University of Puerto Rico
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Josephine Picorelly 
      • Admissions Officer 
      • Medical Sciences Campus 
      • University of Puerto Rico 
      • PO Box 365067 
      • San Juan 
      • Puerto Rico 
      • 00936-5067 
      • Phone (Work): 787-758-2525, Ext. 5213 
      • Email: josephine.picorelly@upr.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  December 2 2013


  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 No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: As per fulfillment of prerequisites (75-80 credits)
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: October, 2013 
      • Details: 10:00 AM- 2:00PM, School facilities, Plaza Level. Reserve your space at: astrid.gonzalez1@upr.edu. 
    • 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)?: No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service?: No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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: http://farmacia.rcm.upr.edu


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 74
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 45
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 45
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 29%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 71%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.61
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 65
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 45
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-33
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 1:4

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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: 53
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2014 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.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The instructions for the supplemental application for admission to the Pharm D Program can be found at: http://farmacia.rcm.upr.edu
      • Deadline: December 1, 2012 Received 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: http://farmacia.rcm.upr.edu

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: October 2011
      • Details: Applicants must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) no later than the month of October prior to the submission of the application. To be considered for admission, a minimum percentile of 10 will be required in Verbal Ability, Biology, Chemistry, Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Ability. 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? No
      • Details: 
      • 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
      • Details: 

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: Valid government issued ID which shows Puerto Rico residential address.
    • 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? 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.
    • Details: 

  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: 
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Supervisor
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • February-April, 2014 
    • Details: 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. Command of the Spanish and English languages is required.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview and after the evaluation process by the School of Pharmacy is finished.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The response to the acceptance will be due in ten days.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 100.00
      • Due: 10 days after receiving acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The response to the acceptance is due ten days after the student is notified.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Summer 2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation:  Matriculation - August 5-7, 2013 First Day of Class - August 8, 2013
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No