Pharmacy FAQs - Pharmacy

Questions? We Have Answers.

The College of Pharmacy admissions team is happy to answer your questions. Below we list questions that we receive frequently. If you don't find the answer to your question here, please 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's pharmacy program accredited?
  4. Can I visit the campus?
  5. Does MBKU accept transfer and foreign students?
  6. How many students are in each class?
  7. What does the curriculum look like at MBKU?


Connecting with MBKU

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

About Applying for the PharmD

  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 – Master of Science in Vision Science
    • MMS – Master of Medical Science (PA program)
    • PharmD – Doctor of Pharmacy
  2. How much is tuition?
    Annual tuition for 2017-2018 is $47,500, which does not include cost of living, books and equipment.
  3. Is MBKU's pharmacy program accredited?
    The accreditation process is well underway and you can read more about this on our Pharmacy Accreditation page.
  4. Can I visit the campus?
  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 read our Transfer Policy.
    • Foreign Students: For more information regarding students educated outside the U.S., see International Applicants.
  6. How many students are in each class?
    There will be 52 students in each class.
  7. What does the curriculum look like at MBKU?
    Please see our Curriculum page.
     

Connecting with MBKU

  1. Email us: Feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 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 for the PharmD

  1. When is the deadline to apply?
    Applications for the 2017-2018 cycle will be accepted via PharmCAS beginning July 2017.
  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 admissions process is holistic and does not have a minimum GPA.  However, competitive applicants will have approximately a 3.0 or better.  
  5. Does MBKU require the PCAT?
    The PCAT is not required. Students who choose to take the PCAT and score well can benefit from their efforts. Applicants that choose not to get a Bachelor’s Degree are required to take the PCAT.
  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 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.
  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 throughout the application cycle.

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, 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?
    More than half of our students live within one 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).