Apply Early Decision at UCSOP

2016-17 PharmCAS Application Now Available: Apply Early Decision Today

Applying through the PharmCAS Early Decision program is a great way to get a jump-start on your pharmacy career. You will save time, money and stress by competing with a smaller applicant pool and having the opportunity to secure a seat before traditional applicants are considered. Be sure to request your UCSOP Early Decision Admissions Guide today.  The Early Decision deadline is September 6, 2016.

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Applying early decision was one of the greatest choices I could have ever made. Coming into college I knew that I wanted to attend the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, and early decision allowed me to get a head start on my application process. By applying early decision, I was able to find out my admissions decision faster, compete with a smaller pool of applicants, and even start building relationships with potential faculty and staff of the school. I strongly suggest applying early decision if you’re like me. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy made my early decision process an amazing one! -Hailey Price, Class of 2019

Q: What are the benefits of applying Early Decision?

  • You are competing with a much smaller pool of applicants.
  • You will save the time, money, and stress of the long traditional application process.
  • By applying through the Early Decision Program, you can sit back and relax during your last year of undergraduate work while your fellow classmates are stressing over the application process!

Q:  Should I apply to other schools at the same time?

An Early Decision applicant may only apply to one pharmacy school during this time. If an applicant is not offered admission through the Early Decision program before the October deadline, they may begin applying to other schools at that time.

Q:  What is the Early Decision application deadline?

The Early Decision Application deadline is September 6, 2016.

Q:  What do I need to submit by the deadline?

By the September 6th deadline, PharmCAS must receive the following:

  • A complete PharmCAS application
  • All PharmCAS Fees
  • All transcripts from every college or university attended – including transcripts for dual credit taken in high school

If all requirements are not received by the September 6th deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your status from an Early Decision Applicant to Regular Status. Your application will not be reviewed by the UCSOP until all requirements have been received.

Q: How long does it take to find out if I am accepted for Early Decision admission?

All Early Decision Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by October 21, 2016.

Q: What happens if I am accepted?

If you are accepted through the Early Decision Program, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 Early Decision Tuition Deposit. This amount can be split into two $500 payments. The first payment will be due within one week of your notification of acceptance. The second $500 payment will be due by May 1, 2017.

Q: Can I change my mind after I am accepted for Early Decision?

A student who is accepted through the Early Decision Process is not eligible to apply to any other PharmCAS pharmacy school during that admissions cycle.

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about my application or the Early Decision process?

 

Contact: Ms. Stacie Geise, Director of Pharmacy Recruitment & Admissions at staciegeise@ucwv.edu or 304-357-4889.

UCSOP ExRx Bootcamp a Success!

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High school students make ointment in the compounding lab

From June 21st through the 24th the halls of UCSOP looked very different with almost 30 high school and undergraduate students here for the 3rd annual ExRx- Experience Pharmacy Summer Bootcamp. These students were formally here to learn about UC and the profession of pharmacy as a whole but also to do what anyone at a camp wants to do- have fun! Favorite activities included compounding camphor-menthol ointment in the compounding lab with Mr. Ramirez, preparing sterile IVs with Dr. Embrey and Ms. Condee, and a photo scavenger hunt around campus which turned into a fierce competition to find as many UC Golden Eagles as possible. (The winning team, The Green Circle Group ultimately found 28!)

Campers came from all over the country. While a majority came from West Virginia we had people come all the way from New York, Florida, and numerous other states to participate. In addition to the hands on experiences, campers also got a feel for the more didactic classroom based portions of the Pharm D. program through sessions on the history of pharmacy, ethics, and the APhA Career Pathways program.

One particularly exciting session was Dr. Radhakrishnan’s lecture “The Travelogue of a Tablet” which covered the journey of tablet from mouth to active site to excretion. Campers enjoyed being in the “facilities and us[ing] resources that current pharmacy students get to use” while getting a lecture from a professor they very well may have if they come to UCSOP.

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Students work with a mannequin in the simulation lab

Ultimately, the success of a program like this is the impact it has on the students. One student even went so far as to say they had “been to few camps and things about pharmacy and [in] the few short days here…learned more then any other place as well had more fun. So [they] would highly recommend this to anyone for the fact of all th [sic] info …[and] how fun it was.” A focus of UCSOP and in turn a focus of the camp was on promoting rural health. Students were exposed to the unique challenges of rural health pharmacists by interacting with some and hearing about their experiences. As a result, 75% indicated after the camp that they are interested in serving rural populations.

While this extended four day ExRx program is only offered once per summer, UCSOP has shorter ExRx open house events on campus throughout the school year. Check out this link for more information.

Each group of campers led by a P2 Fellow created a short video to capture their camp experience. Check them out below to see what each group was up to!

The Silver Star Group led by Kathryn Howerton

The Pink Circle Group led by Rachel Peaytt

Squad Red Stars led by Kyle Theiss

The Gold Star Group led by Blanche Ndifon

The Blue Star Group led by Leila Fleming

The Green Circle Group led by Amber Gross

(Cirlce groups are high school students and star groups are current undergraduate students)

Be sure to look out for information about ExRx 2017 next Spring on the UCSOP website this fall!

Need an Application Extension? Currently Waitlisted? Read below!

Some of you may be thinking to yourselves, “The admission cycle is coming to an end and I didn’t finish my application… There goes my dream of applying to the University of Charleston’s pharmacy program!”

Fear not, my friend. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy has decided to extend its application period! Planning is essential, as there are a few hurdles applicants must clear before applying. Although the deadline has been set to June 1st, the applicant must have a profile with PharmCAS by May 18th. When the student is ready to submit their application, they can contact Ms. Stacie Geise, whose contact information will be included below, to request a 48 hour extension.  Once this request is processed, PharmCAS will contact the student via email confirming they have 48 hours to submit their application to the UCSOP.

 

“But, what if I was put on the wait-list? What happens now?” Well, luckily Ms. Geise has completed a thorough guide for wait-listed students!

GeiseThe applicants who are offered a spot on the waitlist are those we would love to have in our program at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Should a seat become available in the class, candidates from this list will be offered full admission into the UCSOP program.

What are my chances of being admitted from the waitlist? The number of students admitted from the waitlist varies from cycle to cycle. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will continue to make to make offers, as seats become available, until the start of the required PHAR 501L (Seminar in Professionalism) on August 10, 2015.

If I am made an offer, what will I need to do next?

  • Prior to May 1st: You will have one week to submit either your full $1,000 deposit or your first $500 installment (the second $500 installment will be due May 1st).
  • After May 1st: You will be required to submit your full $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit by the given deadline.
  • Please note, as we get closer to August, the amount of time you have to accept your offer may decrease from one week, five day, three day, 24 hours.
  • The amount of time you have to accept your offer will be given to you at the time the offer is made (via phone and email).

Should I submit my FAFSA if I am on the waitlist?  We encourage students to submit their FAFSA while on the waitlist. This will help expedite the financial aid process if you are made an offer and the FAFSA has already been submitted.

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What steps can I be taking now to prepare for an offer of admission to the UCSOP?  There are various admission requirements that admitted students need to complete prior to starting the program.

Some steps you can take now to prepare for an offer:

  • Start your Hepatitis B shot series (you must have the 1st and 2nd shot prior to starting the program)
  • Take your BLS-CPR Class
  • Start to get an idea of places to live in the Charleston area if you are wanting to live off-campus
  • Contact our office if you are interested in viewing all requirements in more detail
  • Continue working on completing any outstanding prerequisite courses (You will need to have successfully completed all prerequisite courses by July 24, 2015.)
  • If admitted, the first day of orientation (PHAR 501L) will be Monday, August 10, 2015

If I am offered admission, how will I be contacted?

  • The Office of Professional & Student Affairs (OPSA) will call and email you regarding your offer of admission.
  • Make sure the OPSA has your updated contact information at all times.
  • Be sure to check your voicemail and email daily in the event an offer is made.

keep-calm-and-believe-in-yourself-1588What if I am not offered admission by August 10, 2015? If you are not offered admission to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy this cycle, we encourage you to apply again. We do participate in the PharmCAS Early Decision Program. You would need to complete and submit your PharmCAS by the September 1, 2015 deadline. Please visit http://www.pharmcas.org for details.

 

I am a student applying next year. Do you have any tips for avoiding the waitlist?

  • Apply early! The application typically is available beginning in July and interviews start in September for Early Decision applicants and November for traditional applicants.
  • Remember, it generally takes 4-6 weeks for an application to be verified by PharmCAS once a completed application and all transcripts are received.
  • Follow up with those writing your letters of recommendation as a missing letter could delay you in moving forward in the UCSOP admissions cycle.

Monitor the status of your PharmCAS application through the website, check emails often. Remember to check your Junk/Spam folder as sometimes important, time-sensitive emails from PharmCAS and the UCSOP can end up in this folder.

 

Ms. Stacie Geise
UC SOP Admissions Specialist
phone: 304-357-4889
email: staciegeise@ucwv.edu

Contributed by Stacie Geise, UC SOP Admissions Specialist, and Peter Relvas, UC SOP Pharmacy Student & Graduate Intern, Office of Professional and Student Affairs.

UCSOP Promotes Diabetes Awareness

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is always looking to bring health awareness to its surrounding communities. Luckily, UCSOP is privileged to have students who passionately share this interest. This past week, a total of thirteen students and two faculty members reached out to six local high schools to try and make a difference in our community. Students teamed up and presented for approximately 15 minutes on a myriad of topics including obesity, diabetes, and the pharmacy school admission process.

On October 30th, P3 student, Juhee Kim presented at Charleston Catholic High School with P1 Glenda Athus and Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean of Professional and Student Affairs. “This was the first time I really got to interact with high school students who plan on going into the healthcare field. I felt like a pharmacist, educating individuals on the dangers of diseases and it was a satisfying experience to say the least,” said Kim.

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P3 students Rend Hermiz & Al Fein role model a diabetes management discussion to students at George Washington HS in Charleston on Oct. 28 while P3 student, Jelena Radan facilitates.

Dr. Gardner, who also attended a session earlier in the week at George Washington High School, commented, “One of the things that makes our program so special is the commitment our students have to health education and community outreach.” The events are part of a month-long diabetes awareness initiative. And so, the topics of discussion at the high school sessions pharmacy school admission and UCSOP’s upcoming Diabetes Awareness Day, scheduled for November 8th. The UCSOP sponsored event consists of free cholesterol tests, blood pressure screenings, and diabetes risk tests. Pharmacy students will also share informative displays, make presentations, and offer door prizes.

Pharmacy school admission was another common topic of discussion for the high school audience, and UC campus tours will be offered during Diabetes Awareness Day on Saturday. The high school students asked questions pertaining to the different roles of pharmacists and the future of the profession. Current pharmacy students and Dr. Gardner were more than happy to answer questions and help outline the journey to becoming a pharmacy student, and ultimately, a pharmacist.

Community outreach programs, like those mentioned above, help pharmacy students develop their communication, clinical, and leadership skills, while helping local residents live healthier lives. UCSOP’s ability to offer such opportunities makes it a great choice for students looking to give back to their communities and help advocate good healthcare. Stay tuned for more updates on how UCSOP and its dedicated pharmacy students continue to make a difference in their community! And, please join us on Saturday for during our Diabetes Awareness Day!

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Contributed by, Peter Relvas, UCSOP P3 student and Graduate Intern in the Office of Professional and Student Affairs. 

The UCSOP Fellows Program

Are you interested in gaining and strengthening your leadership skills while completing pharmacy school? If so, the UCSOP Fellows Program would be a great opportunity to consider. Upon acceptance to UCSOP, students with a 3.25 undergraduate GPA and a 50 or better on the PCAT, are invited to apply and interview for this scholarship and leadership program. Ten students from the incoming class of student pharmacists are selected to participate each year.

2018 Fellows

Class of 2018 UCSOP Fellows

In order to be eligible to interview for the program, students must meet the GPA and PCAT requirements and score well during their on campus admissions interview. Only students interviewing for admission prior to December 2014 are eligible.

If these criteria are met, admitted students are invited to complete an essay on one of several topics offered, and a phone interview with a faculty or staff member and a current Fellow. Once these activities have been completed, the admission subcommittee reviews all information to make their recommendations to the Dean. The Dean then notifies students receiving acceptance into Fellows Program.

As a Fellow you will have numerous opportunities to enhance your leadership skills. These opportunities include, but are not limited to: assisting at interview days and open houses for prospective students, attending state pharmacy conferences, participating in leadership luncheons, and completing a group research project. One of the more difficult requirements to continue membership in the Fellows Program is to maintain a culumative grade point average of 3.25 or higher during your time at UCSOP. To be eligible for the funding portion of the program, these requirements must be completed. The $15,000 scholarship is divided into two disbursements (December and May) and is awarded at the end of the semester after verification of the completion of requirements and GPA.

As mentioned, one of the requirements to be a Pharmacy Fellow is to complete a research project. Below we have shared information regarding the two recent research projects that are being completed by the current Fellows.

Fellows Project 1: Pseudoephedrine Survey –One of the ongoing Fellows research projects is a survey of pharmacists and pharmacy students about pseudoephedrine sales.  As you may know, pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in methamphetamine, and there has been a great deal of debate about whether or not it should be sold over-the-counter.  It is an especially dire problem in West Virginia.  In 2013 alone, West Virginia law enforcement shut down 530 meth labs.  Another 207 have been seized by July of this year alone.  Prominent pharmacy chains such as CVS and Rite-Aid have already discontinued sales of single-ingredient pseudoephedrine in West Virginia.  There are also tamper-resistant formulations, such as Zephrex-D, that have recently become available.

The purpose of this survey is to gauge the opinions of pharmacy professionals, as well as pharmacy students, regarding over-the-counter sales of pseudoephedrine.  As drug experts, it is our duty as pharmacists to lead on issues such as this, especially when they affect so many people in our state, whether directly or indirectly.  Forming a consensus within the profession will then allow us to then go on to advise our legislators about the next step in combatting the methamphetamine epidemic.  This survey provides only a small part of gleaning such a consensus.

Fellows Project 2: Sepsis Survey–One of the missions of the University of Charleston Pharmacy Fellows is to conduct research that can impact the health and well-being of our community. West Virginia is an overwhelmingly rural state, and many West Virginians receive emergency medical care from Critical Access hospitals. These hospitals have no more than 25 beds and must provide emergency care, be able to stabilize trauma patients and ship critically injured or grievously ill patients to larger hospitals.

Interestingly, folks in rural areas often delay seeking medical care, and when they do finally make it to the hospital they can be in worse shape than their urban counterparts. This can impact survival rates of serious conditions such as stroke, heart attack, and sepsis. Sepsis mortality is on the rise in recent years as evidenced by data presented in the following article:

Gaieski DF, Edwards JM, Kallan MJ, Carr BG. Benchmarking the incidence and mortality of severe sepsis in the United States*. Critical care medicine. 2013;41(5):1167–74. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23442987.

From the Sepsis Mortality article 2013 – “In fact, by our most conservative estimate, using the methods of Dombrovskiy et al (13), there were 229,044 deaths from severe sepsis in 2009, which would place severe sepsis as the third most common cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and malignant neoplasms.”

These data, along with the increased incidence of sepsis in rural populations shows that critical access hospitals can impact sepsis treatment in a positive and meaningful way.

Starting in the spring of 2014, supported by the West Virginia Rural Health Association, the UC Fellows embarked on a project designed to assess the effectiveness of sepsis treatment at all of West Virginia’s Critical Access Hospitals. This research is designed to identify hospitals that have sepsis order sets and treatment protocols in place, as well as assess the effectiveness of these institutions and their ability to diagnose and initiate treatment of sepsis within one hour of patient presentation.

Each of the Fellows involved in this research project received research training and received certification from the National Institute of Health (NIH). This research is currently in process, with additional data being collected during the fall of 2014. We expect to have preliminary results by December. This research will help critical access hospitals identify areas of improvement, implement proven sepsis treatment strategies, and reduce overall sepsis mortality in the state.

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Sarah Bostic, Aaron Dailey & Josh Dunn (Class of 2106 UCSOP Fellows)

What our students say about the Fellows Program:

My name is Sarah Bostic and as a P3 Fellow I have had many opportunities to assist in activities at UCSOP. Going back in time to when I was offered admission, I almost didn’t accept the invitation to join the Fellows Program. When I received my admission letter from UCSOP, stuffed inside was the opportunity to apply for the Fellows Program. I was so excited about being accepted at UC that I forgot to complete my essay until about a week before the due date! If I hadn’t remembered, I would probably still be kicking myself for being so stupid and not applying to the program!! The Fellows Program has allowed me to be involved in ways that I never would have been on my own. For example, assisting with the interview days has allowed me the opportunity to give advice to prospective students along with hopefully relaxing the students before their interviews. It has been enlightening to have a P1 student come up to me and say “Hey, I remember you from my interview day; you gave me a tour of the building!” This opportunity has been a blessing for me over the last several years. While it has been difficult at times to manage the requirements, it has made me a better person and student. I would highly encourage you to apply if you have the opportunity.

Hi. I’m Josh Dunn. The Fellows Program has helped me to become the best pharmacy student I can possibly be. The high academic standards combined with the research/community service requirement has helped me to focus on not only learning the material presented throughout the pharmacy curriculum, but applying that knowledge in a practical way. I’ve had opportunities to network, gain valuable clinical care experience and present at state meetings. In short, it’s been awesome!

This blog post was contributed by P3 Fellows and Student Pharmacists, Sarah Bostic, Aaron Dailey, and Josh Dunn.

Taking the Pharm on the Road!

We are taking the Pharm on the road! 

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy admissions team is coming to a town near you! Our fall “Road Show” kicks off on September 10, 2104! Stop by a visit with us to learn more about our curriculum, team (faculty/staff), and students! Learn more about:

  • our focus on rural health, advocacy, and interprofessional collaboration
  • the many outreach activities members of our professional organizations engage in regularly
  • our two to one technology program (featuring MacBook Airs and iPad minis for all UCSOP students)
  • our commitment to excellence in pharmacy education and patient care

Members of our Office of Professional and Student Affairs including: Ms. Jamie BIMG_7680ero, Director of Student Affairs; Ms. Stacie Geise, Admissions Specialist; and Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs will be traveling across the country in the coming months visiting colleges and attending career and professional fairs. Look for our logo, stop by our booth, and ask questions!

Our stops include:

  • September 10–West Virginia University Graduate Fair in Morgantown, WV
  • September 22–Radford University in Radford, VA
  • September 23–James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA
  • September 24–University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
  • September 25–Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA
  • October 7–Morehead State University in Morehead, KY
  • October 8–Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI
  • October 11 & 12–University of California Davis Pre-Professional Health Fair
  • October 13–Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA
  • October 14–University of West Georgia in Carollton, GA
  • October 15–University of Georgia in Athens, GA
  • October 21–Ohio State University in Columbus, OH
  • October 21–University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • October 22–East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN
  • October 22–Penn State University in University Park, PA
  • October 23–East Carolina University in Greenville, NC

Can’t make it to one of these events? Contact us at 304-357-4889 today!

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PharmCas is Open–Apply to UC Early Decision Today!

Thinking about applying Early Decision?

UCSOP is the place to be! Apply early decision and get a jump start on your pharmacy career! Have questions about the early decision process? Below you will find answers to some common questions about the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) Early Decision Program.

Q: Why should I apply Early Decision instead of Regular Decision?

  • You are competing with a much smaller pool of applicants.
  • Avoid the Waitlist – the later you apply, the greater chance you have of facing the dreaded waitlist.
  • Regular interview dates are limited and fill up fast; get a jump start and be among the first to interview.
  • By applying through the Early Decision Program, you can sit back and relax during your last year of undergraduate work while your fellow classmates are stressing over the application process!

Q: Should I apply to other schools at the same time?

The Early Decision Program is a binding option and an applicant must enroll in UCSOP if admitted. An Early Decision applicant may only apply to one pharmacy school during this time. If an applicant is not offered admission through the Early Decision program before the October deadline, they may begin applying to other schools at that time.

Q: What is the Early Decision application deadline?

The Early Decision Application deadline is September 2, 2014.

Q: What do I need to submit by the deadline?

You must submit a completed PharmCAS application that includes:

  • All official transcripts from every college/university you’ve attend
  • Official PCAT Scores – must take during or before July 2014
  • Two Letters of Reference (1 must be from a faculty member)

You must also submit a University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application at: http://epayments.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy/PharmacyApplication.asp

"I applied early decision and found the process to be easy. It was a relief to know where I was going to pharmacy school early. I was able to focus more fully on my studies." -Emily Jarrett, Class of 2017

“I applied early decision and found the process to be easy. It was a relief to know where I was going to pharmacy school early. I was able to focus more fully on my studies.” -Emily Jarrett, Class of 2017

If all requirements are not received by the September 3rd deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your status from an Early Decision Applicant to Regular Status. Your application will not be reviewed by the UCSOP until all requirements have been received.

Q: When would I interview?

Interviews for Early Decision candidates will be held on September 19, 2014.

Q: How long does it take to find out if I am accepted for Early Decision admission?

All Early Decision Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by the PharmCAS deadline (October 2014).

Q: What happens next if I am accepted?

If you are accepted through the Early Decision Program, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 Early Decision Tuition Deposit. This amount can be split into two $500 payments. The first payment will be due within one week of your notification of acceptance. The second $500 payment will be due by May 1, 2015.

Q: Can I change my mind after I am accepted for Early Decision?

A student who is accepted through the Early Decision Process is not eligible to apply to any other PharmCAS pharmacy school during that admissions cycle.

Q: What are the PCAT dates to qualify for the Early Decision process?

July 17-18, 2014 or earlier
Register at www.pcatweb.info

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about my application or the Early Decision process?

Office of Professional & Student Affairs
304-357-4889
pharmacy@ucwv.edu

or –

Stacie Geise
Admissions Specialist
304-357-4889
staciegeise@ucwv.edu

First Fridays in Pharmacy (F2Rx)

Beginning Fall Semester 2014, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will be offering complimentary transcript evaluations and opening houses on the first Friday of each month.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, February 6, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015

*Please note that there are no First Fridays in December 2014 or January 2015.

Students interested in attending the UC SOP are invited to meet with our Director of Student Affairs, Ms. Jamie Bero for complimentary transcript review anytime between 10am and 12noon on First Fridays. Students should bring transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) to the School of Pharmacy and they will be reviewed to determine any outstanding prerequisites. A recommendation will be made on how best to complete outstanding prerequisites in the most time efficient manner to be able to apply to pharmacy school.

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Also on First Fridays, UC SOP will host an Open House for prospective students staring at 12noon. The even includes lunch followed by a power point presentation highlighting the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy accomplishments; what sets us apart from other schools of pharmacy in the nation; and an overview of the admissions process. A tour of the school and of East Apartments will also be included.

To register for one of our First Friday Open House events visit: www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy.

For additional information, please contact:

Office of Professional & Student Affairs
304-357-4889
pharmacy@ucwv.edu

or –

Ms. Jamie Bero
Director of Student Affairs
304-720-6685
jamiebero@ucwv.edu

Want a more intensive Open House experience? Consider our ExRx (Experience Pharmacy) Open House experience. To learn more visit: http://www.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy/ExRx/.

UC SOP Offers Students the Opportunity to Experience Pharmacy

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Are you asking yourself: “Which professional school is right for me?” Do you want to learn more about what pharmacists actually do? If you are considering pharmacy school and are a high school senior or current undergraduate and want to learn more about the pharmacy profession, we have the perfect event for you!

High School Seniors and Undergraduates can now experience pharmacy at our University of Charleston ExRx events (#UCExRx) from 9am-12noon on  Saturdays: June 14, September 20 and October 18, 2014.*

Students will have the opportunity to actually experience pharmacy by working with current student pharmacists, faculty and staff to:IMG_6606

  • Make ointment in the compounding lab
  • View a demonstration in our simulation lab
  • Learn more about making IVs
  • Explore different careers in pharmacy

 

Morning activities will be followed by a luncheon Q & A with current student pharmacists. Space is limited for these specialized events. To register visit: http://www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy/ExRx/.

Need more information? Contact Stacie Geise at 304-357-4889.

*Free tickets to UC football games on September 20 and October 18 will be offered to interested attendees.

Waitlisted? Now What?

Geise (1)Tips for students who find themselves on the waitlist Contributed by Stacie Geise, Admissions Specialist, UC SOP

 

The applicants who are offered a spot on the waitlist are those we would love to have in our program at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Should a seat become available in the class, candidates from this list will be offered full admission into the UCSOP program.

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What are my chances of being admitted from the waitlist? The number of students admitted from the waitlist varies from cycle to cycle. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will continue to make to make offers, as seats become available, until the start of the required PHAR 501L (Seminar in Professionalism) on August 11, 2014.

 

If I am made an offer, what will I need to do next?

  • Prior to May 1st: You will have one week to submit either your full $1,000 deposit or your first $500 installment (the second $500 installment will be due May 1st).
  • After May 1st: You will be required to submit your full $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit by the given deadline.
  • Please note, as we get closer to August, the amount of time you have to accept your offer may decrease from one week, five day, three day, 24 hours.
  • The amount of time you have to accept your offer will be given to you at the time the offer is made (via phone and email).

Should I submit my FAFSA if I am on the waitlist?  We encourage students to submit their FAFSA while on the waitlist. This will help expedite the financial aid process if you are made an offer and the FAFSA has already been submitted.

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What steps can I be taking now to prepare for an offer of admission to the UCSOP?  There are various admission requirements that admitted students need to complete prior to starting the program.

Some steps you can take now to prepare for an offer:

  • Start your Hepatitis B shot series (you must have the 1st and 2nd shot prior to starting the program)
  • Take your BLS-CPR Class
  • Start to get an idea of places to live in the Charleston area if you are wanting to live off-campus
  • Contact our office if you are interested in viewing all requirements in more detail
  • Continue working on completing any outstanding prerequisite courses (You will need to have successfully completed all prerequisite courses by July 25, 2014.)
  • If admitted, the first day of orientation (PHAR 501L) will be Monday, August 11, 2014

If I am offered admission, how will I be contacted?

  • The Office of Professional & Student Affairs (OPSA) will call and email you regarding your offer of admission.
  • Make sure the OPSA has your updated contact information at all times.
  • Be sure to check your voicemail and email daily in the event an offer is made.

What if I am not offered admission by August 11, 2014? If you are not offered admission to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy this cycle, we encourage you to apply again. We do participate in the PharmCAS Early Decision Program. You would need to complete and submit your PharmCAS by the September 2, 2014 deadline. Please visit http://www.pharmcas.org for details.

I am a student applying next year. Do you have any tips for avoiding the waitlist?

  • Apply early! The application typically is available beginning in July and interviews start in September for Early Decision applicants and November for traditional applicants.
  • Remember, it generally takes 4-6 weeks for an application to be verified by PharmCAS once a completed application and all transcripts are received.
  • Follow up with those writing your letters of recommendation as a missing letter could delay you in moving forward in the UCSOP admissions cycle.
  • Monitor the status of your PharmCAS application through the website, check emails often. Remember to check your Junk/Spam folder as sometimes important, time-sensitive emails from PharmCAS and the UCSOP can end up in this folder.

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