Masters of Science Medical Health Sciences program with emphasis on the Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSMHS-PS) in Touro University College of Pharmacy-USA

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ADMISSIONS PROCESS

 

PharmCAS Primary Application

The Touro University California College of Pharmacy does not accept direct applications. All applicants are required to submit a primary application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).  Typically, PharmCAS will take between three and six weeks to process your application materials, then make them available to us. 

 

PharmCAS Program Deadline

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  February 3, 2014

 

Secondary Application 

All primary applications are pre-screened to ensure candidates meet minimum application qualifications.  The qualifying bar for this screening is reviewed each year; sometimes during an actual admissions cycle.  Eligible candidates will be invited to submit a secondary application and letters of recommendation (explained below).  The supplemental application includes the application itself and Personal Statement.  Be sure to include responses to all short answer questions and the pesonal statement.   

The application fee is $50.00  and may be paid via our on-line fee payment system.  The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.  When the application fee has been paid, the supplemental application may be mailed to the office of admissions or it may be scanned, then emailed as an attachment to mailto:tuc.copinquiry@tu.edu?subject=COP%20Supplemental%20Application. Many pharmacy programs send supplemental applications to all candidates without a screening. Those who receive a supplemental application from Touro University California have the added advantage of knowing that, on initial review, it has been determined that they are competitive.

DO NOT SUBMIT A SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION UNLESS YOU ARE INVITED TO DO SO. Supplemental applications received prior to notification of eligibility will be returned unprocessed. 

If you have trouble printing the supplemental application correctly, you may need to adjust the font size in your internet browser. For most browsers, you can do this by clicking on "view", then "text size", then select the appropriate size. The application appears to print best on the "medium", "small", or "smallest" settings. If this does not correct the problem, please refer to the documentation which accompanied the browser you are using or complete a hard copy of the supplemental application.

Letters of Recommendation

The College of Pharmacy requires three letters of recommendation, which should be submitted with the PharmCAS application. One letter must be from a biological/physical sciences faculty member who has taught you in their class. The source of the remaining two letters is up to the applicant, though at least one letter relating to pharmacy work (e.g. pharmacist, pharmacy supervisor, etc.) is preferred. Letters from family members will not be accepted.

If you do not submit all required letters of recommendation with your PharmCAS application or you wish to submit additional letters of recommendation, please note that letters may be submitted via one of the methods provided below. Please make certain that your letter writer includes your full name and your PharmCAS ID. 

  • Letters may be emailed directly from the letter writer to Ms. Jacqueline Harte at Jacqueline.harte@tu.edu. This is the preferred method of submitting letters of recommendation after initial submission of your PharmCAS application.
  • Letters may be mailed, via US Mail, to Touro University California, Attn: Pharmacy Admissions, 1310 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592. Letters must be mailed directly from the letter writer.
  • Letters may be submitted via PharmCAS, but you must provide us with the name of your letter writer and the date when the letter was submitted. If you do not provide this information, we will not be able to download your letter.  

Be sure to submit all application materials prior to their respective deadlines!

The Interview

Only candidates who submit all required admissions materials (i.e., those who complete their admissions file) will be considered for an interview.  Submission of all materials, however, does not guarantee an interview and an interview does not guarantee acceptance.

The Admissions and Standards Committee reviews complete files and extends invitations to interview on a rolling basis. Invitations to interview are sent to those candidates showing the highest potential to perform well at Touro University as students, and finally as successful pharmacists.  Among other items, interviewers assess each candidates verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills. Candidates with difficulties in any of these areas are encouraged to work with a tutor or other specialist prior to their interview. Interviews are conducted in panel format and are typically held from late September through April.

Touro University California complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act by providing reasonable accommodations to candidates for admission with known disabilities. To ensure that disabled candidates timely receive all reasonable accommodations necessary for them to participate in the on-campus admissions interview process, Touro University strongly encourages such candidates to contact the Office of Admissions (mailto:admit@tu.edu?subject=COP%20Interview%20Cancellation) at least three (3) days before their scheduled interview. 

Due to the nature of the admissions process, all interviews are conducted in-person on the Touro University California campus. Phone interviews are not provided.

Acceptance

The Admissions and Standards Committee typically meets every other week to discuss each candidate and make recommendations to the Dean.  Following the Dean's review, decisions are mailed via U.S. Mail shortly thereafter. 

Accepted candidates are required to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit which is typically due within two weeks of the date of acceptance. A refundable tuition deposit is required later in the process. Upon matriculation, both deposits are credited toward tuition.

Admissions Office Correspondence with Candidates

Unless otherwise stated, virtually all correspondence is conducted via email.  Please be certain that you are able to receive emails from "@tu.edu" addresses and be sure to monitor your junk mail folder. 

Background Checks

Incoming and current students may be required to submit to a background check either prior to or during their enrollment at Touro University California. Facts uncovered as a result of a background check which could preclude licensesure and/or practice in the profession may impact their ability to begin or continue their education at the University. Details are provided with the letter of acceptance.

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