7 Tips for Applying to Pharmacy School

Applying to Pharmacy School Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy Clinton SC

Applying to Pharmacy School? Here’s Your Checklist.

Are you applying to pharmacy school so that you can begin in the Fall of 2019? You have tons on your plate right now, and it would be easy for something to slip through the cracks. Here at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, we don’t want that to happen. Use this checklist to keep your pharmacy school application process moving right along.

1. Take the PCAT.

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is offered in three separate windows. Register early so you can save your spot!  Check out the Pearson or Kaplan study guides for test-taking strategies.

All PCAT testing is done on a first come, first served basis. Head on over to the PCAT website to register for the test.

2. Apply with the PhamCAS application

PharmCAS stands for Pharmacy College Application Service, and they make it easy for you to apply to pharmacy schools. The 2019 cycle opened on  July 18, 2018, and you have until April 1, 2019, to apply to begin PC School of Pharmacy in the Fall of 2019. Check out the PharmCAS website to apply and check out these videos about the application process.

3. Include Your PCAT CID# on Your PharmCAS Application

Your PCAT CID# is the number on your pharmacy test that identifies you as the test-taker. That number is important! Make sure you include your PCAT CID# on your PharmCAS Application. You wouldn’t want that simple mistake to be the reason you miss pharmacy school application deadlines.

4. Send Your Official College Transcripts to PharmCAS

Your PharmCAS application isn’t considered complete until PharmCAS has received your official college transcripts. Contact all of the colleges you’ve attended to ask them to send these to PharmCAS. Remember to include any dual-enrollment and summer classes you’ve taken. This is important: PharmCAS will need these college transcripts before April 1.

5. Request Two Letters of Reference

PC School of Pharmacy and many other pharmacy schools require two letters of reference: one from a pharmacist and one from a previous college professor. These letters shed a little light on your potential as a pharmacist. Your recommenders will be sent a link to upload their responses electronically to PharmCAS. Don’t forget to ask them early and to tell them to be on the lookout for an email from PharmCAS.

6. Prepare for Interviews

There are some factors that an application can’t measure. The pharmacy school interview measures intangibles like:

  • Commitment to the pharmacy profession
  • Communication skills
  • Empathy
  • Ethical and moral reasoning
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Motivation

We’ll call or email you if you’re selected to visit campus for an interview. The interview itself will last from 1 to 5 in the afternoon, and you’ll meet with faculty, staff and current pharmacy students. You should dress professionally and, above all, be yourself.

7. Call If You Have Any Questions

We pride ourselves on the personal attention we give our students as they earn their PharmD. We’re happy to help you as you apply to PC School of Pharmacy. If you have questions during the process, please call us at 864-938-3913. We’d love to help!