Before You Apply

If you previously created a PharmCAS application account, please view the Repeat Applicants (Reapplicants) section to learn what information can be pulled forward. 

All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Checklist for Applicants.

Repeat Applicants (Reapplicants)

Applicants who created an application in the 2019-2020 cycle can choose to pull selected sections of their application forward into the 2020-2021 application. PharmCAS does not allow applicants to edit courses or colleges attended that were previously verified by PharmCAS, or carry forward any evaluations (references), payments, essays, or information entered within the program materials section.

Creating a Reapplicant Account

Applicants can use an existing account from the previous cycle to re-apply in the current cycle. To avoid processing delays and difficulties, do not create a new account. Duplicate accounts and any documents associated with those accounts are deleted. 

  1. Log into the application. A welcome screen appears; confirm you want to begin the re-application process by clicking Start Reapplication.
  2. Ensure your profile information, including your contact information, is correct.
  3. Decide if you want to copy application data or start a fresh application. Your selection cannot be changed.

If You Choose to Start a Fresh Application

The data from your previous application cycle is wiped clean and you proceed with a blank application. Your old application data and materials cannot be recovered, if you select this option.

If You Choose to Copy Application Data

Information, such as coursework, official test scores, and transcripts, can be copied into the new application. Letters of evaluation, essays, payments, and program-specific information cannot be copied into the new application.

  1. Select the information you want to carry over. Unselected items will not carry over and cannot be recovered, so ensure your selections are complete before clicking Save and Continue.
  2. You will be prompted to review and confirm that every section of the application that you have chosen to copy is accurate. Once done, click Continue.
  3. If you submitted your application in the last cycle, you will be prompted to follow instructions and download a PDF copy of your previous application. Download the PDF before clicking Continue.
  4. The system will begin to copy your selected data to your new application. This process can take up to 24 hours to complete. You will receive an email once the application is ready.

Previous PCAT Scores

To successfully copy official PCAT scores, the name, date of birth, and CID number on your new application must match the name, date of birth, and CID number on your original application. Allow several days for the matching process to complete. If you have a difference in name or date of birth, contact customer service to have your official scores manually copied into your new application.

Download Previous Application

A PDF of last cycle's application is only available if you submitted that application to at least one program.

  1. Click on your name in the upper-right-hand corner of the application, then select View Payment History.
  2. Click View Order Details next to the payment.
  3. Click Download PDF.

Updating Coursework

If you completed additional coursework since the last cycle:

  1. Update theColleges Attended  section to include changes to dates, degree statuses, and schools.
  2. Update your coursework. Coursework that was verified in the previous cycle will be locked in the current cycle; however, you can add, edit, and delete unverified courses, including those listed as planned/in-progress.
  3. Request updated transcripts for new coursework and awarded degrees, including degrees that were previously listed as "expected" in the last cycle and have now been updated to "awarded". These official transcripts are required and should be requested after you finish updating your coursework.

Verifying New Coursework

Once your application is completed, it is placed in queue for verification. Although there may be fewer courses on your application to be verified in the current cycle, the standard processing timelines still apply.


Checklist for Applicants

This checklist is intended to help you prepare your application but is not a substitute for the full instructions. The PharmCAS application is only one step in the admissions process. You must meet all PharmCAS and program requirements before your application will be considered.

Complete These Steps First

  • Read ALL PharmCAS instructions carefully. Save or print a copy of the PDF.
  • Create your PharmCAS login account immediately to obtain your PharmCAS ID number.
  • Complete the Colleges Attended section of the application first. PharmCAS cannot post transcripts to your application until this step is done.
  • Arrange for official transcripts for every U.S. college and university attended to be sent to PharmCAS, so they arrive by the deadline.
  • Enter ALL of your U.S. and English Canadian coursework on your application using personal copies of your transcripts. Do not enter foreign courses.

Complete Next Steps, If Required by Selected Pharm.D. Programs

  • Add PCAT test dates planned and completed. You must include your PCAT CID on the application and request your official scores to be sent to PharmCAS code 104.
  • Complete the Evaluations section, so your evaluators have adequate time to respond. Some programs require evaluations to be sent directly to the institution.
  • Complete the school-specific requirements in the Program Materials section.
  • Submit any supplemental materials or fees directly to programs, as required.
  • Arrange for AP, IB, and other test scores to be sent directly to the program, as required.

Before You Submit the Application

  • Review your application for accuracy. You can only edit selected sections of your application after it’s submitted.
  • Pay the PharmCAS application fee via credit card by the Pharm.D. program deadline.
  • Download, print or save your completed application for your personal records.

After You Submit Your Application

  • Arrange for summer and fall 2020 transcripts to be sent to PharmCAS as soon as they are available. Update your coursework during the Fall Academic Update.
  • Log into your application frequently to check the status of your application and to check for any messages that may not have been delivered to your email.
  • Complete the Spring Academic Update, as required by program.

International Requirements

  • Request a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES) through the Colleges Attended section of the application and allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
  • If an original foreign transcript is required, arrange for it to be sent to the program.
  • If English is not your primary language, determine if the program requires TOEFL.