"Starting in my first year, I had the opportunity to shadow different practice sites including a medication assistance pharmacy, an oncology inpatient floor, and a specialized medical/psychiatric unit.  This helped me choose my career path," S. Hutchens, Class of 2020

Assured Admission

The College offers an Assured Admission Program for high school students who are committed to pursuing a career in pharmacy. The  program provides assured admission to the PharmD program to academically qualified high school applicants who know they wish to attend the University of Iowa.

Students who are admitted to the program are guaranteed a seat in the program, pending successful completion of all prerequisite and PharmD application requirements! Typically, during the sophomore year, students in the Assured Admission Program will complete an early decision application via PharmCAS and complete a face-to-face interview at the college. Once all requirements have been met successfully, students will enter the College of Pharmacy, usually after two years of undergraduate study in Pre-Pharmacy (see below).

Assured Admission students enjoy much more than simply a future spot in the professional pharmacy program. They receive the benefits of the Assured Admission experience, featuring mentoring, professional advancement opportunities, networking with pharmacists and scientists, and academic advising in the College of Pharmacy.

The deadline to apply for consideration for the Assured Admission program is February 1, with the initial class of students being selected on or around March 15.

If not accepted under the Assured Admission program, qualified applicants will remain in the Pharmacy Interest program within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and will be eligible to apply for competitive admission.

Assured Admissions Handbook


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