The University of Oklahoma
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jennifer L. Richardson 
      • Director of Recruitment & Admissions 
      • Pharmacy Student Affairs 
      • 1110 N. Stonewall Avenue 
      • Oklahoma City 
      • Oklahoma 
      • 73117 
      • Phone (Work): 405-271-6598 
      • Phone (Fax): 405-271-3830 
      • Email: OUPharmD@ouhsc.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 ↑ 

    • 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 (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
    • 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:
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  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Thank you for your interest in the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy!

     

    Founded in 1893, the OU College of Pharmacy carries a rich tradition of highly trained pharmacists. That tradition continues in today's modern world of pharmacy where we train and produce competent, compassionate pharmacists ready to compete in today's health care market and provide patient care in a variety of settings matching any career goals our graduates may have. The quality education we provide is evidenced by our top 25 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report of the best pharmacy schools in the U.S.

     

    Our motto is a Prescription for Inspiration and in that spirit, we seek students who are well-rounded, display care for others and their communities, and are ready to step up as leaders and lead the way for pharmacy, inspiring those around them and being inspired as an individual to reach higher. Our students enjoy the advantage of being on a comprehensive academic health sciences center campus, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, located in Oklahoma City. This allows our pharmacy students to interact and network with all disciplines of medicine, including physicians, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and more. OUHSC is a robust environment of hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, research facilities, and more. OUHSC is the largest and premiere healthcare provider for the state of Oklahoma.

     

    OUCOP engages in a holistic admissions process. This means that each aspect, both academically and non-academically of the applicant's record is important. Eligibility for an interview is based on an evaluation of the applicant's academic record including the pre-requisite, overall, science, math, and last 60 hours GPAs in addition to the PCAT and other academic factors as well as an applicant's non-academic record including their experiences and attributes.

     

    In general, applicants are competitive for an interview if they have at least a 3.0 GPA in all GPA calculations and a composite PCAT score of the 40th percentile with no subscore lower than the 20th percentile. Additionally, applicants should have no negative letters of recommendation and should demonstrate those qualities desirable in a healthcare professional such as good communication skills, leadership, community service activities, and a demonstration of pharmacy knowledge. Although not required, it is highly recommended that an applicant gain experience in a pharmacy setting whether paid or unpaid experience.

     

    OUCOP is committed to admitting and matriculating a quality diverse student body consistent with the educational mission of the college. The admissions process is overseen by the Admissions Committee, led by the committee chair. This committee is appointed by the Dean of the college. The admissions process is administered by the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs. Questions regarding the admissions process should be directed to Jennifer Richardson, Director of Recruitment & Admissions at jennifer-richardson@ouhsc.edu or at 405-271-6598.

     

    OUCOP is just minutes away from historic Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City, home to the NBA's OKC Thunder, many restaurants, nightlife, movies, games, and shopping as well as the Oklahoma River, home to world-class rowing facilities, outdoor activities such as ziplines and white water rafting, and sight-seeing tours. Additionally, OKC is connected by three major interstate highways (I-35, 1-40, 1-44) making it easy to maneuver from surrounding areas to the campus. The OKC area offers many museums, a zoo, concerts, Broadway shows and other theater, ballet, a symphony, botanical gardens, sports, and many other cultural and recreational activities. The cost of living is among some of the most affordable in the U.S. And Oklahomans are well-known for their friendliness and hospitality as well as some excellent down-home cooking!

     


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 125
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 65
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 65
    • 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? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 40th percentile
    • 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: 32%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 68%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.63
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 17-33
    • 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: 64
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 31
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 
    • 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 64   
      Calculus   
      Physics   
      General Chemistry w/labs   8-10   
      Organic Chemistry w/labs   8-10   
      Biological Sciences    
      English   
      Electives  24   
      Microbiology w/lab (cannot be for non-science majors  4-5   
    • Additional Information: 

       

      1. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. OUCOP does not accept nor require WES evaluations of foreign coursework.

       

      2. To be eligible for admission, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or hold DACA status at the time of application.

       

      3. These are minimum requirements. We highly recommend applicants also successfully complete a biochemistry course, at least one upper-level science, both human anatomy and physiology, and statistics. We also highly recommend applicants work toward a bachelor’s degree (degree not required).

       

      4. In order to best be prepared for pharmacy school and the PCAT, it is highly recommended that applicants complete general biology, microbiology, and at least either human anatomy or human physiology. Our first preference is for physiology if a student is unable to take both anatomy and physiology.

      5. Electives can be chosen from these subject areas: Fine Arts (non-performance based), History, Political Science, Anthropology, Humanities, Geography, Philosophy, Literature, Social Science, Behavioral Science, Foreign Language, Communications, English.  A maximum of 9 hours in statistics, business, or computer science may be counted in the elective hours.  Students are expected to have a computer proficiency level at or above basic word processing skills. Students are encouraged to select a diverse set of courses as preference is given to those with a broad-based educational background that includes a diversity component.

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: https://apps.ouhsc.edu/admissions If you have any questions regarding the supplemental application, please contact Ms. Anita Bennett at anita-bennett@ouhsc.edu. DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPTS TO OUHSC UNLESS ACCEPTED! IF ACCEPTED, INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE PROVIDED.
      • Deadline: 04/01/2018 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50 (subject to change)
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        https://apps.ouhsc.edu/admissions

        This is an online application and serves as your application to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Anita Bennett at anita-bennett@ouhsc.edu.


  9. Tests ↑ 

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

         If you are applying early decision, it is recommended to take the July PCAT. However, if you take the September PCAT, you should plan to email the preliminary score report to OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu no later than September 10th. 

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        Required of all applicants for whom English is not the first language. Only the TOEFL is accepted. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has a US high school diploma or has or will have a bachelor's degree from a US university. This requirement cannot be waived for a master's or doctoral degree from a US university. 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 


  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? No
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? No
    • 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.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      We do not accept references from friends, family members, politicians, or clergy. If we receive one of these, you will be asked to submit a different reference from someone who knows you well in a work, volunteer, or academic setting such as employers, volunteer supervisors, or professors. We do not require a letter from a pharmacist or health care professional.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • 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
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • 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-April 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are by invitation only and are based upon the applicant’s completed application. We receive many more applications than we have available seats, therefore, not all applicants will receive an interview.

      An invitation to interview does not imply acceptance for admission, and all expenses incurred during the interview are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must interview in person on their assigned day and time. Interviews cannot be conducted via telephone or video conferencing due to the nature of the activities that occur that day.

      Notifications of an interview are made via e-mail. Please make sure that the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs has your correct e-mail address that you check most often.

      The OU College of Pharmacy uses the Multiple Mini Interview format for admission. Applicants complete a circuit of 5 stations focused on particular communication and interpersonal skills.

       


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are typically sent 2 weeks following the applicant interview. Depending on timing and the ability to review, waiting times could be more or less.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 10 days from date of acceptance letter if accepted during October-April. Applicants selected from the waiting list may have a shorter response time depending on how close the acceptance is to the first day of classes.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: 10 days
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/16/18 - 08/17/18 
      • Details: Subject to change
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/20/2018 (Subject to Change)
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: On a case-by-case basis. Request must be due to extenuating circumstances. Please email Jennifer Richardson, Director of Recruitment & Admissions at OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu with your request.