University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy

Priority Scholarship Consideration Deadline: Dec. 1 There is not a separate scholarship application. PharmCAS applications must be received by Dec. 1 to receive priority scholarship consideration.



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jason T. Mitchell 
      • Director of Enrollment Management 
      • Academic and Student Affairs 
      • 789 S. Limestone 
      • 114P Lee T. Todd, Jr. Building 
      • Lexington 
      • Kentucky 
      • 40536-0596 
      • Phone (Work): 859-323-5023 
      • Phone (Fax): 859-257-7297 
      • Email: jasonmitchell@uky.edu 

      • Candace Smigla 
      • Admissions Officer 
      • Academic and Student Affairs 
      • 789 S. Limestone 
      • 114K Lee T. Todd, Jr. Building 
      • Lexington 
      • Kentucky 
      • 40536-0596 
      • Phone (Work): 859-323-5021 
      • Phone (Fax): 859-257-7297 
      • Email: candace.smigla@uky.edu 

    • Website:

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  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Priority Scholarship Consideration Deadline: Dec. 1 There is not a separate scholarship application. PharmCAS applications must be received by Dec. 1 to receive priority scholarship consideration.

    • 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 Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./Masters in Public Administration (MPA)
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • 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:
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  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Why UK? 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 6th in the nation by US. News and World Report. Graduates of the College rank among the best in the nation in first-time pass rates on the national licensing exam (NAPLEX).

     

    The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (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, UKCOP is a preeminent institution for clinical pharmacy education.

     

    With Dual Degree Programs and International Studies, the professional curriculum of the College of Pharmacy is designed to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and an empathy and appreciation for the patient in a graduated manner as the student progresses through the program. Our integrated approach is designed to prepare you for a changing practice by engaging you in the process of developing the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors you will need to enjoy a satisfying and successful career. 

     

    UKCOP also has an award-winning residency program with 94% of UKCOP grads who apply being matched for highly-competitive pharmacy residency positions.

     

    A degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy assures you and your potential employers that you are well prepared to make lasting contributions to patient care. Our recent graduates are impacting the pharmacy profession and countless patient lives working with some of the world’s most influential hospitals, pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies.

     

    Want to know more? Visit pharmacy.uky.edu  


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 230-250
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 190-200
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 140
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: No set number of in-state seats.
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: No set number of out-of-state seats.
    • 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 application.
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 40-45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 55-60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.0-3.6
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-38
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 3:1

  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: 30
    • 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 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 70  130 
      Biology I and Lab  4-5  8-10 (2 quarters of Biology) 
      Microbiology and Lab  4-5 
      General Chemistry and Labs  8-10  12-15 
      Organic Chemistry and Labs  8-10  12-15 
      Human Anatomy   5-6 
      Physiology  5-6 
      Statistics 
      Mathematics: Option 1: College Algebra & Elementary Calculus (6-7 semester hours) OR Option 2: Calculus I (4 semester hours)  6-7 OR 4  6-9 
      Business 
      English I and II  6-7  9 (for 3 quarters of English) 
      Oral Communications 
      Elective Courses (enough to bring total to 70 hours minimum including prerequisites)  19+  57 
    • Additional Information: 

      For specific course prerequisite information, visit http://pharmacy.uky.edu/prepharmacy (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 at http://pharmacy.uky.edu/prepharmacy">http://pharmacy.uky.edu/prepharmacy

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        UKCOP does not require a Supplemental Application. Please complete the Program Materials section specific to UK within the PharmCAS application then visit http://pharmacy.uky.edu/pharmd-admission-steps  to submit the UK Application Fee. 

        The UK Application Fee may be waived for students who are granted a PharmCAS Fee Waiver. Please contact Candace Smigla at candace.smigla@uky.edu to request a waiver. You must provide proof of your PharmCAS fee waiver approval to apply for a UK waiver. 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2015
      • Details: 

        Applicants are encouraged to complete the PCAT in July or September 2017 to be considered for the Fall 2018 entering class. Due to rolling admissions, the Admissions Committee will begin filling class seats in October. January 2018 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: 

        All English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants are required to submit their TOEFL score to PharmCAS. It is recommened that students obtain a TOEFL score of 89 or higher.

        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. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Applicants accepted for admission must undergo and pass a criminal background check and 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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: The University of Kentucky Residency Office may require additional information/proof of state residency. All residency questions should be sent to residency@uky.edu.
    • 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? 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, 2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      UK College of Pharmacy only accepts evaluations from World Education Services (WES) www.wes.org or Joseph Silny (http://www.jsilny.com/).


  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 letters of recommendation are required; at least 1 of the 3 letters must be from a professor or pharmacist, if possible.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT 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
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Recommended in addition to the letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist, if possible.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Recommended in addition to the letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist, if possible.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • October 6 and 7, 2017 
      • November 3 and 6, 2017 
      • January 22, 2018 
      • February 19, 2018 
      • March 19, 2018 
    • Details: 

      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.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Conditional Acceptance letters are issued via email beginning in October and continue until all seats are filled. At your interview, you will learn the date that you will receive email notification.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Acceptance forms are due approximately 2 weeks from date of initial admission offer; a specific deadline will be provided in the offer email.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $200
      • Due: approximately 2 weeks from date of initial acceptance offer. A specific deadline will be provided in the offer email.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • June & August, 2018 
      • Details: Two Required Orientation Programs: Early Orientation (early June, 2018) New Student Orientation: (early to mid-August, 2018) Specific dates to be announced. Please contact Student Affairs for additional information (859) 323-6163.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August, 2018 (exact date has yet to be announced). See http://www.uky.edu/registrar/content/academic-calendar
    • 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 Jason T. Mitchell, Director of Admissions (jasonmitchell@uky.edu).