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Admissions Requirements & Procedures

Admission into the UNT System College of Pharmacy (SCP) is selective. Pending pre-accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the SCP will begin accepting applications for admission in fall of 2012. The SCP will admit its first class of 80 students in fall of 2013 and thereafter will admit 100 students per year.

Admissions Application

Applicants are required to submit their applications for admission to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCas) on or before March 1 of the year of matriculation. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the minimum academic and entrance examination requirements. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent U.S. residency status.

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) Examination

 All applicants are required to take the PCAT, which is administered several times per month in January, July, and September each year. The PCAT consists of five subtests that contain multiple choice questions (Verbal Ability, Biology, Chemistry, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Ability), plus two subtests of writing samples. Information about the PCAT may be accessed online or at health career advisors’ offices on most academic campuses.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, an applicant must have participated in the competitive admissions process and must have completed the required coursework outlined below. The minimum overall grade point average (GPA) required to be considered for admission is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. All enrolled students must meet the program’s minimum Health and Techni­cal Standards to participate in the program.

The minimum prerequisite coursework requirements cannot be waived and must be completed or in progress by the posted application deadline(s) from regionally-accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Prerequisites must have been completed within ten years of matriculation into the PharmD program. Exceptions are not permitted. Prerequisite course­work must be satisfied with a grade of “C” or higher (2.0 on a 4.0 scale). A single course cannot be used simultaneously to meet more than one course prerequisite. All coursework completed by the applicant will be considered in the admissions process.

Qualified applicants will be provisionally admitted to the SCP pending submission of a satisfactory criminal background check. The criminal background check will be conducted by the Office of Student Services. Any provisionally admitted applicant who has been convicted of, or pled guilty to, a felony offense will not be fully admitted to the SCP, since he/she would not be eligible to rotate in community and hospital pharmacies as a pharmacy student. Students will be required to submit to criminal background checks on an annual basis thereafter and will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal from the SCP for disqualifying criminal conduct. Urine drugs screens are required by some facilities. Students will be informed as to whether a facility requires a urine drug screen, and if so, will be provided with a list of certified laboratories that perform the screening. Students are responsible for paying for the screen and for ensuring that the results are provided to the facility.  

Course Pre-requisites

General Biology

(At least 6 credits of course work and 2 credits of laboratory course work). Must be courses that apply toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Courses for non-science majors or nursing majors are not acceptable towards the prerequisite requirements.

8 credits

Microbiology

(At least 3 credits of course work and 1 credit of laboratory course work). Must be courses that apply toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Courses for non-science majors or nursing majors are not acceptable towards the prerequisite requirements.

4 credits

Human Anatomy

(At least 3 credits of course work). If human anatomy is not available, then a comparative anatomy and physiology course may be substituted. Must be a course that applies toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Courses for non-science majors or nursing majors are not acceptable towards the prerequisite requirements.

3 credits

Genetics

(At least 3 credits of course work). Must be a course that applies toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.  Courses for non-science majors or nursing majors are not acceptable towards the prerequisite requirements.

3 credits

General or Inorganic Chemistry

(At least 6 credits of course work and 2 credits of laboratory course work). Must be courses that apply toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Inorganic courses include: General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Quantitative Analysis. Courses for non-science majors or nursing majors are not acceptable towards the prerequisite requirements.

8 credits

Organic Chemistry

(At least 6 credits of course work and 2 credits of laboratory course work). Must be courses that apply toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Organic Chemistry courses must have “Organic” in the course title.  Courses for non-science majors or nursing majors are not acceptable towards the prerequisite requirements.

8 credits

Physics

(At least 3 credits of course work and 1 credit of laboratory course work). Must be courses that apply toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Courses for non-science majors or nursing majors are not acceptable towards the prerequisite requirements.

4 credits

Calculus I

Three credits of math-based Calculus are required. Pre-calculus may not be substituted for this requirement.

3 credits

Statistics

One three credit course in statistics that is taught in a math or science department is required.

3 credits

English

Two three credit courses that fulfill the general English requirement of a baccalaureate degree.  Remedial or “English as a second language” courses are not acceptable.  

6 credits

English Literature

One three credit course that fulfills the literature requirement of a baccalaureate degree.

3 credits

U.S. History

Two three credit courses that fulfill the history requirement of a baccalaureate degree.

6 credits

U.S. Government

One three credit hour course in U.S. government. A student wishing to fulfill requirements for a baccalaureate degree in a state supported Texas university must also have a three credit course in Texas government.

3 credits

Fine Arts & Humanities

One three credit course that may be counted as an elective requirement in fine arts and humanities for a baccalaureate degree.

3 credits

Social & Behavioral Sciences

One three credit course that may be counted as an elective requirement in social and behavioral sciences for a baccalaureate degree.

3 credits

Speech/Public Speaking

Although not required, it is highly recommended that applicants take one three credit course in which public speaking is a major component of the course.

0 credits

recommended

Required Credits

68 credits

 

 

Selection Factors

The PharmD Admissions Committee seeks applicants who are academically qualified to progress through the curriculum and who show promise of becoming skilled pharmacy professionals. Applications will be screened by the SCP Office of Admissions personnel, and selected applicants will be invited to the Health Science Center in Fort Worth for an admissions interview. It is anticipated that it will be necessary to conduct three to four interviews per student seated in each matriculating class of the SCP.

Although an applicant’s entire academic record is considered, this alone does not ensure acceptance. Evidence of personal integrity, maturity, creativity, motivation, dedication, and the ability to work with others are additional factors that will be considered. These qualities and attitudes are evaluated by several means, including letters of reference, the scope and nature of extracurricular activities (including work and volunteer experience), the scope and breadth of prior education and through the interview process. Ability to communicate effectively both in verbal and written format will be considered in the interview and from the PCAT writing sample score, respectively. Motivation to become a pharmacist and prior pharmacy experience will also be considered.

Committee Evaluation of Applicants

Admissions Committee members will rate each applicant as acceptable, unacceptable, or alternate. Committee scores will be assigned to each acceptable or alternate applicant, in order to rank applicants for admission. Scores are assigned to the cognitive (0 – 5) and non-cognitive (0 - 5) values of each applicant; decimal values may be given. Each applicant’s score is the mean of the among those committee members who scored the applicant.  Applicants accepted by the committee will be submitted to the Dean for final approval.  Approved applicants will be placed on an acceptance list in rank order based on committee scores. The following variables are assessed when an applicant is scored:  

Admissions Criteria for PharmD Applicants (not an exhaustive list)

Cognitive Values

Academic performance as an undergraduate student; academic performance as a graduate student; scores on the PCAT

Non-Cognitive Values

Interview scores; geographic diversity; socioeconomic background; commitment to pharmacy; exposure to pharmacy; first generation college student; letters of evaluation; contribution to the diversity of the class*

*Contribution to the diversity of the class includes race, ethnicity, or any other unique personal life experience(s), including but not limited to experience abroad, foreign language skills, overcoming adversities and hardships, community service, or previous career experience that will enhance the educational environment of the SCP.

Admissions Notification Process

Students will be notified of an acceptance by May 1 of the matriculating year. Additional students will be accepted according to rank order by the SCP Admissions Committee. If necessary, students will be accepted through orientation week (last week of July) to seat the incoming class of 80 students in 2013 and 100 students thereafter.

Dual Degree Opportunities

UNTHSC also offers numerous dual degree opportunities bridging the MPAS and DO degrees with the MPH, MHA, MS and PhD degrees within the School of Public Health and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Future dual degree opportunities will also be offered to students pursuing the DPT and PharmD degrees. For details, please see the section on the Multidisciplinary Programs within this catalog.

This page last modified May 2, 2012

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