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College of Pharmacy

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Pharm.D. Program

Admission Requirements

ATTENTION: Effective immediately for the 2020-2021 application cycle, the UofSC College of Pharmacy will no longer require the PCAT for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. Read more...

At the UofSC College of Pharmacy, we seek students who possess the academic ability to successfully complete the rigorous Pharm.D. coursework as well as the personal characteristics necessary to be a successful practitioner. 

Each application to the Pharm.D. program is carefully evaluated on multiple criteria to identify candidates who are well-rounded and can meet the demands of the profession. We seek to enroll a diverse cohort of students each year to meet the needs of the patients that pharmacists serve, who are from all types of backgrounds and have a variety of experiences, thoughts, and beliefs. If accepted into our program, you must also be able to meet the technical standards of a student pharmacist.

Admission to the Pharm.D. program at UofSC is based on the following criteria:

In order to apply, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (the cumulative GPA is calculated from all attempted undergraduate and graduate coursework).

The pharmacy prerequisite GPA is calculated from the 66 credit hours of pharmacy prerequisite courses required to be completed prior to fall  program entry. The highest earned grade for any course attempted multiple times will be used in the pharmacy prerequisite GPA calculation.

You are responsible for verifying that you meet the minimum GPA requirements before applying. The application fee will not be refunded if the application requirements are not met.

Applicants must complete the following 66 credit hours of pharmacy prerequisite courses with a grade of C- (2.0) or higher prior to Fall Pharm.D. program entry.

The prerequisite courses do not need to be completed before submitting your application. The majority of applicants will submit their applications and accompanying materials while completing these courses. 

Not sure if you've met the pharmacy prerequisites? View the Transfer Credit Guide for non-UofSC Colleges or contact our Director of Admissions for help evaluating your transcript.

Prerequisite Courses

General Chemistry I and II - 8 credit hours  1 2

Courses must be designated for science majors and must include labs.

General Biology I and II - 8 credit hours 1 2

Courses must be designated for science majors and must include labs. With prior approval from the College of Pharmacy, the General Biology I & II sequence may be substituted with one of the following sequences:

  • Botany (4 credit hours) and Zoology (4 credit hours)
  • Cell biology (4 credit hours) and Genetics (4 credit hours)

Organic Chemistry I and II - 8 credit hours 1 2

Courses must be designated for science majors and must include labs.

Physics - 3 credit hours 1

Algebra or calculus-based physics will be accepted. A physics lab is not required. Course must be designated for science majors.

Anatomy & Physiology I and II -  6 credit hours 1

Courses must be designated for science majors. Labs are not required. The Anatomy and Physiology requirement may be fulfilled with one of the following sequences:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credit hours) AND  Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credit hours)
  • Human Anatomy (3 credit hours) AND  Human Physiology (3 credit hours)

Microbiology - 3 credit hours 1

Courses must be designated for science majors. A microbiology lab is not required.

Calculus - 3 credit hours 1

General calculus or calculus for business / life sciences majors will be accepted.

Statistics - 3 credit hours

Introductory statistics or statistics for life sciences / business / mathematics majors will be accepted.

English Composition - 3 credit hours

Should include strategies for critically reading and analyzing literature and non-literary texts; structured, sustained practice in composing expository and analytical essays.

English Literature / Composition - 3 credit hours

Should include instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

Public Speaking / Verbal Skills - 3 credit hours 2

Public speaking or speech will be accepted.

Economics - 3 credit hours

Introductory economics, microeconomics, or macroeconomics will be accepted.

General Psychology - 3 credit hours

Liberal Art Electives - 9 credit hours

Courses in humanities and social sciences are accepted. Examples of humanities include: art, business, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion and theater. Examples of social sciences include: anthropology, additional economic courses, child development, geography, history, management, political science, social work, sociology and women’s studies.

1The UofSC College of Pharmacy has a 10-year limit for math and science courses.

2 Public speaking and courses containing a lab component must be taken live in a classroom. Online classes will not be accepted. NOTE: Online Public Speaking and lab courses taken during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters will be accepted due to the transition of many classes to a virtual format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we do not require a minimum PCAT score, all applicants must take the PCAT exam as part of the application process. Any exam score older than 5 years will not be accepted.

We recommend taking the PCAT as early in the admissions process as possible but no later than October / November. Waiting for January / February test dates may lower your chance of acceptance because of the time it takes for PharmCAS to receive and process your official PCAT score.

You do not need to take the PCAT prior to submitting your PharmCAS application. PCAT scores are reported to PharmCAS using code 104 upon exam registration. Read more about the Application Process.

Pharmacy exposure can be obtained through working, volunteering or shadowing in any pharmacy setting or by interviewing pharmacists. While we do not have a minimum number of required pharmacy exposure hours, the Admissions Committee considers pharmacy exposure an important factor in your evaluation.

Applicants are encouraged to include pharmacy exposure on the PharmCAS application and to record this information on their resume or curriculum vitae, providing details related to each experience, including the setting, pharmacist(s) interacted with, date(s) attended and total number of hours spent at the site.

The Admissions Committee values well-rounded applicants. Prospective students are encouraged to share their participation and leadership roles in extracurricular activities, such as pharmacy or non-pharmacy related organizations, sports, or volunteer work pursued in collegiate or non-collegiate settings. Applicants are encouraged to include involvement in these activities on the PharmCAS application and in their resume or curriculum vitae.

Applicants are encouraged to share any individual honors, awards, scholarships, recognitions or achievements on the PharmCAS Application and to include them on their resume or curriculum vitae.

Applicants are encouraged to share any involvement in research, including independent study participation or faculty-driven research that may or may not have resulted in a publication, poster presentation or platform presentation, on the PharmCAS Application and include research experience on their resume or curriculum vitae.

To be eligible to participate in our Pharm.D. program and sit for the pharmacist licensure exam, you must possess certain cognitive, behavioral and technical skills and abilities. The Technical Standards [pdf] of the College of Pharmacy describe the essential functions you must demonstrate in order to fulfill the requirements of a general pharmacy education, and are thus prerequisites for entrance to, continuation in and graduation from the UofSC College of Pharmacy.

You must meet or exceed the required aptitude, abilities and skills outlined in our standards. Certain chronic or recurrent illnesses and problems may interfere with completing your didactic studies, delivering or providing patient care or compromising patient safety and may be incompatible with pharmacy training or practice.

As a state-assisted institution, we give preference to in-state applicants, defined in the admissions context as South Carolina residents and non-South Carolina residents who are attending a South Carolina college or university. Residency determinations for tuition purposes are set by the UofSC Office of Legal Residency.


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