Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

The Pharmacy Student Population: Applications Received 2008-09, Degrees Conferred 2008-09, Fall 2009 Enrollments

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

The Pharmacy Student Population: Applications Received 2008-09, Degrees Conferred 2008-09, Fall 2009 Enrollments

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INTRODUCTION

This report presents data that describe the 2008-09 pharmacy application pool, degrees conferred in 200809, and fall 2009 pharmacy program enrollments. Data for this report were requested from the one hundred and sixteen (116) U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) using five separate survey instruments.

There were previously two professional education programs at U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy: one leading to a baccalaureate in pharmacy, and the other leading to the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. However, June 30, 2005 marked the official expiration of the ACPE standards to the baccalaureate in pharmacy (B.S. Pharmacy) degree programs in accordance with the transition to the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree as the sole professional degree program in the U.S. Some colleges and schools of pharmacy conferred degrees in the B.S. Pharmacy program until 2004-05.

For the purpose of this report, students in doctor of pharmacy programs are categorized under Pharm.D.I when the program leads to a doctor of pharmacy degree conferred as the first professional degree. Students who have already received a baccalaureate in pharmacy and are enrolled in a doctor of pharmacy degree program are categorized under Pharm.D.2.

The following definitions refer to the race/ethnicity groups as used in this report. White, black or African American, and Hispanic or Latino refer to students of the respective race/ethnicity who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories. The Asian, native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander group includes students who are Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Asian Indian, Guamanian, Samoan, or Pacific Islanders who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories. The American Indian or Alaska native classification includes Native Americans, Eskimos, and Aleuts who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories. Students listed under Other are those who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories, but for whom race/ ethnicity is unknown. Included in Foreign are all students who are foreign, nonpermanent residents of the U.S., regardless of race/ethnicity.

2008-09 APPLICATION POOL

The 2008-09 Application Pool Survey was conducted online in October 2009, with an announcement and request for participation sent to the dean at each of the 116 colleges and schools of pharmacy in the U.S. recognized by ACPE. After follow-up correspondence and telephone calls, one hundred and sixteen (116) colleges and schools (100.0 percent) submitted the requested information. The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) provided application data for the 59 full-participating colleges and schools of pharmacy. Included in the application pool are students who applied for admission and submitted all required application materials between September 2008 and August 2009 for the entering class of fall 2009. Numbers reported represent the number of applications, not applicants, and may represent multiple applications submitted by individual applicants.

During the period September 2008 through August 2009, the 116 reporting institutions received 108,396 applications for admission. The Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina merged to become the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and only accepted applications to the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Therefore, 114 of the 116 reporting institutions received applications. When compared with entering class enrollment data for fall 2009 at these institutions, the resultant ratio was 8.1 applications received for every one entering student enrolled. The corresponding data for the 109 colleges and schools reporting for the same period in 2007-08 were 103,747 applications received; 8. …

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