Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program in School of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut-USA

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Application Instruction 2014

The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy participates with PharmCAS, the Pharmacy College Application Service.  PharmCAS is an application service offered by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and is utilized by approximately 70% of the pharmacy schools across the country. This service provides the opportunity of completing single electronic application and submitting it to multiple pharmacy schools, thus saving the applicant time by preventing the duplication of application efforts.  PharmCAS charges $150 to apply to your first school.  Charges are reduced for applications to additional schools. All eligible applicants must submit their application through PharmCAS by January 6th.

Beginning in July, the UCONN School of Pharmacy will be welcoming Pharm.D. applications through PharmCAS for fall 2014 enrollment!

Important Application Dates:

January 6, 2014:  PharmCAS Application Deadline for all Pharm.D. applicants.  Supplemental materials are due to the School of Pharmacy Professional Program Office.

January 2014:  Last opportunity to take the PCAT for fall 2014 enrollment.

February, 2014:  End of academic update period in PharmCAS.

February 1, 2014:  University of Connecticut's Office of Transfer Admissions Application Deadline for all transfer applicants applying to the Pharm.D. Professional Program.  Last day to submit the Common Application and all supporting documents is February 1, 2014.

July 1,  2014:  Applications for readmission to the university are accepted through the Office of Student Services and Advocacy.


Note to Transfer Students

In addition to filing the School of Pharmacy Application, you are required to submit a separate application to the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Admissions Office. The university application must be correctly filed with all supporting documents as required by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. More information for transfer students can be found on the Transfer Admissions website.

Criteria for Admission

You are eligible to fill out the application for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Professional Program if you have met the following criteria:

  • Complete all required math, science and English prerequisites completed by the end of the spring semester in order to be considered for fall enrollment.
  • The PCAT is required and must be taken no later than January of the year in which you are seeking fall enrollment.
  • Complete social science and microeconomics prior to enrollment into the fall semester.
  • Must have a minimum score of 7.5 on the International English Language Testing System(IELTS) if English is not the native language or primary language of instruction.
  • In addition to the PharmCAS application, transfer applicants must complete anapplication with the University of Connecticut Office of Transfer Admissions by February 1st.

Applications that do not meet the above criteria or that are not submitted properly will be denied promptly and without consideration.  If you have any questions regarding your particular situation, please contact the Professional Program Office directly at (860) 486-2216.Admission to the School of Pharmacy is competitive and based upon the following criteria:

  1. Math/science prerequisite GPA
  2. Academic record
  3. PCAT score
  4. Pharmacy-related and /or volunteer experience
  5. Recommendations & personal statements
  6. Interview

The Following Materials Must be Submitted Directly to PharmCAS:

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be an essay, clearly and concisely written, articulating your educational and professional pharmacy goals. You are limited to approximately 1 page (4500 characters, including spaces).  The personal statement is an important part of the application process because it can add a dimension that cannot be obtained from transcripts, application forms, or recommendation forms. A well-written personal statement is an opportunity for you to convey a more complete view of who you are as an individual. Include your background and past experiences that relate to the professional pharmacy program. The Admissions Committee is looking for evidence of commitment, motivation, and compatibility with the goals of our professional program.  (Please see PharmCAS Instructions.PDF for further detail.)

Official Post Secondary Transcripts

You must submit transcript(s) of all collegiate work completed to date, including a UCONN transcript and official transcripts for work completed at other institutions (including college courses taken during high school) through the fall semester.  It is strongly recommended to submit your official transcript during the fall semester and then update once it becomes final, so not to miss important deadlines. Any applicant who has completed coursework at an international university or college MUST have their foreign transcripts evaluated by one of the foreign transcript evaluation services.  DO NOT send foreign transcripts directly to the School of Pharmacy.

Recommendation Forms

Two recommendation forms are required as part of your application and are available as part of your PharmCAS application.  At least one of the two recommendations must be from an academic professor or teaching assistant.


Official scores must be submitted from the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) by all applicants.  The last opportunity to take the PCAT exam for the fall application cycle will be January of that year.  Without jeopardy, applicants may take the PCAT more than once, with the highest score being considered for admission purposes.  For more information and registration details, please refer to the PCAT website.

The following materials must be submitted to the UConn School of Pharmacy:


The academic version of the International English language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants for whom English is not the native language and/or primary language of instruction.  A minimum overall band score of 7.5 is required for admission.  Information regarding the test may be found on the IELTS website.  Applicants who declare on the application that English is not the Native Language or the Primary Language of Instruction and who do not take the IELTS or who do take the test and receive a score lower than a 7.5 will not be considered for admission to the professional program.

Due | January 6th  -  PeopleSoft Identification Number

Your personal 7 digit UConn specific identification number.  Note to transfer students: This number will become known to you upon receipt of your application to the University of Connecticut, Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Please refer to that office for more information.

Due | January 6th  -  Course Descriptions

Applicants who competed any of the math, science, English or general education (microeconomics and social science) prerequisites outside of UCONN must submit course descriptions of these courses.

Due | January 6th  -  Evaluated Transcripts

Must be submitted for all coursework completed at international institutions.   Additional information and evaluation services may be located on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website.

Due | Upon Completion of Spring Semester Coursework  - Official Final Transcripts (Requested only from students with transfer credits)

Official copies of the transcript must be sent to both:

School of Pharmacy - Admissions
University of Connecticut
69 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3092
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3092

University of Connecticut - Office of Transfer Admissions
2131 Hillside Rd. Unit 3088
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3088

Application Filing Dates

Due | January 7th  - School of Pharmacy PharmCAS Application Deadline for UCONN Students

Due | January 7th  - School of Pharmacy PharmCAS Application Deadline for Transfer Students

Due | February 1st - University of Connecticut Office of Transfer Admissions Application Deadline for Transfer Students

Due | July 1st  - University Readmission Applications Accepted by the Office of the Dean of Students

After Acceptance into the Professional Pharmacy Program

Criminal background checks will be conducted on all accepted students.  In some cases, applicants may want to contact the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to determine if their criminal offense(s) will prevent them from participating in curriculum-based pharmacy practice experiences or from obtaining a license to practice pharmacy in a particular state.

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