The University of Charleston is a small private university located in Charleston, West Virginia, a community of approximately 200,000 people located in the south central part of the state. Our 40-acre campus rests amidst magnificent mountains, rivers, and the capital city. The city is alive with restaurants, shops, historic sites, a civic center, theaters, malls, a municipal auditorium, and plenty of outdoor recreation.
The program of study within University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is competency-based, with a focus on the implementation of pharmaceutical care in traditional healthcare environments, and serving the needs of rural America. The overall goal of the curriculum is to develop a competent, highly engaged, generalist practitioner who can successfully practice pharmacy at an entry-level. The curriculum emphasizes the management of disease states and the assurance of quality of care through the analysis of medical care outcomes in a highly integrated, technology driven environment.
In addition, the professional pharmacy curriculum at University of Charleston entails an interprofessional, competency-based framework, using integrated content and teaching, simulated patient environments, problem-based approaches when appropriate, and experiential exposure threaded throughout. The curriculum has been designed to provide knowledge, teach models of care management, allow students to demonstrate their understanding, and allow plentiful experiential opportunities for practice. Finally, the curriculum is designed to transition learners from dependent to independent learners as they progress.
The School of Pharmacy is committed to the development of a well-rounded, professionally active pharmacist who is able to demonstrate both technical competence and the embodiment of other essential professional characteristics. Consequently, curricular and programmatic offerings provide instruction, hands-on opportunities, and initiatives designed to encourage the growth and development of professional stewardship, citizenry, responsibility, and active involvement in issues that impact the profession and practice of pharmacy. Each student is provided membership to the professional organization of their choice, and funding is allocated to support conference, workshop, or other professional development attendance. The School of Pharmacy offers a variety of professional organizations that operate under the guidance of the Pharmacy Student Governance Association (PSGA) and provide opportunities for student engagement and involvement with the campus community and beyond. Additional leadership development opportunities include collaborations with the local, state, and national government officials on policy development, study abroad, and unique APPE rotation experiences across the country.
The mission of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists who will provide comprehensive patient care, to advance the profession through research and advocacy, and to serve the community as leaders in rural health care.
The School of Pharmacy has twelve general outcomes, which are referred to as the UC Comps. These competency statements include the liberal learning outcomes from University of Charleston that are applicable to professional pharmacy education. The UC Comps are:
These competencies are evaluated for each student within courses throughout the curriculum. The UC Comps provide an extension into the pharmacy program of the University liberal learning outcomes (citizenship, communication, creativity, critical thinking, ethical practice, science).
The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy seeks to identify talented, qualified, and committed individuals through a competitive admissions process. Each applicant’s academic background and achievement, Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores, letters of recommendation, and record of participation in advocacy, leadership, and extra-curricular activities are reviewed to determine the granting of an invitation for an on-campus interview and admission into the program. In addition to these areas, the Admissions Subcommittee places emphasis on personal merit, leadership, maturity, citizenship, moral reasoning, communication skills, previous pharmacy experience, and dedication to professional goals.
To be considered for admission, the applicant must have a 2.75 minimum grade point average and a satisfactory Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) score. PCAT tests must have been taken within 3 years of the date of application. Prospective applicants must successfully complete (with a C or better) 63 credit hours of pre-requisite course work. All pre-pharmacy course work must be completed prior to beginning the professional program in August. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all course work by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of the professional program.
Candidates are selected using a modified rolling admissions procedure. Qualified applicants are admitted to the School of Pharmacy on an ongoing basis beginning in the fall and continuing until the class is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all required admissions documents early in the academic year to maximize their admissions/acceptance potential. Please visit www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy for additional information.
The University of Charleston does participate in the Early Decision Program with PharmCAS. Please consult PharmCAS for Early Decision Program information and application deadlines.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology||8||12|
|General Chemistry with Laboratory||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with Laboratory||8||12|
|General Biology with Laboratory||8||12|
|Microbiology with Laboratory||4||6|
|Physics with Laboratory||4||6|
|Pre-Calculus or Algebra||3||4.5|
|Psychology or Sociology||3||4.5|
|History or Political Science||3||4.5|
|Economics (Micro or Macro)||3||4.5|
The pre-pharmacy course requirements have been established to ensure that students who enter the professional program will have the knowledge necessary to succeed in our program. The pre-pharmacy coursework must be completed prior to the beginning of the professional program. Pre-pharmacy courses may be completed at any accredited university/college. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to entry into the professional program. All questions concerning admission or prerequisite courses should be directed to the Office of Professional and Student Affairs 304-357-4889.
It is recommended that the student take two science courses and at least five courses (a minimum of 17 semester hours of credit) each semester to ensure appropriate preparation for the academic challenge of the School of Pharmacy. Calculus and required science courses taken more than seven years before the fall semester of admission must be retaken for a grade unless the applicant's subsequent academic or work experiences relate directly to the coursework. Applicants who have completed ALL prerequisite coursework will be given priority in the admission process. Completion of all pre-requisites by the end of spring 2014 is preferred. Applicants who require less than two pre-pharmacy courses to be completed in the summer prior to matriculation are considered stronger applicants than those who require greater than two pre-pharmacy courses. We do not waive any prerequisites coursework.
Other clarifying information: All science courses (chemistry, biology, microbiology, human anatomy, human physiology, and physics) must include a laboratory with each lecture. Science courses for non-science majors are NOT acceptable. Physics coursework may be algebra-based and must include mechanics, heat, force and motion.
Human Anatomy – Combined Human Anatomy and Physiology courses are acceptable for completion of this pre-requisite requirement. The total semester hours of instruction must total 8 semester hours. *Acceptance of a 300 or 400 level biology course may be eligible for substitution for anatomy and physiology laboratory only if applicant's home institution does not offer anatomy laboratory and/or physiology laboratory courses. This is applicable only for anatomy and physiology pre-requisite requirements. Request for this consideration must be submitted in writing using the official Pre-Requisite Course Substitution form found on www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy
Economics – The economics requirement may be fulfilled with either a macroeconomic or microeconomic course.
Statistics – Must have a general statistics or biostatistics emphasis.
You must complete the PharmCAS application along with the official supplemental application for the School of Pharmacy at www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy. The supplemental application is available beginning June 1, 2013.
Select PharmCAS code 104 and 904
Select code 8246 and 5419. The TOEFL is NOT required if you took your prerequisite coursework at an American college or university.
After admission specific immunizations and a criminal background check are required.
Translation by any recognized official transcript evaluation service is required.
We require one letter to be from a faculty member.