You can apply to the Pharm.D. program at URI in one of two ways: most of our students come to us directly from high school, through application to the 0 to 6 program, but we also admit a small number of transfer students each year.
For general information about admission, financial aid, and applying to URI, please visit the Office of Admission website.
Each admission candidate is given individual consideration. However, a minimum of 18 units of college (secondary school) preparatory work are expected:
Successful candidates typically have high grades in science and mathematics, do well in SATs, and often have earned advanced placement or college credit while in high school.
The Admission Office carefully evaluates each candidate’s strength in the following areas:
Pharmacy applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all of their application materials by the Early Action deadline. The Admission Committee makes every effort to notify pharmacy applicants of their admission status by January 31.
Requirements For Progression to the Professional Program
Students who are admitted to the 0-6 Pharm.D. program spend the first two years enrolled in University College. During this time they are required to take all the pharmacy pre-requisite courses and the majority of the courses needed to meet the University’s general education requirement. Students may then progress to the College of Pharmacy providing they meet all the progression requirements. The progression process is initiated after the third semester in University College. Progression to the College of Pharmacy is dependent upon students meeting the following requirements.
- Students must have completed 45 credits and have an overall grade point average >2.0
- Students must have completed to following courses with a grade point average of at least 2.5 and no grade lower than C-:
- BIO 101, 121, 242, 244
- CHM 101,102.112, 114, 227
- MTH 131
- MIC 201
- Students must have completed ECN 201, WRT 106, COM 100 and PHL 212
Successful candidates must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.50 in remaining prerequisite courses (CHM 226, 228: STA 307; and BCH 311). Unsuccessful students, identified at the end of the third and fourth semesters, will lose their place in the professional program. Students who lose their place in this manner may re-take courses to try to meet the academic requirements and reapply as internal transfer students to the first professional year of the Pharm.D. program. These students must meet all the requirements for transfer students as outlined below and will compete with internal and external transfer students for a place in the professional program.
You must be able to meet the requirements for a pharmacy intern license and certain introductory and advance practice sites also require you to undergo a criminal background check and submitt to drug testing. You will also be expected to meet the Technical Standards and to adhere to the Professional Standards of Behavior.
During their sophomore year, you will be required to have a formal interview. The student’s progression to the professional program will be contingent upon a successful interview. The interview is designed to assess students‘commitment to the profession of pharmacy, knowledge of the profession and ability to communicate with patients.
The University accepts a very limited number of transfer students to the first professional year of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Because of the integrated nature of the curriculum, there is no opportunity for admission to the professional program for students with advanced standing beyond the beginning of the first professional year.
For the spring of 2013, fall of 2013, spring 2014 and fall of 2014 semesters, please note that the University is not accepting transfer applications for the Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.