The PCAT is the Pharmacy College Admission Test. Although many pharmacy programs require the test for admission, about 25 percent of all programs do not. That means that many reputable institutions skip the PCAT, so it is just a matter of finding them.

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Student doing Internet research
Student doing Internet research

The first place to research pharmacy schools is to go to The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). You will want to navigate to AACP > Resources > Student Center > Is Pharmacy for You > Admissions > Compare U.S. Pharmacy Programs (www.aacp.org) and select "no" under the "PCAT Required for Admission" category. As of June 21, 2010, the search yields 32 results.

Accredited Programs

Check for accreditation
Check for accreditation

From the list of programs gleaned from The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, your next step should be to check the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) at www.acpe-accredit.org. Here you will find if the institution is accredited or has pending accreditation, and how long the program has been accredited.

Pharmacy College Application Service

The Pharmacy College Application Service can be a handy tool in the application process
The Pharmacy College Application Service can be a handy tool in the application process

The Pharmacy College Application Service site provides a list of pharmacy programs and a column for PCAT and whether the school requires it or not. It is in alphabetical order, but is limited to schools that use their service. The list is extensive and The Pharmacy College Application Service can be a handy tool in the application process, so is worth checking out as a possible organizing tool.

List of Schools Not Requiring the PCAT

Pharmacy students
Pharmacy students

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, www.acphs.edu Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, www.pharmacy.famu.edu Hampton University, pharm.hamptonu.edu/ Idaho State University, www.pharmacy.isu.edu Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, www.lecom.edu/school_pharmacy.php Loma Linda University, www.llu.edu/llu/sps/ Long Island University, www.liu.edu Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Worcester/Manchester, www.mcphs.edu Northeastern University, www.bouve.neu.edu/pharmacy Ohio Northern University, www.onu.edu/pharmacy Oregon State University, pharmacy.oregonstate.edu/ Purdue University, www.pharmacy.purdue.edu Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, pharmacy.rutgers.edu/ St. John's University, www.stjohns.edu St. Louis College of Pharmacy, www.stlcop.edu The University of Findlay, www.findlay.edu/academics/colleges/cphm/default.htm The University of New Mexico, hsc.unm.edu/Pharmacy/ The University of Rhode Island, www.uri.edu/pharmacy/ The University of Toledo, www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/ Touro University California, www.tu.edu University of California, San Diego, www.pharmacy.ucsd.edu University of California, San Francisco, www.pharmacy.ucsf.edu/ University of Colorado Denver, www.uchsc.edu/sop University of Connecticut, www.pharmacy.uconn.edu University of Nebraska Medical Center, www.unmc.edu/pharmacy/ University of Southern California, www.usc.edu/schools/pharmacy/ University of Southern Nevada, www.usn.edu University of the Pacific, www.pacific.edu/pharmacy/ University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, www.usp.edu/academics/collegesDepts/PharmPracticeAdmin/PharmD Washington State University, www.pharmacy.wsu.edu Western University of Health Sciences, www.westernu.edu/xp/edu/pharmacy/welcome.xml Xavier University of Louisiana, www.xula.edu/cop/