The University of Louisiana at Monroe
College 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: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  February 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • 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: 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The ULM School of Pharmacy is the only state supported pharmacy program in Louisiana, and the faculty, staff, students and alumni are very proud that we are the state of Louisiana’s School of Pharmacy. The School offers three distinct academic programs: 1) the Doctor of Pharmacy program; 2) the graduate program in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences offering a Master’s of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Pharmacy, and 3) the Bachelor of Science program in Toxicology which is one of only seven undergraduate toxicology programs in the nation. The School is comprised of an outstanding group of faculty and staff dedicated to our mission, “to educate future health care professionals to meet the diverse pharmaceutical care needs of the people of Louisiana and to serve the professions of pharmacy and toxicology through a balanced program of education, research, service, and patient care.” It is our goal to educate entry-level pharmacy practitioners to deliver pharmacy care in a dynamic, culturally diverse society, enabling our graduates to enter a wide range of existing or emerging health care practices, and through this task, instill students with the School’s core values of responsibility, innovation, collaboration, quality and professionalism. In addition to preparing quality pharmacists for the state of Louisiana and surrounding regions, our faculty are dedicated scholars who make valuable contributions to the world’s medical and scientific knowledge base through the college’s extensive research programs. Faculty in our program work collaboratively with other researchers not only in Louisiana , but across the world to build and sustain research programs focusing on drug development and delivery, patient outcomes, pharmacy practice and toxicology that provide the foundations for new therapies and improve patient care.

    The School also provides a unique service to the state of Louisiana. Through its collaborative partnerships with the Louisiana State University Health Science Centers and other health care centers, the School provides high-level pharmacy care for state residents. Additionally, via partnerships with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the School provides prior authorization services, disease management programs, and evaluation of patient and program outcomes for the Louisiana Patient Assistance Program. Finally, the School’s Drug Information Center provides Louisiana’s health care professionals with assistance in obtaining drug information and providing evidence based answers to patient care questions. We take immense pride in the quality of our students and the tradition of excellence established by our faculty, students and graduates. Many of our graduates go on to be entrepreneurs, volunteer student preceptors and leaders in the profession.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 120
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 90 - 95
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 95
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 1
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 10
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 155
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Quota
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Quota
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Competitive
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 21-35 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 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
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 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)    
      Public Speaking    
      Social Sciences    
      Fine Arts    
      Microbiology with Lab    
      Anatomy with Lab and Physiology with Lab   
      Cell Biology or Cell Physiology    
      Inorganic Chemistry with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry with Lab    

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2014
      • Details: 

        June, August, October or January

      • 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. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • 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, 2016  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: 

      Three letters of reference MUST be received in order for application packet to be considered complete. Applicants will not be reviewed for admission until a complete application packet is submitted. Applicants are expected to include letters from 1 College Math Professor, 1 College Science Professor and 1 Supervisor. If a Math Professor is not available, then applicants can submit letters from 2 College Science Professors. A supervisor does not have to been a person the applicant worked with, it can be a person who provided guidance to the applicant, such as an advisor or church youth leader.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • 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: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • November thru April 
    • Details: 

      This interview will help determine if an applicant is ready for admission to the Professional Program of Pharmacy. The Admission Committee will be observing your ability to express yourself in a variety of situations, your motivations in the area of Pharmacy, and your commitment to patient care. Other criteria that applicants may be evaluated on: neatness in appearance and on written interview questions, promptness, responsiveness to social clues, good manners, directness in answering, organizational skills, and goal orientation. Applicants will be expected to participate in one 30 to 40 minute oral interview. This interview will consist of the applicant, two Faculty members of the School of Pharmacy and one senior pharmacy student. The interviews will take place in succession with randomly assigned interviewers.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 01/01 - 05/01/2016
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 01/01 - 05/01/2016; 10 days from the receipt of acceptance
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: One day orientation will be held in June and a five day orientation in August.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Letter to The Director of Professional Affairs requesting to defer admission for 1 year explaining the reason the deferment is needed. Director will forward the letter to the Admission Committee for their final approval.