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, provided the following requirements are met:
- The applicant received a baccalaureate degree from a five-year pharmacy program accredited by ACPE or Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) and holds a valid license to practice pharmacy in the United States or Canada; or
- The applicant received a pharmacy degree from a non-United States or non-Canadian program and holds a valid license to practice pharmacy in a United States jurisdiction.
- Please Note: The Distance Degrees and Programs (DDP) Office offers two ACPE accredited PharmD programs: the NTPD Program and the International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) Program. All licensed pharmacists who not licensed to practice pharmacy in the United States, or are licensed to practice in Canada but were educated outside of Canada (ie, a non-CCAPP-accredited school) are encouraged to review the admissions requirements for the ITPD Program.
In addition to the categories listed above, 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 April 15, and the deadline for the spring semester is October 15.
If the deadline falls on a weekend or United States holiday, then the deadline will be the next business day. Please contact the DDP Office if there are concerns about meeting the application deadline. Otherwise, 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 on a case-by-case basis.
As a student of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, all NTPD 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 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.
NOTE: On July 26, 2018, the NTPD program approved changes to its admissions policy. The updated NTPD Admissions Policy will be effective for the application cycle beginning the program in fall 2019.
Complete the online application or contact the DDP Office to obtain a PDF copy application form. 1
A one-page personal statement describing the reasons for seeking a PharmD degree and applying to the NTPD Program.2
Official transcripts demonstrating the completion of a five year bachelor's degree in pharmacy and from any degree program(s) in which the applicant has been enrolled since obtaining a bachelor's degre should be sent directly from the applicant's school to the DDP Office.
Applicants who receive their bachelor's of pharmacy degree or additional degree(s) from outside the United States or Canada will have their transcripts evaluated through World Education Services
or Educational Credential Evaluators
to confirm the applicant graduated from a five year bachelor's of pharmacy program. These applicants will have their transcript evaluation sent directly to the DDP Office.
A notarized copy of the applicant’s current pharmacy license and a copy of the photo identification used in the license notary process.
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
A copy of the applicant's driver's license, passport, or a state or government-issued ID.12
Three recommendations completed on standard University of Colorado School of Pharmacy recommendation forms. Recommendations will be completed by people who know the applicant's professional, academic, and/or personal achievements or qualities well. As such, references must be from professional contacts, such as employers, supervisors, former faculty, preceptors or professional colleagues. References from clergy, family members, friends or politicians will not be accepted.
NOTE: Recommendation forms will be sent electronically to recommenders listed in the online application. Contact the DDP Office with questions about this process. 5
A current resume or curriculum vitae, including pharmacy work/practice since graduating with a bachelor of science pharmacy degree (or equivalent).13
A nonrefundable application fee of $200.00 (US dollars). 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
The NTPD Program requires all applicants be proficient in the English language as detailed in the program’s technical standards. As such, all applicants will demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting one of the following items:
1) Earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy from an ACEP/CCAPP accredited U.S. or Canadian school of pharmacy (excluding Quebec).
2) Earned a master's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec).
3) Complete an evaluation of English proficiency by taking either the internet-based Test of English Language (TOEFL) or academic-based International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. NOTE: Only exam scores completed within two years of the application deadline will be accepted.
- TOEFL 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: listening 20, speaking 23, and writing 21.
- IELTS Score Requirements - Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores on each of the individual components of the test are: listening 6.5, speaking 7.0, and writing 6.0.
- Exam Score Date - Exam scores cannot be older than two years from the program application deadline date. If completed more than two years, the applicant will need to retake the exam to complete the admissions process.
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