College of Pharmacy
30 S 2000 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Minimum Degree Hours: 154
The professional degree currently offered by the University of Utah College of Pharmacy is the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD).
The University of Utah College of Pharmacy includes four departments: Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pharmacy Practice.
All classroom instruction takes place in the Eccles Health Sciences Education Bldg, which houses state of the art, classrooms, laboratories, computer facilities, conference rooms, lockers and student lounges.
Situated in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the Health Sciences Center overlooks the University of Utah main campus and the Salt Lake valley. Skaggs Hall is located in the Health Sciences Center, which incorporates the University of Utah Hospital, the School of Medicine, the colleges of Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy, the Eccles Health Sciences Education Bldg, as well as the Eccles Health Sciences Library.
The College of Pharmacy has well-equipped facilities to train students in all areas of the pharmaceutical sciences and professional practice. State-of-the-art scientific instruments are available for undergraduate and graduate research. Additional adjacent facilities for research and instruction include the Biomedical Polymers Research Building, University Research Park, Poison Control Center, and University Hospital. Clinical clerkships and fellowships or residencies are available in a variety of professional practice settings.
The student-faculty ratio in all programs is small, so students receive concentrated, individual attention. The faculty, many of whom are recognized authorities in their areas of specialization, are committed to providing each student with a valuable educational experience. Since the college is located within the Health Sciences Center, pharmacy students can interact on a daily basis with students who are training in the other health professions and sciences. Student professional organizations are active on campus and provide students with the opportunity to participate in extracurricular service and social activities.
The University of Utah College of Pharmacy is accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
The pharmacy curriculum is divided into a two to three-year preprofessional curriculum and a four-year professional curriculum.
I. Admission to the pre-professional curriculum does not guarantee admission to the professional PharmD program.
A. High school graduates without previous college work are admitted as first semester freshmen in pre-pharmacy if they meet the admission requirements of the University of Utah.
B. Transfer students are admitted at the pre-professional level if they are accepted by the University Admissions Office. Application forms may be obtained from the Admissions Office, 201 South 1460 East, Rm. 250S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057. Applications are also available on-line at www.acs.utah.edu/admissions/prepage.htm
II. Admission is determined by the College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee and is limited to 60 students per year. Applicants begin professional courses only in the fall semester of each academic year.
A. A transfer student from another institution (with or without a prior degree) must:
1. Apply for admission to the University of Utah through the Graduate Admissions Office (www.sa.utah.edu/admiss/appdownload/), University of Utah, 201 South 1460 East, Rm. 250S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057.
2. Apply for admission to the University of Utah College of Pharmacy Professional Program please review our transfer policy: http://pharmacy.utah.edu/Student_Information/pharmDstudents/ UofU_CoP_Transfer_Policy_and_Procedures.pdf (www.pharmacy.utah.edu Students must submit course descriptions for evaluation of equivalency.
B. 1. A student currently attending the University of Utah must Apply for admission to the University of Utah through the Graduate Admissions Office https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=utahgrad University of Utah, 201 South 1460 East, Rm. 250S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057
2. Apply for admission to the University of Utah College of Pharmacy Professional Program You must apply to the College of Pharmacy for admission to the College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy Program through PharmCAS. Please read and carefully follow the instructions in the section called, Before You Apply on the PharmCAS website before beginning your application. http://www.pharmcas.org/
C. A student who has previously attended the University of Utah but is not currently enrolled must apply for readmission through the Graduate Admissions Office, 201 South 1460 East, Rm. 250S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057. After readmission follow the instruction in B above.
D. All students must provide supplementary transcripts to the College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs, 30 South 2000 East Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5820 showing grades in courses completed after the application for admission was submitted. Notifications of acceptance or denial will be sent as soon as possible, but final selection may not be completed before May.
E. TOEFL Internet-based test. For students whose first language is not English, the TOEFL iBt must be taken. This test has four components: reading, listening, speaking and writing. A minimum score of 25 must be obtained from the speaking component and a total score of 80 must be obtained from all sections in order to make an application to the Doctor of Pharmacy Professional Program. Information on the TOEFL iBt can be found at: www.est.org.
F. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required for all applicants with or without a B.A. or B.S. degree. Information regarding the PCAT may be obtained from any university or college’s testing center, the University of Utah Testing Center, 201 South 1460 East, Rm. 450S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057, (801) 581-8744(801) 581-8744, or the Psychological Corporation, 555 Academic Court, San Antonio, TX 78204 (800-622-3231800-622-3231).
G. The following college courses must be completed in order to be admitted to the Professional Program:
Human Anatomy: one semester
Human Physiology: one semester
Technical Writing/Professional Writing: one semester (may also be fulfilled by a College-level Public Speaking class)
General Chemistry: one academic year with laboratories
Organic Chemistry: one academic year with laboratories (equivalent to that required of chemistry majors)
College Physics: one semester (laboratory not required, calculus based recommended)
College Statistics: one semester
Calculus: one academic year (for which algebra and trigonometry are prerequisites)
Microbiology: one semester
These courses should be equivalent to the specific University of Utah courses listed in this bulletin under Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum.
I. A minimum cumulative grade point average (including all attempts at taking course) of 2.8 in the pre-pharmacy required courses listed in G above is necessary to be considered for admission. Historically, the average grade point of those accepted is 3.5 or higher. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required for applicants with a B.A. or B.S. degree, while a minimum composite percentile score of a 65 is required for all applicants without a B.A. or B.S. degree. Selection of applicants is based primarily on pre-professional grade point average, the Admissions Committee’s assessment of the candidate’s statement of purpose and motivation as requested on the application form, and PCAT scores. A personal interview will be scheduled by the committee to further assess those factors as well as communication skills, maturity, and career goals.
J. Applicants who have not completed the pre-professional requirements listed above may be conditionally accepted if current registration and past performance indicates a high probability that all requirements will be satisfactorily completed by July 1. Such acceptances become final when all prerequisites for admission have been satisfied. Failure to do so will result in the offer of acceptance being rescinded.
K. Following notification of acceptance, applicants are required to submit a $2,000.00 deposit within a specified time (about 15 days from date of notification). The deposit is nonrefundable, but it is applied toward the applicant’s fall semester tuition.
Currently, to become a registered pharmacist in Utah, a student must graduate with a PharmD degree from an ACPE accredited school or college of pharmacy, and complete the required internship hours, and pass the North American Pharmacy Licensing Exam (NAPLEX) and Federal and State law examinations. The pass rate for University of Utah graduates taking these exams for the first time is close to 100%.
The College of Pharmacy Dean’s Office along with the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and the Department of Pharmacotherapy together have developed a pathway for students who are interested in simultaneously pursuing a Pharm.D and a Ph.D in one of these departments. The University of Utah - College of Pharmacy is one of the few Colleges in the nation to offer this pathway.