Interviewing Tips

Interviewing at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) is not only an exciting opportunity for us to get to know you, but also a chance for you to get to experience what makes the UCSOP special.  It will be a day filled with opportunities to meet our current students, faculty and staff, tour our state-of-the-art School of Pharmacy building, experience a class and learn about the great things hcampusappening here at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy.

Below you will find various resources and links to help prepare you for your interview day at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy.

Preparing for your UCSOP Interview Day:

  • Take advantage of mock-interview opportunities offered at your college
  • Practice with family, a professor, advisor, or career counselor to build interviewing skills
  • Arrive on Time: Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the start of the interview session
  • Plan to stay for the entire session
  • Plan Ahead: There are not any hotels within walking distance of the University of Charleston Campus
  • Dress Professionally

How to Get Here:

The University of Charleston is located on the banks of the Kanawha River, directly across from the State Capitol building in Charleston, West Virginia.

Easily accessible from all directions by:

Campus Map

Address: 2300 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV  25304

Where to Stay:

Charleston, WV Hotels

Below are a few hotels that provide complimentary shuttle services to Yeager Airport:

Charleston Marriott, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express – Civic Center,

Holiday Inn & Suites – Charleston West, Residence Inn by Marriott, Ramada Charleston


C&H Taxi:  304-344-4902

Car Rentals: (located at Yeager Airport)

Visiting Charleston, West Virginia

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Charleston Area Information 

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Applicants who have completed the PharmCAS Application and the School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application will be reviewed. Competitive applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview.  The interview process is designed to ascertain the applicant’s strengths in the non-cognitive areas that have been identified as important measures for potential success in the school’s pharmacy program.

GeiseStacie Geise, Admissions Specialist


The White Coat Ceremony


Receiving the privilege to wear a pharmacist’s white coat in only the first year of pharmacy school was a shock for me. I didn’t expect to receive my actual white coat until graduation. Getting our white coats early sets you into that mentality that you are already considered a professional starting the moment you entered pharmacy school.

Attending the white coat ceremony was amazing! Most of the families of my colleagues were there, so it was pleasant to meet them. If my parents were to have come, I’m sure they would have been proud to see their daughter go up on stage and receive the universal symbol of a pharmacist, shake hands with the Dean of the School of Pharmacy, sign the Pledge of Professionalism and recite it as well. [Elainie is from Texas, so it was a little far for her family to travel!]

I feel accomplished that I closed a chapter in my life, which was undergraduate, and now I am starting the transition into graduate school.

Elainie Martinez (Class of 2017)

Congrats Class of 2017!


Reflections from a P4 Student

mike brownDuring my P4 year, I was able to match one of my rotations with Jessica Robinson, PharmD, BCPS.  Dr. Robinson is a second-year residency-trained infectious disease (ID) pharmacy specialist.  I spent the 5 weeks of the rotation rounding with the ID team, monitoring antibiotic therapies, and working on projects to improve patient care.  The thing I came to love about ID was that it is one of the only areas of pharmacy that is completely curative.  If you give someone the proper antibiotics, they will get better!  I was able to see how a properly trained pharmacist can mean the difference between life and death for patients with severe infections.

Pharmacists are also on the front line of “Antibiotic Stewardship.”  Overuse of antibiotics in recent times has led to an ever-increasing plethora of drug-resistant bacteria.  Pharmacists can save patients and the healthcare system money.  Additionally, we are taking an active role in preventing future drug-resistant bacteria, while preserving the treatment options currently available.  My first P4 rotation opened my eyes to the role of a modern pharmacist in a hospital setting and increased the likelihood that I will pursue a similar type of pharmacy specialty in the future.

Dr. Herdman:  What did you enjoy most about this rotation?

Mike B.:  I enjoyed seeing how pharmacists really are part of a comprehensive medical team.  I liked seeing the role Dr. Robinson plays in helping improve drug use for CAMC patients, which helps them get better sooner.

Dr. Herdman: What was the hardest part of the rotation, especially since it was your first P4 rotation?

Mike B.:  The hardest part was making the transition from what you read in a book, to interpreting therapy for each individual patient.  Thankfully, Dr. Robinson was very patient and did a wonderful job teaching and bridging those gaps.

Dr. Herdman:  I think UCSOP is very lucky to have an ID specialist on faculty.  As a student, what do you think is the value to having Dr. Robinson as a teacher and preceptor?

Mike B.:  There is no substitute for someone who is trained in the specialty you are having a rotation in!  They provide so much great detail about the subject.  Additionally, even if you don’t have Dr. Robinson for a rotation, you get to have her for class during your P3 year where she does a wonderful job teaching antibiotic therapy to the class!