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:
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.”
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Chemistry I||4||6|
|General Chemistry II||4||6|
|General Biology I||4||6|
|Speech/Verbal Skills/Public Speaking||3||4.5|
|Human Anatomy or Human Anatomy & Physiology I||3||4.5|
|Human Physiology or Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3||4.5|
|Liberal art electives||9||13.5|
|General Biology II||4||6|
|Organic Chemistry I||4||6|
|Organic Chemistry II||4||6|
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.
We advise completion of the PCAT during Summer or Fall of the application year.
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.
We will consider an evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The web address is http://www.naces.org.
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
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Three reference forms are required and accessed through the PharmCAS application.
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.