Interviewing is mandatory for admittance into the College's PharmD program. The College's Admissions Committee will invite candidates to interview at various times throughout the application year. The College employs a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process (more information about that process is available below).
To be considered for admission, applicants must be selected for an interview. Qualification for the interview process includes consideration of GPA and PCAT scores and a holistic review of the application. The GPA is calculated considering all undergraduate coursework taken, weighting the science most heavily. The GPA and PCAT scores are given equal weight in the process. The Committee will select candidates to begin interviewing well before the Early Decision and Regular Decision application deadlines. Interviews may be conducted from October through March. Students should note the interviews are weighed heavily in the overall scoring process. Students will be invited to interviews via email approximately 2 weeks in advance.
To be considered for an interview, it is strongly suggested that applicants apply in July, August or September or as soon as possible thereafter and allow the time necessary for PharmCAS to verify your application and transcripts. Students are encouraged to complete the PharmCAS Academic Update Window by December 19 to be considered for January, February, and March interviews.
Students can expect to spend about 3.5 hours at the College of Pharmacy (Lee T. Todd, Jr. Building) for the interview process. The interview day will include a welcome session, the MMI process, a building tour and an information session with a student panel to learn about life as a UK pharmacy student.. Further details about interview day will be provided in your interview invitation email.
What type of interview should I expect at the UK COP?
The UK College of Pharmacy currently uses Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). MMIs are a circuit of eight interview stations in which the applicant will be given a situation outside the room and asked to respond or perform a task once in the interview room. Each station will last seven minutes with three minutes between each to read the prompt and instructions. During any one of the eight stations you will have a break station.
Why are Multiple Mini Interviews used?
When compared to the traditional interview, performance during the MMI better evaluates emotional intelligence in applicants. In addition, there are multiple opportunities for you to exhibit a strong performance and to impress many moderators. This will lend to a more reliable score for each applicant overall.
What will I be asked and what is being evaluated?
Each situation will evaluate a soft skill that the College of Pharmacy looks for in applicants. These characteristics range from communication skills to critical thinking. You may be asked to discuss a given situation with the moderator or interact with a fellow applicant to accomplish a task. You are not expected to have any clinical knowledge prior to the interview.
Who will be the moderators?
The moderators may be faculty, professional staff, alumni, practitioners or current fourth year student pharmacists. Each moderator will be trained on how to accurately assess applicants during the MMI.
What should I bring on interview day?
A government issued photo ID is required on interview day. You will also need to pay for parking at either a meter or in the parking garage therefore $5.00 to $7.00 in cash would be easiest. On interview day, please keep your belongings to a minimum, as any items brought will need to be left outside the interview area in an assigned location. Please plan accordingly to leave your cell phone in the car while interviewing.
What should I expect on interview day?
Interview day will consist of the following:
During interview day, applicants will have the opportunity to meet the Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, the Director of Admissions as well as many current faculty and student pharmacists who will answer your questions regarding the program. Upon arrival, there will be a registration area to present your photo ID and sign the confidentiality agreement, which states that information received throughout the day regarding the Multiple Mini Interviews cannot be shared with others. Following registration, a welcome session with general comments about the interview process will be conducted. Following this session applicants begin the Multiple Mini Interviews, which will last approximately 80 minutes. After completing the interviews, applicants receive a tour of the facilities followed by an informational session to answer questions and supply additional information regarding the admissions process and the UK College of Pharmacy. The entire interview day should last approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.
What can I do to prepare for interview day?
It is difficult to study or “rehearse” questions for the MMI but you can:
A few hotels located close to the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Many area hotels may offer discounted rates for guests of the University and may offer shuttle service to/from the airport. When making reservations, be sure to ask if they offer a discounted rate for guests of the University of Kentucky.
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