What is the accreditation status of LU College of Pharmacy?

Larkin University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South Lasalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.

How do I apply?

We accept admissions applications through PharmCAS. You can apply by going to the PharmCAS website (www.pharmcas.org) and creating an application account and selecting Larkin University in the application.

What is the application deadline?

If you are interested in applying for Early Decision, please note that the Early Decision Application Deadline was September 5, 2017. The last date to take the PCAT for Early Decision application is was September 8, 2017. In order for your scores to be considered as part of the Early Decision program, you MUST have sent a copy of your unofficial PCAT test scores to pharmacyadmissions@ularkin.org by September 8, 2017.

The Regular Decision Deadline is March 1st 2018. The last date to take the PCAT for Regular Decision is February, 2017, however students can submit request to the office to be considered for admission with July 2017 PCAT.

How many students are accepted each year?

Approximately 120 students will be admitted each year.

Is the PCAT required?

Yes. The last date to take the PCAT and be considered for fall 2017 admission is February 2017. The PCAT may be taken more than once. Applicants are considered competitive with a preferred composite score in the 50th percentile. Please note scores older than 3 years will not be accepted by the Admissions Committee.

Will you consider the scores from the February 2017 PCAT administration for the 2016-2017 application cycle?

Yes. We will accept the scores from the February 2017 PCAT administration.

When should I start the application process?

As soon as possible. Applications may be submitted prior to completion of the pre-requisites, but you should plan to complete all pre-requisites by June 30th, 2017 in order to provide final grades to the Admissions Department prior to beginning classes.

How much is tuition?

Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic is $44,000.  The tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year can be seen on the Financial Services webpage.

Is Federal Student Aid available?

At this time the Doctor of Pharmacy program does not qualify for the Federal Student Aid programs. LU offers Private Student Loans through various lenders. Private Student Loans are applied for on an annual basis, at the beginning of the academic year. Private Student Loans are based on the creditworthiness of the borrower. You can increase your chances of getting approved and receiving a lower interest rate by applying with a credit worthy co-borrower. Repayment begins after graduation or after a student falls below less than half-time or student’s last date of attendance, whichever comes first. Private Student Loan interest rates differ for all lenders, depending on the borrower’s credit history.

We have compiled a list of scholarship resources that are offered outside of LU. You can find a full list of scholarships on our website. Please browse each link to determine eligibility requirements and application deadlines. You may also conduct additional scholarship search on your own. For additional questions, you may contact the Office of Financial Services at yrivero@ularkin.org.

Is a supplemental application required?

A supplemental application is not required; however students must complete the supplemental questions asked of them in their PharmCAS application.

What are the minimum requirements to be selected for an interview?

The Admissions Committee has a holistic review process which takes into account a student’s entire application including the personal statement and letters of recommendation. Applicants are considered competitive with a verified PharmCAS application, a preferred PCAT composite score in the 50th percentile and a preferred overall GPA of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale.

Do you accept international students?

The LU College of Pharmacy only considers applicants that are US citizens, Permanent Residents or DACA status holders and those who do not requires visa sponsorship.

Do you require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

If English is not your native language, you are strongly encouraged to take the internet-based TOEFL.

Should I enter the courses I plan to take next semester in my PharmCAS application?

Yes, you should enter the coursework you plan to take in your PharmCAS application so that the Admissions Committee can consider your plan for completion of all pre-requisites. Please ensure all pre-requisite coursework is completed by June 30th, 2017.

How is the three year block curriculum different than a more traditional Pharm. D. program?

The College of Pharmacy’s curriculum has been created to enhance active learning and retention of information by focusing most of the courses into two-week blocks within a 16-week semester.  There are also longitudinal courses that serve to reinforce your educational experience throughout the curriculum.  The COP’s three-year program has a similar number of credit hours (141) as a traditional four year program but it is accelerated and continues year-round. The full curriculum can be found here.

Can I work full-time while completing the Pharm.D. program?

Due to the accelerated nature of the program, as well as the intensity of the doctoral level coursework, it is not recommended that students work full time while enrolled. If students choose to work, it is recommended not to exceed more than 10 hours per week.

Can pre-requisite courses be counted if they were taken at foreign Institutions?

No, we currently are not accepting course work from foreign colleges and universities.

Do you accept CLEP credits as part of the admission requirements?

Yes, we will accept CLEP credits that appear on the applicant’s official College and University transcripts.