South University has campuses in both Columbia, SC and Savannah, GA.
South University is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student population. Presently, graduate and undergraduate education is offered in a variety of programs in addition to Pharmacy including Nursing and Health Professions, in campuses located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and Texas.
South University School of Pharmacy located in Columbia, South Carolina offers an innovative three-year Doctor of Pharmacy Program that allows graduates to get a head start on their careers, and that is just the beginning of the unique attributes of this program. The School of Pharmacy also offers students an opportunity to achieve a dual, Doctor of Pharmacy/MBA degree, learn from highly trained and nationally recognized faculty through our synchronous video conferencing technology, and be trained at advanced clinical rotations sites throughout the United States.
The South University School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program is a full-time, 12-quarter doctoral program designed to be completed in three calendar years. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The South University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is one of three Schools of Pharmacy in the state of South Carolina and one of a few ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree programs in the country to offer an accelerated curriculum.
The mission of South University School of Pharmacy is to serve the public’s healthcare needs by preparing pharmacists to provide pharmaceutical care that improves health outcomes for patients. The School of Pharmacy offers students the opportunity to complete the accelerated program at either the Savannah, Georgia or Columbia, South Carolina campus locations.
The first four quarters include foundational sciences; however, students quickly begin to gain exposure to clinical pharmacy through Integrated Pharmacy Practice Skills labs and Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Experiences as well as various didactic courses. In the second year of the program, students are able to utilize their skills in both the hospital and community settings. In the third year, students advance their clinical knowledge and participate in seven advanced clinical rotations in areas such as Community Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care, Internal Medicine, and other specialty areas that can be tailored to the interest of the student. A one-week advanced Drug Information rotation is required midway through rotations.
Students receive the didactic program by synchronous video conferencing technology with real-time interaction between faculty and students in both South Carolina and Georgia. Within the educational experience, students also maintain individualized attention through comparably equipped laboratory facilities, physical assessment laboratories, small group recitations, and problem based learning activities conducted by faculty on both campuses.
The Doctor of Pharmacy/MBA dual degree is offered at both campus locations. Students have the opportunity to complete a MBA while completing the Pharm.D. program. MBA courses are completed one quarter after students receive the Pharm.D.
The South Carolina campus is located in Columbia, both the largest city and capital of the state. Columbia provides its community with vast opportunities in the areas art, natural habitats, and history, all while offering the conveniences of metropolitan area.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|English Literature (1)||3||5|
|English Composition (2)||3||5|
|General Chemistry I and II with Laboratory (3)||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry I and II with Laboratory (3)||8||12|
|Biology I and II with Laboratory (3)||8||12|
|Anatomy and Physiology I and II (4)||6-8||9-12|
1. English, American, or World Literature are preferred to meet the Literature requirement.
2. One English Composition course is required. A second English Composition can be accepted in lieu of a Literature course at the discretion of the Director of Admissions.
3. These courses must include a “live” lab. Students with science courses taken prior to 2007-2008 will be required to retake one modern Biology and one modern Chemistry course to meet the prerequisite requirements.
4. A lab is recommended but not required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II.
5. A minimum of three semester hours should be in the humanities and the remainder should be in the social sciences, arts, or humanities.
The supplemental application can be obtained by the following link:
The program prefers three letters of recommendation; however, two will be accepted.
The interview process involves a one hour orientation for all applicants. In the morning applicants are divided into multiple interview groups. They are given a timed math and writing assessment. Applicants have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration of the distance learning technology. While one group interviews with a team of two faculty members (one applicant and two faculty members), the other groups tour the building and are given the opportunity to speak to current students in the program. The afternoon session will include more program information and additional activities. The interview day typically is a day long program and lunch is provided.