The University of Oklahoma

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

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

Website:

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 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 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:
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)

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 other academic factors as well as an applicant's non-academic record including their experiences and attributes.

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!

 

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 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: 3
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 35th percentile
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: 39%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 61%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.64
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-47
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2:1

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: 31
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 
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. Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours of specific pre-pharmacy coursework.
  2. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Beginning for entry into Fall 2019, pre-requisite coursework may be satisfied if taken outside of the U.S. as long as the applicant provides a World Education Services course-by-course evaluation. WES is the ONLY acceptable foreign course evaluation accepted by OUHSC. Acceptance of foreign coursework to satisfy pre-requisite course requirements is at the discretion of the College of Pharmacy. Inquiries regarding acceptance of foreign coursework may be directed to the Director of Recruitment & Admissions. The Director cannot tell someone what pre-requisites may be satisfied by foreign coursework unless they provide a copy of the WES evaluation. It is recommended this be done at least one year prior to a planned entry year.
  4. The 6 hours of English coursework must be completed at a U.S. college or university. Foreign coursework will not be accepted to meet this requirement.
  5. 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.
  6. These are minimum requirements. We highly recommend applicants, if possible, also successfully complete a biochemistry course, at least one upper-level science, both human anatomy and physiology, and statistics. Our first preference is for physiology if a student is unable to take both anatomy and physiology.
  7. In order to best be prepared for the Pharmacy College Admissions Test, it is highly recommended that applicants complete general biology, microbiology (required course), and at least either human anatomy or human physiology, and the first organic chemistry prior to taking the exam.
  8. Electives are chosen from these areas:

    • Fine Arts
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Anthropology
    • Humanities
    • Geography
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Social Science
    • Behavioral Science
    • Foreign Language
    • Communications
    • English
    • Business (may include management, marketing, accounting)
    • Computer Science
    • Statistics

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

Yes

Details: OUHSC requires a supplemental application. Only those invited for an interview will receive information on submitting the supplemental application. Those invited to complete the supplemental will need to do so prior to the selected interview date. You will need your PharmCAS Application ID # to enter on your supplemental application. The supplemental application fee is $50.00. Do not send official transcripts to the university. Official transcripts should be submitted directly to PharmCAS.
Deadline: N/AReceived by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $50
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

OUHSC requires a supplemental application. Only those invited for an interview will receive information on submitting the supplemental application. Those invited to complete the supplemental will need to do so prior to the selected interview date.

You will need your PharmCAS Application ID # to enter on your supplemental application. The supplemental application fee is $50.00.

Do not send official transcripts to the university. Official transcripts should be submitted directly to PharmCAS.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: January 2016
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. 

We accept January and February 2019 scores for Fall 2019 admission.

There may be occasions we will allow someone to substitute the GRE or MCAT for the PCAT. Contact Jennifer Richardson, Director of Recruitment & Admissions at jennifer-richardson@ouhsc.edu for more information.

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 an associate's,  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:

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: June 3, 2019 Postmarked by deadline
Details:

We only accept World Education Services (WES) course-by-course evaluations. Acceptance of foreign coursework for pre-requisite course requirements are at the discretion of the college.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • 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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • October (EDP); Feb & April; May-June as needed
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.

 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are typically sent no more than 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? Accepted early decision program applicants will have 10 business days to pay the deposit from the date of notification of their acceptance from OUHSC Admissions & Records. Regular decision applicants accepted prior to March 1st will be required to pay the deposit no later than March 1st unless otherwise instructed. Regular decision applicants accepted after March 1st will have 7 business days to pay the deposit from the date of notification of their acceptance from OUHSC Admissions & Records.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $100
Due: See Below
Refundable? No
Details: Accepted early decision program applicants will have 10 business days to pay the deposit from the date of notification of their acceptance from OUHSC Admissions & Records. Regular decision applicants accepted prior to March 1st will be required to pay the deposit no later than March 1st unless otherwise instructed. Regular decision applicants accepted after March 1st will have 7 business days to pay the deposit from the date of notification of their acceptance from OUHSC Admissions & Records.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 08/15/19 - 08/16/19
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/19/2019 (Subject to Change)
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes