University of Utah

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Torrie Foutz
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


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 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.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two 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)? 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

Program Description (back to top)

Check out the exciting opportunities the University of Utah College of Pharmacy has to offer you:


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 have three deadlines to apply to the program:


Early Assurance Application Deadline: October 3, 2018 (Students will be considered for Early Interviews if they apply by this date). 


Standard Application Deadline: December 3, 2018


Late Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 


NOTE: Students who apply for early assurance have an opportunity to be interviewed early (December). Those who apply on the Standard Application deadline may be interviewed in January. Those that apply in February may be interviewed in late February/early March.


For frequently asked questions, use the following link:


We invite you to visit for further information.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 110
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 65
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 65
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: n/a
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
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: 3.0 (Applications with GPA's of 2.75 and above will be reviewed)
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.8
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: All applicants must take the PCAT exam for entry into the PharmD Program during the 2018-2019 application cycle. No minimum score is required.
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-40
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: n/a

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60+
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: n/a
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 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 60+   
General Education Requirements (hours vary depending on the undergraduate school)  
General Chemistry I & II with Labs  10 
Human Anatomy (No lab needed) **If the course is a combined Human Anatomy/Physiology course, 2 semesters are required. 4-5 quarter hour classes will be considered the equivalent of a 3 credit hour semester course.  
Human Physiology (No lab needed) **If the course is a combined Human Anatomy/Physiology course, 2 semesters are required. 4-5 quarter hour classes will be considered the equivalent of a 3 credit hour semester course.  
Calculus I  
Organic Chemistry I & II with Labs  10 
General Physics I (no lab needed) 
Microbiology (no lab needed) 
Professional/Technical Writing or Public Speaking 

Additional Information

For more questions on prerequisite courses and AP credit, please visit:

In addition to the pre-pharmacy required courses, the general education requirements 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:

NOTE: Applicants attending a college outside of the University of Utah should follow the General Education requirements as outlined by their undergraduate institution.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Deadline: Febuary 1stReceived 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

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 2016

All applicants must take the PCAT exam for entry into the PharmD Program during the 2018-2019 application cycle. The minimum composite PCAT score considered will be based upon applicants overall application.

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


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.
NOTE: An IELTS exam score of 6.5 or higher can replace the TOEFL score.
This requirement may be waived if the student completed four years of their secondary education (high school) in the US.  Applicants must apply for the TOEFL to be waived.  Please contact the University of Utah College of Pharmacy at
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? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: December 3, 2018 Received by deadline
A course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation report must be sent to PharmCAS.  WES (World Education Services) is the only transcript evaluation that will be accepted by the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.

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:


PLEASE NOTE:  Two (2) recommendations are required. One MUST come from one of the following people- pharmacist, supervisor OR healthcare professional. The other letter may come from a pharmacist, supervisor, healthcare professional, OR Professor.  Both letters should reflect a professional, academic or supervisory relationship with the student. Students may submit more than the two required letters.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Supervisor



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

  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • If you are not able to get a Pharmacist recommendation, please submit a recommendation from a Supervisor, or another Healthcare Professional. Both letters should reflect a professional, academic or supervisory relationship with the student.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • Early Admission Interviews are held in December. Standard Admissions Interviews are held in January. Late Admissions Interview are held in February/March.
On-site interviews are required for invited applicants, with exception of individual extenuating circumstances handled on a case-by-case basis.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance offers are made no later than 2 weeks after the applicants interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants have 2 weeks after receiving notification of acceptance to submit a $2,000 deposit to hold their seat. The full deposit amount is credited back to the student's fall tuition.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $2,000
Due: Upon Acceptance
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • Mid-August 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Late August- 2019. TBA
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes