FREQUENTLY ASKED ADMISSION QUESTIONS
Number of applications for admission: 156 (average of past 4 years)
Number of students accepted for each class: 60
Average GPA for all applicants: 3.36 (average for past 4 years)
Average GPA for admitted students: 3.55 (average for past 4 years)
Minimum GPA: No set minimum, but applicants need a GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered competitive
Application Deadline: PharmCAS - January 5th; UNMC Supplemental - February 15th
PCAT required? Yes...completion of the Pharmacy College Admission Test is required. We will accept test scores that were taken within the past 3 years. There is no minimum PCAT score requirement; however, the average composite score for those admitted is 65.
PharmCAS? Yes...see http://www.pharmcas.org/
What dates should I be aware of in the Admissions Process Timeline?
- See "Pharm.D. Application Process & Instructions" document for specific steps and dates.
- Review of complete applications (verified PharmCAS plus submitted UNMC Supplemental) will begin in September. Selected applicants are invited for interview and admissions decisions will be made on a continual basis, starting in late fall, until the class is filled (by April). Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure themselves the best opportunity for acceptance.
- Communications offering admission, notification of alternate status or notification of "not admit" status will be sent as soon as decisions are finalized in the 'rolling admissions' system. All applicants will be notified by email of their status. No information will be released by phone. All applicants will be notified of their status by April at the latest.
What sources of information are utilized by the Admissions Committee in assessing applicants?
- Academic performance, particularly in math and sciences
- Patterns of course withdrawals and course repeats
- Statements on the PharmCAS Personal Statement and the COP Supplemental Application Personal Questionnaire
- Communication skills as demonstrated during the interview and writing exercises
- Exposure to pharmacy practice environments (i.e. shadowing, part-time work)
- Participation in extracurricular and leadership activities on campus and/or in the community
- Statements made by references in Letters of Recommendation
Credits not considered applicable toward meeting prerequisites?
- The Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Admissions Committee will determine the applicability of transferred credits on an individual basis. Credits must be earned at a fully accredited institution of higher learning.
- Credits not considered applicable include: (1) Those graded less than “C”, “I” (incomplete), “W” (withdrawal), or audit; (2) Those completed but not given for credit (pass/fail); (3) Activity courses in physical education.
- We do not accept "Introduction to" courses for biochemistry.
- If you have questions regarding specific prerequisites, please contact Amber Hawk at email@example.com.
How do graduates of the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy fare on national board exams?
Students graduating from our program perform well on both NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) and MPJE (Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination).
- NAPLEX first time pass rate
- 2010-2016: 98.7%
- National average: 93.8%
- MPJE first time pass rate
- 2010-2016: 98.2%
- National average: 90.8%
As an applicant to a health professions program, am I subject to any type of Background Check or other required disclosure of information regarding a conviction or other legal proceedings against me?
- All students enrolling in UNMC professional programs are required to complete a Background Check since healthcare facilities where students complete their clinical experiences require the background checks in order to meet accreditation standard and/or state law requirements. In some cases, agreement to participate in random drug screening my also be required.
- UNMC is participating in the PharmCAS Background Check program. When an offer of admission is extended, that step triggers the background check process via Certiphi. Students will then receive communications from Certiphi for completion of the background check. The cost of this background check is incorporated into the PharmCAS application fee.
- Information received by the COP as part of the background check is confidential and will be available ONLY to the Associate Dean or his/her designee for evaluation of your suitability for full admission.
- A positive response on the background check or drug screening will not necessarily result in a detrimental effect on enrollment, but an interview or further interaction may be required.
- In addition to the Certiphi background check, local "re-screen" background checks are also required during the professional program as many experiential sites require updated review beyond the admission background check as well as very specific 'abuse registry' documentation for vulnerable patient populations.
What about Financial Aid and Scholarships?
- The UNMC Office of Financial Aid administers a variety of financial aid programs. The UNMC Financial Aid website provides many answers about financing a UNMC education and is referenced in the admissions process for completion of appropriate paperwork.
- The College of Pharmacy administers a significant number of scholarships which are granted based upon academic performance, leadership, extracurricular involvement and/or a combination of these criteria. In fall 2016, greater than $600,000 in awards was distributed to pharmacy students.
Where do I live when I enroll in the College of Pharmacy?
The University of Nebraska Medical Center does not have residence halls, but owns a variety of rental property units which can be leased to students. Please visit the Student Housing site for more information.
I graduated 8 years ago from college but am thinking about returning to pursue a pharmacy degree. Will the science and math classes I took 8-10 years ago count toward my prerequisites?
In many cases, they will not, but every student’s previous history is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We want every student to be successful, so, given the emphasis in our program on a strong, current foundation in science and math, the Admissions Committee generally recommends that coursework greater than five (5) years old in the science and math areas should be refreshed (i.e. especially organic chemistry & physiology). Older coursework will be considered toward meeting prerequisites in most other areas.
Do you accept students from other states?
Our focus as a state school is on educating pharmacists for Nebraska. Accordingly, the majority (at least 75%) of our admitted students are Nebraska residents with the remainder typically being students from immediately surrounding states or those with ties to Nebraska. As we expand our applicant pool with the utilization of PharmCAS, it is anticipated that a greater number of qualified students from outside our borders will be considered for admission to our program. Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships that waive a significant amount of the difference between resident and non-resident tuition are available and help to reduce tuition costs to more manageable levels.
Who can I talk to for further information or for questions that I have?
General requirements and information are available on the College of Pharmacy website. For further information, please contact Amber Hawk, Recruitment & Admissions Associate, at 402-559-5366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.