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Reviewing your application

Once your application is received, we will calculate your academic score, which determines whether or not you advance to the interview stage. The academic score is calculated by taking the average of: 1) your pre-requisite average and 2) your cumulative average.


Calculating your Academic Score

You can get the following worksheet at this link. 

Step 1: Calculating your Pre-requisite Average 

 Enter your final mark for each of the following pre-requisite courses and then divide by  the total number of courses to calculate your pre-requisite average.

Biology

1001 _____ and 1002 _____

Chemistry 1050 _____ and 1051 _______
OR 1010 ___1011____1031 ___
Physics 1020 _______ or 1050  _______
AND
1021 _______ or 1051  _______
Mathematics 1000* _____ and 1001 _______
English

1xxx _______ & 1xxx _______
(any 6.0 credit hours at the 1st year level)

Sum total of all grades ____________
Divided sum by number of courses
(10 or 11 depending on your Chemistry stream)
______=Pre-Requisite Average

*For Newfoundland & Labrador applicants who recieve a transfer credit for Math 1000 for having passed the Calculus Placment Test (CPT), the alpha grade achieved on the CPT will be converted to a numerical grade and will be used in calculating the Academic Score. 

Step 2: Calculating your Cumulative Average

If you are currently in your first year of post-secondary studies:

  • Your Cumulative Average is based on the average of ALL post-secondary courses (including pre-requisite courses) completed by of the end of the winter semester of the same year you are applying for admission. For example: for admission in Sept. 2015, it will be your cumulative average as of the end of the 2015 winter semester.

If you have completed more than one year of post-secondary studies:

  • Your cumulative average is based on the average of ALL post-secondary courses (including pre-requisite courses) completed by the end of the fall semester in the year before you apply. For example:  for admission in Sept. 2015, it will be your cumulative average as of the end of the 2014 fall semester.

Step Three: Calculating your Academic Score

Add your pre-requisite average and cumulative average and divide by 2 to determine your Academic Score.

Pre-requisite Average + Cumulative Average = Total Total / 2 = Academic Score
________________   _______________ ______   ____________

Ranking the applicant pool

Academic Scores are determined for each applicant and then ranked from highest to lowest for two seperate pools of applicants:

  1. One pool are bona fide residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (see definition below).
  2. The second pool are applicants who are NOT bona fide residents of Newfoundland & Labrador.
  3. Once academic scores are ranked in each pool, 96 applicants are invited for an on-site interview with approximately 2/3 coming from the Newfoundland and Labrador pool.
  4. After the interview, the Academic Score and the Interview Score are used to determine your Admission Score. Click here for more information about the Admission Score and offers of admission.
  5. The Admission Scores are ranked from highest to lowest for each pool of applicants and at least 75% of the seats are offered to bona fide residents of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Definition of a bona fide resident of Newfoundland and Larbador

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, or
  • 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 applications to all Faculties/Schools of Pharmacy.


Benchmarks

Because the pharmacy program is academically challenging, applicants with an academic score of less than 70% are ineligible to advance to the interview stage.

For Newfoundland & Labrador applicants, the minimum Academic Score needed to advance to the interview stage ranges between 75% and 76%.  

For applicants who are not bona fide resident of Newfoundland & Labrador, the minimum Academic Score needed to advance to the interview stage ranges between 82% and 83%.

The actual minimum Academic Score varies each year depending on the strength of the applicant pool.


If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us by email at pharminfo@mun.ca or call (709) 777- 8300.


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