Health Professions Week

Are you interested in learning more about careers in health professions, including pharmacy? Read more below to learn about Health Professions Week!

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Register now for the first annual Health Professions Week! HPW is an exciting, free, week-long event for students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in healthcare, this is a great way to get exposure to 19 different health professions and hear directly from practitioners in these roles.

Over five days in September, through a series of online and in-person activities, HPW will offer you the opportunity to:

  •  Explore 19 diverse and rewarding health professions during two virtual fairs and an online treasure hunt;
  • Interview a variety of health professionals to learn about what their life is like in their chosen profession;
  • Engage with educators and health professionals near you at alocal community or campus event.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @healthprofweek
Learn more at ExploreHealthCareers.org/HPW
Register at CareerEco.com/events/HPW 

PCAT Q&A

We’ve received quite a few questions about the PCAT exam this week. Congratulations to all of you who took it in July!


What are the minimum scores you consider?

We recommend that students get at least 50% on the composite and sub sections to be competitive for our program. Scoring 70% and above on the composite section will make you most competitive. Our average PCAT composite score for accepted students the past few years has been 88%. Please note that is the average; many students fall below and above that score.

I didn’t do as well on the PCAT as I hoped. Should I retake it?

🙁 First off, sorry to hear that.

You can, if you feel that you will do better. If you fall below our minimums (see the first sentence in the question above), you might want to study and retake the PCAT. We do superscore; if you take it multiple times, we will consider your highest overall scores.

Since you superscore…if i retake the PCAT, can I focus on the sections I did poorly on the first time, and not focus (ie-not try as hard) on the sections I did well on before?

This is not the best strategy. If we see that you aced your biology subsection the first time and significantly decreased your biology score the second time around, this might be cause for concern. I would recommend focusing your studying beforehand on the sections you didn’t do as well in, and still try your hardest on all sections when you take the exam.

Which sections are most important in the admissions process?

We focus most heavily on the composite score, and the biology, chemistry, and quantitative sections. The critical reading and essay are important, but we prefer to assess those areas in other parts of your application.


What other questions do you have about the PCAT exam?

Admission decision FAQs

Every year, we receive more applications than we have spots in our class. Admission to our PharmD program is very competitive.

If your application was denied admission, you probably have many questions. Below are some of the most common questions we receive. If your question isn’t listed below, we would be happy to answer it:
pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu or 919-966-9429

Why was my application denied?

We do not provide specific feedback on why an application was denied. The Admissions Committee reviews each application thoroughly, and considers whether the applicant is academically qualified, a strong applicant, and a good fit for the program. There are many different reasons why an application might be denied, and it also depends on the size and strength of the applicant pool. We receive more applications than we can offer an interview (or a seat in the class), so we are selective.

Is there any more information I can provide the Admissions Committee to overturn the decision? Can I appeal my decision?

No, the Admissions Committee has reviewed your application and made an admissions decision. You cannot submit new information after the application deadline has passed. The decision is final.

Can I meet with someone to review my application?

No, we do not meet individually with students to discuss their applications, and we do not provide specific reasons for why an application was denied.

What can I do to be more competitive next year?

We recommend that you review this website to learn more about the types of students admitted to our program. You can find statistics for students previously admitted here. We will update this website with the Class of 2020’s admission information by July 1, 2016.

We also encourage you to review our Admission FAQs.

This post has recommendations for becoming a more competitive applicant. Feel free to check back on the blog in the coming months; we will post more content that will focus on being competitive.

In general, consider which aspect of your application was the weakest, and focus your efforts on improving that for the next admissions cycle. Every application and every student is different, so what might be the weakest part of your application might not be the same for your friend’s application. Sometimes the weakest part of an application is the academics (prerequisite courses, GPA, and/or PCAT). If that is the case, focus on improving your GPA, retaking any low prereq courses that you might need to review, and studying to improve your PCAT scores. Many times, it is because outside of academics, the applicant was not strong. We like to see students who are well-rounded in terms of their extra curricular involvement, who demonstrate leadership, have explored pharmacy and healthcare, and have research experience.

Is there additional coursework I can take to make me a stronger candidate?

You are always welcome to take more advanced coursework in your major or in an academic area (especially math or science) that will help you prepare for pharmacy school. We also encourage you to take courses you are interested in! If you’ve always wanted to take an art or psychology class, go for it! You will have 4 years to study science and pharmacy, so now is your opportunity to take classes outside those disciplines.
If you need coursework to fill credits, we recommend taking a research or writing-intensive class.
If you have lower grades (C- or lower) in prerequisite courses, we encourage you to retake those classes (and aim for an A or B grade). Don’t feel that you have to retake your prerequisite classes if you have above a C- in a prerequisite course. Retaking a class just to improve your GPA should not be your goal. Your goal should be to learn the material.

Can I reapply?

Yes, you are welcome to reapply. Our application for Fall 2017 entry will open in mid-July 2016.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Many students have questions about our Admissions process, and about our PharmD program. The best place to start with any questions you might have is our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. This is a great resource where we have the most up-to-date answers regarding the most commonly asked questions. Take a look!

If you have a question that isn’t on the FAQ page, feel free to send us an email:pharmacy_admission@unc.edu