Nova Southeastern University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Admissions Counselor 
      • Nova Southeastern University - Pharmacy Admissions  
      • 3200 S. University Drive  
      • Ft. Lauderdale 
      • Florida 
      • 33328  
      • Phone (Work): 954-262-1112 
      • Phone (Fax): 954-262-2282 
      • Email: 

      • Gloria Acosta 
      • Coordinator for Student Services/Recruitment 
      • College of Pharmacy 
      • Nova Southeastern University 
      • Professional Offices Park IV 
      • 997 San Roberto Street 
      • San Juan 
      • Puerto Rico 
      • 00926 
      • Phone (Work): 787-773-6584 
      • Email: 

      • LaTia Tayyache 
      • Coordinator of Student Services and Recruitment 
      • College of Pharmacy- Palm Beach Campus 
      • 11501 North Military Trail 
      • Palm Beach Gardens 
      • Florida 
      • 33410 
      • Phone (Work): 561-805-2264 
      • Phone (Fax): 561-805-2266 
      • Email: 

      • Jeffrey Jurkas 
      • Coordinator of Admissions and Recruitment 
      • College of Pharmacy 
      • 3200 South University Drive 
      • Fort Lauderdale 
      • Florida 
      • 33328 
      • Phone (Work): 954-262-1240 
      • Phone (Fax): 954-262-2278 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  February 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • 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.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./M.S.B.I. (Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics)
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: TBA 
      • Details: . For more information regarding the NSU Open House for fall and spring, visit the following link:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • 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:
      • Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is awarded after successful completion of the professional curriculum in the College of Pharmacy. The curriculum uses state-of-the-art interactive teaching, delivery, and assessment methods and is designed so courses integrate information and build on one another, providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful pharmacists in a dynamic and ever-changing environment. Students may enter either the four-year, entry-level program or the three-year advanced standing program for international pharmacy graduates.

    Please visit our website for further information regarding admissions requirements and procedures.

    The didactic component of the curriculum develops students into lifelong learners, building a foundation in the medical and pharmaceutical sciences, principles of drug therapy, pharmacodynamics, and the social and administrative aspects of pharmacy. Students are actively involved in advocacy for the profession, are patient centered, and develop team-based relationships with other health care professionals. On-going opportunities are provided for students to experience pharmacy practice first hand. First-year students gain knowledge of the profession from pharmacy leaders through lectures, town halls, alumni forums, laboratories, student organizations, and much more. The Pharmaceutics Compounding lab provides hands-on training for first year students in basic pharmaceutical formulations that can be prepared and dispensed in a pharmacy setting. Second- and third-year students participate in the Patient Care Management labs, which focus on using subjective and objective patient data to problem solve and create an appropriate, patient-centered plan. In addition, second year students spend four hours each week in a community pharmacy setting and third-year students devote eight hours each week in hospital and pharmacy service preclinical settings. These opportunities allow students to apply knowledge gained from all courses in the curriculum through simulated and real-life practice settings.

    Fourth-year students complete nine 160-hour Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) courses, six in direct patient care areas and three selective experiences in specialty health care areas. APPEs continue the student’s education by providing opportunities for the clinical application of patient care in diverse health care environments and systems. During the fourth year, the Curricular Review series provides online reviews and updates of didactic coursework, including calculations and case-based drug therapy evaluations. During the fourth professional year, all students are required to return to their respective campuses for up to one week of live instruction and board exam preparation.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 430
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 225
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 225
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 8
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 5
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 20
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 32%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 68%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.46
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 400
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • 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: 18-52
    • 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: 64
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 37
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 96
    • 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 64  96 
      General Biology I and II including laboratory 
      Anatomy and Physiology with or without laboratory 
      General Chemistry including laboratory  12 
      Organic Chemistry including laboratory   12 
      General Physics with or without laboratory  4.5 
      Calculus  4.5 
      Speech/ Public Speaking  4.5 
      Social/ Behavioral Sciences  4.5 
      Humanities   4.5 
      *Social/ Behavioral Sciences or Humanities   13.5 
      Advanced Sciences: cellular or molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or genetics  
    • Additional Information: 

      * Ethics, micro or macroeconomics, and general/life science statistics are highly recommended and may substitute   for up to 9 humanities and social/behavioral science elective credits.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Required for application review
      • Deadline: 03/15/2016 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Upon receipt of the PharmCAS Application, NSU College of Pharmacy will forward a secondary application to the applicant by email. It is highly suggested that the applicant check their junk mail and spam mail.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: No more than 3 years old at the time of interview
      • Details: 

        Applicants should take the PCAT no later than January 2016.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 

        All applicants must have completed English Composition I and II, with a grade of "C" or better. This is the only circumstance that will waitve the TOEFL requirement for ESL students.

      • 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
    • Details: For in-state tuition purposes students must claim in-state residence. Below is a link to help explain this process:
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 03/01/2015 Postmarked 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 (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Supervisor
      • 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? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September through April 
    • Details: 

      Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, may interview 15-20 applicants in one day. The interview session is a face to face interview one-on-two (one applicant and two faculty members). All applicants interviewed are done so with an open file. This means faculty members may review all application items prior to the interview. Each interview may take 20-30 minutes.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? The admissions process works on a rolling basis. Decision letters are mailed following the applicant interview, after being reviewed by the Committee on Admissions and the Dean of the College of Pharmacy
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? It is due within three weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: Acceptance Fee & Pre-registration Fee -$1000
      • Due: Due within three weeks of an applicant's acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2016, TBA 
      • Details: Orientation is normally the third week in August.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2016, TBA
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No