Admission Factors

Pharmacy schools generally consider the following factors when deciding who to admit.

Academic ability

Clinical experiences

Volunteer or paid experience working with patients in a pharmacy or health-related setting may be required by many schools and encouraged by all. Pharmacy-related experience allows applicants to test their career decision and be confident that it is a good fit. Applicants who have researched and gained direct exposure to the profession will be better prepared to write a compelling application and respond to interview questions.

 Obtaining pharmacy experiences:

Letters of recommendation


If asked to interview for a pharmacy program, you should be prepared to discuss why you are pursuing a career in the pharmacy profession and how you perceive the role of the pharmacist in health care. You are most likely to be rated on how you present yourself and interact in a group, your knowledge of the profession, your ability to solve problems, and your motivation to pursue a career in pharmacy. Your written communication skills may also be measured with an essay exercise.