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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, 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.


The Fall 2020 application deadline has been extended until August 1, 2020. Contact the Distance Degrees and Programs Office directly with any questions about your application.

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.

NTPD Admissions Policy​​

 Application Form

Complete the online application​ or contact the DDP Office to obtain a PDF copy of the application form.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​


 Personal Statement

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



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.​


 Pharmacy License

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. ​​​​​​​


 Photo Identification

​A copy of the applicant's driver's license, passport, or a state or government-issued ID.​​​​​



Three recommendations are to be submitted through the online application. Recommendation forms will be sent electronically to recommenders listed in the online application. Contact the DDP Office with questions about this process.

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.​


 Resume / CV

​A current resume or curriculum vitae, including pharmacy work/practice since graduating with a bachelor of science pharmacy degree (or equivalent).​​


 Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $200.00 (US dollars).​​



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​​.​​​​​​


 English Proficiency Requirement

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 ite​ms:

1) Earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy from an ACPE/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.

  • For Applicants Who Earned a B.S. in Pharmacy outside the U.S. - Applicants having passed the FPGEC can use TOEFL scores that were used for the FPGEC to fulfill the English language proficiency requirements. The applicant must submit the unofficial TOEFL score report and the scores must meet or exceed the minimum TOEFL scores outlined below.
  • TOEFL Score Requirements – Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 89 on the internet-based T​OEFL exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores on each of the individual components of the test are: listening 20, speaking 22, 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 the applicant took the exam more than two years ago, then the applicant will need to retake the exam to complete the admissions process. Case-by-case exceptions will be considered.
  • The DDP committee may request an applicant complete the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) on a case-by-case basis, and with the requirement that a level of Advanced Low be achieved.

 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.​​​​​​​