Hello colleagues,As we continue to adapt to the rapidly changing impact of COVID-19 on our families, schools and communities, the health and safety of our members and staff remain our top priority. AACP has several operational and programmatic updates to help you navigate this challenging time at your institutions. Related updates for applicants will be posted on the PharmCAS COVID-19 webpage.IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PHARMACY ADMISSIONS – Due 4/6Please arrange for one person at your institution to complete a brief form by Monday, April 6.https://fs16.formsite.com/AACP/COVID19PharmCAS/index.htmlAACP will use this form to capture how pharmacy admission policies have been affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic, including pass/fail policies for course prerequisites. Unless otherwise noted, school-specific responses will be shared with members, as well as with applicants and pre-health advisors. If your institution has multiple campuses or pathways, submit a single response for your institution, as currently recognized by ACPE.NEW 2019-2020 DEADLINE DATEJuly 1, 2020 has been added as a new deadline date option for the 2019-2020 PharmCAS cycle to better accommodate applicants and schools during the crisis. Previously, the final PharmCAS deadline was June 1, 2020. Here is a breakdown of the modified cycle dates:
This new deadline option will be available soon in the PharmCAS School Directory. If you wish to extend your 2019-2020 deadline, please email CAS@aacp.org.UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTSPharmCAS will soon begin to accept unofficial (student-issued) transcripts from applicants in the current 2019-2020 cycle who are unable to obtain official transcripts due to campus closures and delays in the registrar's office. More information about the upload process for unofficial transcripts will be shared with schools and applicants as soon as it is available. Once the process is live, Liaison will verify unofficial transcripts and calculate GPAs, as if transcripts were official. Schools will also be able to view an applicant's unofficial (and official) transcripts in WebAdMIT as PDFs. Applicants who upload unofficial transcripts will be advised that official transcripts may be required by the college/school at a later date.PCATAs of March 17, Pearson is suspending test delivery at all U.S. and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers until April 16. As a result, the PCAT testing dates on April 2 and 3, 2020 have been cancelled. PharmCAS will be able to match July 2020 PCAT scores to applicant files in both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 cycles, based on the applicant's account. Please direct all PharmCAS applicants to send official PCAT scores to School Code 104. If the school plans to modify its PCAT requirement for remaining applicants in the current 2019-2020 cycle, please see the ACPE section below for guidance. Schools will have an opportunity to share their 2020-2021 PCAT policies when the new PharmCAS School Directory form opens in May.NEW 2020-2021 APPLICATION QUESTIONS ON COVID-19The following COVID-19 question block will be added to the 2020-2021 PharmCAS application. The goal is to allow schools to assess the COVID-19 impact to see the applicants' distance traveled, understand their academic barriers, and possibly help evaluate their writing skills. The questions are optional.
ACPE GUIDANCE FOR ADMISSIONSJan Engle, Executive Director of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), has shared the following admissions guidance for schools. For additional clarity, please contact ACPE directly.If changes are made to admissions policies, they should be vetted through the normal process at the college or school (e.g., approval by admissions committee with subsequent faculty approval or however the school would normally handle). The ACPE standards state that, "Admission criteria, policies, and procedures are not compromised regardless of the size or quality of the applicant pool." ACPE encourages schools to carefully think about any policies that are waived or modified to ensure they do not compromise the quality of the students admitted, which could lead to progression issues later. It also does not want to see so many accommodations made such that the student is set up for failure because they didn't have the proper background to succeed.Below are examples of admission policies that might be changed, if approved by the school's admissions committee or faculty, and the related considerations for ACPE.
VIRTUAL RECRUITMENT EVENTSRosie Walker, AACP's director of recruitment and diversity, is exploring options to expand AACP's online recruitment events in light of the crisis and will share updates as they become available. If you have recommendations or ideas in the meantime, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, if you will host virtual events for pre-pharmacy students in the coming weeks, share them via the form below, so we can promote them on Pharm4Me. https://fs16.formsite.com/AACP/ShareEvents/index.htmlKatie O. Bruce Director of Application Services and Student Programs American Association of Colleges of PharmacyLibby J. Ross, MA Senior Director for Student Affairs American Association of Colleges of Pharmacycas@aacp.org
Can you send me a pdf copy of the COVID-19 survey? I'll most likely be the one submitting it for our school but will need assistance and want to email to our committee.
Hello colleagues,A friendly reminder to please arrange for one person at your institution to complete a brief form by Monday, April 6, if not done already: https://fs16.formsite.com/AACP/COVID19PharmCAS/index.htmlAACP will use this form to capture how pharmacy admission policies have been affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic, including pass/fail policies for course prerequisites. Unless otherwise noted, school-specific responses will be shared with members, as well as with applicants and pre-health advisors. If your institution has multiple campuses or pathways, submit a single response for your institution, as currently recognized by ACPE.Additionally, any requests for the new July 1 deadline will be processed as soon as the new date is available in the PharmCAS School Directory. You will receive an email confirmation once the deadline has been updated in all appropriate locations.Thanks,Katie