International Pharmacists are those individuals who currently live in the United States and have received an undergraduate degree in and their pharmacy license from a recognized school of pharmacy outside of the 50 U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
International Pharmacists may obtain a license to practice pharmacy in the U.S. by (1) taking the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination® (FPGEC®) and completing the requirements of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, or (2) by successfully completing a Doctor of Pharmacy program at a school or college of pharmacy in the US.
The PCAT exam is required to assess various strengths and weaknesses. Applicants must submit an application for admission, with the appropriate application fee along with university transcripts and descriptions of the various courses previously taken. The Admissions Committee evaluates the applicants' records and invites qualified applicants for interviews with students and faculty
members. During the interview process, applicants also complete a written essay.
All international pharmacists will be placed into the first year regardless of previous experience. No financial aid can be provided to international pharmacists. In addition, although the employment outlook for pharmacists is favorable through 2020, the demand for pharmacists may vary by geographical location. Consequently, the School of Pharmacy cannot guarantee that international graduates will find employment after graduation in the U.S.
All applicants are required to attend an accredited college or university in the U.S. for at least one semester (12 credits). The School recommends that applicants become familiar with the rules and regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Additionally, the School recommends that applicants start the admissions process at least one year before the application deadline and be prepared to pay all expenses.
To apply to the School of Pharmacy as an international pharmacist, follow these steps and complete by deadline of March 1, 2019:
- Submit an International Pharmacist Application and a check or money order for $160 ($105.00 international pharmacist application fee plus the $55 supplemental fee). The check or money order should be made payable to the University of Maryland. Do not apply via PharmCAS.
- Submit a personal statement or letter of intent.
- Submit a copy of your pharmacy license.
- Submit official copies of all transcripts from your pharmacy school and college-level education. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved transcript evaluation service.
- Submit results of the PCAT using ID code 160: U of MD — Intrl Pharmacist.
- Submit the results of the TOEFL. The campus minimum acceptable score is 550 Paper, 213 Computer, and 80 Internet. A TOEFL exam must be completed you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and must be taken within two years of applying. The TOEFL code for the PharmD program is Institution Code 5848, Department 47.
- Submit a statement of financial security that asserts that you will be able to cover average yearly expenses for the PharmD program.
- Complete the online Supplemental Application. On the application, enter the code INTLPHARM as your PharmCAS Identification Number, and enter the date you complete the application as the PharmCAS Application Completion Date.
- After you have completed your supplemental application, send your international pharmacist application, copy of pharmacy license, transcripts, statement of financial security, and application fee to:
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 North Pine Street, Suite S722
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
- All applicants considered for admissions will be invited for an interview.