Professional Program Admissions
To be admitted to the professional program in the College of Pharmacy, a student must complete pre-pharmacy requirements. At the University of Georgia, the pre-pharmacy program is administered through the College of Arts and Sciences. The two years of pre-pharmacy education require satisfactory completion of not less than 60 semester hours of academic work counting toward the pharmacy degree. In addition, students must meet the general requirement for physical education.
Please refer to the Pre-Pharmacy Checklist for more information.
Note: Beginning with students entering the professional program in fall 2015, the pre-pharmacy requirements will increase from 60 to 72 hours. The additional 12 hours of pre-pharmacy coursework will consist of biochemistry (3 hours), microbiology (3 hours), and anatomy and physiology (6 hours).
Applicants to the professional program must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Either the summer or fall test date is recommended when taking the PCAT for the first time. In addition to the applicant's grade point average, the selection process will utilize PCAT scores, recommendations and an on-campus interview. The College of Pharmacy accepts students into its professional program for beginning classes only in the fall semester.
Applicants to the professional program must submit an application with the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) prior to completing the College of Pharmacy supplemental application. All transcripts, PCAT scores, and letters of recommendation must be sent directly to PharmCAS; such materials will not be accepted if sent to the College of Pharmacy. Once applicants have submitted a PharmCAS application, they will receive a PharmCAS identification number that will be needed when completing the College of Pharmacy application. The PharmCAS deadline is December 2, 2013; the application must be submitted and all materials must be delivered to PharmCAS by that date.
Applicants should have PCAT courses sent directly to PharmCAS (Code 0104). Each course for which students have earned AP or IB credit must be listed individually in the PharmCAS application as courses completed during their first semester in college. During the PharmCAS Academic Update period, applicants must submit grades for courses taken during the fall semester.
Application to the College of Pharmacy must be submitted by December 23, 2013. Students may apply to the College of Pharmacy before they have completed the entire pre-pharmacy curriculum, provided that they have finished at least 30 hours of that curriculum and will be able to complete the rest of the hours before matriculation. However, some students have already completed the entire pre-pharmacy core and may be working toward a major when they apply to the College of Pharmacy. Others may have already earned a degree or plan to complete one before matriculating. As a general guideline, do not plan to apply to pharmacy school before you are enrolled in at least your third semester of academic work, including as many required pre-pharmacy core courses as possible. Applicants who are accepted but do not attend for the accepted term must repeat the admission process for a future date.
Applicants for admission to the College of Pharmacy who are known to have been officially dismissed from another pharmacy program will not be accepted. A student who gains entrance to the College by misrepresentation of facts may be dismissed immediately.
Please review the FAQ below carefully for recent changes to the admission process, especially the limit on courses taken in the summer prior to beginning the Pharm.D. program
- PharmCAS (www.pharmcas.org) opens in early June and the College of Pharmacy online application(www.rx.uga.edu/index.php/admissions/online_application) will open on July 1, 2013.
- July--Summer administration of the PCAT (see PCAT website at www.PCATwebinfo for application and exam dates, times and locations)
- Fall--Submit online application and related materials; files completed by the end of September will be considered for early interview dates. Fall PCAT administered in September, October and November.
- December--The PharmCAS application deadline is December 2, 2013; students also must have submitted all related materials (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendation, PCAT scores) by that date. The deadline for the College of Pharmacy application is December 23, 2013.
- January--Winter PCAT administration; scores will still be considered for the current admissions cycle.
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