University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Christopher L. Shaffer 
      • Associate Dean for Student Affairs 
      • College of Pharmacy 
      • 986000 Nebraska Medical Center 
      • Omaha 
      • Nebraska 
      • 68198-6000 
      • Phone (Work): 402-559-4333 
      • Phone (Fax): 402-559-5060 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  January 5, 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 Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • 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)? No
    • 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 ↑ 

    The College of Pharmacy is located on the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) campus in Omaha, NE currently occupying facilities completed in 1976 and has offered the doctor of pharmacy as the only entry-level professional degree since that time.  Ground-Breaking for the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences & Education and Center for Drug Discovery, a $35 million building completely funded by private support, occurred in June 2013 with completion of the new facility expected in Fall 2015.

    The Pharm.D. Program received full accreditation (2012) by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and has recently undergone significant revision to the pre-pharmacy curriculum (2010) as well as enhancements to a number of core courses within the program.  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.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 80-90`
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 65
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 60
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 10
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 15
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 42%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 58%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.55
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 90-100
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 45-55
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 5-15
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-39 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 2.25:1

  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: 49
    • 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: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 90  135 
      General Chemistry w/Lab   8 (Minimum)   
      Organic Chemistry w/Lab   8 (Minimum)   
      English Composition    
      Calculus I   4 (Minimum)   
      Statistics /or Biostatistics    
      Developmental Psychology    
      General Education   13   
      Quantitative Chemical Analysis (analytic chemistry)   
      Physics w/Lab   8 (Minimum)   
      Biological/Life Sciences w/Lab   4 (Minimum)   
      Molecular Biology    
      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. 
      • Per UNMC policy, no more than 66 hours will be accepted from the community college level toward prerequisites;
      • It is preferred by the Curriculum and Admissions Committees of the UNMC COP that the following hours be completed at a 4-year institution, especially in light of the limit on hours accepted by UNMC from the community college level
        • Organic Chemistry (8hrs);
        • Biochemistry (3hrs ... see  for a list of acceptable courses);
        • Quantitative Chemical Analysis (4hrs);
        • Molecular Biology (3hrs);
        • Anatomy (4hrs)**
        • Physiology (4hrs)**
          • ** a full year (at least 8 hours) of combined Anatomy & Physiology may be substituted for separate Anatomy & Physiology courses;
      • ** Anatomy & Physiology completed at the community college level will not be accepted toward meeting the prerequisite above
      • General Education (13hrs) - from areas such as Gerontology, Philosophy; Humanities; Business Administration/Management; History; Fine Arts; Ethics; Foreign Languages; Literature; Critical Thinking and Political Science.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: February 15, 2015 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $45
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Specific instructions for accessing the UNMC College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application will be provided via email after your verified PharmCAS application materials have been received by our program from PharmCAS.  A listing of questions that must be answered as part of the supplemental application process may be reviewed at:


  9. Tests ↑ 

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

        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? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      ACT scores are required for our evaluation process; scores must be submitted directly to the UNMC College of Pharmacy.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        Health care-related experience is not absolutely required, but is highly recommended as it is important for you to know as much as possible about the professiona of your choice.

        We feel it would be difficult to have a passion for a profession if one does not really know its primary functions.

        Please see our website for more detailed information about our program and the application process: 


  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Details: Such proof is not required with initial application, however candidates may be requested to submit UNMC Residency Application with supporting documentation for tuition purposes. Please consult the following weblink for more information:
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: Preference may be given to residents of states in Nebraska's immediate geographic area: Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

  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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Details: 

      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.

  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) 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
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • November 2014-February 2015 
    • Details: 
      • 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 2015. 
      • 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.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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 2-3 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? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Due with the response form
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday of the week prior to start of classes 
      • Details: Our White Coat Ceremony and All Campus Interprofessional Educational (IPE) Activities are key parts of the first day of Student Orientation (Wednesday, August 20, 2014).
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes begin on Monday, August 25, 2014. The Academic Calendar and additional information can be found at:
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred entrance are considered on a case-by-case basis. Typically, deferments are reserved for emergent types of situations. A written request is required outlining the need for the determent.