University of Arizona

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Marty Lynn Baker
Coordinator, Recruitment & Admissions

1295 N. Martin Ave.
P.O. Box 210202
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0202

Phone (Work): 520-626-4311

Phone (Fax): 520-626-3506


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: December 3, 2018

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • 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:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
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:
  • Will have another 1st year cohort of 40 students 8/20/18 this year and continue with 2nd and 3rd year students at the Phoenix Campus.

Program Description (back to top)

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona currently admits classes of 100-140 student pharmacists each fall semester in Tucson and Phoenix. Students are eligible to apply if they meet all admission requirements. Admitted students pursue a four-year doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The course of study is also called the pharmacy professional program.


This year the College will offer Early Decision through PharmCas. The PharmCas application will open 7/18/18. The Early Decision deadline is 9/4/18. Qualified applicants will be interviewed in September and October with decisions by 10/19/18 for Early Decision. Rolling admissions will continue with interviews November through February. Admissions decisions will be announced soon after each interview day. The Application deadline for all other candidates is 12/3/18. 


The College now offers an International Pathway to the PharmD program for students who have received a BS in Pharmacy from another country. Please refer to this page from our website on the details of this program:


During the past five years, on average 95 percent or more of the students who entered the UA College of Pharmacy graduated. The passing rates for new UA graduates who are first-time candidates for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) has almost always exceeded the state and national passing rate averages.


The College is currently ranked 16th in the nation by US News and World Reports.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 160-180
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 140
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 140
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: n/a
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: n/a
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: n/a
Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Yes
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 47%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 53%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.58
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-45
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2:1.4

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 70
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 70   
English Composition   n/a 
Brief Calculus   
Micro or Macro Economics   
Fine Art or Literature   
Social Sciences   
General Chemistry   
Organic Chemistry   
General Biology   
Anatomy and Physiology   

Additional Information

Please refer to the Standard Path and International Path pages from our website for more details:

Standard Path Applicants must complete 90 units/credits by June 1 to be eligible for Federal Financial Aid once admitted to the College. This can include AP, CLEP or IB credits.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 2 YEARS

November is the last date you can complete the PCAT for admission the following fall.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



The TOEFEL is required if you are from certain countries and if the applicant has not lived in the USA long enough.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Yes, required of all applicants

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: n/a

International students can be admitted, but courses taken outside the United States cannot be evaluated for admission to the PharmD program. Required courses for admission to the college must be from accredited schools in the U.S.

If you are an applicant who has already earned a degree in a country
outside of the United States that prepares you to practice pharmacy in
that country, you may apply to the University of Arizona College of
Pharmacy's PharmD program through the International Pharmacist Path
application. Students admitted through the International Pharmacist
path will take all of their coursework in Tucson, Arizona. Please refer to this page for further details:


Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Two PharmCAS evaluations are required (submitting a third is optional). Recommenders enter their evaluations online after the application is submitted. Instructions for evaluations can be found on the PharmCas application.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • n/a

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interview Dates:
  • Late September-Mid October for Early Decision, November-February for rolling admissions.

You will interview with a pharmacy faculty/practioner person. Expect the interview to last 20-25 minutes. You will also be asked to write an impromptu essay in a blue book. You will be given approximately 25 minutes to complete the essay. There will be a short orientation before the interview/essay/tour and a short reception following.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? All applicants will be notified soon after their interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants are given 14 working days to reply after they are notified of their status.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: 14 working days after admission notification
Refundable? No
Details: The fee is for Orientation expenses.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • week before fall semester
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Please refer to the UA Calendar link above. Orientation is the week before fall semester starts.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No