Admissions Requirements

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The College of Pharmacy at Marshall B. Ketchum University is committed to accepting a diverse group of qualified individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
All requirements must be completed by the time of matriculation at MBKU.

The College of Pharmacy participates in rolling admissions.

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent institution as determined by Marshall B. Ketchum University, is preferred for admission. The following courses must be completed at an accredited institution with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrollment and are the expected minimum requirements.

  Minimum Semester Units Minimum Quarter Units Additional Notes
General Biology 6 9 One year sequence.
Labs required
General Chemistry 6 9 One year sequence.
Labs required
Organic Chemistry 6 9 One year sequence
Labs required
Microbiology, General or Medical 3 4 Labs required
Human Anatomy 3 4 Labs required
Human Physiology 3 4 Labs required
Calculus 3 4 For science majors preferred
General Psychology 3 4  
Economics 3 4 Micro or Marco
English* 6 8 Preferred: English Composition, Advanced Composition, Critical Reading and Writing, Critical Analysis, Technical Communication
Behavioral Science* course 3 4 Preferred: Human Behavior, Cognitive Science, Neuropsychology, Applied Behavioral Science, Social Psychology
Communication course 3 4 Preferred: Public Speaking, Speech Communication, Interpersonal Communication

*Prerequisites: English (6 units) and Behavioral Science (3) are waived for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation of the program.

Advanced Placement Credits
Advanced Placement (AP) credits will be accepted for fulfillment of no more than the equivalent of one non-science course of the prerequisite.

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is not required. Students that choose to take the exam can only benefit from their score. In other words, if a student scores well, it can strengthen their application, but if they do not score well, it will not count against them.

Competitive Applicants
Outstanding applicants will also have taken courses in Physics, Statistics, Leadership Development, and Cultural Diversity. Additional consideration will be given to those with volunteer, patient care, pharmacy, and/or military experience. Students who have questions about their qualifications (courses, GPA, experience, etc.) should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

International Applicants

For the 2016-2017 application cycle, international applicants must be US citizens or have permanent resident status.

Applicants educated outside the U.S. must utilize a transcript evaluation service to verify their degree and course work.  The academic record must show credits and grades equivalent to those given by U.S. institutions of higher learning.

All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited institution with a grade of “C” or better.

PCAT scores are required for applicants with a foreign degree.

Applicants who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution must also submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), regardless of the official language of the country in which the education took place or the predominant language of the degree-granting institution.  Scores should be sent directly using Marshall B. Ketchum University Code 4893.  Minimum scores are noted below:

Reading 22/30
Listening 22/30
Speaking 26/30
Writing 24/30

Transfer Policy
Credit earned from a Doctor of Pharmacy program prior to admission to MBKU may be eligible to be transferred into the College of Pharmacy and applied towards degree requirements. Transfer of credit requires the approval of the College of Pharmacy Dean. This administrator will determine whether the credit is eligible for transfer and applicable to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Credits accepted for transfer do not compute into the MBKU GPA.

Credit is considered for transfer at the student’s request at the time of initial application as a degree-seeking student. Students must submit official transcripts and letter of recommendation from the previous institution’s program director. To be eligible for transfer credit, the credit must be graduate credit earned at another U.S. regionally accredited institution. The credit must be earned within five years prior to first enrollment as an admitted student in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the previous institution, and a minimum grade of C (2.00) must be earned. The course must be applicable toward a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. This policy does not apply to experiential coursework.

Technical Standards

The College of Pharmacy has an ethical responsibility for the safety of patients and to graduate candidates for pharmacy licensure who are competent and capable to meet the essential functions of pharmacy practice. The technical standards established by the College faculty require students to master the physical, cognitive, and behavioral capabilities for successful admission, promotion, and graduation. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education requires U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy to define the technical standards.

All students are held to the same academic and technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, to complete all aspects of the professional education program. Disclosure of disabilities is not required; however, students who fail to comply with the standards and do not seek accommodation are in jeopardy of academic failure and possible dismissal. The College encourages consultation with the Director of Admissions if a student feels the standards cannot be met.

Students must be able to:

  • Observe lectures, demonstrations, experiments, and practice-based activities in the basic and pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Observe physiologic and pharmacological demonstrations, evaluation of microbiological cultures, and microscopic studies of organisms and tissues and in normal and pathological states.
  • Observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand, noting verbal and nonverbal signals.
  • Meet the specific vision-related requirements, such as read information on a computer screen, projected slides and overheads, read written and illustrated material, and discriminate numbers and patterns associated with diagnostic and monitoring instruments and tests.
  • Evaluate visible patient signs and symptoms for the purposes of monitoring drug therapy.

Students must be able to:

  • Communicate effectively, sensitively, and rapidly with patients and members of the health care team, and convey a sense of compassion and empathy.
  • Speak, listen, read and write in the English language.
  • Effectively communicate with instructors and peers.
  • Communicate with health care practitioners specifically in reviewing and recommending verbal and written drug therapy orders.
  • Elicit information from patients, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications.
  • Read and record observations and care plans legibly, efficiently and accurately.
  • Complete forms or appropriately document activities according to directions in a complete and timely fashion.

Sensory and Motor Coordination or Function
Students must be able to:

  • Execute all aspects of processing multiple types of drug orders and compounding of medications.
  • Engage in safe and aseptic handling of sterile preparations.
  • Safely and effectively operate appropriate equipment, including but not limited to microscopes, computer keyboards, glucose monitors, and peak flow meters.
  • Execute motor movements reasonably required to participate in the general care and emergency treatment of patients.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities
Students must be able to:

  • Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  • Solve problems involving measurement, memorization, calculation, reasoning, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation rapidly in a multi-task setting.
  • Synthesize knowledge and integrate the relevant aspects of a patient’s history, physical findings and monitoring studies.
  • Obtain retrieve, evaluate, and deliver information in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Provide a reasonable explanation and analysis of the problem and determine when additional information is required.

Behavioral and Social Attributes
Students must be able to:

  • Possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities
  • Adapt to change, to display flexibility and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties and stressful situations
  • Possess compassion, integrity, interpersonal skills, motivation, empathy, respect, and concern for others
  • Comprehend the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of pharmacy and function within the guidelines established by the law and by the ethical standards of the pharmacy profession.
  • Function effectively in situations of physical and emotional stress
  • Accept appropriate suggestions and criticism and, if necessary, respond by modification
  • Exercise good judgment and prompt completion of all responsibilities involved in the pharmaceutical care of patients in a sensitive and effective manner.
  • Have the capacity to develop professional, mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients.
  • Develop the skills necessary to instruct and supervise technical personnel assisting with the delivery of pharmaceutical services.

Admissions Policy

Marshall B. Ketchum University’s College of Pharmacy is committed to the principles of equal opportunity in education. In accordance with Marshall B. Ketchum University’s nondiscrimination policy, the College of Pharmacy does not discriminate in admissions against individuals on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, disability, illness, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, or socioeconomic background. There are no specific policies or practices that favor specific groups of applicants. Each application is reviewed and the merits are considered individually.

Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site Granting of Precandidate status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either candidate status or accredited status. Precandidate status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Since Precandidate status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy that bear Precandidate status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure..

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