The Admission Process
Students apply to the Harrison School of Pharmacy for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program through both PharmCAS and Supplemental Application forms. This is done upon satisfactory completion of the Pre-Pharmacy program or evidence that this program will be successfully completed at either Auburn University or another accredited college prior to admission. Students not previously enrolled at Auburn University must also apply and be admitted to Auburn University after their admission to the Harrison School of Pharmacy.
PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:
To be considered for admission to Auburn University, an applicant must have a satisfactory citizenship record, a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted, and eligibility to re-enter the institution last attended. Please be aware that Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy does not grant grade forgiveness. Grades of D will not transfer into a professional program at Auburn University. If a course is repeated, both the initial and repeat grades for the course will be used in calculating the GPA.
Upon completion, both the PharmCAS and Supplemental Applications will be reviewed by the school's Admission Committee. The Committee will make a decision on each applicant to either extend or deny an invitation for an interview. All correspondence will be sent by email to the address you provide on your PharmCAS application.
Psych Corp will supply the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores to PharmCAS. This specialized test helps to identify qualified applicants by measuring general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. It is your responsibility to make certain that Psych Corp has sent your PCAT scores to PharmCAS, who will forward the results as part of your completed application. If our office does not receive your scores, you will not be considered for admission. Only the official score mailed to PharmCAS from Psych Corp will be accepted. The PCAT will be used in the rating of the applicants.
If you are extended an interview, it is mandatory that you attend. It is anticipated that interviews will begin in September and extend through March. Interviews will be conducted during the week. Applicants invited for an interview will be notified by email indicating the date and time their interview will take place in the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Applicants will be interviewed by students, faculty and staff. The interview is designed to evaluate the applicants' interpersonal, leadership and problem-solving skills. An interview score is calculated and is utilized in making admission decisions. A list of possible hotel accommodations,directions, and a campus map are provided to assist with your travel planning.
Following the interviews, the school's Admissions Committee reviews the file of each applicant. This evaluation includes consideration of the calculated GPAs, the interview results, the PCAT score, and the completed PharmCAS application. In addition, factors such as semester/quarter course loads, trends in the GPAs, extracurricular activities, completion of advanced credit coursework, holding undergraduate or graduate degrees, work experience, and leadership/volunteer activities are taken into consideration.
Applicants can expect to receive a decision on admission within 2 weeks after their interview. At that time they will be notified as to whether they have been admitted, denied admission, or deferred for later consideration. If admitted, a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 will be due within fourteen days of the admission notification and this deposit will be applied to the first year tuition. Those applicants that have been deferred can expect to receive a final decision regarding admission or denial by no later than mid-May.All correspondence will be sent by email.
Students accepted into the Pharm.D. program will be expected to provide evidence of CPR (American Heart Association - Basic Life Support for Health Professionals) certification. It is the student's responsibility to locate the training. Hospitals, police/fire/rescue departments, and schools are places to check.
Students are required to have personal liability insurance. Unless the student presents evidence that he/she has professional liability insurance, the student will be insured under the University umbrella policy. Students covered under the University policy will automatically be billed at the beginning of each academic year for this insurance ($15/academic year).
Students are also required to carry medical insurance, and provide proof of insurance prior to the start of each academic year. The documentation must specifically identify the student as an individual who is insured. Students needing insurance may purchase a policy that is offered to Auburn University students by United Healthcare (www.uhcsr.com).
Students will also be required to provide proof of vaccination / tests before Fall Semester enrollment for:
Hepatitis B (series of three plus titer)
MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
TB Skin Test (Mantoux)
A written statement from a physician documenting Chicken Pox or record of immunization for the disease