University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Angie Choi
Director of Admissions

4301 W. Markham Street
Slot #522
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Phone (Work): 501-686-8889

Phone (Fax): 501-686-8315

Schwanda Flowers
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Faculty Development

4301 W. Markham, #522
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Phone (Work): 501-686-7920

Phone (Fax): 501-686-8315

Phone (Mobile): 501-944-7639

Alex Holladay
Director of Recruitment

4301 W. Markham St.
Slot 522
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Phone (Work): 501-686-6282

Phone (Fax): 501-686-8315

Website:

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 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/M.B.A
  • PharmD/J.D.
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • Northwest Regional Campus, Fayetteville, AR

Program Description (back to top)

The UAMS COP mission is to improve the health of culturally diverse populations by educating pharmacy leaders to address community health needs, advancing scientific discovery to produce innovations in health care, and fostering progressive pharmacy practice through service to the profession.  The UAMS College of Pharmacy was established at the beginning of the 1951-52 academic year in Little Rock on the UAMS campus. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences includes the Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and a graduate school. The main campus is comprised of the University Hospital and Clinics, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Jones Eye Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute, the Reynolds Institute of Aging, and Psychiatric Research Institute. UAMS has opened a satellite campus for a portion of the third and fourth year professional year classes in northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville).

The Dean’s office is located in the Education II building along with faculty laboratories and offices. The Education II and College of Public Health buildings house the medical sciences library, large lecture halls, computer learning facilities, multidisciplinary student laboratories, Center for Clinical Skills Education, research laboratories, and faculty offices. In addition, College faculty members have laboratories and offices in both the Biomedical I, Biomedical II and College of Public Health buildings. These areas are strategically located to facilitate the College’s mission. Through the multiple purpose classrooms and laboratories, the students in the College of Pharmacy enjoy enviable advantages for broadening his/her understanding of the profession of pharmacy and its relationship to other health care professions and the maintenance of public health. Student life consists of participation in campus activities, professional fraternities, and a variety of other organizations.  The college website may be accessed at https://pharmcollege.uams.edu/.

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter the practice of pharmacy after completing licensure requirements. The didactic and experiential portions of the curriculum are integrated in such a way as to develop fundamental knowledge while being introduced to the practice through strategically placed introductory pharmacy practice experiences. The acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become a pharmacist occurs throughout the curriculum. For more detailed information on the curriculum, visit https://pharmcollege.uams.edu/current-students/academic-programs/curriculum/.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 175
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 120
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 120
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No quota
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No quota
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A, but only grades of C or better are accepted for prerequisites
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 30th 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: 36%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 64%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.54
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-38 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.43 :1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 69
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 103
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 69  103 
Calculus   4.5 
Chemistry - 16 hours: 12 hrs lecture, 4 hrs lab (General Chemistry I and lab, General Chemistry II and lab, Organic Chemistry I and lab, Organic Chemistry II and lab)  16  24 
Biology - 12 hrs: 9 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab (Biology 1 for majors w/lab, Biology 2 for majors w/lab, Microbiology w/lab)   12  18 
Physics - 4 hours: 3 hrs lecture, 1 hr lab (Physics I and lab) 
English/Communications (9 hours of English or Writing/Communication courses; ex. English Composition I or Academic Writing I, English Composition II or Academic Writing II, and Speech or other English Literature course)  13.5 
Economics/Accounting (Choose 3 hours of either Economics or Accounting)  4.5 
Recommended Selectives 9 hrs (minimum of 3 classes): Choose from Genetics, Cell Biology, Human Anatomy/Physiology, Analytical Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Biochemistry, Physics II and lab, Calculus II, Logic, Statistics  13.5 
Humanities Electives (12 semester hours of courses in psychology, sociology, history, geography, anthropology, religion, philosophy, political science, foreign languages, and survey courses in art, music, and theater)   12  18 

Additional Information

More information can be found on our website https://pharmcollege.uams.edu/prospective-students/doctor-of-pharmacy-program/admissions-2/pre-pharmacy-requirements/ .

Applicants must complete all prerequisite coursework by the end of spring semester before fall enrollment in pharmacy college.  Final, official transcripts are due June 1.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

Yes

Details: The supplemental application is by invitation only. Applicants will be contacted directly by the college with more detailed information after their PharmCAS application has been e-submitted and verified. Applicants should not initiate filling out the supplemental application.
Deadline: March 1, 2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $100
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

After applications are e-submitted and verified, the UAMS College of Pharmacy will contact selected applicants to submit a supplemental application and invite them to interview.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: January 2015
Details:

Although the February 2019 PCAT will be accepted, applicants are encouraged to take the July, September or October 2018 PCAT due to rolling admissions. 

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

No

Details:

The TOEFL exam is strongly suggested for all applicants for whom English is a second language.  TOEFL scores may not be more than 2 years old.  A minimum score of 80 on the internet based exam is required for consideration.  TOEFL scores should be released directly to PharmCAS (code 8246).  For more information on TOEFL requirements, please see the College website https://pharmcollege.uams.edu/prospective-students/doctor-of-pharmacy-program/admissions-2/.

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? Yes

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
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: March 1, 2019 Received by deadline
Details:

The UAMS College of Pharmacy only accepts foreign transcript evaluations from WES. www.wes.org.

 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:

Two of the three references must be from college professors who have taught the applicant in class.  A pre-professional committee letter will count as 2 college faculty letters.  One additional reference of the applicant's choice is also required.  The third letter may be an academic or professional one. We do not accept personal recommendations.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • 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.

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Teaching assistants must have taught the applicant and been the main or lead instructor.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
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:
  • September thru April
Details:

Interviews are held September through April.  All interviews are held on the Little Rock campus.  The College uses the Multi-Mini Interview (MMI) format.  An informational video about the MMI can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qEjRDf1n8A.

 

Interviews last half a day and include an opportunity to interact with currently enrolled students, learn about the College and its programs, tour the campus, and interview with multiple campus representatives. Friends and family are also welcome to come with you.  We provide infomation sessions and tours for them as well.

Dates are subject to change based on needs.  An invitation to interview does not imply acceptance or admission, and all expenses incurred during the interview are the responsibility of the applicant.  Upon being selected for an interview, the college will provide accomodation information as needed.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Early Decision applicants will be notified in October. Regular applicants will be notified within one week of their interview dates.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Acceptance forms and tuition deposits are due two weeks after the offer of admission.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $200
Due: Two weeks after offer of admission
Refundable? No
Details: The tuition deposit will be credited toward fall tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 5-7, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 8, 2018
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No