The College of Pharmacy at Marshall B. Ketchum University

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Admissions for Fall 2017

The 2016-17 admissions cycle has begun. Students applying for seats in the College of Pharmacy’s class beginning fall of 2017 should apply during this cycle. Apply via PharmCAS today!

Academic Year 2017 - 2018

  • Deadlines: The deadline for submitting your application through PharmCAS for MBKU is March 1, 2017.
  • Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor’s degree is not required, but recommended.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required.

General Admissions Information

Step 1: Register with PharmCAS

All applications are submitted through a Centralized Application Service known as PharmCAS. By utilizing a CAS, prospective students will file one application that may be sent to multiple schools and colleges of pharmacy. MBKU is pleased to be a participating PharmCAS school as we strive to make the application process more efficient and convenient for you.

Step 2: Gather Your Application Materials & Submit by the Deadline

A completed application through PharmCAS includes letters of recommendation, personal statements and all undergraduate transcripts. Please be advised to thoroughly review and comply with the PharmCAS deadlines for submission of your undergraduate transcripts.

It takes 3-4 weeks before MBKU receives your verified application from PharmCAS. MBKU uses rolling admissions, so it is best to apply early. Rolling admissions means that applications are reviewed as they are received; should an applicant meet the academic criteria and interview successfully, they are offered a seat in the incoming class. Seats are filled over the duration of the admissions cycle.

Step 3: Optional PCAT (*PCAT is required with non-U.S. degree)

The Pharmacy College Admissions Test is optional and you do not need to have taken the PCAT to submit your application. The PCAT is, however, required for foreign degree applicants and the PCAT must be taken prior to being offered an interview.

Deadline Details

As you complete the PharmCAS application, it is not necessary to have completed all prerequisite requirements. To be eligible to apply, you must be on track to finish all prerequisites by the end of the summer term just prior to beginning fall classes at Ketchum University.

Background Check

The College of Pharmacy at Ketchum University participates in the Centralized Criminal Background Check and the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service.

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 addresses.

More Helpful LOR Tips

  • 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.

Admissions Requirements

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.

Course Name

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


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

Advanced Placement Credits

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

Does Taking the PCAT Help My Application?

The Pharmacy College Admission Test is not required. Students who 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.

How To Be a Competitive Applicant

Outstanding applicants will also have taken courses in biochemistry, genetics, 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 U.S. 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.

Prerequisite Courses & PCAT

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.

English Language Requirement

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, 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 TOEFL scores are noted below:

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

Transfer Policy

Students wishing to transfer from another pharmacy school or college in the U.S. should apply through PharmCAS and must meet the following criteria: be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the transferring institution; supply a letter of recommendation and permission from the chief executive officer or designee of the transferring institution; supply a letter from each of two full-time members of the faculty of the transferring institution recommending the transfer; provide a letter explaining in detail why the transfer is being requested including appropriate documentation that substantiates the reason; meet all current admissions requirements and standards of The College of Pharmacy; supply official transcripts of all collegiate work completed, including that taken at the transferring institution; supply course outlines for all Pharmacy coursework for which advanced standing credit is desired; and submit the appropriate application materials. Decisions on transfer applications are made by the Admissions Committee in cooperation with the Office of Academic Affairs. Factors considered include: available space, admissions standards, reason for the transfer request, appropriateness of courses completed to the academic level to which transfer is requested and personal attributes of the applicant. Transfer applicants are only considered for entry into the first or second professional year. 

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 physiological 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. Marshall B. Ketchum University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  The Vice President for Student Affairs has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and can be reached at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit The Office of Civil Rights Contact Page for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Disability Services & Policies

MBKU welcomes students with disabilities to apply to our health professional programs. Please view our Disability Services Information for Prospective Students.