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Prepare for Your Interview

We use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). MMIs are a circuit of several 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. For the 2020-2021 admission cycle, MMIs will be held in a virtual format also known as VMMI.

Why are MMIs used?

When compared to the traditional interview, performance during the MMI better evaluates an applicant's soft skills and emotional intelligence. These multiple opportunities for interactions with UKCOP interviewers allow applicants multiple opportunities to exhibit their passion and desire to become pharmacists in training at UKCOP. This leads to a more reliable score for each applicant overall.

What will I be asked?

Each situation will evaluate a soft skill that the College looks for in applicants. These characteristics range from communication skills to critical thinking. You may be asked to discuss a given situation with the interviewer or interact with a fellow applicant to accomplish a task. You are not expected to have any clinical knowledge prior to the interview.

What can I do to prepare?

It is difficult to study or “rehearse” questions for the MMI but you can:

  • Always bring a positive attitude
  • Participate in a mock interview with situational-based questions and strict time frame
  • Prepare questions you have about the program
  • Familiarize yourself with current topics in pharmacy
  • Arrive in the virtual waiting room 10 minutes prior to your assigned time to decrease the potential stress of running late
  • Prepare your attire (professional dress is recommended) in advance to avoid a time crunch on interview day or any unexpected issues
  • Review your interview invitation e-mail for instructions on connecting to the virtual format.

Who are the interviewers?

The interviews may be faculty, professional staff, alumni, practitioners, or current fourth-year student pharmacists. Each interviewer is trained on how to accurately assess applicants during the MMI.

What should I expect day of?

Given that for the 2020-2021 cycle of admissions UKCOP will be using a virtual interview format, our “day of” procedures will encompass a bit of difference from the in-person day.

UKCOP Virtual MMI:

  • Expect the day to last approximately two hours. Sessions will be offered during normal working hours of 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Applicant’s will be required to sign-in and present their identification no later than 10 minutes before the start of the session. More instructions will be sent with the invitation.
  • A welcome session will be offered with final instructions on how to manipulate the virtual format. (You will receive preliminary instructions with your initial interview invitation).
  • Interviews will follow the welcome session and will last approximately one hour.
  • A student led panel will follow the interview portion and will give applicants the opportunity to meet and discuss UKCOP with current pharmacy students.
  • Following the student panel, a wrap-up presentation will include “next steps” information as well as what you can expect in terms of admission decisions.
  • Students will be offered a virtual tour of the UKCOP facility as we work to accommodate our social distancing requirements due to COVID-19.
  • After your interview day there will be multiple opportunities for you to engage with UKCOP faculty and professional staff as you await your admission decision.

Keep in mind, our UKCOP virtual MMI interview will be utilized for ALL interview sessions in the current cycle and will be delivered over a video conferencing format (zoom, skype, etc.). If issues related to access of technology arise, we will work with applicants on an individual basis to accommodate their specific need.

As a first-generation college student, earning acceptance into the UK College of Pharmacy has been one of my proudest moments.

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Jordan Kelsch
(Class of 2018)

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We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.