South Carolina College of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Sue Coates 
      • Chief Admissions Officer 
      • Admissions 
      • 45 Courtenay Dr, Room 359 
      • MSC 203 
      • Charleston 
      • South Carolina 
      • 29425-2030 
      • Phone (Work): 843-792-8722 
      • Phone (Fax): 843-792-6615 
      • Email: 

      • Jenny Scarnecchia 
      • Admissions Manager 
      • Dean's Office 
      • 280 Calhoun Street 
      • MSC 141 
      • Charleston 
      • South Carolina 
      • 29425-1410 
      • Phone (Work): 843-792-3115 
      • Phone (Fax): 843-792-9081 
      • Email: 

      • Nikki Mellen 
      • Pre-Pharmacy Advisor 
      • CLS 109 
      • Coker Life Science Building 
      • 715 Sumter Street 
      • 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 2016:  December 1, 2015

  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/M.S.
      • PharmD/P.H.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./Masters in Health Information Technology Pharm.D./M.S. Clinical Research
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: 7/31/2015 
      • Details: Open House on the MUSC campus on 7/31/2015 Open House on the USC Campus Fall 2015 (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)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • MUSC (Charleston) USC (Columbia) GHS (Greenville) 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) was formed in 2004 through the integration of the Colleges of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. The SCCP is a statewide education, research, and service institution that maximizes its resources to:

    • Educate pharmacy students to become leaders in meeting the pharmacy care needs of our citizens and the public we serve.
    • Conduct exceptional and innovative research to improve health care, guide population-level drug policy, and enhance pharmacy educationProvide pharmacy services that are models in advancing the practice of pharmacy and improving health care.
    • Serve the life-long learning needs of practicing pharmacists through excellence in continuing education.
    • Educate future professional, academic, and research leaders through the highest quality graduate, residency, and fellowship programs.

    The integrated College combines the nationally recognized faculty, staff, and resources of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), a major academic medical center, the University of South Carolina (USC), a large comprehensive university, and the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS), a progressive hospital system, to create a statewide approach to pharmacy education that is on par with some of the most highly regarded colleges in the United States. Students have broader access to experts and an increased range of training opportunities. The SCCP offers expanded pharmacy education and service throughout the state, provides national leadership in residency programs, and conducts pioneering research that leads to new and improved treatments for common diseases. Several centers located on one of the campuses provide additional opportunities for SCCP students including but not limited to, the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center, Palmetto Poison Center, and SCORxE.

    The South Carolina College of Pharmacy offers the full four-year Pharm.D. and graduate programs on both the USC and MUSC campuses. Since 2011, students may elect to complete their last two years on the GHS campus. The SCCP has a simplified Pharm.D. admission process. Prospective students choose either USC or MUSC campus to attend for the four-year program, depending on space availability, and selected students may apply to transfer to the GHS campus for their final two years. The first class of students for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy graduated in May 2010. The SCCP has 190 students in each class - 110 on the USC campus; 80 on the MUSC campus. The GHS campus has capacity for 25 third-year students and numerous rotation sites for additional fourth-year students. In total, more than 750 pharmacy students are enrolled in the SCCP. Our vision: Improving Health through Leadership and Innovation in Pharmacy Education, Research, and Patient Care.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 320
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 210
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 190
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 0 - 2 per year
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 30 - 50
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.6
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 290 - 330
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 133 - 190
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 0 - 66
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: 1 - 4
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum; however the average composite is 68% with a range of (30 - 99 %).
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19 - 31 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3:1

  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 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 66   99 
      General Chemistry  12 
      Organic Chemistry  12 
      Physics  4.5 
      Calculus  4.5 
      Statistics  4.5 
      Biology  12 
      English Composition  4.5 
      English Literature/Composition  4.5 
      Speech/Verbal Skills/Public Speaking  4.5 
      Economics  4.5 
      Psychology  4.5 
      Human Anatomy  4.5 
      Human Physiology  4.5 
      Liberal art electives  13.5 
      Microbiology   4.5 
    • Additional Information: 

      Biology and chemistry must be for majors and include a laboratory component. We will accept genetics and cell biology as a biology prerequisite. We will not accept microbiology as a biology prerequisite. We do not require a physics laboratory. We prefer microeconomic courses for our economics prerequisite requirement. We will accept 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, child development, geography, history, management, political science, social work, sociology, and women studies.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details:
      • Deadline: 12/15/15 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $65
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The SCCP Supplemental Application is accessible on the SCCP website beginning July 1st.

  9. Tests ↑ 

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • 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: 12/1/15 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
      • Health Care Professional
      • 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
      • 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? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2015 thru February 2016 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are by invitation only.  Our interviews are a half-day. They include an overview of the program by one of the Deans, a tour of the campus, and multiple mini-interviews or one-on-one interviews.  The interviewers include faculty members, alumni, and preceptors. Each interview 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
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 8/15/16 - 8/17/16 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/18/16
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred entrance considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Dr. Hall (MUSC Campus requests) or Dr. Grant (USC Campus requests) for more details.