The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the national organization representing pharmacy education in the United States, announced today that Kaplan Test Prep is its official test prep provider for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), required for admission by over 75% of U.S. pharmacy schools. The announcement comes in conjunction with the launch of the Kaplan Test Prep and AACP co-sponsored Foundations of the Future Pharmacist Program, which seeks to make PCAT prep more accessible to all students. As part of this program, Kaplan will significantly reduce tuition for its PCAT prep programs (on site; online On Demand; and live, online Classroom Anywhere), offering more tuition assistance, and giving 250 scholarships to AACP to award at its own discretion.
A critical piece of the pharmacy school admissions process, the PCAT is scored on a scale from 200-600 with the median being a 400. The 90th percentile is typically a 430. Many pharmacy schools require that applicants score above a particular level on the exam in order to be considered as a candidate for admissions.
“We applaud AACP in its efforts to enable more individuals to enter a field with promising career opportunities, and are pleased to support this goal by providing greater access to PCAT prep for pre-pharmacy students,” said Amjed Saffarini, Vice President of Graduate Programs, Kaplan Test Prep.
Saffarini noted that studies of PCAT scores and pharmacy school GPA show a correlation between success on the PCAT and success in pharmacy school. Members of AACP believe that students who prepare for the PCAT are more likely to succeed in pharmacy school as well.
With a low 3.1% unemployment rate (less than half the national average) and a median annual salary of nearly $115,000, pharmacist is currently ranked as the third best job in the United States, according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs ranking -- just behind dentist and registered nurse.