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PharmCAS Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the PharmCAS Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT. It also contains resources that may help you work more efficiently throughout your admissions process. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your Account Manager and Client Success Manager.

AACP Resources

Review the AACP 2019-2020 PharmCAS School Manual and the PharmCAS Resources page on AACP's website for additional information.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in mid-July and closes in late June. Applicants must submit all applications by the June deadline, if not earlier per PharmCAS program configurations.

Configuration Portal

Between mid-March and late May, configurations are entered in the prelaunch environment. The Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and AACP review submitted configurations in early June.


You can view new applicants and initiate a transfer settings shortly after the new cycle opens in mid-July.

Primary Program Contacts

Liaison requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from AACP and PharmCAS, including the configuration, application, and WebAdMIT launch notifications. These individuals are responsible for creating and managing WebAdMIT accounts for all other faculty and staff users who are affiliated with the institution and authorized by the institution to access individual applicant data. Both AACP members and non-members are invited to join the PharmCAS online community in AACP Connect to receive important updates about the service. See the PharmCAS School Manual for details.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the PharmCAS application (i.e., Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information) compose the core application. They contain questions that are commonly asked of applicants across all participating programs, such as an applicant's biographic information, standardized test scores, and experiences. The fourth section of the application is Program Materials, which is customized by you through the Configuration Portal (discussed in the next section).

You can access the PharmCAS application and PharmCAS Applicant Help Center to review the applicant experience. You can also create a test application in the Applicant Portal; we recommend creating a new account and adding "test" to your name (e.g., TestJohn TestDoe).

For a general overview of the applicant experience, review the following documents:

  • Applicant Processing Reference Guide: learn how applicants move through the application and how Liaison processes applicant materials, such as transcripts and official test scores. Note that Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) is not available in PharmCAS.
  • Application Statuses Reference Guide: review what each application status means and how you can interact with applicants at different stages. Note that the Manual application status does not apply to PharmCAS.
    • Requirements for the PharmCAS Complete application status can be found here.
  • PharmCAS Quick Start Guide and FAQs: a suggested timeline for completing and submitting the application and a FAQs section. 

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to PharmCAS Customer Service.

Configuration Portal

The Configuration Portal Guide contains all information related to configuring your program in the Applicant Portal. You will need to first create your program in the prelaunch environment and have it approved by the Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and AACP before it is available to applicants. If your program is reviewed after the cycle launches, AACP will approve it.

Use the following checklist to make sure you configure your program efficiently and completely. Also, review the best practices found at the end of these articles. If any optional sections of the application are required for your program (e.g., experiences, test scores, etc.), you'll want to note this in your program configurations.

1. Review the Application

  • Review the current application to get a sense of the questions that are already included and what you may want to add.
  • Start to pull together any details about your program and school that you want to share with applicants in the application.

2. Be Aware of Cycle Rollovers

  • Keep in mind that all pages from the current cycle will be rolled over to the new cycle. 

3. Brand Your Program Page (Required)

  • Work with your Marketing or PR department to choose a branding image that meets the size and format specifications. Images have to be 900x270 pixels, and 250 KB or less.
  • Pull together your program’s introductory text and instructions, as well as any requirements information, including supplemental items/fees if you use a two-part application process.

4. Configure Questions and Question Rules (Optional)

  • Review current school and supplemental applications to help you determine which questions you need to ask.
  • AACP recommends that programs ask no more than 3-5 custom questions.
  • Consider removing any custom questions that are not essential to your local admissions review process or predicative of success in your PharmD program.
  • If your program's custom questions include an essay, consider reducing the character limit. Applicants already submit a personal essay through the PharmCAS application that is shared with all programs they apply to.

5. Configure Prerequisites (Optional)

  • Pull together information on prerequisites, including any instructions. 
  • You can customize which and how many prerequisites applicants can match coursework to.
  • AACP recommends that programs list ten or fewer prerequisites.
  • If applicants matching prerequisite coursework is a barrier for your program, deactivate this feature.

6. Configure Documents (Optional)

  • Ensure you have specific instructions for any documents you are requesting.

☑ 7. Preview and Submit Your Program

  • Monitor your program’s status by returning to the Configuration Portal.


Review the WebAdMIT Manual for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. The Documentation and Reference Guides and WebAdMIT Training and Support sections are additional resources as you configure WebAdMIT for your needs. Documents commonly requested include:

  • API Overview: learn how to set up an API and schedule automatic data exports from WebAdMIT into your SIS/ERP.
  • Application Coupons Reference Guide: learn how to request coupons to offset application fees and disperse them to applicants. PharmCAS uses Coupon Type 1.
  • Application Statuses: you can only view full application details of applicants in the Verified application status. For all other application statuses, you can view only limited application information.
  • Background checks through Certiphi
  • Custom Export Field Layout: a comprehensive list of all fields available in the Export Manager, including associated lookup tables.
  • Early Decision Applicants: learn how to find and assign Decision Codes for early decision applicants.
  • Master College Code List: a comprehensive list of all college names and their respective Liaison, MDB, CEEB, FICE, and/or IPED codes. 
  • PharmCAS End of Year (EOY) Reports: learn how to generate end-of-year (EOY) reports through the Report Manager. The Applications by School report is available in this document.
  • Reporting Final Decision Codes: learn how to use WebAdMIT to place applicants in Decision Codes and report them back to AACP.
    • Note that PharmCAS requires you to report the following Decision Codes by September 30 for the previous cycle:
      • Declined Offer
      • Deferred
      • Denied
      • Matriculated
      • Rescinded
      • Withdrew
      • Withdrew After Matriculation
  • Transfer Settings Guide: a review of how programs and templates built in WebAdMIT are carried forward each cycle.

The Release Notes feature new enhancements in the Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

For any questions, contact the Client Support Specialist Team.

Cycle Enhancements


The table below contains enhancements for PharmCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.



Enhancement Details



Applicant Portal

Academic History – Colleges Attended

The workflow for entering colleges has been improved. Enhancements include:

  • The option to employ an e-transcript vendor from within the application (e.g., Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, or Credential Solutions, where applicable)
  • An improved process for uploading and previewing unofficial transcripts
  • Enhanced display of requirements

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Background Image


The PharmCAS background image and logo are updated with a new look and feel.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Coupon Codes

You can purchase coupons that cover the first program application fee ($175) or the additional program application fee ($55).

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Release Statement

Applicants can update their Advisor Release agreement after submitting their application. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Experiences

The help center text is updated to better assist applicants.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal


A Previous Applications to this Program question block is added to all programs. It includes two questions:

  • Have you previously applied to this PharmD program?
  • If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?

The first question is required. If an applicant selects Yes, then the second question appears and is also required.

You can remove these questions if desired. Review Configure Questions in the Configuration Portal Guide.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now


Transfer Settings

Typically when Transfer Settings is initiated, deferred applicants are carried forward as well. With the Liaison-assisted Deferral Process, deferred applicants are carried forward separately from Transfer Settings, at a predetermined date. Additionally, only select applicant information carries forward.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Expected to be available in fall 2020 (may be subject to change)

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