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Prospective Students at MCW Pharmacy School

Prospective Students

Information & Resources for Prospective Students

LEARN. INNOVATE. ENGAGE. ADVOCATE.

BECOME THE PHARMACIST OF THE FUTURE

Thank you for considering MCW for your pharmacy education. One of the best aspects of learning at MCW, in addition to our three-year PharmD program, is the high caliber of faculty who are dedicated to guiding you on every step of your journey to improve the health and quality of life for your patients.

Our innovative and inter-professional educational experience is designed to help you meet your career goals, whether you are interested in meeting the needs of patients in your community by working at a retail pharmacy, serving as a member of a patient care team in a hospital or residential facility, or joining researchers striving to deliver individualized treatments to effectively treat society’s most pressing diseases.

We invite you to take a closer look at get to know us. If you have any questions on how to begin your pharmacy education journey at MCW, we’re here for you!

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  • Student Life
  • Eligibility
  • Prerequisites
  • Tuition & Fees
  • Financing
  • Resources


 

Student Life

MCW’s Pharmacy School is located at MCW’s Milwaukee campus, a prominent medical education institution that is closely linked with some of the best hospitals and clinics in the region and the nation. As an MCW pharmacy student, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse community that is passionate about improving healthcare and how it contributes to the lives of patients and their families.

Each of our faculty members has a unique story of accomplishment and dedication to improving the health and quality of life of members of their communities. In fact, our faculty is comprised of visionaries who routinely serve as advocates at the local, state and national level to elevate the role of pharmacists in patient care teams.


If your passion for pharmacy brings you to MCW, you be surrounded by a warm and welcoming community that offers something for everyone, including old-world charm, diverse culture, historic neighborhoods, professional sports teams, a vibrant performing arts community and award-winning cuisine.

innovative 3-Year Program

MCW is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Becoming a member of the inaugural class is an exciting opportunity to leave your distinctive mark on a program that will meet the growing healthcare needs of our communities. The MCW Pharmacy School will accept applications for the inaugural class through the MCW Pharmacy School Application System.  Applications completed and submitted by February 1, 2017 will be given priority review.  The final application deadline is May 1, 2017. All prerequisite classes must be completed by July 31, 2017. Qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview at the MCW Pharmacy School starting in the fall of 2016.  Applicants who successfully complete both the application and interview may be offered provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.

 

Eligibility

How do I Know if I am Eligible?

 

If you wish to join the inaugural class by becoming a MCW Pharmacy School student, you must file an application through the MCW Pharmacy School Application System.
*All applications completed and submitted by February 1, 2017 will be given priority review.
**The final application deadline for the MCW Pharmacy School is May 1, 2017. Applications completed and submitted by this deadline will be given full consideration for admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.

Taking the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
*There is no minimum PCAT or MCAT score needed to apply.
**Official PCAT and MCAT scores must be sent to the MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs by May 1, 2017.  Official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency either electronically or by mail.
***Unofficial scores may be accepted until official scores can be obtained and sent to the MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs.

Completing the minimum pre-pharmacy requirements at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.
*All pre-pharmacy requirements must be completed by July 31, 2017. Students considering applying for admission to the MCW Pharmacy School must complete 90 credit hours of undergraduate study prior to matriculating to be considered for federal financial aid assistance. 

Achieve the recommended minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale as calculated by the MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs and a recommended prerequisite GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite math and science courses, and a grade of B or better in all prerequisite English and speech courses.

Submit three professional or academic references, by the appropriate deadline.
*Letters of recommendation may also be accepted through an optional document upload via the MCW Pharmacy School application, by email, or by mail.

Demonstrate the proper motivation for and your commitment to the profession of pharmacy through previous health-related work, volunteer experiences, research, or other related experiences.

Complete a personal statement that demonstrates an applicant’s written communication skills that are necessary to interact successfully with patients and colleagues.

Completing the MCW Pharmacy School applicant interview process, by invitation only.

All official transcripts and official PCAT or MCAT scores can be sent electronically to: pharmacy@mcw.edu

Applicants may elect to mail official documents to:
MCW Pharmacy School
Office of Student Affairs
8701 West Watertown Plank Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53226

An application to the MCW Pharmacy School is considered complete when all application criteria have been submitted by the May 1, 2017 deadline. 


What happens after I am interviewed?

 

After you have completed and submitted your application it will be reviewed by the MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs.  You may receive direct correspondence from the Office of Student Affairs if your application is missing important information or if your application requires any clarification. Applicants who successfully complete all the above criteria may be considered for provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.

Applicants offered provisional admission will pay a refundable $500.00 tuition deposit by the deadline in the admission offer letter.  Tuition deposits become non-refundable after July 15, 2017.

As part of the provisional admission process applicants must submit to a required criminal background check, drug screening and will met all immunization requirements set by the MCW Pharmacy School.

The MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs, Admission Committee, and Dean reserve the right at any time to rescind an offer of provisional admission to an applicant that does not meet or successfully complete the above listed criteria.

 

The MCW Pharmacy School has applied for accreditation to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) – the national agency for accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education.

 

For additional information, please visit our page on accreditation.

 

innovative 3-Year Program

MCW is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Becoming a member of the inaugural class is an exciting opportunity to leave your distinctive mark on a program that will meet the growing healthcare needs of our communities. The MCW Pharmacy School will accept applications for the inaugural class through the MCW Pharmacy School Application System.  Applications completed and submitted by February 1, 2017 will be given priority review.  The final application deadline is May 1, 2017. All prerequisite classes must be completed by July 31, 2017. Qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview at the MCW Pharmacy School starting in the fall of 2016.  Applicants who successfully complete both the application and interview may be offered provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.

 

Prerequisites
(Includes Prerequisite Course Guides)

 

If you are interested in becoming a MCW Pharmacy School student, you must complete the prerequisite courses listed below before you begin your coursework in our PharmD program.

Prerequisite Course List

Prerequisite Required Recommended
General Biology 1 Course with lab Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics
Advanced Biology 1 Course  
General Chemistry 2 Courses with lab  
Organic Chemistry 2 Courses with lab  
Statistics 1 Course Biostatistics, Business Statistics
Calculus 1 Course  
Physics 1 Course Physics with lab
Economics 1 Course Micro or Macro Economics, Business Economics, International, Introduction to Economics
English Composition 2 Courses English, Linguistics, Writing
Public Speaking 1 Course Speech, Public Speaking, Interpersonal, Group Communication
General Education Electives 4 Courses Humanities, Social & Behavior Sciences
All Prerequisites:
 
  1. Must be taken at a regionally-accredited university, college or community college in the U.S. or Canada
  2. Must be at least 3 semester credits, taken A-F, all math and science courses completed with a grade of C or better. Grade of B or better in all English and Speech courses
  3. General Education Electives may not include studio, performance or physical education
  4. May be satisfied by IB, PSEO or College in the Schools credit if it appears on a college transcript
  5. May be satisfied by AP and appears as credit on a college transcript
  6. ESL and ELL classes cannot be counted towards the two required English composition courses.
  7. If an applicant does not have a general biology lab, a more advanced biology lab may be substituted
  8. Biochemistry is recommended as the advanced biology course. However, anatomy, physiology, genetics, microbiology or molecular biology may also fulfill this requirement
  9. General Education Elective courses may include ethics, philosophy, foreign language, history, cultural studies, anthropology, psychology and sociology
  10. Online and hybrid taught classes may be accepted only from a regionally-accredited university, college, or community college in the U.S. or Canada. Age of science course should not exceed 7-years
  11. A final official transcript will be required prior to the start of classes in the desired year of entry
  12. All applicants must complete 90 credit hours of undergraduate study prior to matriculating to the MCW Pharmacy School to be considered for federal financial assistance. 

If you have any questions regarding the MCW Pharmacy School prerequisites, please contact us.

PCAT

International, Foreign Degree and Transfer Students


International Students

If you are an international student (F1 or J1 visa) currently attending classes at an institution in the U.S., or if you are a Canadian citizen, you must complete the same admission process through the MCW Pharmacy School application. Any courses you have taken outside the U.S. or Canada must be evaluated through a foreign transcript evaluation service, such as WES or ECE, and submitted through PharmCAS. As a reminder, international students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but you may qualify for merit based financial aid from the MCW Pharmacy School. Depending on your visa status, you may be required to submit additional documentation during the admission process, such as a current I-20 visa or 1-94 card, and an affidavit of financial support.

*As you may be aware, an Executive Order concerning immigration was recently signed by President Trump. The MCW Pharmacy School greatly values and supports our international community. We are proactively assessing the impact of the Executive Order and are engaged in efforts to provide resources and address concerns related to the impact of the Executive Order upon program admission, education, the provision of healthcare and the conduct of research. Should you have any specific questions about how the Executive Order may impact you, please contact the Office of Student Affairs

Foreign Degree Students

If you are a student who has completed course work or earned your degree outside of the U.S. or Canada, and you are not currently enrolled at a U.S. or Canadian institution, you must complete a minimum of two semesters of academic study at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. You are required to submit a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation from WES or ECE through the MCW Pharmacy School.

Foreign transcript evaluations can be mailed to:
MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

The TOEFL is a pharmacy school admission requirement for foreign degree students, except those who have completed 9 semester credits – within the past 24 months – in English and public speaking before entering the MCW Pharmacy School. We encourage you to contact the Office of Student Affairs to arrange for a review of your transcript and to review all of MCW Pharmacy School’s admission policies.

Transfer Students

If you are currently enrolled in a pharmacy degree program at another institution, the MCW Pharmacy School may accept your request to transfer under extenuating circumstances and depending on seat availability. Consideration will only be given to students who are currently in good standing at an ACPE-accredited College or School of Pharmacy. If you have been placed on probation for any reason, temporarily or permanently suspended, required to repeat courses or involved in any adverse action as a result of code of conduct violations or academic dishonesty, you are not eligible. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs to arrange for a transcript review and to review all of MCW Pharmacy School’s admission policies.

innovative 3-Year Program

MCW is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Becoming a member of the inaugural class is an exciting opportunity to leave your distinctive mark on a program that will meet the growing healthcare needs of our communities. The MCW Pharmacy School will accept applications for the inaugural class through the MCW Pharmacy School Application System.  Applications completed and submitted by February 1, 2017 will be given priority review.  The final application deadline is May 1, 2017. All prerequisite classes must be completed by July 31, 2017. Qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview at the MCW Pharmacy School starting in the fall of 2016.  Applicants who successfully complete both the application and interview may be offered provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.

 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year for MCW’s Pharmacy School is set at $40,000. The cost of tuition is set annually by the MCW Board of Trustees in consultation with the Pharmacy School, and is the same for in-state, out-of-state and international students. Additional fees for health insurance, books and supplies, transportation, student activities, technology fees, room and board are not included in the cost of tuition.

Tuition, cost-of-living and student loan debt burden are all taken into account when considering any possible tuition increases.

innovative 3-Year Program

MCW is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Becoming a member of the inaugural class is an exciting opportunity to leave your distinctive mark on a program that will meet the growing healthcare needs of our communities. The MCW Pharmacy School will accept applications for the inaugural class through the MCW Pharmacy School Application System.  Applications completed and submitted by February 1, 2017 will be given priority review.  The final application deadline is May 1, 2017. All prerequisite classes must be completed by July 31, 2017. Qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview at the MCW Pharmacy School starting in the fall of 2016.  Applicants who successfully complete both the application and interview may be offered provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.

 

Financing Your Education

As a student in the MCW Pharmacy School, you will be responsible for funding the cost of your education. Many students fund their education through many sources, including personal or family funds, grants and scholarships, loans and employment.

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  Scholarships

As an applicant of MCW’s Pharmacy School, you are automatically considered for many of the scholarships for incoming students. Many scholarships are awarded on a recurring basis through the three years of the PharmD program, and examples of scholarships include:
 

  1. Dean's scholarships for students from under-represented student populations
     
  2. Scholarships for applicants from MCW partner colleges and universities
     
  3. Scholarships for applicants attending from rural areas or with medically underserved populations
     
  4. Scholarships for applicants with the potential to become leaders in the profession of pharmacy

 

MCW Pharmacy School scholarships are generally awarded early in our rolling admissions cycle, so we encourage you to apply early to ensure the broadest eligibility for our scholarships.

 

If you are accepted into the PharmD program, you are eligible for other Pharmacy School scholarships, ranging from $500 to $3,000. You must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file to be considered for scholarships based on financial need.

  Financial Aid

At MCW, we strive to provide financial assistance that ensures equal access for all capable and deserving students, and the MCW Financial Aid Office is responsible for administering financial aid programs for the Pharmacy School. Students considering applying for admission to the MCW Pharmacy School must complete 90 credit hours of undergraduate study prior to matriculating to be considered for federal financial aid assistance. 

 

We encourage you to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to ensure you are considered to receive federal financial aid. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents qualify for federally sponsored financial aid that covers the cost of attendance. The Pharmacy School and the MCW Financial Aid Office will work closely with you so that you understand the financial implications of pursuing your pharmacy education.

innovative 3-Year Program

MCW is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Becoming a member of the inaugural class is an exciting opportunity to leave your distinctive mark on a program that will meet the growing healthcare needs of our communities. The MCW Pharmacy School will accept applications for the inaugural class through the MCW Pharmacy School Application System.  Applications completed and submitted by February 1, 2017 will be given priority review.  The final application deadline is May 1, 2017. All prerequisite classes must be completed by July 31, 2017. Qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview at the MCW Pharmacy School starting in the fall of 2016.  Applicants who successfully complete both the application and interview may be offered provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.

 

Resources

If you have questions regarding the pharmacist population in Wisconsin, the emerging role of pharmacists to help address the shortage of primary care providers or recent legislation outlining the services pharmacists can perform in Wisconsin, we have compiled several resources for your review.

innovative 3-Year Program

MCW is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Becoming a member of the inaugural class is an exciting opportunity to leave your distinctive mark on a program that will meet the growing healthcare needs of our communities. The MCW Pharmacy School will accept applications for the inaugural class through the MCW Pharmacy School Application System.  Applications completed and submitted by February 1, 2017 will be given priority review.  The final application deadline is May 1, 2017. All prerequisite classes must be completed by July 31, 2017. Qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview at the MCW Pharmacy School starting in the fall of 2016.  Applicants who successfully complete both the application and interview may be offered provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.