University of South Carolina
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Nikki Mellen 
      • Admissions Coordinator 
      • Pharmacy Admissions 
      • 715 Sumter Street 
      • CLS 109 
      • Columbia  
      • South Carolina 
      • 29208 
      • Phone (Work): 803-777-0589 
      • Phone (Fax): 803-777-2775 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  January 5, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/Ph.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./M.H.I.T. (Masters in Health Information Technology)
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: 8/27/16 
      • Details: Open House for Spring 2017 (TBA) 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • GHS (Greenville) 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The College of Pharmacy was established in 1866 at the University of South Carolina.   In 2004 the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (USC COP) in Columbia and the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (MUSC COP) in Charleston integrated to form the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP).  Following approval of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to again enroll under separate accreditations beginning in Fall 2016, the USC COP and MUSC COP will begin accepting students into their respective, uncombined Pharm.D. programs while continuing the SCCP curriculum until the Class of 2019 graduates. 

    The USC College of Pharmacy is an education, research, and service enterprise that makes the best use of state resources, student tuition, grant funds, and endowment funds to:

    • produce pharmacists at an advanced level of practice to provide pharmaceutical care and serve the health needs of SC citizens related to medications.
    • develop and apply expertise in economics, epidemiology, and health outcomes assessment to guide population-level drug policy at local, state, and federal levels to make the best decisions regarding medications.
    • develop and apply research skills in biomedical sciences to discover, develop, and test new drug therapies to treat or prevent important health problems.
    • serve as a national leader in pharmacy education and research.
    • promote life-long learning for practitioners.
    • seek and welcome students, faculty, and staff members regardless of factors such as gender, race, age, nationality, religion, or disability and recognize the benefits of diversity.

    The USC COP consists of the University of South Carolina (USC) Campus, a large comprehensive university, and the Greenville Health System University Medical Center (GHS), a progressive hospital system, to provide pharmacy education that is on par with some of the most highly regarded colleges in the United States. Students have access to nationally recognized faculty, a broad range of local, national, and international training opportunities, and a vast array of individual and organizational student awards and honors. The USC COP offers pharmacy education and service throughout the state, provides multiple residency and fellowship programs, and conducts pioneering research that leads to new and improved treatments for common diseases. Several centers located at the USC COP provide additional opportunities for students, including but not limited to, the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center and the Palmetto Poison Center.

    The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy offers the full four-year Pharm.D. and graduate programs on the USC Campus. Since 2011, students may elect to complete their last two years on the GHS campus.  Prospective students apply to the USC Campus where they may choose to attend for the entire four-year program.  Depending on space availability, selected students may apply to transfer to the GHS campus for their final two years of the four-year Pharm.D. program. The USC COP admits 110 students to each class. The GHS campus has capacity for 25 third-year students and numerous rotation sites for additional fourth-year students.  The USC COP vision is “Improving Health through Leadership and Innovation in Pharmacy Education, Research, and Patient Care.” 



  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 250
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 130
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 110
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 77 - 110
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 0 - 33
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum; however the average composite has ranged from 60-68% for several years
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 25%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 75%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.6
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 18- 42 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 2.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 66   99 
      General Chemistry I 
      General Chemistry II 
      Physics  4.5 
      Calculus  4.5 
      Statistics  4.5 
      General Biology I 
      English: Reading/Composition  4.5 
      English: Literature/Composition  4.5 
      Speech/Verbal Skills/Public Speaking  4.5 
      Economics  4.5 
      Psychology  4.5 
      Human Anatomy or Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4.5 
      Human Physiology or Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4.5 
      Liberal art electives  13.5 
      Microbiology   4.5 
      General Biology II 
      Organic Chemistry I 
      Organic Chemistry II 
    • Additional Information: 

      Biology and chemistry must be for majors and include a laboratory component. We will accept genetics and cell biology as a biology requirement.  We do not require a lab component for physics, microbiology or anatomy and physiology I and II.  We will accept human comparative anatomy and physiology courses. Liberal Art electives accepted include humanities and social science courses. Examples of commonly accepted humanities include: art, business, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion, and theatre. Examples of social sciences include anthropology, additional economic courses, geography, history, management, political science, sociology, and women studies.


    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Follow the link for the USC College of Pharmacy admissions procedures/components provided on the College website
      • Deadline: 1/19/17 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $65
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The Supplemental Application will be accessible for the USC COP via the SCCP website"> during July 2016.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 5 years
      • Details: 

        We advise completion of the PCAT during Summer or Fall of the application year.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Proficiency is measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 550 on the paper based exam, 77 on the internet based TOEFL, or 210 on the computer based TOEFL, is required.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: 
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 1/5/17 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      We will consider an evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The web address is

      Below is the contact information of two companies that frequently provide us with evaluations.


      Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

      International Educational Consultants

      7101 SW 102 Avenue

      Miami, FL 33173


      Phone: 305-273-1616


      World Education Services, Inc.

      P.O. Box 5087

      Bowling Green Station

      New York, NY 10274-5087


      Phone: 212-966-6311




  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Three reference forms are required and accessed through the PharmCAS application.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Clergy
      • Health Care Professional
      • Politician
      • The Admissions Committee reserves the right to ask the applicant for an additional LOR if content is minimal and does not provide sufficient information about the applicant.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2016 thru March 2017 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are by invitation only and required for admission into the Pharm.D. program.  The Interview Day is a half-day in length. It includes an overview of the program by one of the Deans, a tour of the pharmacy school, and one-on-one interviews.  The interviewers include faculty members, alumni, and preceptors. Each Interview Day varies in time. 


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are e-mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Within two weeks of the offer
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $485
      • Due: within two weeks of the offer
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Note that the $485 fee is separate and is not subtracted from future required tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 8/17/17 - 8/23/17 
      • Details: These are tentative dates and subject to change; selected dates will not include weekends.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/24/16 (subject to change)
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred entrance are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Nikki Mellen for more details.