University of Puerto Rico

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Mrs. Vilma Santiago
Admission Officer

Deanship for Students

Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico
PO Box 365067
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-5067

Phone (Work): 787-758-2525, ext. 5228


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: December 3, 2018

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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 No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    October, 2018


    10:00 AM- 2:00PM, School facilities, Plaza Level. Reserve your space starting, September 1, 2018 at:

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
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:

Program Description (back to top)

The Doctor of Pharmacy Program (Pharm.D.) is approved by the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education (PRCHE), and has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the accreditation agency of professional programs in pharmacy. The University of Puerto Rico, School of Pharmacy - Doctor of Pharmacy Program (Pharm.D.) is structured in four academic years in order to ensure the achievement of the abilities necessary to become a generalist practitioner who renders pharmaceutical care. The goals of the program are: 1. To foster the integral formation of students by developing their general and professional abilities along the curriculum. 2. To foster the integration of knowledge based on professional practice experience in a systematic ability-based curriculum which incorporates the following areas: biomedical sciences; pharmaceutical sciences; behavioral, social, and administrative pharmacy sciences; pharmacy practice; and general education. 3. To prepare competent pharmacists to enter the practice of the profession in different settings. For more information visit our school website at:

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 65
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 45
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 45
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? Yes
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 45
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 0
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
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: 33%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 67%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.73
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 21-32
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 75-80 credit hours
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 47
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 75-80 credit hours   
Basic English   
Basic Spanish    
Languages (English or Spanish)    
Humanities - Introduction to Western Civilization   
Social Sciences   
Pre-Calculus  4-6   
Calculus I  4-5   
General Chemistry   
Organic Chemistry   
General Biology   
General Physics w/Lab   
General Psychology   
Introduction to Economics   
Anatomy and Physiology  4-6 

Additional Information

The advancement placement test will substitute the requisites of basic English, Spanish and Pre-calculus. The three credits in languages (English or Spanish) must be taken in courses that develop oral and written communication skills. Do not substitute for Humanities, History of Puerto Rico. Use as reference: HUMA 3101 and HUMA 3102 offered by the University or Puerto Rico System. Credits in Mathematics including Calculus I are required for admission.Calculus I should include up to integrals. Mathematics 3151 offered by the University of Puerto Rico System may be used as standard of reference. General Biology does not include the Biological Sciences course offered by the General Studies Faculty of the University of Puerto Rico. Anatomy and Physiology use as reference BIOL 3711 and BIOL 3712 offered by the University of Puerto Rico System. General Physics requirement may not be satisfied by the Physical Sciences course offered by the General Studies Faculty of the University of Puerto Rico. Physics 3001, 3002, 3003, 3004 offered by the University of Puerto Rico System may be used as standards of reference. For Psychology may use PSIC 3005 offered by the University of Puerto Rico as standard of reference. For Economics a course with basic concepts in microeconomics is required.

Visit the website  for more information about the course prerequisites.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: The instructions for the supplemental application for admission to the Pharm D Program can be found at:
Deadline: December 3, 2018Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $20.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The instructions for the supplemental application for admission to the Pharm D Program can be find at: and

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: November 2016

Applicants must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) no later than the month of November prior to the submission of the application. To be considered for admission, a minimum percentile of 10 will be required in Biological Processes, Chemical Processes, Critical Reading and Quantitative Reasoning. The oldest PCAT to be considered for admission is 3 years prior to the deadline for application.


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


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

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? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.

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

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Employer
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
  • Supervisor
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:
  • January to March

If the candidate is pre-selected, a personal interview will be required by the Admissions Committee. The interviews are conducted by at least two (2) faculty members. Effective oral communication are among the aspects that are considered during the applicant's interview. Evidence of candidate's extracurricular activites such as research, work, community service and student organizations membership will be requested during the interview process. Command of the Spanish and English languages is required.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview and after the evaluation process by the Admission Committee and School of Pharmacy is finished.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The response to the acceptance will be due in seven days.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: 250.00
Due: 7 days after receiving acceptance letter
Refundable? No
Details: The response to the acceptance is due 7 days after the student is notified.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • June
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Matriculation and First Day of Class - first week of August. For details visit: (Academic Calendar- Calendario Academico)
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes