Admission Timeline

Step 1: Complete majority of prerequisite courses
Step 2: Take the PCAT
Step 3: Complete PharmCAS Application by UK’s deadline
Step 4: Complete UK Supplemental Application & Download Prerequisite Course Checklist by deadline
Step 5: Complete UK Prerequisite Course Checklist
Step 6: Confirm PharmCAS Materials
Step 7: Prepare for Interview
Step 8: Take additional PCATs, if necessary
Step 9: Send updated transcripts in early December (Academic Update Window)
Step 10: Admission Decision and Requirements

Important Notes

Step 1: Complete majority of prerequisite courses

Take the specific prerequisite UK prepharmacy coursework. Students can review prerequisite courses completed at other colleges and the average profile (GPA/PCAT scores) of incoming students. Most students apply to the program during their final year(sophomore/junior year of college) of completing the last 1 -2 semesters of courses. Prepharmacy courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to desired enrollment. (Approval must be obtained by students (after an admission offer is made) wishing to take required coursework in the summer immediately preceding fall enrollment. Contact the Director of Admissions.)

Step 2: Take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)

Students are encouraged to complete the PCAT in July one year prior to starting pharmacy school. Register for the exam by March/April as seats are limited. Many students complete the PCAT at the end of the sophomore college year (July). At this time, students have typically completed general chemistry, math requirements, animal biology, organic chemistry and anatomy. Students are encouraged to take the PCAT again in September or October as they will have completed additional coursework covered on the PCAT by that time.

Send PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS (code 104) for UK COP to receive your scores. Most students take the PCAT 2-3 times (July, September, October). UK COP looks at the highest composite score and will review sub scores also.

PCAT scores prior to July 2013 will NOT be considered for the 2015-16 application cycle. Applicants must contact PCAT to request scores of tests (if completed prior to this current cycle) to be forwarded again to PharmCAS. January 2016 PCAT scores may not be received in time for the last round of interview considerations, but will be received prior to the last round of admission decisions given the short time span between the test date and UK COP's final interview date. The test dates for the current cycle are listed at http://pcatweb.info/.

Step 3: Complete PharmCAS Application by UK’s deadline

All students are encouraged to e-submit a Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application July-September of the year prior to intended entrance. Please note that PharmCAS requires 4-6 weeks for verification purposes before an application is forwarded to individual colleges of pharmacy. Instructions for submitting an application, reference forms and PCAT scores are available on the PharmCAS site.The PharmCAS admission cycle is expected to open the week of July 14. Due to UK COP's rolling admissions process, seats begin to fill quickly after interviews are held in October and November. For this reason, UK COP recommends applying between July-September. All applicants are highly encouraged to apply Early Decision (ED). October interview seats will be filled by ED applicants with remaining seats being filled with Regular Decision applicants. International students should submit TOEFL scores and transcript evaluations (www.wes.org) to PharmCAS. Attend a UK COP Advising Session to receive information about the application and interview process. NOTE: It is not necessary to wait for the arrival of references, transcripts, fall grades or PCAT scores to e-submit your PharmCAS application.

PharmCAS Application AND UK Supplemental Applications are due:
Early Decision: September 8, 2015 (Learn more about Early Decision if UK is your top choice! Highly recommended!)
Regular Decision: March 1, 2016 (Students are encouraged to apply July-September or as soon as possible thereafter.)

Step 4: Complete UK COP Supplemental Application & Download Prerequisite Course Checklist by deadline (available mid-August)

The UK Supplemental Application will become available mid-August. We will make an announcement via our website, the prepharmacy listserv, and the Facebook page for UK College of Pharmacy Admissions & Prepharmacy when the application is available.

Students are encouraged to complete the UK COP Supplemental Application by the end of August of the year prior to intended entrance. The Supplemental Application will be posted on the UK COP Admissions web site from mid-August through March 1, 2016. Applicants cannot be considered without online submission of a UK Supplemental Application. Mailed applications will not be accepted. Submit supplemental fee payment ($80.00)* online using a credit card, MasterCard or Visa (checks not accepted). Use the STATUS link on the PharmCAS application to verify receipt of your Supplemental Application 7-10 business days after your PharmCAS verification date. 

*The Supplemental Fee may be waived for students who are granted a PharmCAS Fee Waiver. Please contact Danielle Johnson for further information.

Upon pressing SUBMIT on the UK COP Supplemental Application, a page will appear with a link to the Prerequisite Course Checklist form. Download and save the form immediately before proceeding.

Step 5: Complete UK Prerequisite Course Checklist

Students must download, complete and submit the Prerequisite Course Checklist form which will be provided to you in a link immediately after you submit the UK Supplemental Application. After downloading and saving the form, enter your UK COP prerequisite courses and associated information. Students should plan to submit this form within 48 hours of submitting the Supplemental Application, or as soon as possible thereafter. Students should evaluate completion of UK COP prerequisites by utilizing the UK Courses from Other Colleges resource page. Applicants cannot be considered for an interview without online submission of the Prerequisite Checklist form. Use the Supplemental Items link on your PharmCAS application to verify receipt of your completed form 7-10 business days after your PharmCAS verification date.

Step 6: Confirm Receipt of PharmCAS Required Materials

Log into your PharmCAS account to verify all materials were received (PCAT, letters of reference, supplemental application, individual transcripts, etc.) and verified. PharmCAS will NOT begin to verify your transcripts and process your application until they have confirmed receipt of the PharmCAS application, official transcripts from each institution, and the application fee.

Step 7: Prepare for Interview (If Invited)

Only competitive applicants are invited to interview.  Interview selection is based on a holistic review of the application file when it is received. To be considered for an interview, it is strongly suggested that applicants apply July - September or as soon as possible thereafter. Interviewees will be invited via email approximately 2 weeks in advance of the below 2015-2016 interview dates. Approximately 250 students were interviewed last year.
     Early Decision/Regular Interviews: October 2 & 5 (any remaining interview seats will be filled by Regular Decision applicants)
     Regular Decision Interviews: November 14 & 16, January 15 & 16, February 19 & 20, and March 21 (All interview dates are tentative.)

Step 8: Take additional PCATs and complete coursework, if necessary

If necessary, continue taking PCATs in July, September, October, November, and possibly January to increase your score. Continue sending the scores to PharmCAS and the Admissions Committee will note your updated scores upon each file review. All prerequisite courses should be completed by the spring semester prior to entering UK COP.

Step 9: Complete PharmCAS Academic Update in mid-December

PharmCAS requires students to submit updated fall transcripts, enter updated fall grades and anticipated spring courses during the Academic Update Window beginning mid-December. Students should request for these transcripts to be mailed by their Registrar's office immediately after final grades are posted in December (mark hold for fall grades). The Admissions Committee needs the updated information by early-January to be considered for a January, February, or March interview. Since in December it takes PharmCAS approximately 4-6 weeks to verify transcripts,your updated transcript may not be included in the decision-making process regarding interview selection if you wait until PharmCAS' February deadline to submit the Academic Update.

Step 10: Admission Decision and Requirements

Students can be notified of their admission decision via email within several weeks or several months after their interview date, given the rolling admissions process.  The UK COP Admissions Office will provide you with an update after each Admissions Committee meeting (October-April). The majority of admission decisions are made October-April. All students admitted will be conditionally admitted until they have met several requirements (Criminal Background Check, Final Transcript Submission, Coursework Completion, etc.). Conditionally accepted students are expected to maintain their GPA from the time of application and report any academic or law charges/offenses within 10 days, in writing, which occur prior to matriculation.

Important Notes

  • It is strongly suggested that applicants apply well in advance, 6-8 weeks, of either the Early Decision deadline or the Regular Admission deadline to allow for the time necessary for PharmCAS to verify and process your transcripts. Applications are encouraged between July-September or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Do not wait for all of your references or PCAT scores to be sent to PharmCAS before you e-submit. When the references and PCAT scores are received by PharmCAS, they will update your application accordingly.
  • Since admissions decisions are made prior to the end of the spring semester, all applicants must have a grade of C or higher in any required pre-pharmacy course taken in the spring semester prior to entering the College of Pharmacy. A grade less than C in any of these classes or a lowering of prior academic performance will result in a review of status by the Admissions Committee and could result in a rescinding of admission. Please note that a grade of D or below is not acceptable in any required pre-pharmacy course.

Questions? Contact the Prepharmacy Advisor.

page last modified: August 19 2015     

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