PharmCAS

Instructions & FAQs > Background

Institutional Action

Were you ever the recipient of any action (e.g., a grade lowering penalty, failing grade, dismissal, disqualification, suspension, probation, etc.) by any faculty member, college or university for academic or professional misconduct or unacceptable academic performance?

If you respond “Yes”, please provide an explanation in the box provided. If you answer “Yes”, you will not automatically be disqualified from admission to a pharmacy degree program. Pharmacy colleges and schools understand that many individuals learn from the past and emerge stronger as a result. Full disclosure will enable pharmacy programs to more effectively evaluate this information within the context of your credentials. If you fail to provide accurate information when answering this question, you may jeopardize your application.

Felony Action

Have You Ever Been Convicted of a Felony?

If you answer "Yes", please provide an explanation in the box provided. If you fail to provide accurate information when answering this question, you may jeopardize your application. Applicants who are convicted of a felony after submission of their completed PharmCAS application must inform their designated pharmacy colleges and schools that an action has occurred.

Pharmacy schools may require criminal background checks and/or drug tests in order to verify and individual's suitability to participate in experiential education rotations, to confirm a student's eligibility for pharmacy licensure, and to ensure patient safety. Contact your designated pharmacy schools directly for specific policies.

PharmCAS requires you to report any felony convictions. You may also be required to report one or more of the following types of records directly to your designated pharmacy schools with details about the judgments or disciplines.

  • Misdemeanor convictions
  • Arrests for misdemeanors and felonies
  • Adjudication withheld
  • Nolo contendere
  • Plea bargain

Contact the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to determine if a felony conviction will prevent you from obtaining a license to practice pharmacy in a particular state:

NABP
1600 Feehanville Drive
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Tel: 847–391–4402
Fax: 847–391–4406
http://www.nabp.net/