The sooner you start the application process, the better. Take these steps:
We do not require a bachelor's degree to apply. You can enter without a bachelor's degree and be eligible to earn a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science after completing your second year (credit hour completion pending).
Our team is here to support you throughout this process!To see PharmCAS Application and Conduct information, please visit the PharmCAS website.
The application to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is available through the Pharmacy College Application Service or PharmCAS, a centralized application service to apply to multiple degree programs offered by schools and college of pharmacy. PharmCAS is designed for first-year professional PharmD degree programs.
We do not require a bachelor's degree to apply. Students entering without a bachelor's degree will earn a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science after successfully completing their second year.
Pharmacy School Transfer Policy: We do not accept transfer credits from other Schools/Colleges of Pharmacy. Applicants to the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy must complete all prerequisites with a grade of C or higher (C- or below is not acceptable) at a college or university that is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges or one of its regional affiliates.
All transcripts must be submitted to PharmCAS regardless of the age or transferability of courses. The admissions committee considers all coursework completed and derives a cumulative GPA from all colleges and universities attended. Failure to reveal all transcripts will result in disqualification.
Once admitted, official transcripts from all previous colleges and university (including other University of Colorado campuses) attended must be updated in the candidates PharmCAS application using the Academic Update. Updated official transcripts must be provided as soon as each subsequent term is completed. (Summer transcripts are due directly to the Admissions Team).
Two Evaluations (letters of recommendation) are required as part of the PharmCAS application. Letters submitted in lieu of completing the form will not be accepted. The applicant should seek recommendations attesting to their academic performance (academic recommendation) or on the applicant’s professional skills and potential for success in a rigorous professional degree program (professional recommendation).
Evaluations from friends/family/coworkers are not accepted. Please see full list of acceptable evaluator categories on the University of Colorado’s School Directory Page.
Two recommendation forms are required as part of the PharmCAS application. Letters submitted in lieu of completing the form will not be accepted. The applicant should seek recommendations attesting to their academic performance (academic recommendation) or on the applicant’s professional skills and potential for success in a rigorous professional degree program (professional recommendation).
When a candidate meets the threshold to be invited for an interview, the school’s admissions team will contact the candidate directly with a summary of available interview dates (via email).
Please see more information regarding interviews on our Interviews page.
The average GPA of our admitted students is typically around 3.4. Competition is typically the strongest among out-of-state applicants.
The PCAT is not required. If the PCAT (or MCAT) is submitted, it will be considered supplementary information only.
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Pharmacy School Transfer Policy: We do not accept transfer credits from other Schools/Colleges of Pharmacy.
Other Programs: Non-Degree Seeking Students
|8 semester (2 lab)
|12 quarter (3 lab)
|8 semester (2 lab)
|12 quarter (3 lab)
|8 semester (2 lab)
|12 quarter (3 lab)
|5 quarter (2 lab)
The following are course transfer guides specific to colleges and universities in Colorado.
Please see CU SSPPS' policy regarding Science/Math courses older than ten years old
|Adams State University (Download)
|Aims Community College (Download)
|Arapahoe Community College (Download)
|Colorado Christian University (Download)
|Colorado College (Download)
|Colorado Mesa University (Download)
|Colorado School of Mines (Download)
|Colorado State University Pueblo (Download)
|Colorado State University (Download)
|Community College of Aurora (Download)
|Community College of Denver (Download)
|Fort Lewis College (Download)
|Front Range Community College (Download)
|Metropolitan State University of Denver (Download)
|Pikes Peak Community College (Download)
|Pueblo Community College (Download)
|Red Rocks Community College (Download)
|Regis University (Download)
|Trinidad State Junior College (Download)
|University of Colorado Boulder (Download)
|University of Colorado Colorado Springs (Download)
|University of Colorado Denver (Download)
|University of Denver (Download)
|University of Northern Colorado (Download)
|Western Colorado University (Download)
*Note: If your school does not offer biochemistry, you can complete it at a university that offers it online.
English Language Proficiency for Admission of International Students (does not waive additional OPI Testing, if required by the Admissions Committee)
Applicants to graduate degree programs will be considered to have the required English language proficiency if they meet any one of the following criteria:
The U.S. government requires all international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before a formal letter of admission—or the form for obtaining a visa—will be issued. All application materials (PharmCAS and letters of recommendation) must be submitted. If selected for admission to the CU SOP, international students need to submit the Request for Student I-20 for Foreign Applicants (PDF). This form can be obtained from the Office of Student Services. All international students are responsible in meeting the requirements to obtain their Pharmacy Intern License.
A previous degree does not exempt applicants from completing the pre-requisite coursework.
Increasingly, applicants have completed a substantial amount of coursework in excess of the minimum pre-pharmacy requirements, often culminating in bachelor's or advanced degrees. Candidates who have completed more than the minimum coursework may be more competitive; however, a previous degree is not the sole criterion used in selecting candidates for admission. Applicants must have a competitive GPA regardless of the number of hours completed before application. Completion of a previous degree does not exempt a student from taking any of the perquisites as required.
Admitted students will be sent an electronic acceptance package with several forms, all of which must be completed and returned to the school along with any corresponding documentation, fees or certificates.
We must receive, in our office:
For students admitted to the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program in the fall, Orientation Week, will begin tentatively the second Friday in August. Additional information will be sent to matriculated students before July.
Failure to attend on the first day of orientation and participation in the orientation week without prior notice will result in the withdrawal of your offer of admission and that spot will be offered to a candidate on the waitlist.
All pre-pharmacy courses must be completed and official transcripts or grade reports must be submitted before students may register for or attend this course.
a. Any applicant that is admitted into the program can choose to defer their enrollment prior to August 1. Deferring your enrollment is not an extenstion to complete prerequisite requirements. .
b. Candidates who chose the deferral option must meet the following criteria;
c. All deferred candidates from the year prior must notify the school by March 1st with their intention to enroll. If the school does not receive notification from the applicant, the school will not guarantee a spot will be held for the candidate in the fall.