The University of Louisiana Monroe
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Dr. David Caldwell 
      • Director of Professional Affairs 
      • Office of Student and Professional Affairs  
      • 1800 Bienville Drive  
      • Monroe 
      • Louisiana 
      • 71201  
      • Phone (Work): 318-342-3800 
      • Phone (Fax): 318-342-3802 
      • Email: dcaldwell@ulm.edu 

    • Website:

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  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  February 1, 2018


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • 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: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
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  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The ULM School of Pharmacy was established in 1956, and since that time it has maintained and grown in its reputation as a well-respected institution for both professional and graduate-level pharmaceutical education in the South. The education offered at ULM equips our students with the tools necessary to be prepared for and be successful in the constantly changing field of health care. Graduates of our programs work across the nation in community and health-system pharmacies, clinical practice, managed care groups, academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and a wide variety of other settings. 

    Students attending ULM receive a challenging and forward-thinking education that combines classroom learning, practical application, and experiential training in our state-of-the-art pharmacy facility located in Monroe, Louisiana. In the fourth year, students have the opportunity to train in a wide variety of practice settings throughout the state.

    Visit http://www.ulm.edu/pharmacy/prospective for more information.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 125
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 90
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 100
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 10
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: No quota
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: No quota
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Competitive (no minimum; however, applicants are encouraged to retake the exam if the composite score earned is <30)
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.6
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 21-35 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 2.3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 77
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 41
    • 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 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 77   
      English Composition    
      Technical Writing    
      General Physics with Lab    
      Statistics (300 or 3000 level or higher)    
      Economics    
      Public Speaking    
      Humanities   
      Social Sciences    
      Fine Arts    
      Microbiology with Lab    
      Anatomy with Lab and Physiology with Lab   
      Cell Biology or Cell Physiology    
      Genetics   
      Calculus   
      Inorganic Chemistry with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry with Lab    
      Biochemistry   
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The supplemental application is required of all applicants.
      • Deadline: 02/01/2018 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $75.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Information about and a link to the supplemental application may be found at http://ulm.edu/pharmacy/prospective/apply.html.

         

         


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2016
      • Details: 

        Find PCAT test dates here: https://tpc-etesting.com/pcat/default.aspx

        We recommend that applicants take the PCAT after completing their second organic chemistry course. The exam may be repeated, and we will accept the highest composite score earned. The January 2018 test date is the latest that will be considered for applicants applying to begin in fall 2018.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        The TOEFL is required for international students and students for whom English is a second language unless English was the language of instruction for pre-pharmacy course work. A TOEFL may be requested of any interviewing applicant about whom the interviewers express concern for English proficiency.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: 
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • 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 a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 1, 2018 Postmarked by deadline

  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? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      The admission committee requires three letters of recommendation from the following individuals: two university professors (one must be a science professor; the other may be any other professor under whom you have studied) and a work supervisor. If you cannot obtain a letter from a work supervisor, you may provide one from an organizational advisor that can comment on your work habits and attitudes. Please note that letters from the following individuals will not be accepted: non-supervising co-workers, teaching assistants, family members, and friends.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
    • 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
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • September through April 
    • Details: 

      The ULM School of Pharmacy interviews are conducted by invitation only and are designed to assess an applicant’s interpersonal communication skills, writing ability, critical thinking, and a variety of other characteristics. 

      In addition to the multiple mini-interviews, applicants will participate in a “welcome” breakfast, receive a tour of the pharmacy facilities, meet and have an opportunity to have their questions answered by professional pharmacy students, complete a writing assignment, discuss their application with an admission officer, and more. 

      Interviews begin in September and extend through April. Applicants invited for an interview will be notified by email indicating the date and time that their interview will take place at the University of Louisiana Monroe School of Pharmacy. Interviews are conducted monthly on Fridays and applicants should plan to spend 4-5 hours at the school.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance emails are sent following the applicant interview on a continual basis.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Responses to offers are due within 14 days of the receipt of the offer.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $200
      • Due: Within 14 days of admission offer
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Applicants are required to accept or reject an admission offer within 14 days of its receipt. Students must also submit a nonrefundable pharmacy activities fee of $200 within that time period. This fee covers all extracurricular expenses for the entire 4-year period of pharmacy school.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
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      • Details: A five-day orientation will be held during the week immediately prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Students offered admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program may request deferred admission for one year only if they believe that they have extenuating circumstances that would make it difficult for them to be successful during their first year in the School of Pharmacy. These students shall submit, in writing, an official request for deferral from the Doctor of Pharmacy program for no more than one year (2 semesters) to the current Admissions Committee Chair. This written statement must be received prior to the first day of class. This statement shall be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and appropriate personnel to decide if deferral is granted. If deferral is granted, the candidate will be notified of the decision and will not have to reapply for admission the following year. If deferral is denied, the candidate will be notified and will be required to re-submit an application during the next admission cycle and complete all admission and interview requirements if admission is still desired.