Prospective PharmD Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Regarding:

General Information

Why should I attend the UK College of Pharmacy?

The UK College of Pharmacy is an excellent choice for many reasons. Please view our Points of Pride for additional information!

How can I learn more about Prepharmacy at UK?

Join the listserv to receive updates about our program. Attend an Open House or an Advising Session! High school students can schedule a campus information session/tour through the UK Visitor Center.

What type of student are you looking for?

We are looking for students with a demonstrated ability to succeed academically in the program. Our average accepted science and overall GPA's are 3.0-3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Our average accepted PCAT composite score is 74%. Accepted students also have good communication skills, both oral and written, a desire for a career in health care and excellent people skills. We are looking for students who have a desire for a career in pharmacy and have knowledge of the profession.

Do I need experience working in a pharmacy?

Experience working in a pharmacy practice environment is not required; however it can be a valuable asset in determining the appropriateness of the career path. Prospective PharmD students are encouraged to learn more about the profession by talking with pharmacists and finding varied shadowing or volunteer experiences that will provide insight into what pharmacists do, the various settings in which pharmacists work, and how pharmacists interact with patients and health care professionals.

How many students apply to the PharmD Program each year?

While the number of applicants changes from year to year, we typically receive at least 800 applications per year. Of those, approximately 300 are Kentucky residents. We do give preference to Kentucky residents. Currently we admit a class of 135 students each fall.

Do I gain an advantage by attending the University of Kentucky?

There are many advantages to doing your Prepharmacy courses at the University of Kentucky. It is beneficial for out-of-state applicants to complete their prepharmacy coursework at UK as it shows the Admissions Committee your interest and commitment to the University. Each year, the largest number of applicants tend to be students who have done all or part of their required coursework at UK. In a typical year, at least 40% of the admitted class have been University of Kentucky students. The other 60% of admitted students are from various universities across the US.

How long will I be in school to become a pharmacist at UK?

The University of Kentucky’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is a four-year professional program leading to licensure as a pharmacist. To be eligible to apply to the program, applicants must complete approximately two to three years of specific undergraduate courses. A bachelor’s degree is not required. If admitted to the professional program (PharmD), students spend three years on the University of Kentucky campus and their fourth year gaining supervised, on-the-job experience. So, typically a student is in school 6-7 years total after high school to earn the PharmD degree.

Do you accept college credit from other schools?

Yes! You can view our website for transfer information.


High School Students

What undergraduate major should I choose?

ANY major will work as long as you complete the Prepharmacy classes- choose a major that you would be happy earning a degree in! Majors to consider are Undergraduate Studies, for students who are still exploring majors, or majors with pre-major coursework that closely mirrors our requirements such as: Agricultural Biotechnology and Human Nutrition. Others to consider include Biology, Chemistry or Dietetics.

How do I apply to Prepharmacy?

To pursue Prepharmacy at the University of Kentucky, you will apply to UK as a freshman or transfer student and choose a major. You will indicate your future interest in applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy program by choosing Pharmacy in Box. 18: Pre-Professional Plan on the UK application. Visit Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

How do I decide if I am on the 2-year or 3-year Prepharmacy plan?

The successful 2-year student typically has some AP/college credit (often 2 or more courses). This student typically has a math ACT of 26/27 or higher. This student must have strong standardized test taking skills as the PCAT is required for a 2-year student after their freshman year of college. The majority of students enter on the 3-year plan (43%). This past year, 13% of incoming COP students entered on the 2-year plan.

Does the UK College of Pharmacy accept Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or CLEP courses?

Yes! We would encourage students to retake some or all of college chemistry (even if credit is received) given the foundation of pharmacy and the upcoming PCAT exam is based in chemistry. UK's AP Transfer Chart provides additional information on exam score requirements.


College Students

How do I apply to Pharmacy School?

Students who have completed the required coursework or are in their last year of completing the Prepharmacy required courses, will apply through a national, centralized application service called PharmCAS, and will also submit a UK supplemental application. Additional information is available on the Application Process and Instructions page.


Students Already Applied to UK College of Pharmacy

What is the hold pool?

Students who have been invited for an interview and have completed the interview process are placed in the hold pool. If a student is not accepted immediately after that interview, the student will remain in the hold pool and can be later offered a seat during the same admissions cycle until our class reaches capacity at 135. If not admitted prior to the start of classes, students must reapply for admission during the next cycle.

What is my position in the hold pool?

UK College of Pharmacy does not disclose applicant positions within the hold pool. The Admissions process at the UK College of Pharmacy is holistic and takes into account numerous elements of the application and interview. Applicants in the hold pool are continually reassessed as information shifts (e.g., additional spring and summer transcripts). Applicants are contacted throughout the summer to determine if they wish to remain in the hold pool, or if they wish to be removed from consideration for admission.

How deep is the hold pool / how many students are accepted into the hold pool each year?

Every year is unique and has revealed results that could not have otherwise been predicted.  So, there’s no real way to predict exactly how far we’ll have to go into the hold pool OR the precise number of hold pool students who will be conditionally accepted each year.  There have been years in which five, ten, fifteen or more students have moved from the hold pool to being conditionally accepted.  However, the last thing we want is to give students false hope when we really are unsure what the future holds OR to encourage them to have expectations of a particular outcome either way.  For those reasons, our office does not reveal specific information regarding the number of applicants in the hold pool or even try to estimate how far into the pool we may have to go. We strongly encourage everyone to have multiple options for pharmacy school- if possible.

Is there anything I can do to strengthen my standing in the hold pool and increase my chances of being conditionally accepted?

Your application file is currently complete-- with all the necessary information submitted AND has been reviewed in full. Make sure your most recent transcripts from the prior semester were sent to PharmCAS. Please ensure the Admissions Office has your most recent email address and phone number on file, if they change over the summer months. There’s no further information needed from the Admissions Committee that would strengthen one’s application at this point.

Is there a “cutoff” date in which I will be informed if I am chosen to be conditionally accepted from the hold pool?

Because conditionally accepted students can lose their seat or choose to decline their admission offer at any time for any given reason, the “cutoff” could be as late as the first day of classes. In case it helps to know, we generally experience the most movement from the hold pool to conditional acceptance between April - June. However, in the past, applicants have moved from the hold pool into the conditional acceptance group as late as the end of July. Other years, the circumstances have been different. For example- several years ago, the College had to contact a hold pool applicant the first day of classes because another accepted student decided to not attend pharmacy school at that time. So again-- the “cutoff” really must go up until the first day of classes.

How quickly do you fill admission seats from the hold pool as openings become available?

Admission openings are filled almost immediately- usually on the same day or within a 24 hour period of time.

Who can I contact with any further prepharmacy questions?

UK's Prepharmacy Advisor at


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