University of Cincinnati
The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Andrea Wall 
      • Associate Dean for Student Affairs 
      • Health Professions Building - Room 136  
      • 3225 Eden Avenue  
      • Cincinnati 
      • Ohio 
      • 45267  
      • Phone (Work): (513) 558-3784  
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  December 1, 2014

  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: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • 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 James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, located at the University of Cincinnati, is one of the oldest Colleges of Pharmacy in the United States. The College is located on the Academic Health Center Campus, along with the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health.   

    The nationally recognized Pharm.D. program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) engages students in a rigorous curriculum that includes didactic coursework and experiential learning that begins in the first professional year. Small class sizes allow students to learn from our expert faculty who have received education and training in the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. Pharmaceutical Science faculty have successful research endeavors in such areas as drug metabolism, cancer, molecular pharmaceutics and neuropharmacology.  Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Science faculty have active practices in the specialty areas of cardiology, family medicine, geriatrics, oncology and psychiatry and research interests in health and medication outcomes.  The strong academic foundation our students receive is proven by the fact that our students consistently score in the top 20% on the NAPLEX examination and successfully pass the NAPLEX and MPJE licensing exams to become a licensed pharmacist.


    The Pharm.D. program at the University of Cincinnati consists of  a minimum of two years of a pre-pharmacy curriculum and four years of Pharm.D. curriculum. Pre-pharmacy coursework can be completed at the University of Cincinnati, or at any accredited college or university. The Pharm.D. program at UC is fully accredited by The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. As a component of accreditation the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy received commendation in the areas of experiential learning, student affairs and admissions, and, curriculum.

    Admission Selection
    All applications that are complete and received by the December 2 deadline will be carefully reviewed for admission consideration. To be considered a qualified candidate, applicants should have a strong academic background (as demonstrated by cumulative college GPA and PCAT scores); a demonstrated history of leadership and involvement in community service; strong essays and personal statement; and a broad knowledge of the pharmacy profession. Qualified candidates will be invited to campus for an interview.


     Outside of the classroom, our students are committed to their communities and the profession through the College of Pharmacy’s ten student organizations. Students volunteer their time and expertise to many community service organizations providing interdisciplinary outreach services to the underserved in the Greater Cincinnati area.  


    In addition, many of our students are involved in national student organizations, and several hold positions on the governing boards of national pharmacy associations.


    For information about the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, Pharm.D.,and MS/PhD programs, please visit


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 139
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 98
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 35
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 51%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 49%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 220
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 40
    • 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: 20-42
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 68
    • 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 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 68   
      General Education Electives   12  18 
      First year Chemistry   12 
      First year Chemistry lab  
      First year Biology  
      First year Biology lab  
      Organic Chemistry   12 
      Organic Chemistry lab  
      College Physics   12 
      College Physics lab  
    • Additional Information: 

      Biology, chemistry and physics must be for science majors and include a lab.  General education electives must include electives in humanities and arts, and, behavioral and social sciences.  In addition, on elective in each category must have a focus in culture and diversity , and, ethics.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: All students are required to complete a University of Cincinnati application and complete the required supplemental essays.
      • Deadline: December 1, 2014 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The Supplemental Application is completed online and can be found at:

        All applicants must complete the Supplemental Application to be considered for admission.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2013
      • Details: 

        We will accept scores for PCAT from July 2013- through November 2014

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

        TOEFL is required if english is a second language

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: December 1, 2014 Received 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: 

      As part of your PharmCAS application, we require that you submit three letters of recommendation. We suggest that the letters come from your academic instructors, employers, and/or someone of your choosing. We will not accept letters of recommendation from politicians, friends, family members, co-workers or clergy. 


    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • January - mid March  

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters will be emailed following the applicant interview on an continual basis until April 15.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 3 weeks from date of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $250.00
      • Due: 3 weeks from date of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The deposit is applied to the student's account after registration in classes.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • May 2015 
      • Details: Attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory.
      • August 2015 
      • Details: A mandatory two-day orientation will take place before classes begin. Dates to be determined.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 31, 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No