Located on the nation's only completely new education, research and patient care facility, the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is part of the interprofessional learning environment that fosters collaboration of nationally renowned researchers and clinicians. Through expanded experiential training, critical skills development and active learning, we produce quality practitioners. Whether they go on to become community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, teachers, researchers or entrepreneurs, our mission is to make sure our graduates are scientifically knowledgeable, compassionate, ethical and committed to a lifetime of continued learning. Acceptance into the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharm.D. program is competitive and applicants will be evaluated based on: scholastic ability, communication skills, motivation, leadership potential, desire to contribute to the profession of pharmacy and diversity of professional and other life experiences. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to review each application on a case-by-case basis.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Biochemistry (upper-division No lab required)||3||5|
|General Biology 1 & 2||6||9|
|General Biology Lab 1 & 2||2||3|
|General Chemistry 1 & 2||6||9|
|General Chemistry Lab 1 & 2||2||3|
|Organic Chemistry 1 & 2||6||9|
|Organic Chemistry lab 1 & 2||2||3|
|Human Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology I||3||5|
|Human Anatomy Lab or Anatomy and Physiology I lab||1||2|
|Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology II||3||5|
|Human Physiology Lab or Antomy and Physiology II lab||1||2|
|Physics I (algebra or calculus based)||3||5|
|Economics (Macroeconomics or Microeconomics)||3||5|
|English Composition 1 & 2||6||9|
|Humanities / Social Science||9||13|
Applicants to the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy must complete all prerequisites with a grade of C or higher (C- or below is not acceptable) at a college or university that is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges or one of its regional affiliates. There are no exceptions to this policy. Applicants also must complete all pre-pharmacy coursework by the end of the spring term prior to their first fall term in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We do not accept courses taken the summer before matriculation for prerequisite purposes. In many cases, applicants can be admitted while they are completing the course work in the spring semester but the number of courses in progress may affect the decision of the admissions committee should there not be sufficient course work to evaluate.
Please note the following policies:
We do not accept any pre-pharmacy math, science labs or public speaking courses taken online. Hybrid courses (online and on campus) will be reviewed on an individual basis by the admissions committee.
A previous degree does not exempt applicants from completing the prerequisite course work.
Courses completed at foreign institutions must be evaluated by a professional evaluation service (http://www.pharmcas.org/applicants/transcripts.htm#INTERNATIONAL) and acceptability of course work will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Failure to submit this transcript evaluation for our review will delay your application.
Since the pre-pharmacy curriculum is essential in the preparation for pharmacy school, calculus and pre-pharmacy science courses taken more than seven years prior to the fall semester admission is desired must be retaken for a grade unless the applicant's subsequent academic or work experiences relate directly to the coursework. Requests for a waiver of this policy must be submitted in writing; all requests will be handled on an individual basis.
Advanced placement credit is based on the College Entrance Examination Board's Advanced Placement tests. AP and IB credits can be used to fulfill pre-requisite requirements. If your college transcript does not show the credit or the type of credit earned, you will need to request a copy of your test scores to be sent directly to our office.
We do not accept CLEP, ACT or department exams in lieu of the pre-pharmacy course work.
The PCAT must have been taken within the last three years and no later than July of the year of application for early decision applicants, and September of the year of application for December 1 deadline applicants.Note: select PHarmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
International Applicants. Note; select code 8246 to report your TOEFL and or TSE scores directly to PharmCAS.
Students with English as a Second Language may be required to have a telephone Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) prior to being invited for an on-site interview. The OPI is scheduled at a convenient time for the canddiate and the English as a Second Language instructor conducts the interview. If the candidate's English proficiency meets the standards set by the school, the candidate will be contacted for an on-site interview.
Three (3) recommendation forms from professional, and or academic sources are required to be completed and sent through PharmCAS. The applicant should seek recommendations attesting to his/her academic performance (academic recommendation) or on the applicant's professional skills and potential for success in a rigorous professional degree program (professional recommendation).
All candidates invited for an interview must attend the interview in person. The on-site interview process is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of the profession, maturity, communication and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. In addition to an individual interview, the candidate will write an essay on an assigned topic. In order to further assess interpersonal communication skills, candidates will be observed in a problem-solving group activity. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the on-site interview process.