Auburn University
Harrison School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/P.H.D.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./M.P.H. is under development
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • 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:
      • Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy - Mobile 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Harrison School of Pharmacy (HSOP) has been a part of Auburn University’s rich family history and tradition since 1885. Consistent with our University’s values, our program is built on foundation of patient care as we aspire to educate tomorrow’s pharmacists. Aspiring students enter a professional program in which faculty/student relationships are built on mutual respect with the faculty mentoring student junior colleagues to become mature health professionals. We expect our graduates to enter practice with personal character, confidence, and competence to assume leadership positions in their communities and pharmaceutical care practices. Student pharmacists continuously care for patients, beginning with their first semester. This aspect of the curriculum is unique to Auburn and provides an innovative mechanism to tie coursework to actual patients.  Development of a professional way of being is stressed throughout our Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

    HSOP is located in the Walker Building on the Auburn University campus. This facility is designed to optimize the School’s educational mission. Students’ learning is positively affected by small group meeting rooms available solely for students, high-tech lecture halls, a new multipurpose skills lab, a pharmaceutical care center, and a pharmacy dispensary. The HSOP is one of only a few pharmacy schools operating a pharmaceutical care clinic in its building that students can experience throughout their education.

    The Mobile Satellite Campus is located on the campus of the University of South Alabama. The facilities are similar to those on the Auburn Campus and the extensive use of information technology facilitate the replication of Auburn's quality Pharm.D. program at the Mobile satellite. Location of the HSOP's program in a building adjacent to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine allows the education of student pharmacists in a setting which facilitates collaboration with students in medicine and other health professionals.

    Faculty members are also located in health care facilities throughout Alabama and in adjacent states. This allows student pharmacists to complete their advanced practice experiences in a wide variety of practices devoted to the provision of pharmaceutical care.

    Auburn is located 110 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia and 115 miles southeast of Birmingham. The community is dedicated to the University and its 26,000 students. The environment allows students to experience university life while receiving an excellent general and professional education at the same time.  The campus environment affords access to amenities that are typical for a major university, including cultural events and SEC athletics. 

    Mobile is a city located in a metropolitan area of approximately 600,000 people and is in close proximity to the lovely Alabama Gulf Coast. It is a city known for its rich history, including the celebration of Mardi Gras. The location of the Mobile satellite on the campus of the University of South Alabama provides student pharmacists with the opportunity to experience campus life while completing their professional degree.  The HSOP's Mobile Campus Students are provided access to the University of South Alabama's campus facilities.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 226
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 207
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 149
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 50
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 37%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 63%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 250
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No quota
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No quota
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 40th percentile for composite, as well as chemistry and biology subscales
    • 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: 21-45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3.4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 87-89
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 57-59
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 87-89   
      English Composition I and II    
      Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II with Lab    
      Core Fine Arts    
      Literature (World, British, American)  3    
      Ethics   
      Genetics or Genomic Biology    
      Biochemistry    
      Microbiology with Lab    
      Immunology   
      Organic Chemistry I and II with Lab    
      Principles of Biology    
      Calculus    
      General Physics    
      Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II    
      Social Sciences   
      Statistics   
      Core History I and II    
      Mammalian or Human Physiology (Upper Division Required)  4-6   
      Additional Humanities   
    • Additional Information: 

      Students must demonstrate proficiency in the use of a personal computer (including Microsoft Office software) at the time of matriculation into the Harrison School of Pharmacy.

       
      Students with a prior baccalaureate degree are exempt from the English composition, literature, humanities, history, fine arts, and social science requirements, but must complete all other requirements.


      History – Students must complete a sequence of world history, western civilization, or United States history.
      Core Fine Arts – Students must take a course in art appreciation, art history, music appreciation, film studies, or theater appreciation.

      Ethics – A course in health ethics is preferred, a general ethics course is acceptable. Courses in general philosophy do not meet this requirement.

       
      Literature – A 3-hour course American literature, English literature, world literature, British Literature or great books is acceptable.

      Additional Humanities - 3 additional hours selected from public speaking, literature, fine arts, philosophy 

      Core Social Sciences – Two 3-hour courses selected from anthropology, geography, psychology, sociology, economics, or political sciences.


      Statistics – Must have a general statistics or biostatistics emphasis; a course in business statistics does not meet the requirement.


      Physics – Can be either trigonometry-based or calculus-based.


      Calculus – A course in business calculus does not meet the requirement.


      Biochemistry, genetics/genomic biology, microbiology, and immunology – These courses must be taken at a 4-year college or university and must be upper division (junior level or higher). The biochemistry course must be a general survey course. Students at colleges and universities offering a 2-semester biochemistry sequence must take both semesters.

      Mammalian/Human Physiology - Course must be a upper-division course of at least 4 credit hours.  Prospective applicants should contact the School regarding questions they may have concerning this prerequisite requirement.


      Additional information is available at: http://www.pharmacy.auburn.edu/prospective_students/professional_degree/menu.htm


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: no limit
      • Details: 
        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July or September.  Early decision applicants must take the PCAT in (or before) July.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 

        Applicants who do not have English as their first language are encouraged to take the TOEFL and TOESL, and include these results in their applications.  Proficiency in spoken English will also be assessed during the interview process.  Proficiency in English (both spoken and written) is essential for success in our Pharm.D. Program.

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

      All student pharmacists are required to provide proof of the following immunizations prior to matriculation: Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); Varicella (chicken pox); Hepatitis B vaccine series and documentation of antibody titer; Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap); Booster with tetanus/diptheria (Td) required every 10 years

      Tuberculosis skin test (or chest X-ray as appropriate), CPR certification, and proof of current medical insurance are also required.


  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        At a minimum applicants should have explored the profession of pharmacy sufficiently to be able in an interview to provide meaningful answers to questions related to pharmacy.  During the interview, applicants are expected to provide clear rationale as to their reasons for pursuing a career in pharmacy.


  11. Residency ↑ 


  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: 03/02/2015 Received by deadline

  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
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • Sept 2014 through March 2015 
    • Details: 
      Interviews are held on both the Auburn and Mobile campuses on weekdays. Applicants should plan for an interview day that begins about 8:30 AM and concludes at approximately 3:30 PM. Interviewees are provided the opportunity to interact with currently enrolled student pharmacists, learn about the School and its programs, and to have their questions answered.  Lunch is provided by the School.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 09/2014 - 04/2015; Initial decision (admit, defer, deny) sent within 2 weeks of interview. Final decisions on previously deferred applicants are sent in mid-April.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 09/2014 - 04/2015; Must reply within 2 weeks of receiving an admission offer
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: 2 weeks after receiving an admission offer
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: $500 non-refundable deposit that is applied to first semester's tuition
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/10/2015 - 08/15/2015 
      • Details: Details to be announced
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/17/2015; Details to be announced
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests are considered on a case by case basis