University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Stephanie Wurth 
      • Director of Admissions & Student Diversity 
      • Academic and Student Affairs 
      • 789 S. Limestone 
      • Lexington 
      • Kentucky 
      • 40536-0596 
      • Phone (Work): (859) 323-5023 
      • Phone (Fax): 859-257-7297 
      • Email: 

      • Danielle L. Johnson 
      • Admissions Coordinator 
      • Academic and Student Affairs 
      • 789 S. Limestone St. 
      • BPC 114K 
      • Lexington 
      • Kentucky 
      • 40536-0596 
      • Phone (Work): 859-323-5021 
      • Phone (Fax): 859-257-7297 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  March 3, 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 Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Pharm.D./Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS)
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Open House Information:
    • 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
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has a rich and successful tradition as one of the premier pharmacy schools in the country. Established in 1870, the College has been ranked among the top 10 programs for more than 30 years and is currently ranked 5th in the nation.  Graduates of the College have the highest passing rate on the national licensing exam compared to all other Colleges of Pharmacy in the country.  Recently the Kentucky Pharmacy Practice Residency program was selected as the number one program in the nation.  Academics and Analytics ranked the research program as fourth in the country in pharmacy research productivity.  These national measures point to the quality of the College’s programs and its faculty, students and staff.

    The UK College of Pharmacy (UK COP) offers its students the opportunity to become differentiated graduates. Our world-class faculty, curriculum, and facilities prepare students to become leaders in the pharmacy profession not only upon graduation, but in the future of an ever-evolving healthcare system. Through innovations in education and a patient-centered approach to learning, UK Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students develop unique skills that truly set them apart. Admitted professional students have the option to pursue a concurrent Master’s degree in competitive fields such as Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, and Physician Assistant Studies. To set the foundation for their next stage of professional development, UK PharmD students and faculty members regularly serve as officers and representatives of esteemed pharmacy organizations not only in Lexington, but at state, regional, and national levels. Our students are advancing the field of pharmacy, discovering new and different ways to deliver care to patients in community pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care settings across the globe. UK PharmD students learn from faculty who are internationally acclaimed for their innovative research, from discovering promising new drugs, to determining how we can most effectively treat patients, to how best to educate students so that they are prepared for their entire career in the pharmacy profession. Our alumni can be found leading the world's top biotech companies and in academic settings, discovering new knowledge and training the next generation of healthcare innovators. With a nationally-recognized tradition of excellence, the UK COP continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing the most advanced PharmD preparation to the practitioners of tomorrow.

    The College moved into the new University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Building that is the largest pharmacy education building in the world. The five-story building, completed in January 2010, includes state-of-the-art academic and research facilities for educating future pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and provides laboratory space for faculty's pharmaceutical and clinical research programs. The building includes two 220-seat auditoriums, a 110-seat classroom, a 54-seat classroom, a teaching laboratory with compounding lab and patient assessment rooms, 10 small group/study rooms. The new UK College of Pharmacy building includes innovative research facilities created to foster collaboration among researchers in chemistry, biology and pharmaceutical lab areas.

    Our mission is to make a difference in the health and well-being of society by advancing pharmaceutical education, research, service and patient care. We achieve this by providing the highest quality education to the best and brightest young men and women from Kentucky and from around the world to make them excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Our responsibility is to prepare them to take on vital roles in today’s rapidly changing health care system and to have them act as agents of change for the betterment of health care.

    The UK College of Pharmacy offers a four-year professional curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.); a graduate program in the pharmaceutical sciences leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.), a postdoctoral scholars program; and in collaboration with UK Chandler Hospital, postgraduate year one (PGY1) and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs. The College also collaborates with the Kroger Company and the American Pharmacy Services Corporation to offer PGY1 community pharmacy residencies.

    The College is home to several centers designed to improve health care. The College’s Institute for Pharmacy Outcomes and Policy is a multidisciplinary research center that seeks to develop research focused on pharmaceutical health policy, pharmaceutical health outcomes, economic evaluation, and decision analysis. IPOP research is driven by policy changes regulating the delivery of health care, changes in the role of pharmacy, and changes in the demographics of the US population. The Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice (CAPP) was established by the College to transform pharmacy practice within the state and the nation. CAPP, through research, education, engagement, and scholarship, will facilitate the creation and translation of novel care delivery models within pharmacy practice that improve medication use and health outcomes. The Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation (CPRI) was created to stimulate and enhance UK-based translational research along the drug discovery-drug development paradigm by uniting the University's state-of-the-art facilities, expertise and resources. The CPRI possesses core facilities that broadly facilitate UK translational research irrespective of a disease focus. CPRI scientists look to engage life science investigators across the University community and beyond to create synergistic opportunities in research and economic development.

    The UK College of Pharmacy is a vital force in the advancement of research and health care programs that extend far beyond the Commonwealth from the first development stages of new drugs for killer diseases such as cancer, AIDS and cardiovascular disease to more patient-centered initiatives created to improve the lives of people with chronic illnesses. Ongoing research at the college involves a wide array of health innovations including treatments for nicotine addiction, potential treatments for lung cancer, nanoengineering of drug delivery systems and the evaluation of drugs for transdermal therapy.

    To date, more than 5,700 individuals have graduated from the UK College of Pharmacy and now serve as company presidents, industry executives, community leaders, health care administrators, scientists, professors, deans and valued health professionals. Their achievements and success reflect our dedication to making a difference in the health care of Kentuckian citizens and beyond. 

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 240-260
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 180-200
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 140
    • 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: 30-45
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.0-3.6
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 250
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: No set number of in-state seats; Availability of seats depends upon quality and size of applicant pool.
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: No set number of out-of-state seats; Availability depends upon quality and size of applicant pool.
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: No set number of transfer seats available.
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Minimum composite PCAT score considered will be based upon applicant's overall academic performance.
    • 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: 19-28
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 5.7:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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: 35
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 130
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 70  130 
      English I and II  9(for 3 quarters of English) 
      General Chemistry and Laboratory  12-15 
      Electives  19  57 
      Organic Chemistry and Laboratory  12-15 
      Animal Biology and Laboratory  8-10 (for 2 quarters of Biology) 
      Anatomy  5-6 
      Microbiology and Laboratory 
      Physics I and II  12-15 
    • Additional Information: 

      * Students not prepared to take calculus may take college algebra and elementary calculus for 6 total hours. The UK COP prefers the college algebra/elementary calculus option over the calculus option for pharmacy school preparation.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2011
      • Details: 

        Students are encouraged to complete the PCAT in July or September to be considered for the Fall 2014 entering class. Due to rolling admissions, the Admissions Committee will begin filling class seats in October. January scores are encouraged to strengthen an application once a July or September test date is completed.

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


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

      Applicants accepted for admission must undergo and pass a criminal background check/drug screen and provide documentation that they have also completed all required immunizations and CPR certification prior to matriculation.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        Health care-related experience is not required but highly recommended.

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: Proof of state residency is addressed on the UK supplemental application. The University Residency Office may, however, require additional information for proof of state residency or for a request to change a residency status.
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • 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: 3/3/2014 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      School only accepts evaluations from World Education Services, Inc. (WES - or Joseph Silney (

  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: 

      Applicants are required to provide 1 letter from a professor or pharmacist, if possible.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
      • Recommended in addition to the letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist, if possible.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October 5, October 7, November 22, January 24, February 21, February 22, and March 24 (these dates are tentative and may be subject to change) (Selected candidates for interviews will be contacted by email within 2 weeks of assigned interview dates.) 
    • Details: 

      The interview assesses the applicant's communication skills, confidence, maturity, knowledge of and commitment to the field of pharmacy, motivation, character and ability to interact with others. Students selected for an interview can expect to spend about 3 hours at the College of Pharmacy. The interview generally includes interview sessions with faculty members, practitioners, and current students.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters and handbooks are issued via email from October through April.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Acceptee submits acceptance forms approximately 2 weeks from date of initial admission offer.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500 (KY residents); $1,000 (out-of-state residents)
      • Due: The deposit required to hold one's place in the class is submitted approximately 2 weeks from date of initial acceptance offer.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Two Required Orientation Programs: Early Orientation (PreProfessional Day) - May 23, 2014; Orientation (Professional Development Workshop) - August 13-15, 2014. (Contact Student Affairs for additional information at (859) 323-6163.) 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: First day of classes will likely be August 18, 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred admission are considered on a limited, case-by-case basis. All requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Admissions.