University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Jason Mitchell, Ed.D.
Director of Enrollment Management

Phone (Work): 859-448-7801

Candace Smigla, MLIS, MS
Admissions Officer

Academic and Student Affairs

789 S. Limestone
114K Lee T. Todd, Jr. Building
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0596

Phone (Work): 859-780-5565


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application Deadline for Program? April 1, 2020

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Satellite/Branch Campuses:
Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (2 terms per academic year)
Total # of PharmD seats filled in the last entering class: 140
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • Other dual degrees
  • If Other dual degrees, please list:Pharm.D./Masters in Public Administration (MPA)
Structure of your PharmD program: A minimum of 70 semester credit hours of pre-pharmacy coursework is required before entering the PharmD program. UKCOP's PharmD program is a 4 year program.
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Not Required
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
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? Yes

Program Description (back to top)

The University of Kentucy College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) has a successful tradition as one of the leading pharmacy schools in the country. Established in 1870, the College has been ranked among the top 10 programs for more than 35 years and is currently ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Graduates of UKCOP rank among the best in the nation in first time pass rates (98% in 2018) on the national licensing exam. 

UKCOP provides the type of world-ready education that ensures you will be a leader in the field. Located on a full health care campus with a level 1 trauma center, the Children’s Hospital, and VA hospital, UKCOP is a preeminent institution for clinical pharmacy education. 

Program Statistics (back to top)

Total entering class size for current calendar year including early assurance advancing to the P1 year: 140
Number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the current calendar year:

Program Criteria (back to top)

Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 70
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 30
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 130
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 70  130 
Biology / Biological Sci  Biology I and Lab  8-10 (2 quarters of Biology) 
Microbiology  Microbiology and Lab 
Chemistry  General Chemistry and Labs  12 
Chemistry  Organic Chemistry and Labs  12 
Anatomy  Human Anatomy  
Physiology  Physiology 
Statistics  Statistics 
Math  Mathematics: Option 1: College Algebra & Elementary Calculus (6-7 semester hours) OR Option 2: Calculus I (4 semester hours) 
Other  Business 
English Composition / Writing  English I and II 
Communication / Speech   Oral Communications 
Other  Elective Courses (enough to bring total to 70 hours minimum including prerequisites)  19  57 

Additional Information

For specific course prerequisite information and equivalencies, visit or contact

NOTE: first-time freshmen entering your undergraduate institution prior to Fall 2014 are required to complete different prerequisites. Students who entered college prior to Fall 2014, but have met the requirements of the current prerequisite courses may petition for course approval by submitting a course approval form, available through the link above.

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Link to Supplemental Instructions:
Supplemental Application fee: $80.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

UKCOP does not require a Supplemental Application; please complete the Program Materials section within the PharmCAS application then visit to submit the $80 UK Application Fee. 

The UK Application Fee may be waived for students who are granted a PharmCAS Fee Waiver. Please contact Candace Smigla at to request a UK fee waiver. 

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Not Required or Considered


As of summer, 2019, the UKCOP faculty have determined that the PCAT is no longer required for admission to the PharmD program. Applicants are advised that this decision is pending final University approval to begin fall 2019 (entering fall 2020) and forward. Applicants who have already taken the PCAT may submit scores to UKCOP as supplementary information. 

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores:



All English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants are required to submit their TOEFL score to PharmCAS. A TOEFL score of 89 or higher is recommended. The only exception to the TOEFL requirement is if an applicant has obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited English speaking institution or a diploma from a US high school.


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Do you accept or require other admission tests:


Do you require accepted applicants to have CPR certification prior to matriculation: Yes

Residency (back to top)

Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Are foreign citizens considered (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Eligible citizenship type for admission:
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS

UK College of Pharmacy only accepts evaluations from World Education Services (WES) or Joseph Silny

Evaluations (Letters of Reference) (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) required by your institution? Yes
Number of LORs required: Three (3)
Institution Specific Details:

Three letters of recommendation are required; at least 1 of the 3 letters should be from a professor or pharmacist.

Please indicate your LOR type requirements.

  • Clergy: Not accepted

  • Co-Worker: Not accepted

  • Family Member: Not accepted

  • Friend: Not accepted

  • Pharmacist: Recommended but not required

  • Politician: Not accepted

  • Professor (Science): Recommended but not required

What is your college/school policy on committee letters? Conditionally Accepted
Details: Accepted in addition to letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist.
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Conditionally Accepted
Details: Accepted in addition to two letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist.
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

All interview dates are tentative. Applicants must be invited to interview. Invitations are sent beginning two weeks prior to interview dates. The interview assesses the applicant's communication skills, confidence, maturity, motivation, character and ability to interact with others. Students selected to interview can expect to spend about 3 hours at the College of Pharmacy.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Refundable? No
Details: In-state (Kentucky) residents: $500 deposit Out-of-state/International residents: $800 deposit You will receive notification of your specific deposit due date (approximately 2 weeks after offer). All tuition deposits are non-refundable and are applied to your fall tuition bill.
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/15/2020
Web link or URL of your institutional web page: Admission is for fall entrance only. The date of first day of classes is yet to be determined, but usually is mid-August.