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Application Information

The University of Illinois at Chicago Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program application is administered through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).  Supplemental materials (indicated in 4 below) are to be sent to the College of Pharmacy directly and in one package.

Questions regarding the application or the process may be directed to Paula Fleming (pfleming@uic.edu).  She can be reached at (312) 996-7242.

Section A.  Applying to the PharmD Program 

To be considered for admission to the PharmD Program, applicants must:

Step 1

Complete all pre-pharmacy coursework with a C grade or better by the end of the spring semester of the admission year. C- (C minus) grades must be repeated.  Courses must be taken on a graded basis. Test-out credits and AP credits will be accepted as long as they are transcript recognized by the college or university attended.

Step 2

Have cumulative, pre-pharmacy, and science/math grade-point averages of 2.75 (A=4.0) or better at the time of the PharmCAS application deadline and thereafter. All repeated classes must be calculated into these grade-point averages.

Step 3

Complete a PharmCAS online application (www.PharmCAS.org) by December 1 of the year prior to admission.  Keep the PharmCAS record up to date at all times. Information about all schools attended must be provided to PharmCAS.

Step 4

Submit the PharmD Program Supplemental Materials directly to the UIC College of Pharmacy at the address below by 5:00 PM on January 15*. The supplemental materials consist of the following pieces.

     a.  Pre-Pharmacy Coursework Academic Record Form
     b.  Personal Datasheet
     c.  Two required Letter of Evaluation Forms (even if letters have been submitted through PharmCAS)
            One letter must be from a professor, a TA, or an Academic Adviser.
            One letter must be from a work or volunteer supervisor.
     d.  Each letter must include a signed Right of Access Waiver Form.

UIC College of Pharmacy
Office of Student Affairs (MC 874)
833 S Wood St, Rm 154
Chicago, IL  60612

NOTE: If you are enrolled in any pre-pharmacy courses for Fall 2007, do NOT submit your supplemental materials until you have Fall 2007 grades to complete the Pre-Pharmacy Coursework Academic Record form. Forms with Fall 2007 courses marked as in-progress will be considered incomplete.

*If in any given year January 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the supplemental materials are due the following business/working day by 5:00 pm.

Step 5

Take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) prior to the December 1 application deadline. All applicants must take the version of the PCAT offered June 2007 and after (writing subtest included). Older exam scores will not be accepted. Scores must be submitted directly to PharmCAS (Code 104), not to UIC.

Step 6 (if applicable)

Score 550 (paper-based) / 213 (computer-based) / 80 (internet-based) or better on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if most of the applicants' college education was completed in a non-English speaking country.*  TOEFL results must be submitted to directly to PharmCAS (Code 8246) prior to the December 1 application deadline. Please note that TOEFL scores over two years old are invalid.

    TOEFL Exemptions :
          a.  Native English speakers.
          b.  Non-native English speakers who have completed two consecutive years
               of full-time high school or university study in the U.S. or other country where
               the official language of the country is English.
          c.  Non-native English speakers who have a minimum of one year full-time employment
               in the US or other country where the official language of the country is English.
               Applicants must submit a letter from their employer verifying atleast 12 consecutive months
               of employment and describing their English language ability.

Special note: Applicants from countries where the official language of the country is not English, but who attended a university where English was the language of instruction, are not exempt from submitting TOEFL scores.

      Step 7

      If selected, participate in admission interview (March 23 - 27, 2009) and assessment of written and verbal communication skills.

      Section B.  Applying to the PharmD / PhD Joint Degree Program 

      To be considered for admission to the Joint PharmD/PhD Program, applicants must:

      Complete steps 1 through 7 above for the PharmD program and the following two additional steps.

      Step 8

      Complete the additional PharmD/PhD Form as part of the supplemental application.  Place this form on the top of the supplemental application materials when submitted to immediately identify person as a joint program applicant.

      Step 9

      Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – (see http://www.gre.org/ ) and submit the scores as part of the supplemental application. The GRE should be in taken in the fall of the year before the year of matriculation. For example, students applying for Fall 2009 should plan to take the GRE in fall of 2008.

      The same transcripts of your prior academic work, application information, and recommendation letters will be used to evaluate your application to the PharmD program and to the joint program.

      We encourage applicants for the joint program to communicate with the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies earlier than the January 15 deadline if possible.

           Biopharmaceutical Sciences: Dr. Richard Gemeinhart, Room 357, rag@uic.edu
           Medicinal Chemistry: Dr. John Fitzloff, Room 539, MCP@uic.edu
           Pharmacognosy: Dr. Steven M. Swanson, pharmacognosy@uic.edu
           Pharmacy Administration: Dr. Stephanie Crawford, crawford@uic.edu


      * International students must have their transcripts reviewed by a UIC College of Pharmacy admissions counselor before applying.


      NOTE: Any member of the public who alleges age (under the Age Discrimination Employment Act) or disability (under Title II of the American with Disabilities Act) discrimination on the basis of class may refer to the Public Formal Grievance Procedures. The Public Formal Grievance Procedures addresses complaints of discrimination on the basis of age and/or disability in any activity, policy, rule, standard, or method of administration that is related to the operation of a University program.

      For further help or information, please contact

      Caryn Bills, Deputy Associate Chancellor
      The Office for Access and Equity (MC 602)
      809 South Marshfield , Room 717
      Chicago , IL 60612