Lebanese American University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only:  04/01/2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 85
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 75
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 75
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
    • 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: 2.5
    • 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: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 19%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 81%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.2
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-29
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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: 39
    • 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: Summer 2019 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 70   
      pre-pharmacy program  39   
      Chemical Principles   
      Organic Chemistry I + Lab   
      Organic Chemistry II + Lab   
      Medical Anatomy and Physiology   
      Computer Application to Pharmacy   
      Principles of Pathophysiology and Immunology   
      Microbiological Basis of Disease   
      Statistics for Health Profession Majors   
      Medical Biochemistry   
      Systems Pathophysiology   
      Liberal Arts Curriculum courses  16   
      English courses   
    • Additional Information: 


    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? No

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
      • Details: 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • 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: 

      Applicants must sit for a short essay, that will help to assess the applicant writing skills.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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 an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Details: 


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? directly to the school
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      An applicant must complete three recommendation forms by three different faculty members, among which at least one should be a major course instructor.


    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • May of each year 
    • Details: 

      Purpose of the Interview

      The Lebanese American University School of Pharmacy recognizes that academic excellence is not the only benchmark to measure the success and competency of a student. Therefore, the School organizes individual multiple mini nterviews for the Professional Pharmacy Program candidates in order to make them familiar with the program's expectations. At the same time, this process enables the interviewer to become more acquainted with the candidates and learn about their attributes.


      Structure of the interview

      The interview structure is designed as an objective assessment of the candidates oral and behavioral attributes listed below. Every effort is made for the interview session to be as comfortable and stress-free to the candidate as possible. Candidates are encouraged to ask the interviewer to clarify or repeat a question if needed.

      Each candidate will have to visit three committees and each committee is responsible of assessing two attributes. The candidate will spend 5 to 7 minutes with each committee, making it a total of about 15-20 minutes for the entire interview process.


      Interview Content

      Interview questions relate to the candidate’s non-academic past experiences, performances and behaviors. Six domains of attributes are addressed at different sequential steps throughout the personal interview process. These include communication skills, coping with change, dealing with conflict/handling criticism, management skills/stress management, personal attributes, creativity. The definition and descriptors of these attributes are as follows:


      Communication skills:

      - Oral competence including speech, annunciation, voice volume, pitch and rate

      - Proper language skills including vocabulary and grammar

      - Appropriate body language including demeanor, facial expressions and physical gestures


      Coping with change   

      - Ability to adapt, improvise and be open-minded about unconventional approaches to deal with problems

      - Able to learn from experience

      - Able to stay focused and organized in case unfamiliar options are chosen by others


      Dealing with conflict/Handling criticism

      - Maturity, self-reflection, self-control

      - Respect and support of others' opinions


      Management skills/ Stress management

      - Multitask, problem solver

      - Tracking and managing time

      - Prioritization, organizational skills

      - Stress management

      - Dealing with group dynamics


      Personal attributes

      - Well-mannered, composed and self-respect

      - Kindness, generous, polite, empathy, considerate

      - Potential for leadership



      - Innovative, resourceful, think outside the box

      - Unique and novel ideas

      - Critical thinking: purposeful and reflective judgment

      - Questioning and inquisitive approach

      - Gathering and assessing information and determining a well-reasoned solution


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? It is due on the Orientation day
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? No
      • Amount: 
      • Due: 
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: http://www.lau.edu.lb/academics/calendar/2017-2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: