The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through 2020. Please visit ACPE for more information.
Professional Program Application Process
Students must submit both an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) and an online supplemental application to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. There is a $50 fee for the supplemental application. The PharmCAS application deadline is December 1, 2016 and the supplemental application deadline is January 4, 2017.
Please note that a separate application to The University of Montana is required for all transfer students. The University of Montana does not have an application deadline and will process applications on a rolling admission basis. Admission to The University of Montana does not guarantee admission to the professional pharmacy program.
PCAT scores will only be accepted from no more than two years prior to the date of application and the test must be completed before the PharmCAS application deadline. We will accept scores from June 2015-November 2016 for Fall 2017 applications. We recommend applicants take the PCAT in October or November 2016.
Please visit pcatweb.info to register for the exam. Please have PCAT scores reported to PharmCAS.
Students applying for admission will be required to complete at least 20 hours of volunteer or paid experience serving a patient population in a medical or social field and one completed evaluation form from someone involved with the applicant in such an experience.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4 point scale, both overall and in required pre-professional courses. All required pre-pharmacy courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Grades lower than C- are not acceptable. Students will also be expected to have completed all General Education requirements except the upper-division writing and ethics requirements prior to entering the professional curriculum. Students must complete all General Education requirements before entering clerkship rotations during the final year of the program.
Grades achieved in pre-professional courses will be used in determining the academic qualifications of applicants for the professional program. Class size is limited, and not all qualified applicants can be guaranteed admission.
For the past several years there have been more than three applicants for each opening, and the grade point average of the entering class has been about 3.4. The professional program admits 65 students in the Autumn Semester only.
APPLICATION REVIEW & PROCESS
The Admissions Committee will review all completed applications received by the December 1 PharmCAS and January 4 supplemental application deadlines. Interview invitations will be e-mailed about two weeks prior to interview day. Admitted students will be notified in writing and a waiting list will be created for a limited number of students not admitted initially.
INTERVIEWSThe interview day is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017. Skype interviews are available for students who are unable to travel to Missoula.
A waiting list will be created from the next tier of qualified applicants not initially admitted. Once the applicants have accepted or refused admission, students will be admitted from the waiting list as spaces become available.
A reserve waiting list will be held over the summer. In the event a student drops out of the professional program during the summer, an applicant from the reserve waiting list will be admitted before the Autumn Semester begins.
An accepted student will need to send a nonrefundable deposit of $150 to reserve placement. This payment will be credited toward tuition upon enrollment.