Lebanese American University
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jad Abdallah 
      • Assistant Professor 
      • CHSC 6104 
      • School of Pharmacy 
      • Lebanese American University 
      • Byblos 
      • Phone (Work): +9619547254 
      • Phone (Fax): +9619546262 
      • Email: jabdallah@lau.edu.lb 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only: 


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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 ↑ 

    http://pharmacy.lau.edu.lb/programs/


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 70
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 64
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 64
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 18%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 82%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.2
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 85
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 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
    • 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 70   
      General Biology    
      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: 

      http://pharmacy.lau.edu.lb/programs/curriculum/prepharmacy.php


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

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

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • 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
    • 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: May 1, 2014 
    • Details: 

      http://pharmacy.lau.edu.lb/admissions/bs-pharmacy.php


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? No
      • 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)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • 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 Dates:
      • June 16, 2014 
    • 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 interviews 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

       

      Creativity

      - 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
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • September 11, 2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: http://www.lau.edu.lb/academics/calendar/20142015/
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No