- Beginning the Application
- Letters of Evaluation
- Personal Statement
- Submitting Your Application
Before you Begin
Take a look at the PharmCAS website and find out exactly what is needed to apply using their centralized application. There is also valuable information pertaining to the application and step-by-step instructions on how to apply. All of this information can be found at http://www.pharmcas.org/.
The application will open for submission on June 1, 2012. Deadline dates vary; please consult individual schools to learn more about their deadlines.
Create a PharmCAS application account as early as possible at https://portal.pharmcas.org/. Record your username and password in a secure and easy-to-remember location
Provide the necessary information needed to complete the application.
Arrange for PharmCAS to receive a separate official transcript from every regionally accredited U.S. College and university you attended. PharmCAS will not verify or forward your application until all official transcripts and other required materials are received. Carefully read the transcript instructions for the following types of institutions:
- Study Abroad
- US overseas institutions
You must submit the PharmCAS Transcript Request Form to every regionally accredited U.S. institution you have attended.
Transcripts can be mailed directly to:
PO Box 9109
Watertown, MA 02471-4403
Use a student issued OFFICIAL transcript to properly complete the "Coursework" section of your application. Do NOT use your course record/schedule or memory to complete the Coursework section.
After your application has been mailed to your designated pharmacy schools, you can update your courses on-line during the PharmCAS "Academic Update" window.
Enter up to four (4) evaluator names on your PharmCAS application. PharmCAS will not forward references to pharmacy schools that do not accept them.
A few pharmacy schools prefer that applicants send references directly to the institution. Review the School Pages for details. PharmCAS will forward up to four references to all of your designated pharmacy schools, regardless of the school's preference.
Send any additional references directly to your designated pharmacy schools. Pharmacy schools may not consider extra references.
Electronic (HPO cannot submit your packet electronically)
PLEASE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOUR EVALUATORS TO SEND ELECTRONIC LETTERS OF REFERENCE (eLORs) to PharmCAS. Alert your evaluator to watch for an automated email from PharmCAS with the subject "PharmCAS Reference Request". PharmCAS will send you an e-mail confirmation when the request is sent to your evaluator's e-mail address.
PharmCAS will begin to forward your references to your designated pharmacy schools once your file is complete. PharmCAS will NOT hold your application for missing references.
Paper (HPO uses)
Paper references must be mailed to PharmCAS in a sealed envelope on the evaluator's signed official institutional or business stationery. The letter of reference and PharmCAS reference form must arrive together in a single envelope. PharmCAS will not accept paper references mailed by applicants. Arrange for only one paper reference to be sent to PharmCAS per evaluator. PharmCAS will provide a copy of your paper reference to each of your designated pharmacy schools.
Committee and Composite Letters
Each of your designated pharmacy schools will decide whether a committee or composite letters may count as more than one reference.
PharmCAS will accept the name of a college pre-health profession advisor as one of your letter writers. Please list Dr. Christina Goode as a letter writer. The committee letter must be accompanied by a reference request form. PharmCAS only allows 4 letters max., the Committee letter counts as one letter. You will list it as a packet and will state that it is being mailed.
All letters must be accompanied by completed reference request forms from your letter writers themselves.
Your Personal Essay should address why you selected pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals. The personal essay is an important part of your application for admission and provides you with an opportunity for you to clearly and effectively express your ideas.
The personal essay should be 4500 characters (including spaces).
Print or save your completed application for your personal records. Allow up to 5 weeks for PharmCAS to process and verify your application once your application and transcripts are received.
Submit your application online.
Monitoring Application Status
You can check the status of your application at any time. Check your application status on-line. To view the real-time progress of your file, login to your PharmCAS application and review the Status box on the right side of the screen.
Information provided in this document was retrieved from the Pharmacy College Application Service on March 22, 2012.