Nova Southeastern University
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Kori Desiderio 
      • 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: desideri@nova.edu 

      • 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: ga351@nova.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  January 5, 2015


  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
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: October 18, 2014 & March 7, 2014 
      • Details: Applicants interested in attending upcoming open house events may check on line at https://www.nova.edu/openhouse/ for times and changes or additions to the posted dates.  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • 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 NSU College of Pharmacy offers a challenging professional program of study in pharmacy through the Pharm.D. degree designed to meet the needs of current and future patient-centered care. Presented by highly talented and diverse faculty using innovative teaching modalities and technologies, our graduates are prepared to be medication therapy managers and positioned for leadership positions within the healthcare environment. We also provide opportunities for students who want more than the traditional curriculum, including a dual Pharm.D./MBA degree option, opportunities to work with faculty research projects, advanced-standing program for international pharmacists, and international study programs.

    The Doctor of Pharmacy degree is awarded after a successful completion of four years of professional study in the College of Pharmacy. The curriculum is designed such that courses integrate information and build upon one another in order to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the profession. The didactic component of the first two years of the curriculum builds a foundation in the medical and pharmaceutical sciences. Traditional courses in anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and microbiology are provided in order to develop foundation. Pharmaceutical science courses including Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics and Nonprescription Therapies are designed to provide students with a strong understanding of principles of drug therapy. The innovative curriculum also includes the integration of medical chemistry and pharmacology into one course entitled Pharmacodynamics, which runs four semesters. Insight into the business, marketing and legal aspects of pharmacy and the health care system are provided. In addition, the human relation and communication aspects of pharmacy are studied during second year.

    Benefitting from the location and diversity of South Florida, NSU's COP offers our students an environment that cannot be matched elsewhere.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 260
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 225
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 225
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 9
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 20
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.40
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 250
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 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: 18-50
    • 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 2015 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 
      English 
      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  

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Required for application review
      • Deadline: 03/01/2015 Postmarked 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.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: No more than 5 years old at the time of interview
      • Details: 

        Applicants should take the PCAT no later than January 2015.

      • 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
    • 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: 
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • 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: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • 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? 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:
      • October through April 

  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-$500
      • Due: Due within three weeks of an applicant's acceptance
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: A pre-registration fee of $500 is also due by March 15th. Both acceptance and pre-registration fees are nonrefundable.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2015, TBA 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2015, TBA
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No