Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation (LORs) are required from three different sources. These are three suggested sources, but you can use any combination you wish:

  • A pharmacist who can state through documented experience that you know what the profession of pharmacy entails and possibly a statement about your suitability to be a health care provider, specifically a doctor.
  • A professor (preferably science) with whom you have done personal work (such as assisted on a specific project or served as a TA or reader), or with whom you took a course.
  • An employer or extracurricular activity advisor who can comment about your maturity, diligence and conscientiousness.

Do not send LORs from coworkers, someone you have supervised, relatives or personal and family friends. These are deemed inappropriate and can be detrimental to the review of your application.

How and Where Do I Send My LORs

Applicants should not send LORs directly to PharmCAS; all LORs need to come directly from the Recommender to PharmCAS. Recommenders must submit electronic LORs to PharmCAS.

The applicant will provide the names, addresses and email addresses of a maximum of four (4) people providing LORs on the PharmCAS application. PharmCAS will send an evaluation to the recommender to be completed and returned. Alert your evaluator to watch for an automated email from PharmCAS with the subject “PharmCAS Reference Request” from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). PharmCAS will send you an email confirmation when the request is sent to your evaluator’s e-mail address. PharmCAS will begin to forward your references to your designated pharmacy degree programs once your file is complete PharmCAS will NOT hold your application for missing references.

What is the Format of the LOR

Your evaluator will be asked to address background information and provide a rating. Additional information is available on the PharmCAS website.

Letters of Recommendation are critical to the review of your application. Before you enter your LOR information in the section of your PharmCAS application, it is suggested you contact the individuals to confirm that they will author your LOR. If they agree to submit your LOR, please confirm their preferred contact e-mail address.

What You Should Know

  • Designate your recommenders early in the application process. We strongly encourage you to enter your LOR information first to expedite their receipt of the Recommendation Request Form.
  • Because PharmCAS recommendation requests may be caught by spam filters, applicants are encouraged to contact their Recommenders to ask them to allow their email systems to "permit" the PharmCAS reference mail address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • It is not necessary to wait until your recommenders have responded to submit your application through PharmCAS.

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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