Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Admissions

The University of New England’s College of Pharmacy participates in the Centralized Application Service for Pharmacy (PharmCAS). All applications for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program must be submitted through PharmCAS. Please visit PharmCAS for additional information and detailed instructions for completion of the application.

PRE-PHARMACY ADMISSIONS

Application for UNE’s two-year undergraduate (Pre-Pharmacy) program must be submitted through Undergraduate Admissions. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to find details on admissions criteria in the Catalog. All pre-pharmacy students must apply for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program; admission is not automatic or assured upon completion of the undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy program.

Important Dates to Remember

  • July 15, 2015: PharmCAS Application portal opened
  • September 8, 2015: Deadline for early decision applicants
  • October 23, 2015: Deadline for notification to early decision applicants
  • March 1, 2016: Deadline to submit application
  • September 2015 – April 2016: On Campus Interview Sessions to be scheduled

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.

Admissions

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
Complete a minimum of two years of undergraduate pre-professional coursework with 72 required undergraduate semester credits (108 quarter credits) from a US regionally accredited institution or international equivalent.  Pre-professional coursework must include all of the following prerequisite courses.

PREREQUISITE COURSES

Courses

Specifics

Semester Hrs

Quarter Hrs

General Biology, equivalent to 2 semester courses

Labs

8

12

General Chemistry, equivalent to  2 semester courses

Labs

8

12

Human Anatomy & Physiology, equivalent to 2 semester courses

Labs

8

12

Physics 1, equivalent to 1 semester course

Lab

4

6

Organic Chemistry, equivalent to 2 semester courses

Labs

8

12

College Calculus

 

3

4

Statistics for Life Sciences

 

3

4

English (including 1 course in English Composition)

 

6

8

Social Science (Psychology/Sociology/Economics/Anthropology)

 

3

4

Public Speaking

 

3

4

Humanities/Liberal Arts

 

6

8

Social/Global Awareness

 

3

4

ACADEMIC/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for application should understand that the average GPAS for students accepted into the program are well above the minimum requirements. Just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance.

  • All math and science courses should be completed within five (5) years of enrollment into the Doctor of Pharmacy program (Summer 2011 or more recent).
  • Successfully complete all prerequisite coursework with a grade of ”C” or better by the end of the summer session of the year of matriculation into the Doctor of Pharmacy program.
  • Have earned a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 as calculated by PharmCAS, factoring all courses taken and grades earned from all colleges attended.
  • Have earned a minimum math/science prerequisite GPA or 2.5 calculated by UNE and using the best grade earned for each course.
  • Have successfully completed the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) by the end of January of the desired year of matriculation to the College of Pharmacy. (Use PharmCAS code 104 to have scores reported directly to PharmCAS.)
  • Two (2) letters of reference are required as a part of the PharmCAS application; one required from a science professor;  one is recommended from a Pharmacist. (UNE does not accept letters of reference from clergy, co-workers, family member, friend, or politician.)
  • Health care related experience is recommended.

Note: Before matriculation, accepted applicants will be expected to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status to meet all health immunization requirements.  Please visit Student Health Care  for details.

As required by clinical training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to matriculation, and periodically throughout the Pharmacy program.

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES (FOR ALL APPLICANTS)

  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) only.
  • On-campus interviews are granted to qualified applicants by invitation only and are required for admission to the program.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session and continue until the program starts with candidates on the waitlist being offered admissions as seats become available. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.
  • Applications received before the posted deadline will be given full consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis only.
  • Pre-requisites may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed by before enrollment. Please include any in-progress or planned coursework in your PharmCAS application. (Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the Fall term prior to the PharmD  program start must be submitted to PharmCAS to be verified during the Fall Academic Update period. Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the Spring or Summer terms and not verified by PharmCAS must be submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions as soon as they are available.)
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution.   Please see International Admissions for details.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency (see International Admissions).  If applicable, the TOEFL requirement must be completed and score received by the application deadline. (Use code 8246 to have TOEFL scores reported directly to PharmCAS.)

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the College of Pharmacy’s website.

Exceptions to Policy

The College of Pharmacy and the COP Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another Doctor of Pharmacy program. The Associate Dean of  Academic Affairs in the College of Pharmacy, with input from the course directors, will award transfer credits on a case-by-case basis.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to transfer students for experiential learning.