PHARMACY ADMISSIONS


FAQs

MBKU’s Admissions Office is happy to answer questions. Here are questions that we receive frequently.  If you do not find the answer to your question here, please check our website, then email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Answers refer to the College of Pharmacy (COP) unless otherwise specified.
 

General Information

  1. What programs does MBKU offer?
  2. How much is tuition?
  3. Is MBKU Accredited?
  4. Can I visit the campus?
  5. Does MBKU accept transfer and foreign students?
  6. What events does MBKU have on campus for visitors?
  7. How many students are in each class?
  8. What does the curriculum look like at MBKU?


Connecting with MBKU

  1. Email Us
  2. Advising by phone
  3. Visit the campus
     

About Applying

  1. When is the deadline to apply?
  2. Do I need a bachelor’s degree to apply to MBKU?
  3. Does it matter what school I graduate from or what major I choose?
  4. Is there a minimum GPA?
  5. Does MBKU require the PCAT?
  6. Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
  7. Does MBKU accept AP credit?
  8. Can I take prerequisite courses online?
  9. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?


Admissions & Interview Day

  1. Does MBKU do telephone interviews?
  2. Does your school admit on a rolling basis?
  3. When will interviews be held?


Accepted Students

  1. What are the library hours and what resources are available?
  2. Is there a recreational area or fitness facility on campus?
  3. What are MBKU’s pass rates for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)?
  4. How does MBKU prepare students for the NAPLEX?


Around MBKU

  1. Where do MBKU students live?
  2. Do I need a car if I come to MBKU or is there public transportation?

 

General Information

  1. What programs does MBKU offer?
    • OD – Doctor of Optometry
    • MS – Masters of Science in Vision Science
    • MMS – Masters of Medical Science (Physician Assistant program).
    • PharmD – Doctor of Pharmacy
  2. How much is tuition?
    Annual tuition for 2017-2018 is $45,700, which does not include cost of living, books and equipment.
  3. Is MBKU Accredited?
    Please click here to read our Reference to Accreditation.
  4. Can I visit the campus?
    • Campus touring is arranged by appointment only. For a hosted visit, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  5. Does MBKU accept transfer and foreign students?
    • All prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
    • Transfer students: Please click here to read our "Transfer Policy".
    • Foreign Students: For more information regarding students educated outside the U.S., see International Applicants.
  6. What events does MBKU have on campus for visitors?
    Please see our “News & Events” page by clicking here.
  7. How many students are in each class?
    There will be 52 students in each class.
  8. What does the curriculum look like at MBKU?
    Please see our Program Overview.
     

Connecting with MBKU

  1. Email us: Feel free to email us with questions about MBKU’s prerequisites, the admissions process, or with any other questions. We have information to answer your questions that we can email to you at any time.
  2. Advising by phone: If you would like a one-to-one counseling session, we’re happy to schedule phone calls to discuss your questions. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your questions, date and time of your availability, and phone number.  We will make an appointment for a counseling session by phone.
  3. Visit the campus: Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to schedule an appointment.


About Applying

  1. When is the deadline to apply?
    Applications for the 2016-2017 cycle will be accepted via PharmCAS beginning July 2016.
  2. Do I need a bachelor’s degree to apply to MBKU?
    It is not required, but recommended.
  3. Does it matter what school I graduate from or what major I choose?
    No.
  4. Is there a minimum GPA?
    The most competitive applicants will possess a 3.0 overall and science GPA.
  5. Does MBKU require the PCAT?
    The PCAT is strongly recommended.
  6. Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
    MBKU prefers one letter be written by a pharmacist. Other recommendations should be from an immediate supervisor, a healthcare provider (not your own), and a professor.
  7. Does MBKU accept AP credit?
    Advanced Placement (AP) credit will be accepted for one non-science prerequisite course; however, PharmCAS does not include these course proficiencies in their GPA calculations.
  8. Can I take prerequisite courses online?
    Yes, as long as the school is regionally accredited and the courses do not require a lab.  Labs must be completed in a classroom setting.  Virtual labs are not acceptable.
  9. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
    Yes, as long as the school is properly accredited.


Admissions & Interview Day

  1. Does MBKU do telephone interviews?
    No. MBKU conducts interviews in person, on campus only.
  2. Does your school admit on a rolling basis?
    Yes, MBKU uses rolling admissions.
  3. When will interviews be held?
    Interviews will be held in Spring 2017.

Accepted Students

  1. What are the library hours and what resources are available?
    MBKU has four full-time library staff members who are available to assist students. For more information regarding hours of operation and resources, click here to visit the Library’s website.
  2. Is there a recreational area or fitness facility on campus?
    Yes. MBKU’s fitness center and locker rooms are located next to the parking structure, and access is included in tuition. The facility features cardio equipment, free weights, weights machines, and flat screen TVs. The men’s and women’s locker rooms have lockers, restrooms, and showers. If you prefer to exercise outdoors, there are many hiking and biking trailheads near campus, and a recreational park very close to the campus.
  3. What are MBKU’s pass rates for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)?
    Upon graduation of the first class, the College of Pharmacy will make readily available the pass rates for the NAPLEX.
  4. How does MBKU prepare students for the NAPLEX?
    PHM 810 - 812 serve to record the completion of NAPLEX and CPJE readiness by the fourth year students in preparation for NAPLEX.

Around MBKU

  1. Where do MBKU students live?
    Over half of our students live within a mile of campus in the many apartments, condominiums and homes surrounding the campus. MBKU has a housing list that we are happy to provide for you upon request to get a better idea of cost of living in Southern California. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for the Housing List.
  2. Do I need a car if I come to MBKU or is there public transportation?
    While reliable, consistent transportation will be required during the clinical year, MBKU is located in an affordable, safe, residential area where pedestrian traffic is common. Within a mile of campus there are a few grocery stores, pharmacies, cafes and restaurants, and a few department stores. Everything you need is within walking distance, but to get to the beach, mountains, Los Angeles, etc. you will need a car or take public transportation (bus, train).

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 www.acpe-accredit.org. 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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