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Pre-Pharmacy Pathway

Pre-Health Advising

You are encouraged to meet with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester to discuss options for careers in medicine, opportunities to gain relevant experience, discussing the best time to apply, preparation for the GRE, the OTCAS application, and much more. To schedule an appointment, call (602) 496-3300 or email

To earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, students will need to complete four academic years of professional pharmacy study.


Yearly Planner


  • Maintain a strong GPA and focus on coursework. 
  • Make an appointment with a pre-health advisor to introduce yourself. 
  • Begin to get involved with clubs & student organizations.
  • Also, begin volunteering and gaining clinical experience.

Involvement (Clubs & Organizations)

Clubs & Organizations



  • While maintaining a high GPA, look into opportunities for research and relevant experience.  
  • Build relationships with professors as they may become letter writers.
  • Attend pre-health meetings and events. Begin to look into preparing for the PCAT (Studying & Registration). 
  • Continue to meet with your pre-health advisor at least once a semester. 

Clinical Experience

Leadership/Community Service 

Grade Point Average


  • Maintain a high GPA and stay involved with campus clubs/ organizations, volunteer opportunities, and experience.
  • Begin an internship and start prepping for the PCAT (take the PCAT by spring of Junior year).
  • Apply through PharmCas one year prior to when you plan to matriculate.

3rd Year Timeline


Calculate your science and overall GPA to determine your competitiveness.


Begin collecting letters of recommendation.


Take PCAT no later than June.


PharmCAS opens.  Submit as soon as possible.


You may start receiving supplemental applications or be invited to interview during this time.


Deadlines to submit.


PharmCAS closes.

PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)   

Register for Test Date

Prep Courses & Practice Exam


Personal Statement

  • 4,500 characters long. 
  • Do not personalize your personal statement for particulate pharmacy programs, as PharmCas will submit the same essay to each program you apply to.

Letters of Recommendation (LORs)  

  • Identify people who know you well and can firmly comment on your ability as a medical student and future physician. 
  • Ask in advance and give your letter writers sufficient time to complete and submit. 
  • Also, remember to stay in touch with letter writers who you may also ask in the future!
  • PharmCAS Guidelines
    • PharmCAS requires references to be submitted using the electronic reference system.  PharmCAS does not accept paper letters of reference.

Mock Interviews


  • Meet with pre-health advisor to prepare for interviews.
  • If waitlisted or rejected, explore post-bac options or consider taking a gap year.

International Students

Non-Traditional Students

Pharmacy Residency and Internship Options

Dates to Remember

May 19, 2017Registration Deadline for July PCAT
July 18, 20172017-2018 PharmCAS launches
September 5, 2017Early decision deadline for participating programs
November 2017-March 2018Program deadlines
May 18, 2018Last day to create a new PharmCAS
June 1, 2018PharmCAS application cycle closes