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Transfer Advising for Pre-Pharmacy

The State of Maryland has two public pharmacy schools,

1)  University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Pharmacy (UMB)   UMB has two locations, the main campus in downtown Baltimore and a satellite campus at the Universities at Shady Grove.
UMB School of Pharmacy at Shady Grove courses are taught mainly by streaming video with some lab requirements in Baltimore. Admission requirements are the same for both campuses of UMB.  Both the Main Campus and Shady Grove programs are FALL Entrance only. 
2) University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES), Princess Ann, MD (near Salisbury).

Students may apply to most Pharmacy Schools after the completion of 65-89 credits (varies by school).  Pharmacy schools require that students submit scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test ( PCAT).  (See a short sample PCAT test here)  

The chart below compares the requirements of three relatively nearby schools,
 UMB, Howard University, and Shenandoah University, VA.  If you are planning to apply to more than one school (always a good idea), then finding courses that are common to all three schools may help you prepare.  Note this new offering: Notre Dame of Maryland University (Baltimore) program; however, Notre Dame of Maryland states in requirements that they will not accept BIOL 212 & 213 Human Anatomy & Physiology if taken at a community college.
To find other schools, see All US Pharmacy Schools by State. 
 University of Maryland UMB     Howard University, DC     Shenandoah University  VA   
Title Courses & Credits Title Courses & Credits Title Courses & Credits
English ENGL102 1 - 3 cr. English  ENGL101 & 102 2 - 6 cr. English ENGL 101 & 102 2 - 6 cr.
Speech 1 - 3 cr. Speech 1 - 3 cr. Speech 1 - 3 cr.
Calculus MATH181 1 - 3 cr. Calculus MATH181 1 - 3 cr. Calculus MATH 181 1 - 3 cr.
Statistics MATH117 1 - 3 cr. Statistics MATH117 1 - 3 cr. Statistics MATH 117 1 - 3 cr.
Biology BIOL150 1 - 4 cr. Biology BIOL150 1 - 4 cr. Biology BIOL 150 & 151 2 - 8 cr.
Microbiology BIOL210 1 - 4 cr.   Microbiology BIOL210   1 - 4 cr. Microbiology BIOL 210 1 - 4 cr.
Human Anatomy & Phys.
BIOL212 & 213  
2 - 8 cr. Human Anatomy & Phys.
BIOL212 & 213  
2 - 8 cr.  Human Anatomy & Phys.
BIOL 212 & 213
2 - 8 cr.
Chemistry CHEM131 & 132 2 - 8 cr. Chemistry CHEM131 & 132 2 - 8 cr. Chemistry CHEM 131 & 132 2 - 8 cr.
Organic Chem CHEM203 & 204 2 - 8 cr. Organic CHEM 203 & 204 2 - 10 cr. Organic CHEM 203 & 204 2 - 8 cr.
Physics PHYS203 & 204 2 - 8 cr. Physics PHYS 203 & 204 2 - 8 cr. Physics PHYS 203 1 - 3 cr.
Humanities & 
Social Sciences*
4 to 6 - 18 cr. Humanities At least 2 courses
in Humanities: (Art, Theater, Literature, Music, Foreign Languages or Philosophy)
2 - 6 cr. Humanities
 (philosophy, history, art, music, religion, others)
1 - 3 cr.
Microeconomics ECON202 1 - 3 cr. BIOCHEMISTRY 
(not available at MC)
1 - 4 cr. Economics ECON 201 or 202 1 - 3 cr.
Humanities: journalism, fine arts, modern language, MUSC, COMM
Social Sciences: accounting, ANTH, Afro-American studies, computers, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLI, PSYC, SOCY.
  Social Sciences  at least 2 
courses in (Psychology, Economics, Sociology, 
Political Science, History, Education, Anthropology, or African American Studies)
2 - 6 cr. Social Science (psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, others) 1 - 3 cr.

NOTE:  Chemistry and Biology courses must be taken within 5 years of anticipated admission.

See website for exceptions. 

  Additional Courses at least 3 courses in (Statistics, Computer Fundamentals, Operating Systems, Programming, Mathematics above Calculus I, Medical Terminology, Humanities and/or Social Sciences) 3 - 9 cr. Advanced Biol Sci
 (biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, others)
NOTE: All sciences must be within 10 years, unless used @ work
1 - 3 cr.
Total Minimum Credits 65 credits Total Minimum Credits 83 credits 63 credits
www.pharmacy.
umaryland.edu
 

Howard U. Pharmacy
Requirements

*Admissions Statistics*

  http://pharmacy.su.edu   

Last update:  10/27/15  Check each school's site for updates.

How Do YOU Compare?

 U of Maryland, Baltimore Applicants:
Howard University Applicants:
 Shenandoah Unversity Applicants:
  • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 450
  • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 250
  • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 160
  • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 60
  • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
  • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 450
  • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
  • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
  • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 40
  • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-40
  • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled: 6:1

  • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 180
  • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 153
  • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 75
  • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.25
  • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200
  • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
  • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
  • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Competitive PCAT score required
  • Age RANGE of entering students: 25-34
    Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled: 10:1

Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 250

  • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 180
  • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 85
  • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 60%
  • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.32
  • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
  • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
  • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
  • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum
  • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-42
  • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 10:1
 


 UMB - School of Pharmacy Key Facts Sheet states that 80% of admitted students had an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree or higher.  See more Key Facts.

GRADE POINT CALCULATION FOR PHARMACY SCHOOLS:   Most Pharmacy Schools use the PHARMCAS Pharmacy School Application Service.  PHARMCAS calculates overall grade point averages (GPA's) based on transcripts submitted from all colleges attended.  PHARMCAS does not use a school's repeat policy to calculate a GPA - all grades earned in courses are averaged together.  This means that although Montgomery College has a Freshman Forgiveness policy that allows you to replace a first low grade with a higher grade when you repeat a class, your GPA for Pharmacy Schools will usually include all grades earned in a course.   Some schools request two GPA's, your overall GPA and a separate Science GPA.  

If you transfer to a four-year university, your community college GPA is still a vital part of your record.  Professional schools will calculate your overall GPA by averaging your community college GPA AND the university GPA into one combined number.

How to calculate your GPA
 adding back in repeated grades: Look at your transcript and count up all grades and credits earned, not just those that are "excluded" as repeated classes.  Make a chart with a column each for  A / B / C / D / F and under each grade, count the number of credits earned for each grade.  Enter all of the totals in a GPA Calculator website: appserv.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/gpacalculator  

What if You Find Science Courses to be Overly Challenging?   
P
lease refer to this link if you find science courses daunting - you have grades of C in science courses - or if you are repeating classes to raise your GPA... 

 



Some general advice from a recently admitted pharmacy student for students who are applying to pharmacy schools or who are considering doing so in the future:

Make sure you want to go into pharmacy before you apply. While being a pharmacist might not be the job for the rest of your life, pursuing your PharmD is a big commitment. It is best to find out if it suits you for now through volunteer or employment in the field.

Even though it's going to be competitive to get in, don't psych yourself out. Be organized and prepared for the process.  Create folders for each school; check off classes as you take them. Organization is key so you don't miss deadlines.

Also, get experience. Some of my friends experienced difficult interviews because they lacked pharmacy-related experience.  As far as I'm concerned, there's no reason to apply unless you have experience in the field. Be flexible. There are a number of options you can pursue with your PharmD. Just try out at least one aspect of the field as a volunteer or paid, part time intern/employee before you apply. You have to take it seriously going into the field because people are going to count on you 
for their health.

Visit the following websites for more information: 

www.pharmcas.org/ 
The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy 

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