Admissions Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission, a student must:

  • Required hours: Complete 90 semester hours of required prerequisite coursework at an accredited institution. Courses in the pre-pharmacy curriculum are not offered at the UT Health Science Center. If you have not completed all pre-requisite coursework you will submit a proposed plan for completion as part of the application process.
  • GPA: Achieve a grade of "C" or better for each required pre-pharmacy course.
  • PCAT: Complete the national Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). The national average composite score is 50th percentile and the average accepted student is around the 60th to 70th percentile.

The Admissions Committee strongly advises applicants to take the PCAT in the Summer or Fall prior to the year of admission. This will allow for an opportunity to take the examination again in January if you believe that a re-take will significantly improve your score. To apply for PCAT testing, write, call or visit the PCAT website (you can register for the PCAT online):

Pearson
19500 Bulverde Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78259
1-800-622-3231 (toll free) or 210-339-8710 (local)
Website: http://www.pcatweb.info

  • PharmCAS - Complete the PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service) application online and designate that the application be sent to the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Please note that all transcripts, PCAT scores, and letters of reference must be sent to PharmCAS and should not be sent to the UT College of Pharmacy.
  • On site interview - Complete a personal admission interview with a College of Pharmacy representative. The interview is by invitation only.
  • Supplemental Application - Only admitted students will be required to complete the UT College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application online and submit the $75 fee.

Factors Considered in the Admissions Process

Academic Performance

  • Overall/cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Grade Point Average in required courses
  • Trends in Grade Point Average (most recent grades are most indicative of performance)
  • Performance in Science courses (especially Organic Chemistry) are best predictors of academic success in pharmacy school
  • Completeness of transcript (percentage of required courses completed at time of application)
  • Additional coursework taken and amount of time in school
  • Although not required, completion of BS degree is very valuable
  • Completion of graduate work will receive preference

Standardized Test Scores

  • PCAT
  • Chemistry and Biology scores on the PCAT are the best predictors of academic success in Pharmacy school.

Interview

  • Professionalism
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Motivation for a career in pharmacy (e.g., worked in a pharmacy, visited with a pharmacist)
  • Commitment to care for patients
  • Willingness to take responsibility for patients
  • Personality, character, and personal assessment
  • Interpersonal relationships (i.e., people skills)
  • Support mechanisms and coping skills

References

  • Letters of Reference (three letters of reference are part of the PharmCAS application)
  • Personal conversations (e.g., with employers)

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Participation in community service activities
  • Participation in organizations and activities (e.g., clubs, sports, band, cheerleading)
  • "Active" participation compared to "membership" in organizations and community agencies
  • Holding a leadership office is very important
  • Hobbies, leisure activities, personal interests (i.e., well-rounded and balanced)

Work Experience

  • Pharmacy work experience (with whom, how long, etc.)
  • Other non-pharmacy work experience (supervisory, number of hours per week)

Other

  • Non-resident (Out-of-state)
  • Re-applicant, if improved and competitive
  • Alumni children (College of Pharmacy UT Health Science Center; UT system)
  • Underrepresented minority
  • Veterans

2011 Averages For Accepted Students

  • 3.37 average cumulative GPA and a 3.22 average science GPA
  • 66th percentile average composite PCAT score

Falsification Of Credentials

According to T.C.A. Sec. 49-7-133, it is a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent academic credentials.

A person commits the offense of misrepresentation of academic credentials who, knowing that the statement is false and with the intent to secure employment at or admission to an institution of higher education in Tennessee, represents, orally or in writing that such person: 1) Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education; 2) Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees for diplomas from a particular institution of higher education; or 3) Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas in a particular field or specialty from an accredited institution of higher education

Memphis

Student Affairs & Admissions
881 Madison Ave. Suite 226
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6036
Fax: (901) 448-7053
Email: pharmadmiss@uthsc.edu

Knoxville

Student Affairs & Admissions
1924 Alcoa Highway, Box 117
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: (865) 974-2100
Fax: (865) 974-2022
Email: pharmadmiss@uthsc.edu