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UW Introduces Pharmacy Early Decision Program

July 19, 2019

The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy will offer a new option for incoming freshmen this fall: The Pharmacy Early Decision (PED) program offers admission into the professional pharmacy program to qualified freshman applicants.

With recent changes to the health care system, a growing elderly population and expanded pharmacist involvement in drug therapy management, the demand for trained pharmacists is increasing. Enrolling in an early-decision program gives students the opportunity to begin preparing for a rewarding career in pharmacy, while reducing some of the pressures of applying to pharmacy school in a competitive field of applicants, says Kem Krueger, UW School of Pharmacy dean.

Students in the program will receive comprehensive personalized advising and will enroll in a first-year experience course that covers careers in pharmacy and tools for academic success. The course also offers opportunities for campus engagement and early professional development. Once PED students have completed the two-year preprofessional curriculum, their seat fees will be waived as they prepare to enter the professional program, Krueger says.

“This program opens up exciting opportunities for students in Wyoming and across the region, while ensuring we recruit the best students,” he adds.

To qualify for the PED program, students need a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or above; an ACT math score of 23 or above; and a composite ACT score of 27 or above. Students can apply to the program by checking the PED box in the UW admissions application.

For more information about the PED program, visit the UW School of Pharmacy website at

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