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 
      • c/o Pontifical Catholic University  
      • 2250 Avenida Las Americas Suite 607 
      • Ponce 
      • Puerto Rico 
      • 00717-0777 
      • Phone (Work): 787-841-2000 ext 2457 
      • 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 ↑ 

    Nova Southeatern University is the largest independent university in the southeast. With approximately 27,000 students, 162,000 alumni, a sprawling, 314-acre Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus and a presence throughout Florida, the U.S. and nine countries around the world, NSU's reputation for academic excellence and innovation continues to flourish. Nova Southeastern University is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees in a wide rande of fields including, the health professions, law, business, marine sciences, and education. In addition, the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Nova Southereastern University College of Pharmacy has been granted full accreditation status by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the national agency for the accreditation of professional programs in pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

    Curriculum: The curriculum of the College of Pharmacy stresses innovative delivery and assessment methods. Practice experiences in community, hospital, service learning, and traditional pharmacy settings begin in the first semester and continue throughout the student's course of study. These experiences facilitate real-life application of the material and provide opportunities to integrate information learned in the classroom. The first two years build a foundation in the medical and pharmaceutical sciences, including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and nonprescription therapies. Third year students focus on applying the material they have learned. The entire fourth year consists of full-time clinical rotations, where students practice Drug Therapy monitoring, (or develop Drug Therapy monitoring skills in specialized areas.)

    Highlights: Since admitting its charter class in 1987, the College of Pharmacy has: Led the nation in the level of enrollment of Hispanic doctoral pharmacy students; Developed residency programs in General Pharmacy Practice, Ambulatory Care, and Infectious Diseases; Developed a Drug Information Center to provide area health care providers with current information on pharmaceuticals; Developed two ambulatory care pharmacies for innovative teaching and testing of pharmacist's expanding roles; Surpassed the national and state passing rates on the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination.

    Facilities: The main campus of the College of Pharmacy is situated in the Health Professions Division of Nova Southeastern University. This campus occupies a $70 million complex covering 21 acres. The division includes eight buildings totaling over 900,000 square feet of space for classrooms, laboratories, offices, the Health Professions Division library, an outpatient health center, and a pharmaceutical care center. In addition, the College of Pharmacy maintains separate sites in Palm Beach, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Each location has a team of site coordinators, administration, faculty, and staff. Compressed interactive video technology and video conferencing are used to provide lectures between sites simultaneously. This technology provides for live interaction between the lecturer and students regardless of location. Identical handouts, texts, and tests are used. All students have access to the Health Professions Division library, computer labs, on-line learning resources, and the vast technological innovations provided by NSU, which has been a leader in distance education programs for many years.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 450
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 350
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: Ft. Lauderdale- 120, West Palm Beach- 50, Puerto Rico- 50
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 11
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 45
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 30%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 70%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 500
    • 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: 19-53
    • 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