University of Utah College of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Madeline Shaffer 
      • Academic Advisor  
      • Student Affairs  
      • 30 South 2000 East Room 105 
      • Salt Lake City 
      • Utah 
      • 84112 
      • Phone (Work): 801-581-7046 
      • Phone (Fax): 801-581-3716 
      • Email: 

      • Denise Brenes 
      • Director of Student Affairs 
      • Student Affairs 
      • 30 South 2000 East Room 201 
      • Salt Lake City 
      • Utah 
      • 84112 
      • Phone (Work): 801-585-1848 
      • Phone (Fax): 801-581-3716 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  December 1, 2014

  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/P.H.D.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? 
    • 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:
      • None 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Situated in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah College of Pharmacy overlooks the main campus and the Salt Lake valley. Skaggs Hall is located in the Health Sciences Center, which incorporates the University of Utah Hospital, the School of Medicine, the colleges of Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy, the Eccles Health Sciences Education Bldg, as well as the Eccles Health Sciences Library. All classroom instruction takes place in the Eccles Health Sciences Education Bldg, which houses state of the art classrooms, laboratories, computer facilities, conference rooms, lockers and student lounges.

    The College of Pharmacy has well-equipped facilities to train students in all areas of the pharmaceutical sciences and professional practice. State-of-the-art scientific instruments are available for undergraduate and graduate research. Additional adjacent facilities for research and instruction include the Biomedical Polymers Research Building, University Research Park, Poison Control Center, and University Hospital. Clinical clerkships and fellowships or residencies are available in a variety of professional practice settings.

    The student-faculty ratio in all programs is small, so students receive concentrated, individual attention. The faculty, many of whom are recognized authorities in their areas of specialization, are committed to providing each student with a valuable educational experience. Since the college is located within the Health Sciences Center, pharmacy students can interact on a daily basis with students who are training in the other health professions and sciences. Student professional organizations are active on campus and provide students with the opportunity to participate in extracurricular service and social activities.

    We invite you to visit for further information.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 110
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 60
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 60
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: n/a
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 1
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 15
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.57
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: n/a
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: n/a
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: n/a
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: n/a
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: The average GPA for the past incoming classes has been a 3.5.
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and a minimum Prerequisite GPA of 2.8
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 65, however, PCAT is not required for applicants with a Bachelor's Degree (awarded no later than Spring 2013).
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 22-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: n/a
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      General Education Requirements      
      General Chemistry I & II with Labs 
      Human Anatomy **If the course is a combined Human Anatomy/Physiology course, 2 semesters or 3 quarters is required. 
      Human Physiology **If the course is a combined Human Anatomy/Physiology course, 2 semesters or 3 quarters is required. 
      Calculus I & II 
      Organic Chemistry I & II with Labs 
      General Physics I  
      Microbiology with Lab 
      Professional/Technical Writing or Public Speaking 
    • Additional Information: 

      In addition to the pre-pharmacy required courses, the general education requirements of the University of Utah must be met PRIOR TO ENTRY into the Pharm.D. program. For more information about the University's general education requirements, please visit:  Questions about generals can be directed to:

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: n/a
      • Deadline: December 1, 2014 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $55
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The College of Pharmacy is a part of the Graduate School of the University of Utah.  ALL students who apply to the Pharm.D. program MUST also apply to the University of Utah Graduate School.  Neither a bachelor's degree nor the GRE is required for Pharm.D. applicants.

        Please use the following link to directly access the Graduate School application (for acceptance to the University of Utah as a GRADUATE level student):
        Please note:

        • The program designation you should choose on the application is “Pharmacy DPH
        • The following information is NOT required to be submitted through your graduate school application.  You are required to submit this information only through PharmCAS.

          1) PCAT Scores
          2) Curriculum Vita-Resume
          3) Statement of Purpose
          4) Writing Sample - Essay - Publication
          5) Faculty Information
          6) Recommendation letters

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 2007
      • Details: 

        PCAT is not required for applicants with a Bachelor's Degree (awarded no later than Spring 2013).

        Exam must be completed prior to the application deadline (December 1st)

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        TOEFL is required for applicants whose first language is not English.  A minimum score of 80 is required, with a minimum score of 25 on the speaking component.
        This requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed a bachelor's degree here in the U.S.
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  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? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: November 1, 2014 Received by deadline
    • Details: 
      A course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation report must be sent to PharmCAS.  WES is preferred.

  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: 

      PLEASE NOTE:  Two (2) recommendations are required.  One MUST be from a science professor from whom you have taken a course.  The other needs to be from a pharmacist OR supervisor.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Supervisor
      • If you are not able to get a Pharmacist recommendation, please submit a recommendation from a Supervisor.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • Late February 
    • Details: 
      On-site interviews are required for invited applicants, with exception of individual extenuating circumstances handled on a case-by-case basis.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Early March
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Late March
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $2000
      • Due: Late March
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Thursday & Friday, August 20 & 21, 2014 
      • Details: Orientation is mandatory.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 24, 2014.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No