Our admissions process is designed to identify future pharmacy leaders. We believe in a holistic approach to admissions, where academics, extracurricular involvement, diversity, motivation, communication, teamwork, ethics, and problem solving skills are all valued. The result is a rich and challenging learning environment that fosters innovation, inquiry, and leadership.
Currently we admit a class of 140 students each fall. The number of students admitted to the PharmD program depends upon the availability of resources such as faculty, clinical facilities and space for implementation of a quality educational program.
Grade Point Average
The minimum grade point average (GPA) considered is a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). However, admission is competitive and the GPA of admitted students typically ranges from approximately 3.0-4.0.
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
Applicants must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and submit the scores to the national, online application service PharmCAS using code 104. The highest PCAT score that is reported to PharmCAS will be considered for the UK College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) admission process. UKCOP will not consider scores over 2 years old at the start of each application cycle. Students are encouraged to take the PCAT two or three times to enhance the competitiveness of their application.
Shadowing/Volunteer/Pharmacy Work Experience
UKCOP encourages Pre-Pharmacy students to job-shadow in order to gain as much pharmacy exposure as possible. Following a current pharmacist for a day or even a few hours could prove invaluable. Familiarity with the profession and insight into the various pharmacy career options available is always useful in an admission interview! To set up shadowing opportunities, students may consult their guidance counselors, friends or family members who work in hospitals or pharmacies, and family physicians. Many pharmacists in locally-owned pharmacies are also receptive to shadowing since they had to do the same when they were preparing for their own careers.
Volunteering in various healthcare settings provides valuable experience and exposure to fields related to pharmacy and will aid in your career development. Some students gain experience in the pharmacy profession through working as a pharmacy technician in a retail setting. This opportunity is a valuable way to gain long-term experience in the field and will provide some students with opportunities to gain excellent recommendations for the application.
Holistic Review Process
The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy PharmD program evaluates applications holistically. While we value each student’s grades and PCAT scores, we also consider factors such as work/volunteer/extracurricular experience, letters of recommendation, the interview (if invited), and essays.