Be Part of an Innovative Pharmacy Program

Pharmacy is an in demand, high paying profession. Regis University’s School of Pharmacy delivers comprehensive, advanced education and training in a contemporary, innovative environment, so that you are well-prepared to be a vital member of the health care system.

 

 

Applicants must meet the following minimum standards.

  • Earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum science and mathematics grade point average of 2.5 (on 4.0 scale)*.
  • Grade of "C" or better in prerequisites. Prerequisite course work must be completed prior to matriculation; however, course work may be in progress or planned at the time of application.
  • Eligibility for the program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • Eligibility for the program is pending the successful completion of the Essential Functions Forms. For a complete list of Essential Functions, click here.
  • Demonstration of excellent written and oral communication skills in the admissions essay and interview process.
  • Submission of the PharmCAS application.
  • Submission of PCAT scores to PharmCAS. Regis requires a minimum composite percentile ranking of 30th percentile.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted through the PharmCAS application.
  • Work experience is recommended, but not required.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the pharmacy profession and its future.
  • Demonstrated evidence of potential for success in doctoral degree program.
  • Demonstrated evidence of potential success as a professional.
  • Demonstrated evidence of an orientation toward service.
  • Demonstrated willingness to work in teams and provide leadership.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
    • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

*While a minimum GPA is required for admission, we expect that most competitive applicants for the Doctor of Pharmacy program will have much higher GPAs ranging from 3.0 to 3.6.

The School of Pharmacy does not offer an early assurance program for entrance into the Doctor of Pharmacy program for Regis University students or students from other universities or colleges. Regis University students, however, are afforded a guaranteed admissions interview provided they have completed at least three semesters of full-time study at Regis University and have maintained a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in their prerequisite mathematics and life sciences courses. These students must also have achieved a score of 30% or greater on the PCAT.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Successful applicants will be required to complete the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy criminal background check to obtain a pharmacy intern license.

Here are the questions the State Board asks pharmacy interns on the Intern License Application.

  • Have you ever been convicted of, pled guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or received a deferred judgment for a felony?
  • Have you ever been convicted of, plead guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or received a deferred judgment for a misdemeanor (including but not limited to DUI or DWAI?
  • Have you ever been convicted of, pled guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or received a deferred judgment for any offense pertaining to state or federal drug law?
  • Have you ever had any disciplinary action taken against your license or pending against you in any state?
  • Do you have any physical or mental condition which may impact your ability to practice pharmacy safely?
  • Do you have, or have you had, any malpractice judgments rendered against you?

For more information regarding Colorado Intern Licensing please refer to the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy website: www.dora.state.co.us

OUR TIMELINE

Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2015 start date. 

Applicants who meet minimum program requirements are encouraged to apply well in advance of the March 1, 2015 deadline. Qualified candidates are reviewed on a rolling basis and multiple interview dates are held between October 2014 and April 2015. Decision letters are mailed to interview candidates two weeks following their respective interview date.  

March 1, 2015: Deadline to complete the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application. The School of Pharmacy expects final notification to all applicants by June 2015.

Accepted students must submit their response to the Office of Admissions no later than 10 business days after notification. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required at the time of acceptance, to guarantee a position in the program. The deposit will be applied directly to the fall semester tuition for all incoming students.

PHARMACY COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST (PCAT)

Regis University School of Pharmacy requires applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Registration and exams dates are listed below. Information regarding the PCAT exam can be found at www.pcatweb.info.

PCAT Test Dates

Registration Deadline PCAT Test Dates
May 16, 2014 July 17-18, 2014
August 26, 2014 September 3-5, 2014
September 26, 2014 October 6, 16, 2014
October 20, 2014 October 27-31, November 3-7, 2014
November 6, 2014 January 6-7, 2015

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program must complete the PharmCAS application:

Initial screening of PharmCAS applications is performed by the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions Office of Admissions. Screening is based on selection criteria designed by the School of Pharmacy faculty. Applications are ranked and forwarded to the School of Pharmacy Student Affairs Committee. Based on the results, applicants are invited for an interview with members of faculty and leaders in the pharmacy community. Since the number of qualified applicants exceeds available interview slots, the committee will select diversified student groups to interview.

Applicants are ranked for an interview according to the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • cumulative grade point average;
  • math and science grade point average;
  • completion of prerequisite courses;
  • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) examination scores (required);
  • letters of recommendation (required);
  • previously earned bachelor's degree or higher (not required);
  • community service (preferred, but not required); and
  • work experience (preferred, but not required).

 

The Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions Office of Admissions will compile a composite score based on PharmCAS and interview data. This data is reviewed by the School of Pharmacy Student Affairs Committee and applicants are selected for admission. The Office of Admissions will send an offer of admission to qualified applicants. Admission decisions are not based solely on final applicant rank. The committee selects a diverse student group from the interviewed applicant pool. The admission decisions of the Student Affairs Committee are final.

Applicants who have been selected for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program will receive either a conditional or final offer of admission. Offers of admission are sent until all program spaces are filled.

Conditional admission will be offered to applicants who are attending a post-secondary institution and whose final academic grades for prerequisite courses are not yet available. Applicants offered conditional admission are accepted into the program pending successful completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher, maintaining grades consistent with the initial review and meeting the GPA requirements. Students must submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions demonstrating that the conditional requirements have been met prior to the first day of regular classes.

Final admission will be given to applicants who have met all of the admission criteria and who have submitted all application documentation.

An alternate list may be maintained until the beginning of classes. If space becomes available, alternate list applicants will receive written notification and/or a phone call of an offer of admission. Alternate list applicants will still need to complete all admission requirements.

Applicants must reply to the Office of Admissions within 10 business days of receipt of the offer of admissions. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance. This may be submitted either by electronic transfer or check.

Successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening is required prior to beginning the program.

Eligibility for the Doctor of Pharmacy program is pending the successful completion of the Essential Functions forms.

Students are required to be computer literate prior to entering the program. Necessary skills include proficiency in several computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

The Office of Admissions coordinates the communication between the School of Pharmacy and the applicants.

Regis University reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment, or re-enrollment to any applicant or student who would pose an unreasonable risk of harm to self or others, or any unreasonable risk of disruption to the academic or clinical processes of the School of Pharmacy, the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, or Regis University. Adherence to the "Code of Ethics for Pharmacists," as described by the American Pharmacist's Association is required for all students in the program.

The Office of Admissions is committed to the protection of personal information. Use of personal information is strictly limited to the appropriate handling of applications, recordkeeping, and research intended to further improve the admissions process and pharmacy education.

The applicant acknowledges that admission decisions are made by Regis University personnel in the exercise of discretion and professional judgment and are not subject to review or appeal. Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

All prerequisite courses (minimum of 72 semester hours) must be completed prior to matriculation into the School of Pharmacy. You may be admitted prior to completion of all prerequisites, contingent upon successful completion by the start of classes.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

44 SH

General Biology and Lab I
4 SH
General Biology and Lab II
4 SH
General Chemistry and Lab I
5 SH
General Chemistry and Lab II
5 SH
Organic Chemistry and Lab I
5 SH
Organic Chemistry and Lab II
5 SH
Microbiology and Lab
4 SH
Calculus I
4 SH
Human Anatomy and Lab
4 SH
Human Physiology and Lab
4 SH

Written and Oral Communication

6 SH

English Composition
3 SH
Speech Communication
3 SH

Social Sciences

9 SH

Psychology
3 SH
Sociology
3 SH
Social Science Elective
3 SH

Other

13 SH

Economics
3 SH
Philosophy
3 SH
Religious Studies
3 SH
General Elective
4 SH

TOTAL PRE-PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

72 SH

Due to the dynamic nature of knowledge in the biological and chemical sciences, there is a seven year limit on those prerequisite courses. However, this time limit may be waived if the applicant has a prior bachelor’s degree or higher. Applicants with such a prior degree and who have completed the prerequisites will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Pharmacy credits obtained at another school or college of pharmacy are not eligible for transfer to the Regis University School of Pharmacy.

If you have questions about transfer of credit from another academic institution, please contact:
Office of Admissions
pharmacy@regis.edu

Prerequisite Guides

Students may complete their pre-pharmacy course requirements at Regis University or at any regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. International graduates must submit an evaluation of foreign educational credentials from one of the agencies approved by Regis University.

If you are a pre-pharmacy student at Regis University, we’ve provided a suggested sequence for those who plan to complete the prerequisites in two years. Prerequisites may change, please consult your advisor to discuss your course schedule and view the latest prerequisite courses.

If you plan to complete your prerequisites at one of the universities or colleges in Colorado, our Transfer Guides provide recommended courses to fulfill our prerequisites.