ULM logo
College of Health & Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect on interview day?

The ULM School of Pharmacy interviews are conducted by invitation only and are designed to assess an applicant’s interpersonal communication skills, writing ability, motivation for pharmacy school and commitment to patient care. An applicant’s leadership, problem solving and critical thinking skills are also evaluated. 

Faculty, staff, and senior students all participate in the interview process, which is conducted as a panel with individual applicants. In addition to the interview itself, applicants will participate in a “welcome” breakfast, receive a tour of the pharmacy facilities, meet and have an opportunity to have their questions answered by professional pharmacy students, complete a writing assignment, discuss their application with an admission officer, and more. 

Interviews begin in September and extend through March. Applicants invited for an interview will be notified by email indicating the date and time that their interview will take place at the University of Louisiana Monroe School of Pharmacy. Interviews are conducted monthly on Fridays and applicants should plan to spend 4-5 hours at the school.

What are rolling admissions?

The process of rolling admissions allows us to interview students on a monthly basis, filling our class continually as we go. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible since there is no guarantee that seats will be open toward the end of the admission cycle. We interview beginning in September and will continue through April with the exception of December. Please note that the early decision deadline is September 5, 2017 and the regular decision deadline is February 1, 2018.

What GPAs are required for admission to ULM?

We prefer to consider applicants with pre-pharmacy, cumulative, and math/science GPAs of at least 2.5 (uncorrected, based on a 4.0 system, + and - grade designations are not recognized) in all previous coursework undertaken, exclusive of developmental courses, whether passed or failed at all institutions of attendance. These calculations are made based on the information submitted to PharmCAS.

 What types of letters of recommendation are required for application?

The admissions committee requires three letters of recommendation from the following individuals:

Professor letters must be completed by individuals under whom you have completed coursework. If you cannot provide a letter from one or more of the above individuals, Dr. David Caldwell can provide guidance regarding acceptable substitute letters. Please note that letters from the following individuals will not be accepted: non-supervising co-workers, teaching assistants, family members, and friends.

 When should I take the PCAT?

We recommend that students attempt the PCAT for the first time in the spring semester of their second year.

What is the oldest PCAT score that ULM will accept?

For the 2018 admission cycle, the School of Pharmacy will accept the best PCAT (composite score, percentile rank) attempt for two years prior and up to and including the January 2018 PCAT test date.

How will I know which courses to take at other universities to fulfill ULM School of Pharmacy prerequisites?

You may contact Dr. Laurel Sampognaro (sampognaro@ulm.edu, 318-342-3800) for information regarding equivalent course work at other institutions.

How recent must my prerequisite course credit be to be accepted by ULM?

Students applying for admission into the School of Pharmacy must provide the University with official transcripts for all courses attempted during the ten years prior to the anticipated date of admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. (For example, if admission is expected in the Fall 2018 semester, transcripts should be provided for all courses attempted from the Fall 2008 semester through the date of application.) 

Courses completed outside of this ten-year window will not be allowed to count as credit toward a student’s prerequisites for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.Students may appeal this policy to the admissions committee and if the appeal is successful, the applicant will be considered in the admissions process. Questions about the appeals process should be directed to Dr. Laurel Sampognaro (sampognaro@ulm.edu). 

What is the deadline for completing prerequisite coursework?

Students offered admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program must complete all of their pre-pharmacy requirements with a grade of “C” or higher two weeks prior to the first day of the fall semester of the calendar year in which they are admitted into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

How much does it cost to attend the ULM School of Pharmacy?

Please note that the cost of the program is subject to change. The most recent financial information for the pharmacy program can be found under the PharmD section on this page

 


©