Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy Program (FSOP). If you have any questions during the application process or would like to schedule an appointment with a counselor, please email us at rxadmissions@uiwtx.edu or call (210) 883-1000. We also recommend you visit the Feik School of Pharmacy website for regular updates about our program and admission process.

Application Requirements/Considerations

Feik School of Pharmacy is a designated PharmCAS school in which the application process begins at the PharmCAS website. We encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible. Read all the documents and instructions carefully. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The deadline to submit is midnight EST, June 1, 2020.

PCAT tests are required to be taken within two years of the application date.

See Harcourt Assessment, Inc. website customer service for the appropriate applications, testing dates and payment deadlines. Because we are a designated PharmCAS school, you MUST arrange for Harcourt Assessment to send your PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS – CODE 104.

Exposure to pharmacy or the medical field is highly recommended. If you want to document experience in the pharmacy field, you may fill out the Pharmacy Observational Experience Certification Form and send it to UIW Feik School of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs.

Information on financial aid, including scholarships and a link to the current FAFSA, can be found on the UIW Financial Assistance page.

Feik School of Pharmacy does not allow transfer of professional pharmacy credits or waiver of requisites, nor does it admit students with academic or professional infractions from other colleges or schools of pharmacy.

The Feik School of Pharmacy is committed to enabling students with disabilities to complete the course of study of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program by providing reasonable accommodations consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Accommodations that are determined to be unreasonable or jeopardize patient safety will not be granted. As an example, the use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable because of the inherent use of the observation and selection skills of the intermediary to judge and assess rather than those of the pharmacy student.

Pharmacy students must possess skills and abilities that allow them to complete the curriculum and practice the profession of pharmacy. The University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy has an ethical responsibility for the safety of patients for whom the student will come into contact with as a student and for whom the graduate will serve during his/her career. Patient safety becomes the guiding principle under which the school establishes requirements for physical, cognitive, and emotional capabilities of matriculating students and graduates. The technical standards include skills and abilities across the five domains: intellectual, communication, behavioral and social, sensory, and motor.

  • Intellectual: The student must maintain the ability to retain, comprehend, analyze, synthesize, integrate and apply information for problem-solving and clinical reasoning. This includes abilities to reason, calculate, analyze, measure and synthesize information in a variety of settings, including those which may be urgent with increased transient stress and distractions. Students must demonstrate ability to comprehend three-dimensional relationships, and to understand spatial relationships of structures, including anatomical structures.
  • Communication: The student must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently, appropriately, and in a sensitive manner with patients, caregivers, peers, staff, instructors and members of the healthcare team, both verbally and non-verbally. Verbal communication includes speaking, reading and writing. English is the primary language used for all educational activities, including classroom and clinical settings and students must be able to communicate verbally, in writing, and by reading in English. Non-verbal communication includes perceived behaviors, movements, postures and other physical characteristics which are interpreted as well as performed by the student.
  • Sensory: The student must be able to observe and interpret presented information. This will necessitate the functional use of vision, auditory, and somatic senses.
  • Visual: Candidates and students must have sufficient visual capabilities for the purposes of observation. Observation includes the ability to visualize educational demonstrations and laboratory activities related to basic sciences and clinical activities. This includes but is not limited to the ability to observe a partner and patient at varying distances and perform tasks in setting which may have visual distractions, such as crowds. Observation includes non-verbal communication and is enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.
  • Hearing: Students must have sufficient auditory ability to monitor and assess partners and patients for the purposes of acquiring necessary health information and working as a team in educational and health care settings. This includes skills such as auscultation, listening to devices, and responding to verbal calls for assistance in urgent health care situations. Students are expected to be able to perform skills where there is a certain degree of background noise.
  • Tactile: Students must have sufficient tactile sensory and proprioceptive abilities for the of both gathering data in physical examinations and for practicing and performing medical procedures safely. This includes clinical skills such as palpation, percussion, aseptic technique and injection.
  • Behavioral and Social: Students must maintain the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, which include the exercise of good judgment, prompt completion of all educational and clinical responsibilities, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective professional relationships with patients. Students must be able to tolerate mentally and physically taxing workloads and adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and educational processes.
  • Motor: Students should have sufficient motor function to coordinate both gross and fine motor movements, maintain equilibrium, and have the functional use of the sense of touch in an educational and pharmacy practice setting. This includes fine, gross and psychomotor (including observation) skills, as well as sufficient postural control and eye-hand coordination to perform clinical skills and tasks. Students should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general and emergency care to patients. Other activities which require sufficient motor activities include, but are not limited to: cardiopulmonary resuscitation, assessment of blood pressure and pulse, administration and compounding of medications.

All students admitted to the Feik School of Pharmacy should be able to independently demonstrate these abilities at the time of admission and throughout program matriculation. Students should perform a critical self-analysis to ascertain the degree of compliance with the technical requirements. Evidence of noncompliance should be communicated to the Office of Student Affairs immediately.

Upon acceptance, all students must complete a background check through Certiphi Screening, Inc.

All applicants and students, according to Texas HB 1508 and the Texas Occupations Code 58.001, please be advised of the following:

  1. An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program
  2. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines which state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
  3. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
  4. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupations Code 53.102.
All applicants and students are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license. Questions related to eligibility requirements should be directed to the applicable licensing authority.

Potentially helpful agencies include the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.