Professional Program Application Process

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AUTUMN 2020 APPLICATIONS

Students must submit an application through PharmCAS and pay an online supplemental $50 fee to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy.  The PharmCAS application deadline is June 3, 2020.

PCAT

Preference given to applicants who take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) by January 2020. Scores older than January 2018 will not be accepted.  Please visit pcatweb.info to register for the exam and have PCAT scores reported directly to PharmCAS.

OBSERVATION

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.

GPA

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.

TRANSCRIPTS

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

Apply early! Early Decision applications must be received by the Early Decision PharmCAS deadline to be eligible for an Early Decision interview in October.

The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy uses a “rolling admissions process” for non-Early Decision applicants and completed applications are reviewed as they are received.  Acceptance decisions will be made after each interview day, so more seats are available earlier in the application cycle.  Applications not completed by June 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.

In-person interviews at the University of Montana will be scheduled on Saturday October 12 for Early Decision applicants. Completed applications received by September 20, 2019 will be considered for an interview on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Applications received by December 13, 2019 will be considered for an interview on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Applications received after December 13 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.  Sstudents  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.

PLACEMENT RESERVATION

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).

QUESTIONS?

Contact pharmacy@umontana.edu or 406-243-4656