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 California State University, Fullerton

Pharmacy: PharmCAS

Before you Begin

  • Pharmacy General and Admissions Updates
  • PharmCAS website
    • Last year's application opened for submission on June 1, 2012, so a similar date can be expected for this year. 
  • July 15, 2013 is the last day the HPAO will upload a committee packet. In order to meet this deadline you are required to submit:
      • A copy of your AMCAS application
      • Any additional letters of evaluation not previously received
  • We cannot stress this enough, apply as EARLY as possible!
  • PharmCas applications open up every June.

Beginning the Application

Create a PharmCAS application account as early as possible at this link. Record your username and password in a secure and easy-to-remember location.

Provide the necessary information needed to complete the application.


  • You must submit the PharmCAS Transcript Request Form to Official transcripts from every regionally accredited U.S. institution you have attended need to be submitted to PharmCAS directly. To make sure your official transcript is handled properly by PharmCAS, you should print the PharmCAS official Transcript Request Form from the Colleges Attended section of your application and give that to your Registrar's Office to be included with your transcript when it is mailed to PharmCAS. Transcripts can be mailed directly to:

PO Box 9109
Watertown, MA 02471-4403

  • Use an 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.
  • Carefully read the transcript instructions for the following types of institutions:
    • US
    • Study Abroad
    • International
    • US overseas institutions

Letters of Evaluation

  • Up to our (4) evaluator names can be entered on your PharmCAS application
  • A few pharmacy schools prefer that applicants send references directly to the institution. Review the School Pages for details.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Essay/Personal Statement

  • 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 should be 4500 characters (including spaces)
  • Dr. Goode is available to review personal statements if you desire her input on it. If you would like to do this please schedule a 40 minute personal statement review appointment with her online.
  • The Writing Center in the Pollack Library is also another wonderful resource to aid students in composing and editing their personal statements. The Career Center can provide you with an additional review of your personal statement by their professionally trained counselors. Only current CSUF students are able to utilize the assistance of the Writing Center. Current students and recent alumni (less than one year since graduation) can utilize the experienced counselors of the Career Center.

Submitting Application

  • 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.
  • Deadline dates vary; please consult individual schools to learn more about their deadlines.
    • Please note that there are some non-participating schools that do not work with the PharmCAS application service. These schools require a different application and process. For a list of non-participating schools please see the link below:

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.

The PharCAS website has many resources posted for its users. Please take a moment to explore the site to become familiar to the application process. Below is link to the site:

Additionally, students can call 617.612.2060 and speak to an PharmCAS representative about specific questions pertaining to their applications. We strongly encourage you to always remain polite and professional when speaking to any member of PharmCAS (and HPAO) staff.

Information provided in this document was retrieved from the Pharmacy College Application Service on April 4 2013.