University of Georgia
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Susan Herda 
      • Admissions Counselor 
      • Student Affairs 
      • College of Pharmacy 
      • 250 W. Green Street 
      • Athens 
      • Georgia 
      • 30602 
      • Phone (Work): 706-542-5278 
      • Phone (Fax): 706-583-0836 
      • Email: sherda@rx.uga.edu 

      • Alan Wolfgang 
      • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs 
      • Student Affairs 
      • College of Pharmacy 
      • 250 West Green Street 
      • Athens 
      • Georgia 
      • 30602 
      • Phone (Work): 706-542-5278 
      • Phone (Fax): 706-583-0836 
      • Email: wolfgang@rx.uga.edu 

    • Website:

      • Pharmacy South Building
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  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  December 1, 2014


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: September 6, 2014 
      • Details: The College of Pharmacy's annual Visitors' Day will be held from 9 AM to noon in the Pharmacy South Building. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • Georgia Health Sciences University Program - Augusta, Georgia 
      • Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus - Albany, Georgia 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree to students who successfully complete the study of prescribed courses. The first two or three years (pre-pharmacy) may be completed at any accredited institution of higher education. The last four years (nine semesters) are in the professional program and must be in residence at the College of Pharmacy. In order to receive the Pharm.D. degree, a student must have earned academic credit for not less than 69 semester hours in pre-pharmacy coursework and 148 semester hours of required professional coursework.

     

    The four-year professional program integrates classroom, laboratory, and experiential training in a curriculum organized around both human physiology and disease states. The first year curriculum introduces the student to "systems" on which the pharmacy profession is based, e.g., organ systems, drug delivery systems, health care systems, computer systems, communications, and medical terminology. This provides the foundation on which the second, third, and fourth professional years are built. In the second year, the curriculum focuses on drugs - their structure, function, mechanism of action, formulation, and clinical use in patients. For the third year of the curriculum, some students move to satellite campuses in Augusta or Albany, Georgia. Third year courses utilize disease and drug information presented in the first and second years to make decisions for individual patients. The student contstructs pharmacotherapy regimens and writes plans to monitor drug therapy for efficacy and safety. Experience programs at the College of Pharmacy are designed to develop professional practice skills in a variety of patient care settings. It is divided into two components: introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). The IPPEs are administered either in stand-alone courses or as part of existing courses offered during the first three years of the program. These experiences are designed to provide students with a better understanding of how pharmacy relates not only to patients but also to other health care disciplines. The fourth year consists of three semesters of full-time APPEs in institutional, community, and other patient care settings. A matching system is used during the third year to assign students to available APPE areas within Georgia. Space within these areas is limited and quotas are set each year based upon site availability and class size. Students are assigned to one area for the entire fourth year. Based upon University policy, we are prohibited from granting preference to students for area assignments. The only allowable exception is for those students moving to Augusta or Albany for their third year coursework who remain in those areas for their APPEs. Within the fourth year, students receive extensive training in various inpatient and outpatient settings. The majority of these experiences occur in teaching hospitals, community hospitals, community pharmacies, home health settings, nursing homes, public health agencies, managed care companies, and the pharmaceutical industry. Students learn to design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and modify patient pharmacotherapeutic plans based upon scientific principles to ensure effective, safe, and economical patient care. Complete information on the Pharm.D. program, as well as graduate and residency programs offered in the College of Pharmacy, can be found at http://www.rx.uga.edu.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 269
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 202
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 144
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 49
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 32%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 68%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 275
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-34 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4.81:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 69
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 69   
      English Composition I   
      English Composition II   
      Analytic Geometry and Calculus   
      Introductory Statistics   
      Introduction to Public Speaking or Introduction to Interpersonal Communication   
      Principles of Macroeconomics or Principles of Microeconomics   
      Social Sciences   
      World Languages and Culture - a total of 9 hours (three 3-credit courses) are required; accepted courses can be found at http://www.curriculumsystems.uga.edu/ucc/GenEdCore.pdf   
      Freshman Chemistry I   
      Freshman Chemistry Lab I   
      Freshman Chemistry II   
      Freshman Chemistry Lab II   
      Organic Chemistry I   
      Organic Chemistry Lab I   
      Organic Chemistry II   
      Organic Chemistry Lab II   
      Priniciples of Biology I with Lab   
      Principles of Biology II with Lab   
      Microbiology   
      Biochemistry   
      Anatomy and Physiology   
    • Additional Information: 

      A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all prerequisite courses.Only two prerequisite courses may be taken after the spring semester (i.e., in Maymester or summer semester) and only one of those courses can be a math or science course (i.e., calculus, statistics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, anatomy and/or physiology). Applicants needing to complete more than one math or science course, or more than two courses of any type, after the spring semester will not be offered admission. If an applicant receives an offer of admission prior to completing all of the prerequisite courses, a grade of C- or higher must be earned in any outstanding pre-pharmacy courses. If a grade below C- is earned in any such course, the offer of admission will be rescinded.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The supplemental application is required for all applicants. Applicants must apply to PharmCAS before completing the supplemental application.
      • Deadline: December 22, 2014 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $55.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The online University of Georgia College of Pharmacy supplemental application will be avaliable beginning July 1, 2014 at http://www.rx.uga.edu.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

        Work experience in pharmacy is not required for admission, but it is highly valuable. Such experience helps an applicant learn as much as possible about the profession, how it matches his/her skills and interests, and what practice opportunities are available to pharmacists. While working in a pharmacy is perhaps the best way to gain this type of knowledge, there are other ways to learn more about the profession, including "shadowing" pharmacists, involvement in health-related community service activities, and participation in health care-related research projects.


  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Details: 

      Credit can be given for courses completed at foreign institutions, but no letter grades for those courses will be transferred. Such courses do not have to be repeated, but the pre-pharmacy GPA can be calculated only from courses taken at accredited institutions in the United States. Therefore, it is required that all international applicants take a minimum of 35 credit hours (including both English courses) at an accredited U.S. institution in order to establish a GPA. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the services designated by the University of Georgia. International students can find more detailed information on this process at http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/admission-information-for-international-students.html.


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Two letters of recommendation are required and a maximum of four letters may be submitted. It is highly preferred that one recommender be someone very familiar with the applicant's academic background as a result of teaching the applicant at the college level. The second recommendation should be from a person, preferably a pharmacist mentor/supervisor, familiar with the applicant's interest in and suitability for a career in pharmacy. However, letters of recommendation from other sources are accepted. Letters must be sent directly to PharmCAS; letters sent to the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy will not be accepted.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • Late October through late March 
    • Details: 

      Applicants invited for interviews will meet with members of the Admissions Committee, as well as currently enrolled Pharm.D. students. During the interview, students may be asked to discuss their academic background, reasons for selecting pharmacy as a profession, plans upon graduation, work experience, leadership experience, and extracurricular activities. Verbal and written communication skills also will be evaluated.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? At periodic intervals during the admissions cycle, acceptance letters are mailed to groups of applicants who have interviewed.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants must accept their admission offers within three weeks of receiving those offers; a shorter time frame is used during the alternate admission period.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $250.00
      • Due: Approximately three weeks after acceptance offer is received
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Late April 2015 
      • Details: Advising sessions for incoming students currently enrolled in the University of Georgia.
      • May and June 2014 
      • Details: Advising sessions for incoming students not previously enrolled at the University of Georgia and those admitted as alternates will be held on two Friday afternoons.
      • August 15, 2014 
      • Details: Orientation program for all incoming Pharm.D. students.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: The first day of classes will be Monday, August 17, 2015.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No