University of Saint Joseph

School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Dr. Angela D. Skyers, MBA, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs

Admissions & Student Affairs

University of Saint Joseph
School of Pharmacy
229 Trumbull Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103

Phone (Work): 860-231-5869

Phone (Fax): 860-231-5632

Website:

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: 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? No
Type of academic term:
  • Block
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: Baccalaureate degree required for admission
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Candidates enrolled in one of the 3/3 dual degree programs at one of our affiliated institutions are guaranteed an interview and receive priority consideration for admission.
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)

We encourage you to visit our Website for additional applicant information at http://www.usj.edu/pharmacy. At University of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT, students explore and expand their potential through personal attention in a welcoming community that offers an academically challenging program to individuals who want to succeed in the profession of pharmacy and make a difference in society. The University is a community that promotes the growth of the whole person in a caring environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society. We provide exemplary pharmacy education to diverse and qualified students possessing high leadership potential who are dedicated to impacting the health care needs of the people of the US and the global community.

The program relies on a firm foundation in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, socio-behavioral and clinical sciences, developing life-long learning skills that result in pharmacy practitioners committed to providing quality patient care and advancing the profession of pharmacy. The School is committed to, and promotes the emergence of, competent and compassionate pharmacists who will engage in community service and foster the advancement of research and scholarship.

The School of Pharmacy’s 3-calendar year Pharm.D. program is designed with two interwoven and complementary components: didactic and experiential, with the experiential learning component occurring throughout the entire curriculum. Students progress through the program in cohorts, using a modified block schedule (studying one course at a time) and mastering the subject material before moving to the next course. This approach has a proven record of increasing students’ ability to master the didactic material and provides students with a rich experiential education. Traditionally, this model results in high pass rates on the NAPLEX and allows students to benefit from employment sooner, which is a distinct financial advantage when compared to traditional 4-year programs.

For more information please visit: http://www.usj.edu/pharmacy.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 210
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 170
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 85
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: 85
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 85
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.8
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.8
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: PCAT Required
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 25%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 75%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.1
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 21-50
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's Degree required Complete a minimum of 68 semester credits of pre-pharmacy study in a Regionally Accredited college or university in the United States
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 44
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 102
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 Bachelor's Degree required Complete a minimum of 68 semester credits of pre-pharmacy study in a Regionally Accredited college or university in the United States  102 
English (one course in Composition)   10-12 
General Chemistry I & II (Lecture and Laboratory)   12-15 
Humanities: e.g. Art, Drama, Theatre, Literature, Religion, Music, Foreign Languages, Philosophy   10-12 
Social Sciences: e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Political Sciences, Economics, History, Anthropology, Government, Ethnic Studies   10-12 
Heath-Related Science and Mathematics: e.g. Computer Fundamentals/Basics, Medical Terminology, Informatics, Genetics, Mathematics above Calculus I, Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell Biology   12-16 
Microbiology (with Laboratory)  
Human Anatomy & Physiology (with Laboratory)   12-15 
Calculus (non-business)   4.5-5 
Statistics or Biostatistics  4.5-5 
Economics  4.5-5 
Physics (Lecture and Laboratory)  
Organic Chemistry I & II (Lecture and Laboratory)   12-15 
Oral Communication   4.5-5 

Additional Information

Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics courses MUST include a laboratory session.

http://www.usj.edu/academics/schools/school-of-pharmacy/pharmd_prereq.html

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

Yes

Details: Please complete the FREE supplemental application immediately following completion of your PharmCAS. The application is available at: https://my.usj.edu/ics/Enrollment_Management/School_of_Pharmacy/Default_Page.jnz?portlet=Take_the_Next_Step&screen=Display+Intro&screenType=next
Deadline: June 3, 2019Postmarked by deadline
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

https://my.usj.edu/ics/Enrollment_Management/School_of_Pharmacy/Default_Page.jnz?portlet=Take_the_Next_Step&screen=Display+Intro&screenType=next

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: 01/2013
Details:

If you plan to enroll for fall 2019, the latest PCAT we will consider is July 2019.

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:

A Math Survey Exam and Written Essay during the interview process.

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): 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.
Details:

Applicants must have completed the prerequisite coursework in the United States. We do not accept prerequisite coursework completed outside the United States, nor do we accept the ECE or WES evaluations. We do accept a foreign bachelor’s degree, but not the 68 credits of prerequisite coursework. For a list of prerequisite courses please visit: http://www.usj.edu/index.php/academics/schools/school-of-pharmacy/about-pharmacy-usj/pharmd-prerequisites

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

We do not accept letters of reference from family members or friends.  A minimum of two references are required. We require one academic letter (Professor, Advisor, or Dean). The second letter should be from an employer, another Professor, or an Academic Advisor.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

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

LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED:

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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: Committee letters will be evaluated on an individual basis
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: Counts as only one letter.

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • We operate on a rolling admission basis
Details:
The applicant participates in a 45-minute interview with two faculty members followed by a math and essay exam. The interview concludes with a tour of the school which is conducted by a currently enrolled student.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? We operate on a rolling admissions cycle. Within 2-3 weeks following the interview a decision is made and the candidate is notified. Additional information can be found on our website: http://www.usj.edu/pharmacy.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Within two weeks from the date of the offer letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $500
Due: Within two weeks from the date of the offer letter.
Refundable? No
Details: The $500 deposit is due within two weeks of the offer. A second deposit in the amount of $750 is due May 1, 2019. The deposits of $500 and $750 are both non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposits are applied to your first semester of tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 5 - 9, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 12, 2019.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No