The curriculum offered by the School of Pharmacy at The University of Montana - Missoula leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. By earning the Associate of Science degree as prescribed, students will be academically prepared to apply to the competitive entry professional pharmacy program, and if accepted will be able to complete the professional pharmacy program at The University of Montana - Missoula in four years.
The application deadline for general admission into the Pharmacy program is listed each year at the PHARMCAS website (www.pharmcas.org). This deadline may be as early as November 1st of the year prior to the year for which admission is requested (Year 2 of the curriculum list below). The Pharmacy program may allow a rolling admission process, check with your advisor for current application process information and deadlines. Application materials are submitted directly via the PHARMCAS website. PHARMCAS is a national pharmacy application service many pharmacy schools across the United States use to handle the application process. Admission to The University of Montana-Missoula pharmacy program is separate from general admission to the university itself. Admission to The University of Montana - Missoula does not guarantee admission to the Professional Pharmacy Program.
In addition to completing the courses listed, students must have a supervisor submit on their behalf a letter of recommendation and proof of having completed at least 20 hours of volunteer or paid service serving a patient population in a medical or social field at the time of application. Additionally, students must take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) prior to the application deadline. The PCAT is offered multiple times per year. The test registration deadline typically occurs two months or more prior to the scheduled test dates. Information on the PCAT can be found at http://www.pearsonvue.com/PCAT/.
The PCAT exam includes writing, general biology, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, critical reading, and quantitative reasoning. The quantitative reasoning section covers basic math through calculus as well as statistics.
Due to the PCAT exam subject areas, students are advised to have completed BIOB 160 , BIOB 260 , BIOH 211 , CHMY 141 , CHMY 143 and CHMY 221 , M 162 and STAT 216 , prior to taking the PCAT.