PharmCAS COVID-19 Update for Applicants

On behalf of PharmCAS and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), we hope you are safe and healthy during these challenging times. This webpage will provide updates on the impact of COVID-19 on PharmCAS and the pharmacy admissions process. Please also visit the Applicant Help Center at

[March 18, 2020]

Currently, PharmCAS operation and customer support teams continue to provide uninterrupted services to both schools and applicants. Below are updates on the admissions processes at colleges and schools of pharmacy.


If you are interested in applying to a program, but will have difficulty meeting the application deadline for any reason, please contact the institution directly to request a deadline extension. The last date to submit an application during the current application cycle is June 1, 2020.


If you are invited to participate in an interview, it will likely be moved to a virtual format via webcam or phone. The technology used will vary based on the institution and the ability of an applicant to access it. If your webcam will be enabled for the interview, you are encouraged to dress professionally as you would for an in-person event. If you cannot participate in the virtual interview, please remember to notify the admissions office in advance. See the Interview No Show Policy.


Colleges and schools of pharmacy are rapidly adapting to the impact of the COVID19 on undergraduate and professional education. AACP is in the process of collecting data from institutions on updates to their admission policies, including those related prerequisite courses that were transitioned to an online or pass/fail format. We will share that information as soon as it is available. If you have questions about in the meantime, please contact the school directly.


As of March 17, Pearson is suspending test delivery at all U.S. and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers until April 16. As a result, the PCAT testing dates on April 2 and 3, 2020 have been cancelled. At this time, no decision has been made if these dates will be rescheduled. Registered candidates will be notified by Pearson VUE via email and refunds will be processed so that candidates can register at a later date. If candidates have not received an email from Pearson VUE, please have them contact PCAT Customer Relations at We are closely monitoring the situation and will communicate decisions about upcoming test administrations on our website,

If you were planning to take the April 2020 PCAT, please contact your designated schools that require the PCAT for admission for guidance.


WES is continuing to process foreign transcript evaluation reports for international (non-U.S./foreign) study and provide customer support during regular business hours. However, applicants with pending WES reports may experience delays in part due to slowdowns from international universities that are affected by the virus and, as a result, are shut down and not issuing documentation. Please contact WES to check the status of your report, if needed.


If you are accepted to a college or school of pharmacy, you may be required to complete a criminal background check via Certiphi Screening. Currently, background checks via Certiphi have not been interrupted. However, some sources and partner locations have closed. If your case is affected, Certiphi Screening will have the ability to reopen the search report at a later date to deliver a completed search result to your college or school of pharmacy.


If you are accepted to a college or school of pharmacy, you may be required to complete a drug screening via Certiphi Screening. If you are scheduled for a site appointment at a location that has closed, the Certiphi support team will attempt to reschedule you at another nearby facility.

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