University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

College of Pharmacy

Fall 2003 Application Instructions

 

Application Procedures

The Admissions Committee of the UAMS College of Pharmacy will consider applicants for the fall 2003 semester whose completed application, record analysis fee, CV or resume and official transcripts are postmarked on or before February 1, 2003 and whose PCAT scores, letters of reference and other items (TOEFL scores, residency evaluation, etc.) are postmarked on or before March 1, 2003.   When the application folder is complete, applicants will be ranked using overall GPA and best PCAT composite and the top 150 applicants will be invited to interview.  More applicants may be interviewed if circumstances warrant.  If the folder is not completed according to the date guidelines above, no interview or consideration by the Admissions Committee is guaranteed. 

 

1)     Application/Record Analysis Fee

The application is available only on the website.  There is a version you can print off and fill in with a typewriter.  There is also a file you can download and use Microsoft Word  to complete, print out and sent to the address below with the mandatory $10 Record Analysis Fee.  No handwritten applications accepted.  The Record Analysis Fee should be a check or money order made payable to “UAMS College of Pharmacy”.  No email applications will be accepted.

 

Send to:

      Kathy Orear, Registrar

      UAMS College of Pharmacy

      4301 W. Markham, # 522

      Little Rock AR 72205

 

2)     Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A copy of your resume or CV must accompany the application and record analysis fee—and must be postmarked on or before February 1, 2003.  This should include your hobbies, honors and awards received, work history, etc.  This document should be no longer than 2 pages.

 

3)     Official Transcripts

Do not enclose with your application.  Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Registrar (see address above) from the registrar’s office on your campus, and from all other colleges you may have attended.  This applies even if the credit you received appears as transfer credit on another transcript, or if you enrolled and withdrew prior to receiving a grade.  Failure to disclose all colleges attended can result in denial of consideration.


 

4)     Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

The PCAT is required of all applicants.  Application brochure can be obtained from your prepharmacy advisor or the Registrar of the UAMS College of Pharmacy.  The test is given in October and January with deadlines for the applications approximately one month before the testing date.  Please note that the April 2003 test date is too late for consideration.  At the time of application to take the PCAT, please code the application form to have your results sent directly to the UAMS College of Pharmacy.  Delaying this request until you receive your copy of your test scores may mean that your PCAT results do not arrive in time for consideration by the Admissions Committee.

           

5)     References

Three references are required for all applicants.  The two page form is also on the website.  You may print the Reference form and type in the information or you may use Microsoft Word to print your name and hometown, the name and address of your reference and then print the form off to hand to your reference to complete.  Remember, you must mark on the form whether or not you waive your right of access to the form and sign your name.  Failure to mark either blank on the form will be considered the same as waiving access. Please make the name and mailing address of your reference complete so that a thank you letter can be sent from the College when the reference is received.  The references must include two college professors – the third reference is of the applicant’s choice.  No more than three references will be put in an applicant’s folder. References cannot be from pharmacy students.

 

6)     Interview

No applicant interviews will be scheduled until the application folder (including residency status, TOEFL scores if necessary, PCAT scores, transcripts, CV/resume and references) is complete.  Applicants who are not residents of the state of Arkansas or who have not completed Organic Chem I (4 hours) with a grade of “C” or better at the end of the fall 2002 semester, or whose folder is not complete will not be interviewed.  Applicants whose folder is complete will be ranked according to overall GPA and PCAT composite and the top 150 applicants will be invited to interview.  More applicants can be invited to interview if circumstances warrant.  Interviews will be held on Friday afternoons, from February 14th through March 28th.  Applicants will be advised of the date and time of their interview.  At the time of interview, applicants will receive information about financial aid and the admission process.  Applicants will also be asked to write a brief essay about a very general topic that will be added to the application folder.

 

7)     Citizenship

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must provide with your application a notarized copy of either: (a) a valid, current visa that allows the possessor to be a student (F1, F2, J1, J2, H series or B series) or (b) a valid resident alien card.


 

 

8)     English Proficiency

Any applicant not born in the U.S. or in a country where English is the official language, must demonstrate English proficiency by presenting a score of at least 213 on the computerized Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a minimum score of 4.0 on the Essay Rating of the exam, both earned within the last two years.  Visit the TOEFL website (www.TOEFL.org) to find testing locations and information.  Results take about 3 weeks to reach the College of Pharmacy.

           

Residency Requirements

We accept only residents of the state of Arkansas.  Please note that being declared a resident for purposes of tuition at any Arkansas college does not imply that the applicant would be declared a resident for purposes of admission to the College of Pharmacy.  If there is any question concerning an applicant’s residency status, the applicant may be required to complete a Residency Evaluation Form before being granted an interview.

 

Financial Aid Information

Information about financial aid and cost of attendance will be available at the time of interview.  The UAMS College of Pharmacy 2002-2003 catalog, available at our website, contains information about tuition and other expenses.

 

Acknowledgement of Receipt of Application

When the application is received, a form showing items which have been received and are in your application folder and items which have not been received will be mailed or emailed to the applicant, depending on the instructions marked on page three of the application.  This form will be updated and forwarded as other items are received.  Please use this email address:  orearkathym@uams.edu

to communicate with the Registrar. 

 

Re-applicants

If you have applied to the UAMS College of Pharmacy within the last five years, your application folder is still on file.  You will need to fill out another application and submit it with the $10 Record Analysis fee and your resume/CV.  Official transcripts must be refreshed if you have taken additional coursework since your last application.  New references will need to be submitted.  There is no preference or penalty given to re-applicants.

 

General Information

For last minute submissions when there is a question that ordinary mail might not meet the deadline, please contact the Registrar for instructions on how best to send your paperwork. 

 

All prepharmacy coursework must be completed prior to enrollment.   A minimum grade of “C” is required in all prepharmacy courses.  Grades of “D” are not transferable and do not fulfill the prepharmacy requirements.  The final selection of successful applicants will be made on the basis of the applicant’s previous scholastic record, personal interview, essay, resume or CV, references and scores on the PCAT.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that the College of Pharmacy Admissions Office is provided with all transcripts and necessary forms and to check with the College to determine the completeness of the application folder.

 

Admissions Process Checklist

         

Date

Item

November 1, 2002

Application packet and information on Fall 2003 admissions available on our website:

www.uams.edu/cop

January 12, 2003

PCAT date – last date for taking PCAT for consideration for the Fall 2002 Class.  Application due November 30th – please request scores sent directly to UAMS College of Pharmacy to make sure they arrive by March 1st deadline

February 1, 2003

Application/Record Analysis Fee, Official Transcripts and Resume or CV must be postmarked by this date

March 1, 2003

PCAT scores, letters of reference, and any other supporting documents such as TOEFL scores, Residency Evaluation Form and visa/resident alien card must be postmarked by this date

February 14th  through March 28th

Personal Interviews must be completed by March 28th