Auburn University

Harrison School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Laurie Kenney Gann
Coordinator of Admissions

2316 Walker Building
Auburn University, Alabama 36849

Phone (Work): 334-844-8348

Phone (Fax): 334-844-8353

Website:

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
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/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
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

Program Description (back to top)

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. HSOP's trend-setting curriculum is fully integrated and prepares graduates who are ready to enter practice with personal character, confidence, and competence to assume leadership positions in their communities and as members of patient care teams. As part of their pharmacy practice experiences, 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.

 

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 multipurpose skills lab, a pharmaceutical care center, and a pharmacy dispensary. 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 facilitates the replication of Auburn's quality Pharm.D. program at the Mobile satellite. Location of the HSOP's program at the University of South Alabama allows the education of student pharmacists in a setting which facilitates collaboration with students in medicine and other health professions. Faculty members are also located in health care facilities throughout Alabama and in adjacent states, allowing student pharmacists to complete their advanced practice experiences in a wide variety of practices.

 

Auburn is located 110 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia and 115 miles southeast of Birmingham. The community is dedicated to the University and its 30,000 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 (16,000 students) 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.

 

The following video provides a glimpse inside the Harrison School of Pharmacy:

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Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 240
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 230
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 149
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Prefer 40th percentile or higher for composite, as well as chemistry and biology sub-scores
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.40
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-38
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 87-88
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 57-58
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 87-88   
English Composition I and II    
Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II with Lab    
Core Fine Arts    
Literature (World, British, American)  3    
Ethics or Philosophy   
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, Biomedical, Human, Vertebrate, or Animal Physiology (Upper Division Required)  4-5   
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.

 

Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Prerequisite Requirements for Applicants who will enter AUHSOP with a Bachelor’s Degree1,2

The AUSHOP has the prerogative to waive certain prerequisite courses for applicants that will receive a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation.  Decisions to waive prerequisite requirements are made by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

 

The minimum prerequisite requirements for students entering with a bachelor’s degree are as follows:

General Chemistry with Lab – 8 semester hours

Organic Chemistry with Lab – 8 semester hours

Biochemistry – 3 semester hours

Principles of Biology with Lab – 4 semester hours

Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab – 8 semester hours

Microbiology with Lab – 4 semester hours

Calculus – 4 semester hours

Statistics – 3 semester hours

Physics (either trigonometry or calculus based) – 4 semester hours

1Applicants for admission are encouraged to complete additional upper division coursework in biological sciences (e.g., Genetics/Genomic Biology, Immunology, Upper Division Physiology [Mammalian, Biomedical, Vertebrate, Human or Animal], Cell Biology, Histology, Virology, Comparative Anatomy), Chemistry (e.g., Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Enzymology) and Physics (e.g., thermodynamics).  Successful completion of additional science coursework will be considered as part of the HSOP’s holistic admissions process.

2There are no additional specific humanities/social science requirements beyond those required by the applicant’s undergraduate college/university for completion of a baccalaureate degree.

 

Please note the following comments related to the AUHSOP's prerequisite requirements

History – Students must complete a sequence of world history, western civilization, or United States history.

Core Fine Arts – Acceptable courses include art appreciation, art history, music appreciation, film studies, or theater appreciation, etc.

Ethics/Philosophy – A course in health ethics is preferred; a general ethics course is acceptable. A course general philosophy may be substituted for ethics.

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 science.

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). 

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.auburn.edu/academic/pharmacy/apply/index.html

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

No

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: no limit
Details:
Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July or September.  Early decision applicants should 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.

Student pharmacists are required to receive the current influenza vaccine on an annual basis.

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

Students are subject to random drug screening.

Students are required to undergo an annual background check.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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: 03/01/2018 Received by deadline

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:

We require 3 letters. One letter must be from a faculty member who has taught you in a college level science course (we prefer 2 from science professors), and one letter from a pharmacist.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Science)

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)

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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • August 2018 through April 2019
Details:
Interviews are held on both the Auburn and Mobile campuses on weekdays. Applicants should plan for an interview day that begins about 9:00 AM and concludes at approximately 2:30 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.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 08/2018 - 04/2019; Initial decision (admit, defer, deny) sent within 2 days of interview. Final decisions on previously deferred applicants are sent in mid- to late-April.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 08/2017 - 04/2018; Admitted applicants must reply within 3 weeks of receiving an admission offer.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $500 total deposit
Due: see below
Refundable? No
Details: Applicants admitted during the regular admission process must provide a a $200 deposit within 3 weeks of receiving their notice of admission, with an additional $300 being due by March 1, 2019. Applicants admitted after March 1, 2019 must provide a $500 deposit within 3 weeks of receiving an admission offer. Early Decision Applicants: A deposit is not required for Early Decision Applicants that are admitted during the Early Decision Period.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 08/12/2019 - 08/16/2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/19/2019; Details to be announced
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes