Pharm.D. Application Process and Instructions
The PharmCAS and UNMC Supplemental Application due dates are January 5th and February 15th respectively.
The College of Pharmacy utilizes a ‘rolling admissions’ process. Review of complete applications will begin in September. Selected applicants are invited for interview and admissions decisions will be made on a continual basis, starting in December, until the class is filled (by April). Students are encouraged to apply yearly to ensure themselves the best opportunity for acceptance. Keep in mind that rolling admissions means that seats fill early and those who wait until the application deadline risk many seats already being filled.
Step 1: Complete PharmCAS Application by January 5th
- PCAT Scores are required - see http://pcatweb.info/ for test dates (July test dates are highly recommended)
Step 2: Complete UNMC Supplemental Application by February 15th
Step 3: Complete Interview at UNMC upon invitation
Step 4: Complete PharmCAS Academic Update (December-February)
Step 5: Admissions Decision and Requirements
Step 1 - PharmCAS Application:
Submit an online application through PharmCAS (www.PharmCAS.org). Detailed instructions are available on the PharmCAS site for submission of your application, transcripts, recommendation letters and PCAT scores. All requested materials should be submitted directly to PharmCAS. Please note that PharmCAS requires 4-6 weeks for verification purposes before an application is forwarded to individual colleges of pharmacy. Log into your PharmCAS account regularly to verify all materials were received. Without a verified PharmCAS application, PharmCAS will not release your file to UNMC and you cannot be considered for admission to our program.
Three (3) reference letters are required:
- Two (2) must come from Science / Math faculty
- The third may also come from a faculty member or it may come from a non-academic reference (a pharmacist is an excellent choice)
- In all cases, the references must be in a position to critically evaluate your past performance
Step 2 - UNMC Supplemental Application:
Applicants cannot be considered without online submission of a UNMC Supplemental Application (Personal Questionnaire and $45 Fee). Click here to review the Personal Questionnaire; however, the actual online Supplemental Application is not made available to applicants until the college receives their verified application from PharmCAS. Following receipt of your verified application from PharmCAS, we will send access and completion instructions via e-mail.
Step 3 - Interview:
When your application is complete (Steps 1 & 2), your file will be evaluated by the UNMC College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee. An on-site personal interview is required to enable us to further assess your communication skills. Only competitive applicants are invited for interview. We begin scheduling interviews as early as November-December and continue offering interviews on a regular basis until the class is full (by April). Candidates will be notified as early as possible of potential interview dates and will be invited to tour the UNMC campus in addition to meeting and interacting with College of Pharmacy faculty and students.
Step 4 - PharmCAS Academic Update:
After initial submission of your PharmCAS application, you may need to update your college course history to reflect newly completed or planned / in-progress courses. You can update your courses on-line after the fall semester using the PharmCAS "Academic Update" window. The Academic Update window will open in mid-December, following the completion of the fall term, and close in mid-February. For verification of these updates, it is important to arrange for your official Summer and Fall transcripts to be sent directly to PharmCAS as soon as they are available.
Step 5 - Admission Decision and Requirements:
The Admissions Committee works to make and communicate admissions decisions as soon as possible after your interview … specific timing will be announced as part of your interview ‘program’. Students will be notified of their admission decision via email within several weeks after their interview date, given the ‘rolling admissions process’. All admitted students will be ‘conditionally admitted’ until they have met several requirements (PharmCAS Background Check, Final Transcript Submission, etc). Students offered admission will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 to hold their seat in our program. This deposit will be credited toward the student’s first semester tuition.