University of Nebraska Medical Center

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Amber Hawk
Recruitment and Admissions Associate

College of Pharmacy

986120 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-6120

Phone (Work): 402-559-5366

Phone (Fax): 402-559-5060


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: January 7, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

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/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


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:

Program Description (back to top)

The College of Pharmacy is located on the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) campus in Omaha, NE.  The College of Pharmacy opened the UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences & Education in 2016, a $35 million building completely funded by private support. The new Center offers the most up-to-date technologies to enhance the learning environment. 


The Pharm.D. Program received a full 8-year accreditation in 2012 by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and has recently undergone significant revision to the pre-pharmacy curriculum. Classes are conducted on a semester basis beginning in late August and ending in early May. Required didactic courses in the curriculum are not offered during the summer although experiential programming does occur during that time.


Both professional and social opportunities are available through campus and College of Pharmacy organizations. The College maintains active chapters of APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists and ASHP Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy as well as chapters of Kappa Psi and Kappa Epsilon Professional Pharmacy Fraternities, Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. These organizations provide opportunities for social interaction, as well as the offering of professional services in the community and the state of Nebraska.


UNMC is dedicated to educating the next century of health care professionals with the latest in teaching tools, technology and facilities.  More than 3,600 students attend UNMC, seeking degrees in Allied Health professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Graduate Studies.  Students at UNMC learn in an environment that embraces the innovation of tomorrow while maintaining low student-to-faculty ratios and small-group learning.  For more detailed information about educational programs, please see:


Because of UNMC’s robust research enterprise, students learn from scientists and clinicians who are at the leading edge of discovery. Many of our students also can engage in the rich cultures of Omaha, working in student-run clinics that assist underserved populations in the city.


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 80-90
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 60
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 60
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 10
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 50-55
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 5-10
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 26%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 74%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.64
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-34 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 1.92:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 64
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 39
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 96
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 64  96 
General Chemistry w/Lab   8 (Minimum)   
Organic Chemistry w/Lab   8 (Minimum)   
English Composition    
Calculus I   4 (Minimum)   
Statistics or Biostatistics    
General Education    
Biochemistry (full biochemistry, not "intro to")   
Quantitative Chemical Analysis (analytic chemistry) OR Physics II w/lab   
Physics I w/Lab    
Biological/Life Sciences w/Lab   4 (Minimum)   
Anatomy* (may be a combined two semester Anatomy & Physiology course)   
Physiology* (may be a combined two semester Anatomy & Physiology course)   

Additional Information

  • Advanced Placement (AP) credit will be accepted toward prerequisite requirements if listed on a transcript from an undergraduate institution. 
  • Students may choose 1 semester (4 hours) of Quantitative Chemical Analysis plus 1 semester (4 hours) of Physics OR 2 semesters (8 hours) of Physics
  • The biochemistry prerequisite must be 1 semester (3 hours) of a full biochemistry course.  Intro to Biochem is not accepted.
  • A full year (at least 8 hours) of combined Anatomy & Physiology may be substituted for separate Anatomy & Physiology courses;
  • General Education (9) - from areas such as Gerontology, Philosophy; Humanities; Business Administration/Management; History; Fine Arts; Ethics; Foreign Languages; Literature; Critical Thinking and Political Science.
  • A complete listing of Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum can be found at:
  • PharmCAS applications must include a plan for completing the remaining prerequisites.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2015

July test dates are preferred since we have a rolling admissions process whereby review of applicant files can begin as soon as they are complete; early completion of the PCAT enables us to have those scores in a timely manner. 

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



Only for non-US citizens.

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

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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: January 7, 2019 Received by deadline

Proof of citizenship or documentation of lawful presence is required for pharmacist internship registration with the State of Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services.  This registration is required to enable students to complete their experiential education.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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) reference letters are required:  

  • Two (2) must come from Science / Math faculty
  • The third may also come from a faculty member or it may come from a non-academic reference (a pharmacist is an excellent choice)

In all cases, the references must be in a position to critically evaluate your past performance


LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
  • Teaching Assistant
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October 2018- March 2019
  • Following receipt of your completed application, your file will be evaluated by the College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee.  An on-site personal interview is required to enable us to further assess your communication skills.  Only competitive applicants are invited for interview.  As part of the rolling admissions process, interviews will be scheduled as early as November and will continue on a regular basis into early 2019. 
  • Candidates will be notified as early as possible of potential interview dates and will typically be offered a choice of at least two dates for interview. 
  • Interviews are approximately 15-20 minutes in length and are conducted by two (2) faculty members, at least one of whom is a member of the Admissions Committee. 
  • Completion of an extemporaneous writing exercise is also required as a component of the interview day activities. 
  • Candidates are invited to tour the UNMC campus in addition to meeting and interacting with College of Pharmacy students, usually over lunch. 
  • From the Admissions Committee perspective, the interview serves to enable an assessment of each candidate on characteristics of the interview profile, including communication skills and professional appearance and mannerisms.  This assessment is critical to the Committee's deliberations. 
  • For the student, the interview helps to personalize the application review process.  It serves to communicate to the student the values of the College via the questions asked and feedback given during the interview and interaction time.  It also provides a means to gain the pharmacy student perspective via questions and responses during the open forum interaction time with our students.


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? With our 'rolling admissions' process, candidates are typically notified of their admission decision via electronic correspondence within 1-2 weeks following their interview date. In some cases, final decisions may not be reached for several weeks, but candidates are apprised of their status following each Admissions Committee meeting.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Responses are due approximately fourteen (14) days from the date of the electronic communication offering admission. The specific deadline response date is clearly identified in the correspondence. A 'response form' must be completed, signed and submitted along with the candidate's deposit.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: $200 due with the response form, $300 due by March 1st
Refundable? No
Details: In an effort to allow applicants the time and ability to explore multiple pharmacy programs, UNMC participates in the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines (CAG). Prior to March 1st, a $200 deposit is due with the response form. On March 1st, an additional $300 deposit will be required to maintain your seat in the program.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday of the week prior to start of classes
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes are expected to begin on Monday, August 19, 2019.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes