacy recommendation forms. References will usually be from employers, supervisors, former faculty, preceptors or professional colleagues. Applicants should review the guidelines as listed on the recommendation form. Download a copy of the recommendation form (PDF) or contact the DDP office to obtain the recommendation form​​.​5

 Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $200.00 (US dollars). Checks or money orders should be made out to the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences.​​​​6


The 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. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the interview process. The DDP office will contact applicants to schedule an appointment to complete the interview, which will be conducted via telephone​​.​7

 English Proficiency: TOEFL Exam

The NTPD Program requires all applicants be proficient in the English language, as detailed in the program’s technical standards. As such, the NTPD Program requires all applicants who received their high school or pharmacy education outside the United States or Canada, except Quebec, to take the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Scores from the internet-based TOEFL exam will serve as one piece of the admissions process.

    • At this time, exceptions to this requirement include:
      • Applicants who have graduated from a foreign institution where the language of instruction for the post-secondary degree(s) was English, as noted on an official transcript or an official letter form the school the applicant graduated.
      • Applicants who have earned a master’s and/or above degree in the US or Canada, except Quebec.
    • Score Requirements – Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 89 on the internet-based TOEFL exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores on each of the individual components of the test are: reading 15, listening 14, speaking 19, and writing 20. The preferred scores for the individual components of the internet-based TOEFL exam are: reading 21, listening 21, speaking 25, and writing 23.
    • Additional Testing – Applicants achieving the required composite score, but who score at or below the preferred individual component levels, will be referred for further English as a Second Language (ESL) testing. The applicant will complete the recommendation(s) identified by the testing process within the first semester enrolled in the NTPD Program, and will be subject to the Technical Standards and Safe Behavior in the Practice Environment policy. Students may also be referred for ESL testing based on other components of the application process, such as on submitted writing samples and/or interview conversations.
    • Exam Score Date Exam scores cannot be older than two years from the NTPD Program application deadline date. If the applicant took the exam more than two years ago, then the applicant will need to retake the exam to complete the admissions process.
    • TOEFL Exam Testing Schedule Applicants can visit to find more information about and sign up for the TOEFL exam. Applicants should use code number 8776 to indicate the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences iPharmCU as the score recipient.
    • Please Note:
      • Should an applicant receive a low TOEFL score, the applicant may also contact the University of Colorado Denver English as a Second Language program to improve his/her English speaking and communication skills. The University of Colorado Denver English as a Second Language program is located on the downtown Denver campus, and the applicant will complete courses on the downtown Denver campus. Online courses are not offered at this time.



 Transfer Credit for Previous Coursework

Didactic or experiential coursework from other ACPE accredited doctor of pharmacy programs will be considered on a case-by-case review basis by NTPD Program faculty. The NTPD Program will award no more than 12 transferable credit hours per student or applicant. Complete details regarding the transfer of credit process are outlined in the Transfer Credit for Previous Coursework policy.​9