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Admissions Options and Requirements

There are multiple paths that lead to admission to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy! We use a holistic admission approach to admit candidates that are ready to add their individual stamps of honesty, intelligence, humor, integrity, and hard work to the profession of pharmacy. In this process multiple application factors are considered including: academic performance, PCAT scores, interviews, references, extra-curricular activities and work experience.

Traditional Admission

Most students are admitted through the Traditional Admission process. All students apply to UTHSC through PharmCAS by the February 1st deadline. Please visit the PharmCAS school directory for updates on deadline extensions. The College invites the most competitive students for on-site interviews, which are conducted in both Memphis and Knoxville. Interviews take place during the late fall and spring. The College utilizes a rolling admissions process, which concludes by mid-April. All admitted students begin the PharmD program in the fall semester.

Students may apply through PharmCAS for Early Decision. This program allows students to apply to only one school. If a student is admitted to UTHSC during the Early Decision process, their application is closed and they are committed to enroll in the program. Early Decision has an application submission deadline in early September (as set by PharmCAS) and an early interview (typically late September). If a student applies to UTHSC during Early Decision but is not admitted, they may still be considered during the regular admission cycle and their application is opened by PharmCAS so that they may also apply to other colleges of pharmacy.

Students currently attending another college of pharmacy can find information about the transfer process here.

Admissions Requirements

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

  • Required hours: Complete 62 semester hours of required prerequisite coursework at a regionally-accredited university or college. 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)
  • Letters of Recommendation: Students must obtain 3 letters of recommendation and submit those letters through the PharmCAS application.
  • Students must meet all technical standards for admission and retention which can be viewed in the Catalog.

Application Process

Students applying to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy must complete the central online application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) provided by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  A single PharmCAS application to the college is made regardless of desired campus, as opportunities for campus selection is extended only to those in which an admissions offer has been made.

The college operates a rolling admissions process. Please note that "rolling admissions" means that we accept and review applications on a continual basis beginning with the PharmCAS application, which becomes available in the Fall of each year.

Important Dates

July- PharmCAS application available; PCAT summer exam administered (see www.PCATweb.info for application and exam dates, times and locations).

September- Interviews begin for Early Decision applicants.*

Fall- Interviews begin for Traditional Admission applicants in October.* PCAT offers exam in September, October and November.

January- PCAT administered.

February 1- Deadline for application through PharmCAS; visit www.pharmcas.org to apply; all application materials must be received by PharmCAS.

*Interviews are by invitation only

Direct Admission

(Special program for High School seniors and college freshman)

The UTHSC College of Pharmacy Direct Admission program provides students the opportunity to apply to and be given an early acceptance to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy at the beginning of their undergraduate college program. Advantages of this application process include access to special events and programming, with a guarantee of admission once prerequisites are successfully completed and final admissions criteria met. Admission to this program is made through a highly selective process, with minimum requirements including a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 and composite score of 25 on the ACT or 1220 (equivalent to 1150 on old exam) on the SAT. Students must meet program maintenance requirements as they complete their undergraduate coursework. Application should be made before or during the freshman year, and the College of Pharmacy Office of Admissions will notify all applicants of their admission status on a rolling basis. Seats are limited so students are encouraged to apply by January 1 of their freshman spring semester. Please review the Application Instructions containing detailed information and helpful hints before completing your application. Access the Direct Admission Application here to submit today.

Applicant Privacy

To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the UTHSC College of Pharmacy must limit conversations regarding individual students and/or their applications. The faculty and staff of the College may not disclose application information, including admission status, to anyone except the applicants themselves.

Last Published: Nov 9, 2017