Larkin University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Everlidis Pena
Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions

18301 N. Miami Ave.
2nd Floor
Miami, Florida 33169

Phone (Work): 305-760-7517


Program Deadline (back to top)

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

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Candidate

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Three terms per academic year (fall, spring, summer) with two-week block courses within each term.
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    December 1, 2018


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? Yes
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

Found in 2013, Larkin University is a private, not-for-profit university that is part of the Larkin Health System. The College of Pharmacy began with inaugural class in 2016. The College of Pharmacy is the first year-round, three-year, block-program in the State of Florida. Although students complete their Doctor of Pharmacy in three years, as opposed to the more traditional four years, due to the design of the curriculum students have approximately 25% more contact time than traditional programs. The block curriculum allows students to learn in a focused format so they can concentrate on one major topic at a time. Additionally, there are several courses that are taught longitudinally over the year in order to apply the knowledge that has been learned within each block. In a typical day, the class meets with their faculty, engage in didactic teaching, and participates in active learning activities to allow the substantial amount of information learned in pharmacy school to be applied regularly, limiting the need for excessive memorization. Application of knowledge is a proven methodology for long-term retention. In addition, there are many clinical training opportunities that exist within Larkin and the Miami-Dade area, limiting travel outside of the Miami-Dade area to those students who desire to do so. The primary goal of the College is to promote and foster pharmacy education to create compassionate and knowledgeable pharmacists who will be prepared to pursue a multitude of career options including post-graduate education.


Currently, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Biomedical Sciences are housed in Miami Gardens in a building which was formerly a college and has gone under renovations to provide all the needed components of a successful and active academic pharmacy program. These renovations were completed prior to the matriculation of the inaugural class of students targeted for August 2016. Additional, renovation is also scheduled for 2017-2018 academic year to create a more student-centered environment. In early 2013 Larkin Health System purchased 50 acres of land in Naranja, Florida with plans to create the Larkin University campus which will include the existing programs as well as a College of Osteopathic Medicine, a College of Dentistry, the School of Nursing, a public middle and high schools to target students interested in the health sciences, student housing and a recreation center. The Naranja campus is still under development and the College of Pharmacy does not anticipate relocation for several years.


Larkin Health Systems is an integrated healthcare delivery system accredited by the Joint Commission with locations in South Miami, Palm Spring (Hialeah) and Hollywood, Florida. Our network of acute care hospitals provides a complete continuum of healthcare services, including a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, home health agencies, Skilled Nursing facilities, Rehabilitation centers and Assisted Living facilities in Miami-Dade and Broward County. We subscribe to the Triple Aim of Care, Health and Cost: Continually researching ways to improve the experience of care, improving health of populations and reducing per capita costs of health care. Our South Miami Campus consists of a 146 bed Acute Care hospital, located in South Miami, Florida and is the third largest statutory teaching hospital in Florida. We offer post-graduate training to physicians in 32 different specialties. We also sponsor an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program, an American Society of Health System Pharmacists Accredited Pharmacy Residency Program and a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program. Our Palm Springs Campus, is a 247-bed full service acute care hospital located on 15 acres of land in Hialeah, Florida and includes a 7 story Medical Office Building. Larkin Community Hospital Behavioral Health Services in Hollywood, Florida, includes a 50-bed inpatient behavioral health unit and also offers comprehensive behavioral health services. The Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin Community Hospital specializes in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. This 25-member team is led by world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Aizik Wolf. The state of the art Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin Community Hospital specializes in advanced surgical techniques using the latest multimodal perioperative pain management modalities and state of art instrumentation with advanced robotic technology. The Cancer Center at Larkin led by internationally renowned Hematologist/Oncologist Dr. Orlando Silva specializes in providing the latest advances in the treatment of breast cancer. The Florida Academic Dermatology Center at Larkin is one of the few inpatient dermatology units in the United States. Larkin Community Hospital offers state-of-the-art imaging technology with board-certified Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists. Our Joint Commission Accredited Home Health Agency, Larkin Home Health Services, provides comprehensive services in your home under the direction of your physician. Our 180 bed Assisted Living Facility, Floridian Gardens, is licensed to provide Extended Congregate Care and Limited Mental Health Services. We are affiliated with many teaching hospitals and clinics for pharmacy students throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties so students will not have to travel for third-year rotations unless they wish to do so.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 90
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: N/A
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:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.7
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50th percentile
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? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: N/A
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: N/A
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 2.7
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-55
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
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 63   
General Biology I (with Lab)   
General Biology II (with Lab)   
Anatomy and Physiology    
General Chemistry I (with Lab)   
General Chemistry II (with Lab)   
Organic Chemistry I (with Lab)   
Organic Chemistry II (with Lab)   
General Physics   
Speech/Public Speaking   
Advance Science Courses (such as Immunology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics)   
Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences   
Psychology or Sociology   

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 5 academic years

It is recommended that applicants take the PCAT in July, September, October, or November.  We will accept all PCAT test administration over the last five academic years.

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 submit proof of required immunizations and proof of health insurance prior to matriculation.  The list of required immunizations and health insurance options offered through Larkin University will be provided to admitted students.

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? Yes
Are foreign citizens considered? No
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? No
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.

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 letters of reference are required.  We require at least one from a faculty member who can speak of your academic experience and suggest that one is from a health care professional who is not a family member.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Supervisor


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • January - April

Our interview consists of the Multi-Mini Interview (MMI), a group activity, and a writing sample.  Interviews at LU COP are half-day events; either a morning session or an afternoon session.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent on a continual basis following interview and committee decision.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants are required to accept the offer for admission within a week of receipt of the acceptance letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: Two weeks after acceptance
Refundable? No
Details: The deposit will be applied in full to the tuition cost for the first year. Deposits are non-refundable.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • July 29 - August 5
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes begin August 06, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes