University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Angie Choi 
      • College of Pharmacy Director of Admissions 
      • 4301 W. Markham Street 
      • Slot #522 
      • Little Rock 
      • Arkansas 
      • 72205 
      • Phone (Work): 501-686-8889 
      • Phone (Fax): 501-686-8315 
      • Email: 

      • Schwanda Flowers 
      • College of Pharmacy Associate Dean if 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 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  February 1, 2016

  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/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:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • 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:
      • NW Regional Campus, Fayetteville AR 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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 missions. 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 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"> .

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 200-225
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 120
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 20-30
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.55
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200-225
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No quota
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No quota
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-39 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4.46:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 69   
      Chemistry - 16 hours: 12 hrs lecture, 4 hrs lab (Gen Chemistry I and lab, Gen Chemistry II and lab, Organic Chemistry I and lab, Organic Chemistry II and lab)  16   
      Biology - 12 hrs: 9 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab (Must include microbiology: 3 hrs lecture, 1 hr lab)   12   
      Physics - 4 hours: 3 hrs lecture, 1 hr lab (Physics I and lab)   
      Recommended Selectives 9 hrs (minimum of 3 classes): choose from Genetics, Cell Biology, Statistics, Human Anatomy/Physiology, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics II and lab   
      Humanities Electives ( to total up to 69 prepharmacy hrs including other pre-req courses; typically 4 three credit hour classes of humanities electives are sufficient)  12   
    • Additional Information: 

      More information can be found on our website

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Supplemental application materials will be provided to those students invited for an interview. Applicants offered an interview will have two weeks after offer to accept interview date and submit supplemental application materials and non-refundable supplemental application fee.
      • Deadline: February 1, 2016 Received 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.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2012
      • Details: 

        Although the January 2016 PCAT will be accepted, applicants are encouraged to take the July, September or October 2015 PCATdue 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

      • 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
    • Details: Applicants may be required to complete a residency evaluation form as part of the college's supplemental application for all applicants claiming Arkansas residency. This form will be provided as necessary.
    • 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? 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: February 1, 2016 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

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


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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 references must be from college professors who have had 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 excluding personal recommendations.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Teaching Assistant
    • 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
      • 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 2015 thru March 2016 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are held October through early March.  The College uses the Multi-Mini Interview (MMI) format.  An informational video about the MMI can be found at

      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. 

      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Early Decision applicants will be notified in October. Regular applicants will be notified within two weeks 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: $250
      • Due: Two weeks after offer of admission
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 8-10, 2016 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 11, 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No