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Pharmacy at South Carolina

The College of Pharmacy offers rigorous programs of study leading to advanced degrees in professional pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Entering freshmen who wish to pursue a pharmacy degree and who fulfill the requirements for admission into the university will be accepted into the pre-pharmacy program of study. 

What to Expect

The pre-pharmacy program, offered through the College of Pharmacy, generally requires two years to complete and all pre-pharmacy coursework must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.” Students wishing to transfer into pre-pharmacy must have a Cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher with twelve or more earned college credits.

As a pre-pharmacy student, you will be exposed to challenging coursework during your first two years at the University of South Carolina, and you may apply separately to the professional pharmacy program (Pharm.D.) during the summer after your freshman year. Qualified students are accepted into the Pharm.D. program in what is the equivalent of their third year at USC. Successful students will receive the Pharm.D. after completing their fourth professional year or sixth year in college.

The pre-pharmacy curriculum includes undergraduate courses in the sciences, mathematics, social sciences and liberal arts. For a full listing of pre-pharmacy courses, refer to the Core Curriculum.

Some advantages of selecting a pre-pharmacy major at USC include the following:

  • Expert advice on admission into the USC Pharm.D. program from our USC pre-pharmacy advisors
  • Year-round access to the USC pre-pharmacy advisors
  • Access to one pre-professional (CAPPS) and two professional student organizations (SNPhA and AphA) that explore different fields in the pharmacy profession
  • Connection to a pharmacy network of faculty, pharmacists and pharmacy students
  • Exposure to events held exclusively for USC pre-pharmacy students (i.e. PCAT, interview, admissions, resume and professional etiquette workshops) aimed to increase your competiveness for admission into the USC Pharm.D. program
  • Assistance with job shadowing opportunities in pharmacy
  • Conditional acceptance (special offer limited to USC pre-pharmacy students)
  • Opportunity to know your admission status early in the fall semester of your sophomore year

USC pre-pharmacy students must apply for conditional acceptance through the standard admission process; all admission requirements are evaluated before offering conditional acceptance.

Job Shadowing and Research Opportunities

Job shadowing is an important asset to your overall educational experience. Job shadowing experiences often help you confirm your career interest in pharmacy, gives you hands on experience in a professional setting and help build your resume toward admission into the professional program. Likewise, pursuing research opportunities as a pre-pharmacy student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the university. As a pre-pharmacy student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors across campus, including faculty within the College of Pharmacy Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences.


Undergraduate Degree

B Optional B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pre-pharmacy students also have the option of obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the end of their second professional year or fourth year in college. Recipients of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences will receive the Pharm.D. after their fourth professional year or sixth year in college. Pre-pharmacy students must complete the following to obtain the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences: 

  • Fulfill all course requirements for pre-pharmacy and the Carolina Core
  • Gain acceptance into the Pharm.D. program at USC
  • Finish the first two professional years in the Pharm.D. program.

To speak with a pre-pharmacy advisor, contact Kristie Niro, Director of Pre-Professional Studies & Recruitment at 803-777-6635 or niro@cop.sc.edu. Also visit the pre-pharmacy and bachelor's degree sections on the College of Pharmacy website to learn more about these programs. 

 

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.


Pharm.D. Admissions Information

Admission to the Pharm.D. program (third college year) is limited and highly competitive. Admission into the College of Pharmacy is based on successful completion of pre-requisite courses, cumulative and prerequisite GPAs, PCAT scores (composite and writing), interview evaluations, and letters of recommendation. Other factors that may impact admission includes pharmacy exposure, research experience, work experience, extracurricular activities and honors/awards.

Pre-Pharmacy majors are eligible for conditional acceptance into the College of Pharmacy if GPA and other requirements are met. Please view the Pharm.D. program page for additional information regarding admissions criteria, core curriculum and sample course descriptions.

 

Graduate Degrees

The College of Pharmacy offers both master’s and doctoral degree programs.

M  M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Graduate Director: Douglas Pittman, 803-777-7715, pittman@cop.sc.edu
Program Contact (Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences): Diane Wise, 803-777-6053, wise@cop.sc.edu

Program Contact (Outcomes Research): Dr. Gene Reeder, 803-777-4395, reeder@kennedycenter.sc.edu 

Program information for this degree is available through our College of Pharmacy.

D  Pharm.D. Program 

The Pharm.D. curriculum consists of three years of didactic classroom/laboratory learning followed by one year of experiential learning. As a student in the professional pharmacy program, you will develop the tools, insight, and experience necessary to succeed and make a difference in society. You will also gain the medical science knowledge related to pharmaceuticals, clinical knowledge to manage patient drug therapy, and the patient education skills necessary to influence and communicate in an effective manner with patients. Each year, 110 highly qualified students are admitted for fall entry into the program. During your final year as a Pharm.D. student, you will complete experiential rotations in various pharmacy practice sites, which will allow you to experience a variety of professional settings throughout the state of South Carolina, the country and even internationally.

The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for PharmD students:

  • Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacogenomics
  • Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery System
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Self-Care and Complementary Medicine
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Health Care Systems and Management
  • Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
  • Pharmacotherapy

Program Contact: Kristie Niro, 803-777-6635, niro@cop.sc.edu

D  Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Graduate Director: Douglas Pittman, 803-777-7715, pittman@cop.sc.edu
Program Contact (Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences): Diane Wise, 803-777-6053, wise@cop.sc.edu

Program Contact (Outcomes Research): Dr. Gene Reeder, 803-777-4395, reeder@kennedycenter.sc.edu

Program information for this degree is available through our College of Pharmacy.

DD  Dual Degree: Health Information Technology and Pharmacy (Pharm.D. / MHIT)

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual-degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

This program, offered by the College of Engineering and Computing and the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, culminates in a master's degree in health information technology and a doctorate in pharmacy.

Program information for this dual degree is available through our College of Pharmacy.

DD  Dual Degree: Public Health and Pharmacy (Pharm.D. / MPH)

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual-degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student's taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

This program, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Pharmacy, culminates in a master's degree in public health and a

doctorate in pharmacy.

Program information for this dual degree is available through the College of Pharmacy.

DD  Dual Degree: Business Administration and Pharmacy

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual-degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

This program, offered by the Darla Moore School of Business and the College of Pharmacy, culminates in a master’s degree in business administration degree and a doctorate in pharmacy.

Program information for this dual degree is available through the College of Pharmacy.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.