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Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Admissions

(FOR PRE-PHARMACY ADMISSIONS: Please visit Undergraduate Admissions to find details on admissions criteria for the two (2) year Pre-Pharmacy undergraduate program.) 

UNE’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is a four (4) year graduate level program open to applicants with a minimum of 63 credits of undergraduate coursework taken at UNE.  Admission is open to other applicants with a minimum 58 semester credits of specific undergraduate required coursework. Admission is also open to applicants with a Bachelor’s degree, in any major, from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university and successful completion of specific undergraduate or post-baccalaureate required math and science coursework.

The University of New England College of Pharmacy participates in the Pharmacy Centralized Application Service (PharmCAS). All applications for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program must be submitted through PharmCAS.

Merit Scholarships are available on a limited basis to incoming Doctor of Pharmacy students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement. 

Application for Fall 2020

  • All applicants must apply through the PharmCAS
  • July 18, 2019: PharmCAS application portal opens for admissions in Fall 2020
  • September 3, 2019: Early Decision deadline for applicants
  • October 18, 2019: Early Decision verdict date for schools to send decisions
  • June 1, 2020: General application deadline for electronic submission
  • Campus interview sessions will begin in October and will be held as needed throughout the cycle

Processing of applications

  • Students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your verified application; additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle
  • Verified applications undergo preliminary review as received
  • Qualified applicants are invited to interview after review
  • Campus interview is required and by invitation only

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

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

Admissions

COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS

  • Science (labs required)
    • Cellular Biology (4 semester or 6 quarter credits)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 semester or 12 quarter credits) OR
      • Human Anatomy, 4 semester or 6 quarter credits AND
      • Physiology, 4 semester or 6 quarter credits (Animal and Exercise Physiology not acceptable)
    • General Chemistry I & II (8 semester or 12 quarter credits)
    • Organic Chemistry I & II (8 semester or 12 quarter credits)
  • Sciences (no lab required)
    • Physics I (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
    • Microbiology (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
  • Math (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
    • College Calculus
    • Statistics for Life Sciences
  • Other (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
    • English Composition
    • Social Science (Psychology/Sociology/Economics/Anthropology)
    • Public Speaking
    • Humanities/Liberal Arts
    • Social/Global Awareness
    • General Education (anything but a science or math course)
  • AP credit is accepted to fulfill prerequisite coursework
    • Must appear as transfer credit on the undergraduate transcript
    • Maximum of 10 Advanced Placement credits only
  • All math and science courses should be completed within five (5) years of anticipated enrollment into the Doctor of Pharmacy program
  • All candidates must complete a minimum of two (2) years of pre-professional coursework from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or international equivalent (total of 58 semester or 87 quarter credits) 
  • Successfully complete all prerequisite coursework with a grade of "C” or better ("C minus" grades are not acceptable)
  • Prerequisite coursework may be in progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed by August 1 with official transcript including grade submitted to Office of Graduate Admissions by August 15, the year of enrollment into the PharmD program
    • Please include any in-progress or planned coursework in your PharmCAS application or it will be assumed that you are not planning to complete the course, thereby making you ineligible for admission
    • Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the fall and/or spring term prior to the PharmD program start must be submitted to PharmCAS to be verified during the Fall and/or Spring academic update periods
    • Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the summer term and not verified by PharmCAS must be submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admissions as soon as they are available, and prior to enrollment

ACADEMIC/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5, required (2.75 is preferred)
    • Calculated by PharmCAS, factoring all courses taken and grades earned from all colleges attended (no forgiveness for repeated coursework for better grade)
  • Minimum Math/Science prerequisite GPA of 2.5, required (2.75 preferred)
    • Calculated by UNE  using the best grade received (if there are retakes) for each math/science required course only, and using the PharmCAS universal computation scale for quality points
    • Non-math/science required coursework is not included in the prerequisite math/science GPA calculation
  • Maintain good academic and social standing through the completion of all requirements for enrollment
  • Successful completion of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) by the end of January of the year of matriculation into the PharmD program
    • Use PharmCAS code 104 to have scores reported directly to PharmCAS; do not have official scores sent to UNE Graduate Admissions 
    • Please Note: the PCAT requirement will be waived for any applicant with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA and a 3.2 or higher math/science prerequisite GPA, using the PharmCAS universal computation scale for scoring quality points​
  • Two (2) letters of reference are required as part of the application
    • One letter required from a science professor who can speak to your academic ability to be successful in a doctoral level graduate program
    • One letter recommended but not required from a Pharmacist with whom you have worked or observed
    • Letters of reference from family members and friends are not acceptable
  • Health care related experience is recommended
  • Only those applicants who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission
    • Just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance
    • Average GPAs for students accepted into the program are well above our published minimums

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) only
    • PharmCAS application portal opens annually in mid-July
    • Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit and complete applications as early as possible in the cycle
    • Please follow all application instructions carefully in order to meet deadlines to complete your application with all supporting documentation (i.e. official transcripts and PCAT scores, letters of reference, etc.)
    • Applications must be electronically submitted to PharmCAS by the posted deadline (on the UNE website, as well as in the PharmCAS directory)
  • On-campus interviews are required for admission and are by invitation only 
    • Admissions are rolling and decisions for admission are made after each interview session and continue until the program starts
    • Candidates on the waitlist are offered admission as seats become available
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees
    • Must have their international transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited U.S. institution  (International Admissions) 
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency (English Language Proficiency) 
      • If the applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to be submitted as a part of the completed application (Use PharmCAS code 8246 to have TOEFL scores reported directly to PharmCAS)
  • Before or upon matriculation, accepted/deposited students will be expected to meet
    • All health immunization requirements (Student Health Care)
    • Obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status 
  • Before matriculation, accepted/deposited students will be subject to passing a criminal background check prior to matriculation as well as periodically throughout the program as required by clinical affiliation

POLICY EXCEPTIONS

  • Policies are established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants to the university and its programs
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum and/or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates

TRANSFER CREDIT

  • Transfer credits may be awarded to students who transfer to UNE from another Doctor of Pharmacy program  
  • The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Pharmacy, with input from program faculty, will review courses and award transfer credits on a case by case basis

ADVANCED STANDING

  • No advanced standing is available

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

  • No credit awarded for experiential learning

Transfer Credit

TRANSFER CREDIT

  • Transfer credits may be awarded to students who transfer to UNE from another Doctor of Pharmacy program  
  • The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Pharmacy, with input from program faculty, will review courses and award transfer credits on a case by case basis

ADVANCED STANDING

  • No advanced standing is available

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

  • No credit awarded for experiential learning