Pre-Pharmacy Application Process
- Take the PCAT - preferably sometime in the July through November "window" of the year prior to your matriculation (eg. July 2015 for Fall 2016). Test dates can be found on PCAT web site. It is highly recommended that you register for a test date and site as early as possible. Prime test dates and sites WILL fill up quickly. You must plan ahead!
- Apply Early - PharmCAS permits applicants to create an account and begin entering information in the first week of June. Although files may not be reviewed by admissions staff until PCAT scores are received in early August, they will often send the secondary (supplemental) application to you, especially if you are in-state. You should get your application in by mid August. By the end of August, the Kentucky schools have already received a couple of hundred applications. Do not wait until the application deadline!!
- PharmCAS - Go to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) Web Site for more details. PharmCAS verifies the accuracy of the information in the application, reproduces the information and sends it to the schools you indicate. UK and Sullivan University utilize PharmCAS. The charge is $150 for the first school and $55 for each additional school that you apply to. Application to 5 schools would cost $370.
- Have transcripts sent to PharmCAS. PharmCAS begins accepting transcripts in July. An official transcript must be sent from the Registrar's Office of every school you attended, even study abroad and summer courses, directly to PharmCAS. WKU has an online request form at http://www.wku.edu/registrar/transcript_request.php
- The application includes an essay or "personal statement". Don't procrastinate writing your essay. You should begin months before you submit PharmCAS. Have peers and faculty proofread and criticize. You can also utilize the Writing Center in Cherry Hall.
- Early Decision Program - Around 59 pharmacy schools participate in an early decision program (EDP) geared toward highly qualified students who know which school they want to attend. The EDP deadline is usually around September 3rd. If you participate, you agree to apply to no other school until around October 18th. UK participates in EDP.
- See your advisor about setting up the letter of evaluation (LOE) process. UK recommends three LOEs. At least one of the letters should be written by a Pharmacist and one of the remaining two should be written by a Professor (Science). LOEs are typically sent to PharmCAS.
- After receipt of materials from PharmCAS, each pharmacy school will notify the applicant directly for the need of any additional materials ("secondaries"). Return the secondaries promptly, this shows motivation and genuine interest in that school.
- The interview - If chosen, you will be asked to come to campus for an interview (any costs for travel is paid by the applicant). While a good sign, an interview does not guarantee acceptance. Each of the pharmacy schools in Kentucky may interview 200-300 applicants for a first year class of 140 (UK) and 95 (SU).