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Jayhawk Pharmacy Early Assurance Pathway

An assured pathway for admission to the KU Pharm.D. program.

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It happens at some schools. You spend a couple of years working hard in prerequisite courses preparing for your dream degree program, looking forward to your dream career. And then you don’t get accepted into the degree program. It can be demoralizing and turn your career plans upside down. That’s why we created the Jayhawk Pharmacy Early Assurance Pathway.

For qualifying high school students, the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy now offers some peace of mind for students (and parents) pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The Early Assurance Pathway provides a clear pathway to assured admission to the KU Pharm.D. program.

What’s the catch? There are some academic qualifications to enter the pathway, and students must maintain academic standards in their prepharmacy courses at KU. The program only applies to students attending prepharmacy courses at the Lawrence campus. For high school students who have done well academically, desire a career in pharmacy and are able to continue academic success at KU, the Early Assurance Pathway is your guarantee for a spot in KU’s world-class Pharm.D. program. Meet the qualifications, stay on track academically, and you’re in.

Jayhawk Pharmacy Early Assurance Pathway

  • Peace of mind for qualifying high school students seeking admission into KU's Pharm.D. program.


  • Assured admission into the KU Pharm.D. program.
  • Students accepted into Jayhawk Pharmacy Early Assurance Pathway will be assigned a pre-health professions academic advisor from Jayhawk Advising during their prepharmacy studies.
  • Students in the Early Assurance Pathway will also have access to guidance from School of Pharmacy staff and faculty.
  • Invitation to select School of Pharmacy events and limited participation in KU Pharmacy student organizations.
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Eligibility standards for acceptance

  • Upon graduation from high school, students must have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must gain admission to KU as pre-pharmacy college freshmen.
  • Apply to KU between July 1 and December 1.
  • Complete the PharmCAS application and interview with the KU School of Pharmacy during the sophomore or junior year of college.
  • A maximum of 65 students each year may be accepted into the Early Assurance Pathway.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of their admission status on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.
  • The PCAT is not required.

Requirements during Prepharmacy Program

  • Students must meet with a prepharmacy advisor at least once per semester.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least 10 hours of pharmacy observation/work.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in 1.) all prepharmacy coursework, and 2.) all prepharmacy chemistry, biology and math courses.
  • Students must complete all prepharmacy courses as published in the KU Academic Catalog and achieve a grade of C or above in each course.
  • Students must attend the University of Kansas Lawrence Campus and complete all prepharmacy coursework within three academic years of entering KU.
  • Students must complete the PharmCAS application by May 31 during the school year prior to entering the KU Pharm.D. program (preferably between July 1 and Dec. 31).
  • Students must maintain membership in the KU Prepharmacy Club.
  • Students must complete the KU Pharmacy 101 course (PHAR 101)—before completion of the PharmCAS application.
  • Students with questions or concerns should make an appointment with Professor Heidrick or Chris Claussen in the KU School of Pharmacy.