Recommended Extracurricular Activites

The PCAT is administered in January, July, and September via a computer-based format on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to register for the PCAT by the recommended "register and schedule by" dates suggested by Pearson to receive your preferred testing date, time, and location.

The PCAT measures:

  • Verbal Ability
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Ability

Studying for the PCAT

Note: UVU does not endorse or recommend specific PCAT preparation courses or materials. Research potential study methods and determine which ones fit your needs most appropriately.

The PCAT is a challenging exam that merits careful preparation. Successful test takers will generally complete most of their Pharmacy pre-requisite courses before taking the PCAT. Your Pre-Health counselor will assist you in planning out your pre-requisite courses and how they correspond to the date you will select to take the PCAT. Plan to study for the PCAT for several weeks in the way that fits your budget, schedule, and learning style best.

Break-down of Science & Math on the PCAT


  • General Biology (60%)
  • Microbiology (20%)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (20%)


  • General Chemistry (60%)
  • Organic Chemistry (40%)

Quantitative Ability

  • Basic Math (15%)
  • Algebra (20%)
  • Probability & Statistics (20%)
  • Pre-Calculus (22%)
  • Calculus (22%)

Follow the link below for the Kaplan preperation course

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Consider planning out your extra-curricular activities by semester, just like your pre-requisite courses. Starting early helps avoid the stress associated with cramming everything into the last few semesters prior to the application.

Minimum Recommended Extra-curricular Activities

  • Pharmacy Experience: 60 hours shadowing or work as a Pharmacy Tech
  • Volunteer Service: 45 hours during each of the pre-pharmacy years including the year of application
  • Leadership: 2 different leadership positions during the pre-pharmacy years
  • Patient Contact: 50 hours during the pre-pharmacy years (required by University of Utah)

Pre-Pharmacy Club

To join the Pharmacy Club, contact:



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