New students enter the program in the fall. Candidates must submit their applications to PharmCAS by January 1, 2022, to create a PharmCAS account/application if they do not have one already. Candidates will need a PharmCAS application to be considered for admission. All application materials, including the application fee, must be received by the deadline. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applicants to the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy are expected to conduct themselves within legal and ethical standards of behavior during the admission process. It is our goal to admit students with a high level of professionalism or professional potential.
You are responsible for properly completing your application, sending your supporting documentation and fees to PharmCAS and the School of Pharmacy on time, AND regularly checking the status of your file online by logging onto your PharmCAS web application. The admissions committee reserves the right to review each application on a case-by-case basis.
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. Applicants must complete all prerequisites by the end of the spring term prior to their first fall term in the School of Pharmacy. Science and Calculus prerequisite course work must have been completed within the last 10 years of the semester in which the applicant intends to enroll. We can offer prerequisites extensions into the summer semester in certain circumstances. Please contact us at SOP.OSSApps@cuanschutz.edu for more information. In many cases, applicants can be admitted while they are completing the course work in the spring semester but the number of courses in progress may affect the decision of the admissions committee should there not be sufficient course work to evaluate.
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 universities (including other University of Colorado campuses) attended must be submitted directly to the School of Pharmacy. All transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution. Updated official transcripts must be provided as soon as each subsequent term is completed.
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.
The average GPA of our admitted students is typically around 3.4. Competition is typically the strongest among out-of-state applicants.
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 his/her academic performance (academic recommendation) or on the applicant's professional skills and potential for success in a rigorous professional degree program (professional recommendation).
Qualified applicants will have the option to complete an On-Site or Virtual Interview, and if eligible, receive an offer of admission. Interviews begin in August. A partial travel reimbursement is available for eligible candidates.
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.
August - January
Excellent oral and written English communication skills are necessary prerequisites for admission to the school, success in the program and competent practice in the field of pharmacy. Applicants who meet one or more of the criteria in the review process will be required to undergo an evaluation of your English language proficiency. This will be completed via an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) as part of the application process. The purpose of this computerized OPI is to assess and rate a speaker’s level of oral proficiency in English. Please be aware that for your application to continue through the admissions process, an OPI is required. Aspects of this evaluation include prounciation, grammar usage, and coherent discourse.
Due to the rigorous communicative demands of the Pharm.D. program, the minimum English oral proficiency admission standard is “advanced low” according to the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Guidelines for Speaking. Applicants rated at an oral proficiency level below “advanced low” via the OPI are disqualified from the pool of applicants considered for admission.
Approximately two weeks after receiving a letter of acceptance, applicants must submit a $200 initial confirmation deposit to hold their position in the entering class. By March 1, an additional $200 confirmation deposit will be required. (After March 1, the total admission deposit will be $400). This deposit will be credited after the first semester of matriculation.
Criminal Background Check
Each admitted student must submit to a national background check on upon initial, conditional acceptance to pharmacy school. The rationale for performing criminal background checks on accepted pharmacy school applicants is based on a number of issues, including 1) the need to enhance the safety and well-being of patients and, in so doing, to bolster the public's continuing trust in the pharmacy profession, 2) to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to complete their pharmacy education (students are required to maintain a State of Colorado pharmacy intern license while participating in the pharmacy curriculum which includes direct patient care activities) and to eventually become licensed pharmacists.
In support of this recommendation, AACP has initiated a PharmCAS-facilitated national background check service, through which Certiphi Screening, Inc. (a Vertical Screen® Company) will procure a national background report on applicants at the point of acceptance. AACP has initiated this service in order to recognize the desire of pharmacy schools to procure appropriate national criminal history reports and to prevent applicants from paying additional fees at each pharmacy school to which they are accepted.
All matriculated students are also required to undergo drug testing and you will receive further information regarding this requirement after you are enrolled in the program.
PCAT not Required
The PCAT is not required. If the PCAT (or MCAT) is submitted, it will be considered supplementary information only.
The School of Pharmacy reserves the right to choose to correspond with our applicants via e-mail, phone or by U.S. Postal Services. It is incumbent upon the applicant to ensure a current email, phone and postal address are currently on file. The School of Pharmacy cannot be held accountable if the candidate does not receive or respond to application or admission related correspondence.
E-mail messages generated by the School of Pharmacy and related services may be sent simultaneously to multiple applicants. To avoid missing important e-mails, turn the "Spam" or "junk" email filters off during the application cycle or periodically check your Spam/junk e-mail file for the School of Pharmacy related messages.
|Course||Semester Credits||Quarter Credits||Information|
|General Biology||8 semester credits (2 lab)||12 quarter credits (3 lab)|
|General Chemistry||8 semester credits (2 lab)||12 quarter credits (3 lab)|
|Organic Chemistry||8 semester credits (2 lab)||12 quarter credits (3 lab)|
|Biochemistry||3 semester credits||4 quarter credits|
|Microbiology||2 semester credits||3 quarter credits|
|Human Anatomy||3 semester credits||4 quarter credits|
|Human Physiology||4 semester credits (1 lab)||5 quarter credits (2 lab)|
|General Physics||3 semester credits||4 quarter credits|
|Calculus||3 semester credits||4 quarter credits|
|English Composition||6 semester credits||8 quarter credits|
|Public Speaking||3 semester credits||4 quarter credits|
|Economics||3 semester credits||4 quarter credits|
|Humanities/Social Sciences||9 semester credits||12 quarter credits|
|General Education||9 semester credits||12 quarter credits|
|FIRST YEAR: Fall Semester||Semester Hrs. 14|
|General Chemistry I with Lab||4|
|General Biology I with Lab||4|
|English Composition I||3|
|FIRST YEAR: Spring Semester||Semester Hrs. 14|
|General Chemistry II with Lab||4|
|General Biology II with Lab||4|
|English Composition II||3|
|SECOND YEAR: Fall Semester||Semester Hrs. 15|
|Organic Chemistry I with Lab||4|
|SECOND YEAR: Spring Semester||Semester Hrs. 13|
|Organic Chemistry II with Lab||4|
|Human Anatomy (or Anatomy & Physiology I)||3|
|THIRD YEAR: Fall Semester||Semester Hrs. 16|
|Human Physiology with Lab (or Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab)||4|
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
*Note: If your school does not offer biochemistry, you can complete it at a university that offers it online.
A course-by-course transcript evaluation with grade equivalencies from a certified U.S. agency is required for the PharmCAS application. Please see the list of evaluation services. The transferability and acceptance of coursework fulfilling the pre-pharmacy requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Providing a certified English translation of transcripts originally in another language may assist in this process. Course descriptions and course syllabi may also be required.
Note: English and public speaking coursework taken in a country where English is not the official and native language may not be applied toward the pre-pharmacy requirements.
Students holding a BS or higher degree in pharmacy from another country may want to consider taking the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination, which may allow them to obtain a license to practice pharmacy in the U.S.
English Language Proficiency for Admission of International Students
Applicants 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 is available for download from July to December of each year; it can also 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 course work.
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 prior to application. In addition, completion of a previous degree does not exempt a student from any of the prerequisites.
We do not offer advanced standing, regardless of an applicant’s academic background, degrees earned or prior training. Students must complete the entire four-year program. No credit from any other pharmacy programs (U.S. or non-U.S.) can apply toward fulfilling the degree requirements.
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:
If you have not submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you should as soon as possible. If you need assistance with your forms, please call the Financial Aid office at 303-724-8039. You may also e-mail them at email@example.com.
For students admitted to the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program in the fall, the first course, Introduction to Pharmacy, will begin tentatively the second Friday in August. This is a seven-day required course that new students must successfully complete before continuing to the rest of the curriculum. Information and a course syllabus will be sent before the class begins.
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 offered admission into the program can choose to defer without providing a reason for the deferral. However, all applicants seeking deferral must notify the school no later than June 1st. Any request received after June 1st will be considered on a case by case basis.
b. Any candidate that is selected from the waitlist will be allowed to defer until June 1st. If selected from the waitlist after the June 1st deadline, the candidate’s deferral request will be handled on a case by case basis.
c. Candidates who chose the deferral option must meet the following criteria;
d. All deferred candidates from the year prior must notify the school by March 1st with the 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.