University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • 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 
      • Email: anchoi@uams.edu 

      • 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 
      • Email: skflowers@uams.edu 

      • 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 
      • Email: abholladay@uams.edu 

    • Website:

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  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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
      • 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:
      • Northwest 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 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/. ;

     

     


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 120
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: No quota
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 41%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 59%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.46
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-39 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 2.92 :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
    • 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 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 69  103 
      Calculus    
      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   
      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   
      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)   
      Economics/Accounting (Choose 3 hours of either Economics or Accounting)   
      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   
      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   
    • 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.

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • 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, 2018 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 2014
      • Details: 

        Although the January 2018 PCAT will be accepted, applicants are encouraged to take the July, September or October 2017 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 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: 

  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? Yes
      • Details: Residents of Bowie and Cass counties in Texas are also given preference.

  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: March 1, 2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

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

       


  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 of the three 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.  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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • October thru April 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are held October 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. 

      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.


  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 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
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 13-15, 2018 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 16, 2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: