University of Cincinnati

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Andrea Wall
Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Kowalewski Hall Suite 135

3255 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267

Phone (Work): (513) 558-3784

Corrine Sams
Associate Director of Admissions

Kowalewski Hall Suite 135

3255 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267

Phone (Work): (513)558-0059

Betsy Macke
Assistant Director of Admissions

Kowalewski Hall Suite 135

3255 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0004

Phone (Work): (513)558-0481


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
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:
  • 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 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 higher thant the state and national average 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 required 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 March 1, 2019 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 fifteen 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


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 175
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 96
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 96
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 20
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.85 - 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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 33%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 67%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-33
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: 72
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 49
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 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 72   
General Education Electives   15  22 
First year Chemistry   12 
First year Chemistry lab  
First year Biology I  4.5 
First year Biology lab  
Organic Chemistry   12 
Organic Chemistry lab  
College Physics   12 
College Physics lab  
Anatomy and Physiology  12 
Biochemistry  4.5 

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.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: All students are required to complete a University of Cincinnati application.
Deadline: March 1, 2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $65.00
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.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2016

We will accept scores for PCAT from July 2016- through February 2019.

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



TOEFL is required if english is a second language.  It is also a requirement for licensure in OH.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy requires international applicants to demonstrate English proficiency by completing the TOEFL-IBT with the following minimum scores or higher: Writing- 24, Speaking - 26, Listening - 18 and Reading -21

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

Applicants must provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: March 1, 2019 Received by deadline

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:

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, academic advisors, 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


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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • Early Decision: September-October.and all other applications:November- March

Interviews will be  30 minutes and are conducted by a faculty member and a pharmacist-preceptor. In additiion to the interview there will be  multiple mini interview (MMI) stations. The interview focuses on non-cognitive abilities. The interview day also includes an information session, student session and a tour of the Academic Health Center.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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?


Amount: $500.00
Due: $200 holding deposit and $300 final deposit after March 1
Refundable? No
Details: The deposit is applied and credited to the student's tuition and fees upon matriculation
New Student Orientation Information:
  • May 2019 and August 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 26, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes