Students should visit the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) School Directory for program-specific details. The student’s responsibility is to ensure they are taking the correct coursework for admission.
Each of the following sciences is generally required, and the number of credits needed varies by program.
How the Exam Is Structured
When should I take the PCAT?
Students should take the PCAT after completing General Biology, Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Math, as these subjects are covered on the PCAT. Link: https://www.pearsonassessments.com/content/dam/school/global/clinical/us/assets/pcat/pcat-test-development-and-structure.pdf
Check to see if the program you are interested in requires the PCAT. Some programs do not consider or require the PCAT, while others require it as part of admission.
Create a study plan for the PCAT:
Step 1: Gather information about PCAT
Step 2: Take a practice test
Step 3: Gather study materials
Step 4: Make a study calendar
Step 5: Study!
Step 6: Prepare for test day
How many times should I take the PCAT?
Ideally, you should only take the PCAT one time. However, the PCAT can be taken up to five times.
How long are PCAT scores valid?
Generally, the scores are kept up to five years from your original test date. It is recommended that you check the admissions policy of each school to which you plan to apply regarding if your PCAT score is still valid.
Is the exam expensive?
The PCAT exam cost is $210. Students can designate up to three schools to send their scores to for free when registering for the exam. There is a $20 cost for each additional score report you send.
The 2021-2022 Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) admissions cycle begins in mid-July 2021. Applicants may start and submit the application as soon as it is available. The final application deadline is June 1, 2022.
Applicants should pay attention to the deadlines for each program to ensure there is enough time to complete, submit, and have PharmCAS verify the application. It is best for schools that offer rolling admission to apply early, by mid-August and September. Most schools set a priority deadline, and once a cohort is full, they will stop reviewing applications.
Students should review instructions on starting, submitting, and completing their PharmCAS application.