Why Choose the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy?
A Proud Tradition
Founded in 1885, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy has a long history of educational excellence and is very well respected among health professional programs in the nation. The School of Pharmacy became and remains the only state-supported pharmacy school in Missouri. The UMKC School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and participates with the UMKC School of Graduate Studies in offering the interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree.
Kansas City is a major metropolitan area with over two million people. The UMKC School of Pharmacy is located in the heart of the city with access to a thriving arts, entertainment, and sports scene. Entertainment venues range from the newly constructed Kauffman Performing Arts Center, to the Sprint Center, along with a host of smaller theatres and arenas. The Kansas City Royals, Chiefs, and Sporting KC are home town professional sports teams. Regionally, the area is known as the Silicon Prairie and is home to one of the fastest growing job markets in the Midwest. H&R Block, Sprint Nextel, Hallmark, and Applebee’s are just a few of the large companies headquartered in the area. Kansas City offers students opportunities for clinical training during their studies as well as after graduation. The school is part of a public research university focused on the life sciences and urban issues.
In 2005, an additional location for the pharmacy school was established on the University of Missouri (MU) campus in Columbia. Located in the central region of Missouri, Columbia has a population of approximately 95,000 people. The city is home to three colleges, 4 hospitals, and is known for its network of trails and outdoor activities.
Beginning Fall 2014, pending approval from the Accreditation Council For Pharmacy Education (ACPE), pharmacy students will be admitted to an additional site in Springfield, 170 miles south of Kansas City, on the Missouri State University campus. Pharm.D. students will study in the newly renovated Brick City district. Springfield provides a large recreation area close to lakes and a wide range of activities. As the third largest city in Missouri, Springfield is home to two of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. providing potential practices sites for students.
In Kansas City, four health profession schools are located on the UMKC Health Sciences Campus. The Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, as well as three major hospitals, are situated on what is locally referred to as “hospital hill.” The UMKC School of Pharmacy shares the Health Sciences Building (HSB) with the School of Nursing. The building opened in 2007 and is an impressive combination of form and function that more than 225,000 square feet of classroom, lab, research, study/collaboration, and office space. The Health Sciences Building facilities include the Pharmaceutics laboratories, Pharmacological and Toxicological laboratories, the Drug Information Center, computer labs, simulation labs, a pharmacy compounding practice laboratory and a model pharmacy. Our location in Columbia allow pharmacy students to work in proximity to other professional students in the MU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary, and Health Professions. Students in Columbia and Springfield are enrolled in UMKC School of Pharmacy classes and are connected virtually through long distance video conferencing technology. Students are able to actively interact in a live, real time format, with professors and other students via classroom microphones, HD cameras, and other technology.
Our Award Winning Faculty
The work of our faculty is recognized regionally and nationally through awards and research grants from federal agencies, foundations and the private sector. They are dedicated to advancing the pharmacy profession through their work in the field including: cutting edge basic and translational research, service to those in need within and outside of the United States, authoring textbooks, scholarship presentations at prestigious national meetings, leading professional organizations, service on Boards of Directors, and reviewing grants for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.
UMKC School of Pharmacy students participate in a variety of student organizations and professional activities. Students have numerous options at UMKC to enhance their professional development, network with leaders in their field of interest and give back to the community through student groups at the school. The groups include the student chapters of the American Pharmacists Association, the Rho Chi Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma, Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Psi, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the Student Society of Health System Pharmacy, Public Health Organization and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy. Our students also have the chance to travel internationally. Many students have participated in mission trips to several central and south American countries. Our students care for the underserved through their volunteer efforts at programs. Their commitment to projects such as Operation Diabetes, Project Outreach (drug and alcohol abuse program for fourth graders), ROOt for Health, Operation Immunization, Heartburn Awareness and Asthma Coalition reflects their desire to improve the health of Missourians.
Our Awarding Winning Student Body
Our students have been nationally and locally recognized for patient counseling, clinical skills, entrepreneurship, medication compounding, and outstanding organizational chapters. This recognition enables them to be very competitive for post-doctoral residency programs and national internships. UMKC is proud to have the distinct honor of winning all three of the American Association of College of Pharmacy’s awards for community service and partnerships. These include:
UMKC students continue to win national and local awards for community service, charitable fundraising, and professional competing!
• 2012 American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APhA-ASP) National Chapter of the Year
• 2013 APhA-ASP National Chapter Achievement Award Division AA
• 2014 APhA-ASP National Chapter Achievement Award, 2nd Runner Up
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Chemistry I with Lab||5.0|
|Calculus with Analytical Geometry||4.0|
|*Human Anatomy with Lab||4.0|
|Public Speaking [Speech]||3.0|
|*Organic Chemistry II with Lab||4.0|
|*Microbiology with Lab||4.0|
|Course covering the U.S. Constitution [American History I, II or Intro to American Government]||3.0|
|General Biology I (Botany)||3.0|
|English Composition I||3.0|
|General Chemistry II with Lab||5.0|
|Physics with lab||4.0|
|General Biology II (Zoology)||3.0|
|English Composition II||3.0|
|*Organic Chemistry I with lab||4.0|
Courses Marked with "*" must be completed within five years prior to Pharm.D. admission entry date.
Preparatory or introductory biology courses will not meet the minimum requirement.
Calculus courses less than 4.0 credit hours or that do not include analytical geometry will not meet the minimum requirement.
Physics courses must be at least algebra and trigonometry based.
Successful completion of two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs will meet the Human Anatomy requirement. One semester Human Anatomy and Physiology courses will not meet minimum requirement. Comparative Anatomy will not meet the Human Anatomy requirement.
Applicants who have courses obtained through Advanced Placement (AP) credit must have official scores sent from the testing agency to UMKC.
UMKC School of Pharmacy accepts credit for equivalent transfer coursework from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. Check with the Pharmacy Student Affairs Office to ensure proper course equivalents have been met.
Detailed instructions and steps related to applying for admission can be found at http://pharmacy.umkc.edu/pharm-d/introduction-to-application-process
Because completed applications are reviewed by the admissions committee at the time they are received and because of the rolling admissions process at UMKC, applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to take the PCAT in July or September prior to the fall year of entry. Students applying for Early Decision Admission should take the PCAT no later than July in order to receive scores to meet the Early Decision Deadline. Since admission is competitive, applicants should strive for strong achievement on the PCAT. The School will take into account the highest composite percentile score and associated subscores achieved as well as the highest writing scores attained. A PCAT writing score of 2.5 or higher should be achieved.
The minimum TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language] score required for Pharm.D. applicants is 560 [paper-based]; 220 [computer-based]; 83 [internet-based]. International applicants only. The TOEFL is not required IF you are a citizen of a country which has English as an official language.The TOEFL/IELTS Test requirement is waived for applicants who have studied academic coursework for a minimum of two (2) years (60 credit hours (US) or equivalent) in an English-speaking country.
Upon acceptance, students will be required to submit a criminal background check. Prior to admission in the fall, admitted students must provide proofs of required immunizations [two MMRs, Hepatitis B three shot series, Varicella, Tdap, and TB skin test or equivalent] in addition to proof of health insurance. The UMKC School of Pharmacy Immunization and Student Health Insurance Requirements, in further detail, can be found at under Policies and Procedures at http://pharmacy.umkc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Pharm.D._Student_Immun_Policy.pdf. Admitted students will be required to apply for a Missouri Intern Pharmacist License at the beginning of their first semester in the program and submit proof of health insurance as well as professional liability insurance.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to have worked in health care settings that allow exposure to pharmacists, in multiple practice settings. Applicants should be able to show proven balance of successfully completing full-time course loads while being involved in volunteer community service and leadership positions. Recent leadership, service and health care work experiences and contact hours will be considered.
Required pre-requisite courses are accepted from regionally accredited institutions of higher education only -http://info.umkc.edu/pharmacy/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Regional_Accrediting_Organizations.pdf . International applicants must complete the UMKC International Application For Admission in addition to the PharmCAS Application and the UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy Supplemental Application. The UMKC International Application For Admission is available at http://www.umkc.edu/isao/. Copies of all materials submitted to the International Student Affairs Office must be sent to the UMKC School of Pharmacy Student Affairs Office. International applicants whose native language is not English or who received their education in a country where the first language is not English must meet the UMKC English Proficiency requirements and will also be required to complete the English Evaluation Examination prior to the first semester of enrollment and follow recommendations from the UMKC Applied Language Institute.
LORs may come from any one of the Recommended categories marked below.
Qualified applicants are invited for a formal, on-site interview scheduled at the UMKC School of Pharmacy campus in Kansas City. Applicants should plan on spending a morning at the School for planned activities with current pharmacy students, faculty, staff, and pharmacy practitioners.