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Admissions Information

Admission to SWOSU

Before any student may be considered for admission to the College of Pharmacy, admission to SWOSU is required. Applications for admission to SWOSU, with all required forms, are submitted to the Office of the Registrar. However, all students considering a career in pharmacy are urged to visit the College of Pharmacy and to avail themselves of the counseling services of the Pharmacy Admissions Counselor.

Information for Prospective Students, (Admissions applications, calendars, catalogs, tuition/fees, etc).

Admission to Pre-Pharmacy Program

The pre-pharmacy program at SWOSU is open to all high school graduates and college transfer students who have not completed the requirements of the pre-pharmacy curriculum and who qualify for and obtain admission to SWOSU. Regulations concerning admission to SWOSU are listed in the General Catalog of the institution or may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Standing Examinations and CLEP

Advanced Standing Examinations and College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) tests are given for some subjects included in the pre-pharmacy curriculum. Subject to certain conditions, a student may elect to take Advanced Standing or CLEP Examinations for the purpose of earning credit for courses. Information relative to the examinations may be obtained from the Pharmacy Admissions Counselor, and eligible students are encouraged to participate in the examination programs.

Admission to the Professional Pharmacy Program

Students may apply for admission into the professional program for the fall and spring semesters. Applications for admission into the professional program for fall semesters should be submitted by the previous
February 1st.

Applications for admission to the professional program for the Spring semester should be submitted by the previous September 1st. Selection for admission into the professional program is competitive. The minimum standards to be considered for admission are as follows:

  1. Satisfactory completion of at least 58 semesters hours of the pre-pharmacy curriculum;
  2. Completion of all pre-pharmacy biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses; Organic Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry II Lab and Microbiology must have been completed within seven years of the semester for which an applicant is seeking admission. All pre-professional requirements not completed prior to admission to the professional Pharm.D. program must be completed within one calendar year of the date of admission.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.50;
  4. Submission of valid ACT or SAT scores;
  5. Submission of Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores from PCAT test taken within 3 years of the date of application.

Applications must be submitted on standardized forms supplied by the College of Pharmacy. Application forms are not available online. Forms, application deadlines, and further information may be obtained from the Pharmacy Admissions Counselor. Incomplete, late, or improperly prepared applications will not be processed. All admissions are subject to any conditions specified in the admission letter and other correspondence from the College of Pharmacy.

Applicant Selection

The faculty and administration of the College of Pharmacy establish the operating policies and methods of selection for the Admissions Committee, and the guidelines are followed carefully and diligently. Members of the Admissions Committee are appointed or reappointed annually.

Selection for admission to the professional Pharm.D. program in the College of Pharmacy is competitive. The Admissions Committee must rely heavily on objective data, particularly science and mathematics grade average, overall grade average, American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and PCAT scores. A preliminary selection of applicants will be made based on initial evaluation of these criteria. Applicants selected by this initial process will be required to appear in person for a personal interview before a committee composed of faculty members and pharmacy students. The interview process provides an opportunity to assess such concerns as motivation, character, personal objectives, and communication skills. An appraisal from all aspects of the interview is included in the applicant's file and is weighed, along with other factors, such as consistence of academic performance, by the Admissions Committee in making its final recommendation regarding admission to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

Admission with Advanced Standing from Other Accredited Colleges of Pharmacy

Applicants may be considered by the Admissions Committee for admission with advanced standing if they have completed work beyond the pre-pharmacy level in another institution accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The applicant must not be on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension, and such applicants must have passed each course accepted for transfer credit with a grade at least “C” or better. The completed work must be equivalent in content to that offered at SWOSU. In addition to official transcripts, applicants must submit their PCAT scores and a letter of good standing from the Dean of the College of Pharmacy last attended. A minimum of two semesters residency with at least thirty semester hours of credit is required for graduation of all students transferring to SWOSU from other Colleges of pharmacy, regardless of the amount of work previously completed.

Tuition and Fees

The cost of attendance for the professional Doctor of Pharmacy program includes the specific tuition and other costs for the professional Doctor of Pharmacy program as well as all SWOSU cost requirements. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUT-OF-STATE TUITION WAIVERS FOR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS, PLEASE CONTACT LYANNA SCHULTZ, ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR, (580) 774-3127 OR LYANNA.SCHULTZ@SWOSU.EDU.

See current tuition and fees charged at SWOSU.

Financial Aid Information

Financial assistance may be available from or through SWOSU in the forms of part-time employment, scholarships, grants, and loans. Since it is important for entering students to determine that they are capable of doing satisfactory college work, they are encouraged to provide sufficient funds for their first year without employment.

Financial aid programs are coordinated by the Director of Student Financial Services, and inquiries should be directed to that office.

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