The University of New Mexico

Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Krystal Ward
Director of Student Services

Office of Student Services

MSC09 5360
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001

Phone (Work): 505-272-0583

Megan Speck
Student Services Coordinator

Office of Student Services

MSC 09 5360
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

Phone (Work): 505-272-4992

Phone (Fax): 505-272-8324

Garett Watts
Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Advisor

Office of Student Services

MSC 09 5360
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

Phone (Work): 505-272-2960

Phone (Fax): 505-272-8324


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: December 3, 2018

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: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Two semesters of coursework each year, with students completing summer Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences as part of the curriculum. These experiences are generally four weeks during the summer after the first and second years of the curriculum.
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


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:

Program Description (back to top)

The College of Pharmacy, the oldest professional college at The University of New Mexico, was founded in 1945. The College of Pharmacy has approximately 3,100 graduates of its professional program. Nearly two-thirds of all practicing pharmacists in New Mexico are graduates of the College of Pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy offers the professional program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D. degree). The program consists of four years of professional education. Consideration for admission to the program requires 91 credit hours of prerequisite course work. The Pharm.D. program emphasizes student-centered problem-based learning and requires nine months of advanced professional practice experiences during the fourth year, including experiences in ambulatory care, community-based and institutional settings. The Pharm.D. degree is the only professional degree offered by the College of Pharmacy.


In addition to the Pharm.D., a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with concentrations in Pharmacoeconomics, Epidemiology, Public Policy and Outcomes Research; Radiopharmacy; and Toxicology. A Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences with concentration in Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmaceutical Policy and Outcomes Research is also offered. Inquiries should be addressed to the Graduate Student Academic Advisor. A Doctor of Philosophy focusing on Toxicology is offered through the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and inquiries should be addressed to the Program Director of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.


The mission of the college is to develop innovative leaders in pharmaceutical care and research who enhance the quality of life for the people of New Mexico. The college enrolls the second highest number of Hispanic and Native American pharmacy students among all colleges of pharmacy in the United States. Unique programs within the college include the NM Poison and Drug Information Center, which is open 365 days per year and annually receives 40,000 inquiries; and the oldest training program in nuclear pharmacy in the United States.


The college is a co-sponsor for pharmacy practice and specialty practice pharmacy residencies in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy, cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, and renal pharmacotherapy with the UNM Hospitals and is affiliated with the NM VA Healthcare System, the Lovelace Sandia Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare System, the Indian Health Service and the University’s Cancer Research and Treatment Center.


The college has approximately 50 faculty and 250 preceptors throughout the state. The college has a strong partnership with the NM Pharmacists Association, the NM Society of Health System Pharmacists and the NM State Board of Pharmacy. These partnerships have created innovative pharmacy practice opportunities for pharmacists in New Mexico including recognition as pharmacist clinicians, pediatric and adult immunization prescribing, prescribing of tobacco cessation and emergency contraception products, and various disease state management programs.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 110
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 70-80
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 70-80
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 10
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.7
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 30th 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? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.34
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 22-45
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 91
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 128
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 91  128 
English Composition I and II 
General Chemistry I and II with Labs  12 
Economics (macroeconomics or microeconomics) 
Communications Selective - any 2 courses from the communications department. If applicant has a previous Bachelor level degree or higher, only 1 course is required. 
Critical Thinking Selective (2 courses required from selected list). If applicant has a previous Bachelor level degree or higher, only 1 course is required. 
Electives   24  36 
Organic Chemistry I and II with Labs  12 
General Biology I - with Molecular and Cell Biology component in the course 
General Biology II - with Genetics component in the course 
Microbiology with Lab 
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II 
Physics I and II 
Calculus I  

Additional Information

All prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of "C" of higher. Communication and Critical Thinking Selectives are courses that are selected from a list approved by the Curriculum Committee of the UNM College of Pharmacy. Students with a previous Bachelor level degree, or higher, need only complete one communication selective. 


Please see our website for course listings details:


All science (biology,chemistry and physics) prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring 2018 semester and all other prerequisites must be completed by June 30, 2018. It is required that all biology and chemistry prerequisite courses been completed within the last 7 years. Biochemistry, while not required, will count toward the 91 hours of prerequisites (as 3 semester hours of electives).

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2016

PCAT test dates through November 2018 will be accepted.  We do not accept the January or February PCAT

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



Only for students who will be applying as international students to UNM and have limited domestic course work. 

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

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
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? 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.
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: N/A Postmarked by deadline

Foreign students applying to this program must have a current visa or be eligible for a visa prior to matriculation.  Students in an undocumented status should contact the UNM College of Pharmacy, as undocumented student may be able to attend, depending on their status.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:

Applicant must have worked, taken a class or volunteered for the recommender

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Science)


  • Co-Worker
  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
  • Pre-Health Adviser
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:
  • September 2018 - March 2019

The required interview will consist of two main parts: a 30 minute extemporaneous writing exercise and a multiple-mini interview session.  During the multiple-mini interview sessions, students will rotate through 7 statiions.  Within those stations, students will be given an amount of time to read the question and then several minutes to respond to the question.  Additional details on the interview will be sent to invited applicants. A light meal will also be provided to you prior to your interview with the opportunity to speak informally with administrators, faculty and students of the College as well as practicing pharmacists.  Finally, interviewees will also have the opportunity to tour the HSC campus. 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed to regular applicants between 10/2018- 03/2019. All offers of acceptance are contingent on all prerequisite courses being completed with grades of C or higher.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 10/2018 - 3/2019; Three (3) weeks from receipt of acceptance letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $515.00
Due: at time of acceptance
Refundable? No
Details: Deposit is applied toward costs associated with the program.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • July 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Students will matriculate in July 2019. UNM's College of Pharmacy semester starts the first week of August, as such new students matriculate in July through orientation.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes