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

[May 6, 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.


PharmCAS has modified its 2019-2020 cycle dates to better accommodate applicants and schools during the crisis.

  • July 1: Final regular application deadline option for schools*
  • July 1: Last day for applicants to create a new PharmCAS account
  • July 7: Document submission deadline for 2019-2020 (with the exception of PCAT scores)
  • July 10: Application and Spring Academic Update close for 2019-2020
  • September 1: Final date PharmCAS will match PCAT scores to applicants in 2019-2020
  • September 30: Final admission decisions due from schools for 2019-2020

*Some schools may opt to move to a July 1, 2020 deadline for the 2019-2020 cycle. Please visit the PharmCAS School Directory for the most up-to-date deadlines per school.

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 2020-2021 PharmCAS application for the 2021 entering class is still scheduled to launch on time on July 14, 2020.


PharmCAS will accept unofficial (student-issued) transcripts from applicants in the current 2019-2020 cycle who are unable to obtain official transcripts due to campus closures and delays in the registrar’s office. For applicants who need the exception, refer to the new “COVID-19 Transcript Hardships” section found under the Supporting Information quadrant of the application. PharmCAS will verify unofficial transcripts and calculate GPAs, as if the transcripts were official. You are encouraged to still arrange for official transcripts to be sent to PharmCAS, if they are available from your colleges attended. Applicants who submit unofficial transcripts will likely be required to submit official transcripts directly to the college or school of pharmacy at a later date.

Some applicants have uploaded unofficial transcripts when official transcripts are available from their colleges attended. Before you upload an unofficial transcript to PharmCAS, please see below:

  • Contact your registrar directly to determine whether official transcripts (electronic and/or paper) are available.
  • Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to PharmCAS, even if they might be delayed.
  • If you must submit an unofficial transcript, upload a document generated by the institution, such as a computer printout of your student record or scanned copy of student-issued transcript.
  • Do not upload a handwritten or typed document that you created.
  • Unofficial transcripts will delay your PharmCAS application in processing by 5+ days.
  • Plan to submit official transcripts from every college attended directly to the pharmacy school in the future, as instructed.
  • Any discrepancies identified between your unofficial and official transcripts may jeopardize your application status.


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.


View the COVID-19 Pharmacy School Admission Policies report and COVID-19 Pharmacy Admissions Summary report to understand how pharmacy admission policies have been modified to date in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The summary report includes the following data points:

  • Online Interviews
  • Online Course Prerequisites
  • Pass/Fail Course Prerequisites
  • Course Prerequisite Waivers and Substitutions
  • PCAT
  • Health Documentation Requirements for Matriculated Students
  • Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing

Pharmacy admission policies may change over time and not all programs are reflected in these reports. Students and advisors are strongly encouraged to reach out to colleges and schools of pharmacy directly with any questions. Visit the PharmCAS School Directory for contact information.


PCAT registration is now open to students for the testing dates in July 2020, September 2020, and January 2021. Pearson has also extended the registration and schedule deadline for the July administration to June 1, 2020. Pearson strongly suggests that you register and schedule as soon as possible to get your preferred testing date, time, and location. Visit the PCAT website at for the latest information.

The PCAT testing dates on April 2 and 3, 2020 were previously cancelled. Registered candidates have been notified by Pearson VUE via email. Affected students should contact PCAT Customer Relations at, if questions.

PharmCAS will be able to match July 2020 PCAT scores to applicant files in both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 cycles, based on the applicant’s account. All PharmCAS applicants should continue to send their official PCAT scores to School Code 104. Review the Pharmacy Admission Policies section above to view school-specific PCAT policies for the remainder of the 2019-2020 admissions cycle.


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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