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PharmD. Professional Phase Application Instructions

Professional Phase (Years 3-6)

  • PharmCAS Application Deadline:  March 2, 2015. 

Website:  PharmCAS -

Admission interviews are scheduled to begin in January.  To ensure sufficient time for the application to be reviewed, the PharmCAS application should be submitted as early as possible, minimally 5-7 weeks prior to the application deadline.  This will allow adequate processing and review time for both PharmCAS and LIU Pharmacy. 

*Submission of your PharmCAS application and transcripts prior to the application deadline does not guarantee an interview and does not guarantee admission*

  • Application for Re-Admission:  Students who have previously attended the LIU-Brooklyn Campus PharmD Program - Professional Phase (years 3, 4, 5, or 6), earned grades, did not attend classes for at least one semester, and did not complete their degree must apply for re-admission.  Please contact the Admissions Office at (718) 488-1011 for application information.  DO NOT complete the PharmCAS application. 

Requirements and Instructions

1. Complete and submit the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application.  PharmCAS is an electronic application service operated by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).   

All applications for the professional program, including external transfer and current LIU students, must be processed through PharmCAS; there are no exceptions.  There is a separate non-negotiable fee required; payable to PharmCAS.  Listed below are additional requirements for application completion.

  • Personal Statement - Part of the PharmCAS application is a personal essay, approximately one page in length, addressing why you selected Pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. You should explain why you want to be a pharmacist and support this information with autobiographical details including pharmacy/health care work, volunteer experiences, related extracurricular activities, leadership roles, or any other important information.
  • Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation are required. These letters may be from an employer, professor, supervisor of a community service project, etc.; however, they may not come from a family member, teaching assistant, co-worker, or friend. You will need to designate your evaluators as part of your PharmCAS application.  Electronic submission of letters of reference is preferred but paper references are accepted.  Paper references must accompany the PharmCAS reference form (available on the PharmCAS website) in the same envelope.  **PharmCAS will forward your letters of recommendation as they are completed; DO NOT wait to submit your application**
  • PharmCAS ‘Academic Update’ (AU) WindowPharmCAS provides an opportunity for you to update the coursework section of your application to include grades for newly completed courses as well as edit in-progress/ planned coursework for current and future semesters.  Immediately following the close of the fall semester, the fall ‘Academic Update’ window will open December 15, 2014 and will close February 16, 2015.  Completion of the fall AU is required so grades from the prior semesters can be reviewed (i.e. summer, fall, and winter).  In addition, coursework to be completed during upcoming spring and summer semesters must be updated.

**Read the PharmCAS instructions for the Academic Update carefully before completion**

2. Submit the following supporting credentials:

  • Transcripts – Immediately following the completion and submission of your PharmCAS application, forward official transcripts and foreign credential evaluations (if attended university outside of the U.S.) directly to PharmCAS.

Foreign Credential Evaluations – Students who have completed university education outside of the U.S. must submit credential evaluations and translations for review and consideration.  Transfer of course credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please see the Credential Evaluator’s List of acceptable agencies at
Note:  Current LIU students must submit credentials to PharmCAS only.

  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) - The PCAT exam measures the student’s verbal ability, reading comprehension, quantitative ability, chemistry, biology, and writing skills. 

The PCAT is required for entry into the Professional Phase of the PharmD program; there are no exceptions.  First consideration will be given to those candidates who have completed the test prior to December 2, 2014; however, scores should not be older than three calendar years.  Exam scores must be submitted to PharmCAS where they will be matched to your application. 
*Pre-registration for the PCAT is required.  Please find the available testing dates listed on their website at

  • Other Exams

Standardized Tests - Transfer credit may be considered for the exams listed below.  If taken, please submit the following official score reports to the Admissions Processing Center for consideration:  Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
English Proficiency - Students for whom English is not their native language must submit evidence of English proficiency.  Please submit one of the following English Language score reports to PharmCAS:  Test of English as a Foreign Language PBT / iBT or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

3. Grade Point Average (GPA) – Applicants to the Professional Phase should possess a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for cumulative, science, and mathematics for consideration.  However, depending upon the quantity and quality of applications received and because the College of Pharmacy offers only a limited number of seats for the professional program, a more competitive GPA may be required for consideration.


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