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Frequently Asked Questions

What pre-requisite courses do I need for admission?

How do I know if a course taken at another university/college is equivalent to the pre-requisite courses at MUN?

Is there a minimum grade requirement for the pre-admission courses?

Which courses can I do before getting into the Pharmacy Program that can be used later for credit if I do get admitted to the program?

Can I take pre-admission courses in the spring/summer semester and be considered for admission in September that same year? 

How is my application affected if I’ve repeated a course?

Do I have to take a full course load (i.e. five courses per semester) during the pre-Pharmacy year(s) to be considered for admission?

How many years does it take to complete the Pharmacy Program?

How many people apply to the program and how many are accepted?

Is it true the Pharmacy Program will be expanded to accommodate 60 students per year? 

How and when do I apply for admission to the Pharmacy program?  

What happens after I submit my application for admission? 

What determines whether or not I get an interview?

How is the Academic Score calculated?

How can I prepare for the interview?

How important is the interview in getting admitted to the program?

What is an Admission Score and how is it calculated? 

When will I hear if I have been admitted to the School of Pharmacy? 

Is there a wait list and if so how many are actually moved off the list and offered admission?

If I’m not admitted to the program after an interview will I be able to find out my Admission Score and/or how I performed on the interview?

What should I do if I don’t get an offer of admission, but I’m interested in re-applying?

Do I hurt my chances of being admitted to the program if I apply several times?

What happens after I am offered admission and I accept the offer?

Is the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) used for admission purposes?

Are applicants who have completed more than the one year of university study given preference?

Can I apply directly to an upper year if I have already completed several years of university or have completed one or more degrees?

Are applicants who complete the pre-admission requirements at Memorial University given preference over those who attend another post-secondary institution?

What will you accept as an “unofficial transcript”?

Can I apply directly to an upper year if I am transferring from another Faculty of Pharmacy?

My academic performance in first year of university was poor but it improved in upper years.  Will the upper year with advanced level courses be weighted differently?

What is the definition of a Newfoundland and Labrador Resident? The following criteria will be used to determine resident status. Individuals will be deemed residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

 What pre-requisite courses do I need for admission? 
You must have completed the following courses at MUN, St. John’s campus (or received transfer credit for equivalent courses completed at another institution):

  • Biology 1001 and 1002 
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051, or equivalent
  • English 6.0 credits at the 1000 level
  • Mathematics 1000 and 1001
  • Physics 1020 or 1050 and Physics 1021 or 1051

 The following courses completed at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus, MUN are also acceptable for admission:

  • Biology 1001 and 1002
  • Chemistry 1200 and 1001, or equivalent
  • English 6.0 credits at the 1000 level
  • Mathematics 1000 and 1001
  • Physics 1020 or 1050 and Physics 1021 or 1051

How do I know if a course taken at another university/college is equivalent to the pre-requisite courses at MUN?
If you want to know if the courses taken are equivalent, contact the University Registrar at mdonovan@mun.ca. Make sure to provide the full course description and course outline for the course you think is equivalent to the MUN course.

Upons submission of an application for admission, the University Registrar will automatically assess courses on your transcript for pre-admission purposes.

Is there a minimum grade requirement for the pre-admission courses?
A passing grade (i.e. 50%) is required for all pre-admission courses but it is very important to have a strong background in all these courses to be successful.

Which courses can I do before getting into the Pharmacy Program that can be used later for credit if I do get admitted to the program?
Courses that can be completed before being admitted to the program that would be eligible for credit once in the program include: Biochemistry 2101 (=  Pharmacy 2004, Biochemistry 3106 (= Pharmacy 3111), Psychology 1000 and 1001, Chemistry 2440 and two 3.0 credit hour elective courses. If these courses are completed prior to getting into the program, students will carry a lighter course load once admitted. It is not possible for students to reduce the total number of years of study. Students who have credit for courses which are in the Pharmacy program should also be aware that they may want to take additional elective courses (which do not count towards the degree) if they want to qualify for student loans, bursaries or scholarships.

Can I take pre-admission courses in the spring/summer semester and be considered for admission in September that same year?
Unfortunately no. Spring and summer session final grades are issued too late to be considered for September admission of the same year.  Applicants should complete the required pre-admissions courses by the end of the winter session (April) prior to September admission.

How is my application affected if I’ve repeated a course?
For repeated courses, the highest grade achieved will be used in calculating the academic score. However, students should be aware that the Admissions Committee will give consideration to the student’s ability to handle an academically challenging program. This may include consideration of such factors as the course load taken throughout university, and the number and frequency of repeat course attempts.

 Do I have to take a full course load during the pre-Pharmacy year(s) to be considered for admission?

The Pharmacy program is academically challenging requiring students to take 6 sometimes 7 courses per semester so you must demonstrate your ability to handle that. Students should normally take a full course load consisting of five 3-credit hour courses for at least two semesters. Given the high level of competition for available seats each year, the Admissions Committee will consider all information in a candidate's application file to assess their ability to be successful in the academically challenging Pharmacy program. Examples of information which may be considered include: (but are not limited to) number of pre-admission courses repeated, number of times each course was repeated, marks in individual pre-admission courses, etc.

 How many years does it take to complete the Pharmacy Program?
The program takes a minimum five years to complete – one year of pre-requisite courses before being admitted and four years enrolment in the pharmacy program.

 How many people apply to the program and how many are accepted?
We receive approximately 275 applications each year and 40 applicants are offered admission.

 Is it true the Pharmacy Program will be expanded to accommodate 60 students per year?
Yes, the provincial government has announced its support to expand the program. However, the School has reached its space capacity so it will only expand once space comes available. As of now, there is only room for 40 new students each year; however, plans are ongoing to acquire additional space to support expansion. 

 How and when do I apply for admission to the Pharmacy program? 
Once you have completed the pre-requisite courses required for admission you can apply. You do not have to take all the courses in one academic year, nor do you have to take all the courses in the year immediately prior to the year in which you would like to be admitted. However, courses must be completed by the end of a winter semester preceding September admission. We will not wait for final grades from courses taken in the spring session or summer semester for admission in September of that same year.

Applications must be received no later than March 1 for admission in September of that same year. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications are available at http://www.mun.ca/pharmacy/admissions/Application_for_Admission_Sept_2013.pdf 

If you have never attended Memorial University or if you have been away from MUN for two or more consecutive semesters, you must also complete a General MUN Undergraduate Application for Admission/Re-admission. This is available on the university’s web site at http://www.mun.ca/regoff/admission/UGAdmApp.pdf.  The deadline to submit this application is also March 1 in any given year.

 Applications will only be considered once all required documentation and fees have been submitted.

What happens after I submit my application for admission?
For current MUN students, all correspondence will be through your MUN email account.  For those not from MUN, correspondence will be through the email account cited on your application.

You will receive an acknowledgement from the School that your application has been received. In mid to late May, you will be advised whether or not you have been invited for an interview based on your Academic Score. Applicants not offered an interview will be notified usually by the end of May or early June.  Offers of admission are generally made by mid June. Applicants not offered admission are usually notified by mid-July. 

What determines whether or not I get an interview?
The Academic Score is used to determine whether or not you advance to the interview stage. However, both academic and non-academic factors are considered in making the final decision regarding admission, therefore it is important for applicants to perform as well as possible on both.

Typically, for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, the minimum Academic Score needed to advance to the interview stage is approximately 75%. For applicants outside the province, the minimum has been higher, generally around 82%. These averages vary slightly each admission cycle since the applicant pool varies from year to year. Due to the academically challenging nature of the Pharmacy program, students with an Academic Score of less than 70% will not be granted an interview or admitted to the program.

 How is the Academic Score calculated?
The academic score is the average of:
Your Pre-requisite average and Cumulative average.

For those with more than one year of post-secondary schooling (university or college), the cumulative average used will be what it is as of the end of the fall semester in the year prior to applying.  For those with only one year of post-secondary schooling - the cumulative average will be what it is as of the end of the winter semester in the year in which application is made. Click here for help with determining your academic score.

How can I prepare for the interview?
An excellent start would be to investigate the profession of Pharmacy. Although it is not a specific admission requirement, if you have direct related work or volunteer experience you may be better prepared for your interview. If you cannot gain direct experience, you could explore other options (such as speaking with pharmacists in different practices, reading about the profession, etc.). Although there is no “magic” formula, you want to present yourself as a mature, responsible individual who is not only motivated toward a career in Pharmacy, but who displays attributes important to being a successful professional.

The type of interview we use is called a Behavioural Interview. Questions generally involve asking you to reflect on an experience and explain what you did in a particular situation. To prepare for this type of interview, it is helpful to think about situations you have encountered in the past so you have some experiences to draw upon to respond to the interviewer’s questions. With behavioural type questions, there is no right or wrong answer to a question. Rather it gives you a chance to talk about yourself and some of the things you have done. The interview consists of both oral and written components.

MUN's Centre For Career Development on the 4th floor in the University Centre will assist students with this type of interview. Go to http://www.mun.ca/cdel/career/

How important is the interview in getting admitted to the program?
Each oral and written answer in the interview is weighted and scored. An applicant’s final interview score represents 35% of their Admission Score. The remaining 65% is based on academics.

What is an Admission Score and how is it calculated?
The Admission Score is used to rank qualified applicants and determine whether or not an offer of admission is made. The Admission score is calculated as follows:
The Academic Score = 65% of the Admission Score
The Interview Score = 35% of the Admission Score 

The Admission Score for all applicants is calculated based on the above breakdown and then ranked from highest to lowest. The top 40 are offered admission to the program with a minimum of 75% of the seats going to applicants that are residents from the province of NL and Labrador.

When will I hear if I have been admitted to the School of Pharmacy?
The Admission Scores of applicants who are interviewed are calculated as soon as all data are received and processed. Once applicants are ranked, the Admissions committee meets to make recommendations on who should be offered a seat. Usually, applicants are notified in early to mid-June. Individuals have fourteen days from the date of the offer to respond to the offer of admission.

A handful of students will be placed on a wait list and will be informed of their status by late June. If an applicant declines the offer of admission, the next person on the wait list is contacted. Generally, the admission process is complete by mid-August. Once quotas are filled, all remaining applicants on the wait lists are notified.

Is there a wait list and if so how many are actually moved off the list and offered admission?
Approximately ten students are placed on the wait list -- five for the NL and Labrador list and five for the out of province list. The number of individuals on the wait lists who are actually offered admission varies each year, but is usually less than three.

If I’m not admitted to the program after an interview will I be able to find out my Admission Score and/or how I performed on the interview?
Results of the interview and Admission Scores are not released. However, if you would like some general feedback on your interview performance contact pharminfo@mun.ca

What should I do if I don’t get an offer of admission, but I’m interested in re-applying?
Since the number of applicants far exceeds the number of available spaces, the School recommends that prospective applicants take a program of study which will not only meet the requirements for entry to Pharmacy, but will make them eligible for entry to an alternative program. It is not necessarily helpful to take courses that are included in the Pharmacy program, unless these courses also can be applied to another program of study. If you wish to continue your studies at the university and strive to improve your academic average, you would be well advised to take courses in which you can do well. You should also think about developing or improving your overall skills and to investigate the Pharmacy profession. No preference is given to applicants who have completed several years of study nor to those who may have already completed a degree(s). Each year you are competing and are ranked relative to the performance of the others

Do I hurt my chances of being admitted to the program if I apply several times?
No, you can apply as many times as you wish. If you are not accepted one year, it does not mean that you won’t be accepted in another year. Each year you are competing with new applicants and are ranked relative to the performance of the others.

What happens after I am offered admission and I accept the offer?
When we send you an offer of admission, we will also send an acknowledgment form, which must be signed and returned with a deposit of $100 (cheque or money order). This deposit is non-refundable but will be credited towards tuition fees. The acknowledgement form and deposit must be returned within 14 days otherwise, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.

Once you have accepted admission to Pharmacy you will receive information about registration, your timetable, orientation, etc., You must register for all courses in the first year of Pharmacy as per the registration instructions from the Office of the Registrar. If you have already registered in some courses by the time you are offered admission to Pharmacy, you must withdraw from that registration and re-register as a Pharmacy student.

Is the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) used for admission purposes?
No, we do not consider PCAT scores in our admission decisions.

Are applicants who have completed more than the one year of university study given preference?
No, preference is not given to aplicants who have completed more than the one year of university study. Many of our applicants have completed several years of university or have already completed one or more degree(s) but they are not given any special preference.

Can I apply directly to an upper year if I have already completed several years of university or have completed one or more degrees?
No, all applicants will be considered for the first year of the program. Applicants offered admission will be assessed for transfer credits upon admission. However, even with the maximum allowable number of course exemptions the total length of the program remains the same. Students who receive transfer credit for courses in the program will have a reduced course load in the years in which exemptions are granted. Since the program includes a number of courses (for which equivalent courses are not offered elsewhere) and the previous year of the program always serves as a pre-requisite year, it is not possible for successful applicants to be eligible for direct entry to an upper year of study. 

Are applicants who complete the pre-admission requirements at Memorial University given preference over those who attend another post-secondary institution?
No, as long as you have completed courses that are equivalent to those at Memorial University you will be eligible for admission. Please note -- that a minimum of 75% of the seats are reserved for bona fide residents of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

What will you accept as an “unofficial transcript”?
We recognize that many universities do not formally release winter semester grades until after May 1st; however we require all winter semester grades to be received by the School of Pharmacy by May 1st in order to complete processing of your application and make decisions regarding those selected for interviews. Therefore, we will accept an email or fax from either the student or the course coordinators/instructors indicating your final course marks for winter semester courses. These emails should be sent to hbugler@mun.ca or faxed to (709) 777-7044.

Please note that students are still required to submit an official copy of their winter semester marks to the School of Pharmacy no later than June 1st. All unofficial marks will be checked against official transcripts before offers of admission are made.

Students who complete their winter semester studies at MUN do not need to submit their winter semester marks as these will automatically be added to your file as they become available.

Can I apply directly to an upper year if I am transferring from another Faculty of Pharmacy?
No, all applicants will be considered for entry to the first year of the program and will be assessed for transfer credit upon admission. It is not possible for students from other schools of Pharmacy to be admitted directly to an upper year of study largely due to differences in program structure and requirements.

My academic performance in first year of university was poor but it improved in upper years.  Will the upper year with advanced level courses be weighted differently?
No, all will be given the same weighting.  Applicants who perform poorly in one or more years of their university studies must put forth an extra effort in subsequent years to raise their cumulative average.  This may take two or three years to accomplish depending on your current average.  For example, if you obtained an average of 60% in first year, you must obtain 80% in second year to achieve a cumulative average of 70%.  However, this is generally unrealistic.  It is more realistic to expect to complete at least two or more years to raise the cumulative average, if your first year average was low.

What is the definition of a Newfoundland and Labrador Resident? The following criteria will be used to determine resident status. Individuals will be deemed residents of Newfoundland and Labrador if they:

• Are currently residing or have a permanent address in the province and attended school for five years during primary to high school inclusive, or

• Are currently working full-time in the province for one year, or

• Have been attending a post-secondary educational institution in the province for three years continuously, as of September 1 of the year in which admission is being sought, of

•Are currently residing and have a permanent address in the province for one year because of family relocation, or

•Are currently residing and have a permanent address in the province for one year because of obtaining Landed Immigrant status.

**Applicants who are living or have lived in Newfoundland or Labrador and do not meet these criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis.All applicants are expected to claim the same place of residency on all applications to Faculties/Schools of Pharmacy.

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