The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through 2028. Please visit ACPE for more information.
Professional Program Application Process
AUTUMN 2021 APPLICATIONS
8/11/20 - The PCAT is optional but encouraged for applicants in the autumn 2021 admissions cycle. A high composite PCAT score can support an applicant with a lower cumulative and/or prerequisite GPA. Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July, September, October, November or January. Scores older than January 2019 will not be accepted. Please visit pcatweb.info to register for the exam and have PCAT scores reported directly to PharmCAS.
Students applying for admission will be required to complete at least 20 hours of observation of a medical or social field, preferably in a pharmacy. A volunteer or paid experience serving a patient population can be substituted for the observation hours. The PharmCAS letter of recommendation must be from someone involved with the applicant in such an observation/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. Due to COVID-19 during Spring 2020, we have a One-Time Forgiveness Policy for Autumn 2021 Applicants.
Please submit all transcripts to PharmCAS as soon as you begin the application process. After the Autumn and Spring terms, please send a transcript to PharmCAS with the term grades and complete an academic update to your PharmCAS application.
APPLICATION REVIEW & PROCESS
The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy uses a “rolling admissions process.” Acceptance decisions will be made after each interview day, so more seats are available earlier in the application cycle. Applications not completed by May 3 are LATE and will not be reviewed or considered for an interview.
All application materials must be received by PharmCAS by the deadline date to be considered complete. Applicants are reminded that transcripts and reference letters frequently take weeks, or even months, to obtain. This is especially true of international coursework. The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy regrets that deadlines cannot be extended for students whose documents are delayed due to backlog or mishandling by the recommenders or schools. Please note that the non-refundable supplemental application fee is a processing fee and does not guarantee the review of your application if you miss the deadline.
Completed applications received by September 18, 2020 will be considered for an interview on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Applications received by December 11, 2020 will be considered for an interview on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Applications received after December 11 will be reviewed for interviews on an individual basis if there are spaces available in the class. Applicants will be notified by e-mail if they qualify for an interview. Admission offers for strong candidates are made within one to two weeks of the interview. Students who are not initially offered a seat in the class may be reviewed for admission or a wait-list offer at the end of the review cycle.
An accepted student will need to send a nonrefundable deposit of $200 to reserve placement. This payment will be credited toward tuition upon enrollment.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education requires a criminal background check (CBC) for all admitted pharmacy students. Accepted applicants will pay a fixed fee to Certiphi for all searches. Financially disadvantaged applicants who were granted a PharmCAS application fee waiver will also receive a waiver for the Certiphi CBC. Other criminal background checks and drug screenings may be required for Introductory or Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE/APPE).
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In 1998, Congress passed amendments to the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, which had amended the earlier Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), renaming the law to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act.
The purpose of the Clery Act is to provide current and prospective students and employees with accurate and important information about crimes and campus safety so they can make informed decisions. The U.S. Department of Education electronically publishes UM data, along with comparable information from other colleges and universities.