List of Pharmacy Schools Without PCAT Requirements

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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.

1 The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

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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 ( and select "no" under the "PCAT Required for Admission" category. As of June 21, 2010, the search yields 32 results.

2 Accredited Programs

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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 Here you will find if the institution is accredited or has pending accreditation, and how long the program has been accredited.

3 Pharmacy College Application Service

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

4 List of Schools Not Requiring the PCAT

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Hampton University, Idaho State University, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Loma Linda University, Long Island University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Worcester/Manchester, Northeastern University, Ohio Northern University, Oregon State University, Purdue University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, St. John's University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, The University of Findlay, The University of New Mexico, The University of Rhode Island, The University of Toledo, Touro University California, University of California, San Diego, University of California, San Francisco, University of Colorado Denver, University of Connecticut, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Southern California, University of Southern Nevada, University of the Pacific, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Washington State University, Western University of Health Sciences, Xavier University of Louisiana,

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