University of Colorado
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  December 1, 2015

  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: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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.

    Within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, there are PhD programs in pharmaceutical sciences—specializing in pharmaceutical sciences, clinical translational science, or pharmaceutical outcomes research—and in molecular toxicology. Areas of interest include pharmaceutical biotechnology and biophysics, cancer pharmacology and molecular toxicology. The pharmaceutical sciences and toxicology programs are housed within the">Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a research-intensive department with a focus in both basic and translational pharmaceutical sciences.  


    An additional track in pharmaceutical sciences,  Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research, is housed in the">Center for Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research (CePOR), which is within the">Department of Clinical Pharmacy, a department with a focus on clinical education and patient-oriented research and pharmacy practice. 


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 20
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 8
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 8
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 80
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.3 - 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 400
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-60
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 42
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 135
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 90  135 
      Biochemistry (upper-division No lab required) 
      General Biology 1 & 2 
      General Biology Lab 1 & 2 
      General Chemistry 1 & 2 
      General Chemistry Lab 1 & 2 
      Microbiology Lab  
      Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 
      Organic Chemistry lab 1 & 2 
      Human Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology I 
      Human Anatomy Lab or Anatomy and Physiology I lab 
      Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology II 
      Human Physiology Lab or Antomy and Physiology II lab 
      Physics I (algebra or calculus based) 
      Economics (Macroeconomics or Microeconomics) 
      English Composition 1 & 2 
      Public Speaking 
      Humanities / Social Science  13 
      General Education  22  33 

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July, 2012
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Students in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, specifically the student (F) or exchange (I) visa, are considered international students. Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required with the application unless English is the student's native language. To be eligible, these applicants must score 550 or higher on the written (paper and pencil) test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 79-80 on the new Internet TOEFL test.

      • 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? No
    • 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, 2015 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: 

      Three (3) recommendation forms are required as part of the PharmCAS application. Letters submitted in lieu of completing the form will not be accepted. 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).

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
      • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • October - June 
    • Details: 

      The onsite interview process is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of the profession, 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, and will be observed in a problem-solving group activity to further assess interpersonal communication skills. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the onsite interview process.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent anytime between October and the end of June.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks after the letter of acceptance is sent.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 1000
      • Due: Two weeks after acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Usually the 3rd or 4th week of August
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: You may defer your acceptance for another year.