Admissions Information

UNT Health Science Center. June 7, 2019.

PharmD Application Deadline: May 2, 2022

The Admissions team is ready to help you learn more about the PharmD application process and answer your questions.

Attend an upcoming admissions event, sign-up for a campus tour or schedule a virtual advising session.

After reviewing the information below, if you have additional questions, please reach out to our admissions office at admissions@unthsc.edu or schedule an online advising session.


Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites

The 2022 application cycle is now open*. It takes 4-6 weeks for PharmCAS to verify all of your submitted application materials. It is highly recommended that non-U.S. citizens apply well in advance of these deadlines to allow the preparation of immigration documents.

PLEASE APPLY EARLY.

Consideration for admission:

  • Complete the pharmacy prerequisites prior to matriculation
    • Option to Claim the General Education Prerequisites Exemption: If you have (or will complete in May) a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, you may claim an exemption from the General Education Prerequisites. If you claim the General Education Prerequisites exemption, then only your Math and Science prerequisite coursework will be included in the GPA calculation.  IMPORTANT – Claiming the General Education Prerequisites Exemption is optional. If you choose to claim the General Education Prerequisites Exemption, you must have a 2.5 GPA or higher in your Math & Science coursework to be considered for an interview.
  • Achieve a minimum overall 2.5 grade point average on prerequisite coursework: A 2.5 minimum overall grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required to be considered for admission review and interview consideration. If a course has been failed or repeated, all attempts are used in the calculation of the grade point average. However, the Admissions Committee will consider upward grade trends.
  • Admissions Test: The PCAT is not required for the Doctor of Pharmacy program.  
  • Obtain three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters of Recommendation should be submitted directly from the recommender to the PharmCAS portal. Letters of recommendation must be from a person who can comment on the applicant’s academic, volunteer, and/or employment experiences and attributes. Letters of recommendation from friends and family members will not be accepted; if submitted, such a letter will delay your application’s processing.
  • Apply for admission via PharmCAS www.pharmcas.org
  • Submit the HSC College of Pharmacy Processing Fee

Please note:

Application materials including official transcripts and evaluations, letters of recommendation, fee payments, official test scores and any other required items must be received no later than 2 weeks or 15 days after the posted deadline. For example an application that closes on the 1st all items will be due by the 15th, an application that closes on the 15th all items will be due on the 1st.

Disclosure and Technical Standards

Disclosure and Technical Standards:

Disclosure – PharmD Graduates and Licensure

  1. To practice pharmacy, a person who graduates with a PharmD degree must also pass pharmacy licensing board examinations of the state(s) in which they want to practice and become a registered pharmacist.
  2. All pharmacy licensure boards recognize the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College of Pharmacy as fulfilling the academic requirements for pharmacist licensure. The ACPE maintains national accreditation standards for Colleges of Pharmacy.   The University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy is an ACPE accredited College of Pharmacy.
  3. All pharmacy licensure boards recognize the North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) as a standardized licensure exam for pharmacist licensure.  Additionally, each state may have different licensure requirements including a state specific pharmacy law exam (refer to each state’s board of pharmacy website for state specific information).  Forty-nine pharmacy licensure boards require passing the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) as component of licensure.  Arkansas, California, Idaho, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not utilize the MPJE for their law examination.

Health and Technical Standards

 

Application Process

PharmCAS Application

Step ONE: Complete and submit the PharmCAS online application.

Before completing the application, please read PharmCAS instructions in their entirety.
All PharmCAS application questions should be addressed to PharmCAS at www.pharmcas.org

The PharmCAS application will ask for the following:

  • Biographical information
  • Personal data
  • Institutions attended
  • Official US transcript(s)
  • Coursework
  • Extracurricular activities* (post high school)
  • Volunteer Experience* (post high school)
  • Work experience
  • Letters of recommendation (three required)
  • PharmCAS application fee

PCAT scores are no longer required for admission to the UNT System College of Pharmacy program. 

Please do not mail any of these items to the HSC College of Pharmacy.

Processing Fee

Step TWO: Turn in the Processing Fee

The processing Fee is $50. You may pay the fee online at this link.

Interview Selection

Selected applicants will be invited to a virtual admissions interview via Zoom video conferencing. Please note that not everyone who applies for admission is invited to interview.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or you experience technical difficulties, please contact the Admissions Office at:

admissions@unthsc.edu

Regular Admissions Timeline

Regular Admissions Fall 2022 (Cycle 22)

July 14, 2021*PharmCAS opens for Admission Fall 2022 (Cycle 22)
September 2021 - June 2022Interviews for the 2022 application cycle
May 2, 2022PharmCAS Application Deadline at 11:59 (EST)
April 2022 **Discover MyHSC Event
July 2022All in-progress course requirements must be completed by the end of Summer Session 1 2022. See Prerequisites Page for more information. Official transcripts are due in the Admissions Office. Order your transcripts at the beginning of the semester and ask Registrar to Hold for final grades before mailing. Will not accept course work from Summer Session 2.
August 2022**Orientation
August 2022**Classes begin - Class of 2026
August 2022**White Coat ceremony

*Dates provided by PharmCAS
**Mandatory For Incoming Students

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees for the College of Pharmacy:

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Applicants are eligible to apply for financial aid

 

Scholarships and Awards

The College of Pharmacy acknowledges the exceptional efforts and achievements of its students through a variety of awards and scholarships.

  • 47 first-year students have received 3-or 4-year tuition scholarships
  • $342K awarded in admissions scholarships in 2020-2021
  • 19 endowed scholarships available annually for student pharmacists

Learn more about scholarship and award opportunities here. 

International Applicants

Early Application is Recommended

Required Documents

In addition to admissions requirements international applicants must submit the following:

1. A course-by-course evaluation (original copy) by World Education Services, Inc. (WES), submitted directly to PharmCAS from WES.  We require the WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).

2. Catalog course descriptions in English for the specific courses to be considered for fulfillment of prerequisites.**

3. Document(s) showing science prerequisite courses taken are designated for science majors, in English.**

4. Syllabi may be required.**

** To be uploaded to the Program Materials Section of PharmCAS under Documents

If translation is required:

        • Documents must be transmitted from applicant’s institution via website or .edu email address to translation service and from translation service to our institution
        • Translations must be certified

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Proficiency in English is required and will be measured by:

  • An official TOEFL score of 80 or higher (internet based).
    • Submit scores to PharmCAS using TOEFL PharmCAS Code 8246.  Please note that meeting minimum scores does not guarantee admission.
  • Completion of at least 74 semester credit hours at an accredited United States university or college (excludes F-1/J-1 students).

Other English language proficiency assessments may be used; please contact the admissions office for more information.

Possible Exemption from General Education Requirements

With an international degree from an accredited institution, applicants have the option to claim an academic exemption, which means the General Education Requirements are covered by the degree; all Math and Science Requirements must still be fulfilled.

Detailed information regarding prerequisites can be found here.
 
For questions regarding the admissions process, please contact admissions@unthsc.edu.
For questions regarding the I-20 process, please contact international@unthsc.edu.

NOTE:  If you have an undergraduate pharmacy degree from outside the United States, you may be able to use this degree to become licensed as a pharmacist in Texas.  Please see “Information for Foreign Pharmacy Graduates” on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy website: https://www.pharmacy.texas.gov/applicants/foreign-pharm-grad.asp.

PharmTech to PharmD

Pipeline Programs: Pharmacy Technician (PharmTech) to Pharmacist (PharmD)

Take your pharmacy career to the next level.

In 2019, more than 62% of the incoming class at HSC College of Pharmacy had experience as a pharmacy technician.

Learn more about making the transition to a PharmD.

 

Early Assurance - PharmDirect

The Early Assurance PharmDirect Program (EAP) provides high school seniors and college undergraduates with a clear roadmap to admission into pharmacy school at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, College of Pharmacy (also known as UNT System College of Pharmacy).

The EAP offers eligible students provisional acceptance in a future Doctor of Pharmacy class, dependent upon continued success in meeting prerequisite and admissions criteria. Students with an aptitude for chemistry and the life sciences, strong communication and leadership skills, and a desire to improve the health of patients through a team-based healthcare approach are excellent applicants for the program.

Learn more here. 

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