page is designed to provide an overview and understanding of the application
process for students applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at the Ernest
Mario School of Pharmacy from colleges of pharmacy outside the United
States. This fact sheet also provides
information to students who have been informed by a Board of Pharmacy that they
need to take additional coursework to satisfy specific requirements prior to
Overview of the School
Combining course work with clinical
clerkships, the goal of the program is to educate health care professionals to
practice pharmacy in community, hospital, academic, managed care, and
industrial pharmaceutical settings. Students complete a well-balanced
curriculum of liberal arts courses, basic sciences, and pharmaceutical,
clinical, socioeconomic, and administration sciences. Instruction
includes structured clinical experiences in hospitals, nursing homes, community
pharmacies, and managed care agencies, as well as in pharmaceutical
have completed professional coursework in international schools of pharmacy
need to submit an online application by February 1 prior to the Fall of expected enrollment. Please note that applications may be accepted beyond these dates,
however the University may not make a decision on late applications if all
seats are filled for the incoming class. The Undergraduate Transfer application
is the application used and is available at: http://admissions.rutgers.edu/
Students who have
already completed a degree in pharmacy from a school outside of the United States
have the following options available to them:
For Option 1 noted above, a completed
application for admission as a transfer student will include the following
Transcripts recorded in a foreign
language will need to be evaluated and translated by an accredited
service. Personal translations cannot be
accepted. For a complete listing of the companies
and organizations that provide such service, please review the information at
the following website: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
First and foremost, the admissions review will look at
the coursework that has already been completed and those courses that still
need to be taken. Students are expected
to have all of the pre-professional courses completed or in the process of completion
when a student applies. Transfer students are welcome to apply to the School.
In order for a student to be considered for admission, the first two
pre-professional years of study must be completed. The coursework we expect a
student to have completed are as follows:
Biology with lab
Chemistry with lab
Anatomy and Physiology
courses (3 credits each)
course (3 credits)
information on the requirements that govern Humanities / Social Science
Electives, please view the fact sheet
currently or previously enrolled at Rutgers should review the information
regarding School-To-School transfer or Re-enrollment, respectively for specific
who have already completed a bachelor’s degree or more than two years of
college-level coursework may be given some preference.
Secondly, your Cumulative GPA will be
reviews relative to the coursework completed.
GPAs should be 3.500 or above.
The higher the GPA the better a student’s chances. However, individual grades in the core
sciences, math, statistics, and writing/communications will be considered as
well as the multiple core curricular courses taken during each semester. The semester course load should be about 16.0
to 18.0 credits. The fact that students
may have finalized their requirements during a semester and did not need to
take full-time course loads will be taken into account.
decision about which students to admit results from a comprehensive review of
the factors described below. The number of students we can admit is determined
by the number of spaces available, the number of students who apply, and the
quality of the applicant pool. These factors change from year to year however,
and the School of
Pharmacy is extremely
competitive. Priority is given to students whose applications, fees or fee
waivers, and all required transcripts, test scores, and other supporting
documents are submitted by the priority application date.
focus primarily on the student’s academic promise as demonstrated through the
- academic performance
- strength of academic program
- grade trend
- cumulative GPA
- number of credits completed
- PCAT scores
We also consider
such qualitative factors as:
- community, volunteer, or U.S.
- extracurricular activities
- honors and awards
- special talents
- personal statements
Thirdly, all applicants are required to take
the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).
Further information on the PCAT is available from below. There is no floor for the test scores. Rather, the test scores are reviewed in
conjunction with your overall academic record.
Letters of recommendation or personal statements may also be submitted directly to:
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Attn: Rosemary Hayes
160 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08873
Letters of recommendation and personal statements are not required.
However, these may provide a greater background and understanding of you
as a student and future professional in the field of Pharmacy. In
addition, a personal statement will provide a better understanding of
your intentions in applying to the School and your goals and objectives
as a student and, ultimately, a professional. Experience in a health
care setting is also recommended as a way to strengthen the application.
All of these factors are combined and considered in an admissions
The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy does NOT pariticipate in the
centralized application service, Pharmacy College Application Service
(PharmCAS). However, PharmCAS conduct violations are communicated to all
schools and colleges of pharmacy in the US.
Admissions Recommendations and Information
For admissions consideration, prospective transfer students are
expected to provide copies of high school and college transcripts.
PCAT Information. Please note that effective with applications for the enrollment of Fall 2015 (applying during the 2014-2015
academic year) all transfer, school-to-school, and re-enrollment
applicants must submit Pharmacy College Application Test (PCAT) scores.
Click here for more infomration on the PCAT and test dates. Our PCAT
score recipient code is 038. The PCAT is administered by the Pearson
Education Inc. Please note that the School of Pharmacy does not administer the exam for which you sign up.
Any questions you may have on the test, the test center, or the grading
system for the test must be referred to the Pearson Assessments. There
are resources to help prepare you for the PCAT test that can be found
by searching the web or chain bookstores. The Ernest Mario School of
Pharmacy makes no recommendation about which resources to use.
Because test results are not received for 4-6 weeks after the test
date, applicants who are planning to take the PCAT are strongly advised
to take the October test. There is no bias against a student who takes
the PCAT twice. The best score will be considered.
Foreign students may be required
to have their high school and/or college transcripts translated and
evaluated prior to submission to the University. For further
information of companies and organizations that provide such service,
please review the information at the following website: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
All transfer students are encouraged to look at the program of study
they are interested in and to review past course work they have taken.
to provide the most information possible to assist in the evaluation of
coursework for credit, it is recommended that each transfer student take time
to complete the following steps:
1) Gather together the
course descriptions of each course you have taken.
2) When you apply to the
University, submit the course descriptions to the Office of University
Undergraduate Admissions. You are
welcome to send other documentation via the US Mail. That material will be added to your file when
3) Gather together the
course syllabi from each course you have taken and have it ready to send to the
Office of Academic Services here at the School in case we need them for
In this way, you will be prepared to provide as much information
as possible regarding the material covered in each course you have taken.
You can also conduct your own rough evaluation of credits by
taking the following steps:
1) Start by looking at the
course descriptions for each of the courses taught here at Rutgers. This can be done by visiting our online
catalog at the following website: http://catalogs.rutgers.edu/
2) Review the course
description for the course you have taken that you believe is an equivalent.
3) If both descriptions
provide a similar overview of the material to be learned, more than likely the
course will be recognized as an equivalent by the School.
enrolled at a community college in New
Jersey should also review the information regarding
transferable courses to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy by accessing NJTransfer. The website can be found at
http://www.njtransfer.org/. Through this
site, you will be able to view the Recommended Transfer Program or RTP at the
community college of your choice.
Through the directions on the site, you will be able to obtain a listing
of the course numbers at your community college that will satisfy our required
courses. If a community college course
number is not listed, then you would need to find another school where that
course is offered. In most cases, the
courses would need to be taken at Rutgers
University during the
Summer Session prior to beginning the First Professional Year.
Further Questions on Admission
Answers to additional
questions about the admission process may be obtained from the Office of
University Undergraduate Admissions either by visiting the Office’s website at http://admissions.rutgers.edu, or by
calling the RU Info Line at 1 (732) 932-4636.