Lebanese American University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Anthony Capomacchia
Assistant Dean Student Affairs

CHSC 6104C

School of Pharmacy
Lebanese American University

Phone (Work): +9619547262x2450

Phone (Fax): +9619546256

Phone (Mobile): +961 70 926222


Program Deadline (back to top)

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

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: 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:

Program Description (back to top)


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

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
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

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: 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


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

We are not a participating PharmCAS institution


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


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


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.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
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? 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


Letters of Reference (back to top)

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)


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

Interviews (back to top)

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

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


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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?


New Student Orientation Information:
  • August
First day of classes and/or matriculation: http://www.lau.edu.lb/academics/calendar/2017-2018
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No