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PharmCAS Quick Start Guide

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What is PharmCAS? 

The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) simplifies the process of applying to Pharm.D. programs. You start by selecting the programs you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by PharmCAS, your application and materials go through a verification process before being transmitted to all of your selected programs. Click here to start your application.

Also review, a site hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). This site includes information helpful to prospective applicants, such as school-specific admission requirements and additional pharmacy resources.

How long does the application process take? 

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. This timeline may need to be adjusted based on your programs' deadlines and requirements. 

Timeline Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Use the PharmD School Directory to research programs you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:

    • Cycle dates and deadline requirements. 
    • Application fees.
    • Reference requirements. 
    • Minimum requirements, including prerequisites, standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc. 
  2. Determine if you want to apply as an Early Decision applicant. 

  3. Begin contacting potential references to confirm their participation. 

  4. Review the PharmCAS Applicant Code of Conduct

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section. 
  3. Complete the Evaluations section. 

At Least 10-12 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Ask your schools to send official transcripts directly to PharmCAS. If there are any holds on your account at a school, resolve them now to avoid delays in sending transcripts. 
  2. Begin entering coursework into your application. 
  3. Check in with your references to confirm that they received the reference request via e-mail.
  4. Begin drafting your personal essay.

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Complete and submit your application. Review the Verification process. Monitor your application for receipt of transcripts and letters of reference and follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application until your status is Verified. 

After Deadline Download a copy of your application for your records.
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