Nova Southeastern University - Entry Level

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Adrian Phen
Assistant Director II, Graduate Admissions

Nova Southeastern University - Pharmacy Admissions

Phone (Work): 954-262-1193

Phone (Fax): 954-262-2287

Phone (Mobile): 954-260-8568

Jennifer Gundersen
Admissions Counselor

Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy

Phone (Work): 954-262-1112

Phone (Fax): 954-262-2282

LaTia Willis
Coordinator of Student Services and Recruitment

College of Pharmacy- Palm Beach Campus

Phone (Work): 561-805-2264

Phone (Fax): 561-805-2266

Jose Pomales
Coordinator Student Services & Recruitment

College of Pharmacy- Puerto Rico Campus

Phone (Work): 787-773-6584


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 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? No
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: 64 semester hours of prerequisite coursework and then 4 years of Pharm.D.
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
  • Early Assurance
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:
  • Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico

Program Description (back to top)

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.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 380
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 230
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 230
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 10
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: 2.75
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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 34%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 66%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.54
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-48
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Required for complete application review.
Deadline: 03/15/2019Received 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. If students do not recieve an email, they may use the following link (Please note that applications will not be fully reviewed unless a PharmCAS is sent to the university.):

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: No more than 3 years old at the time of interview

Applicants should take the PCAT no later than Februrary 2017.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



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

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

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? 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: 03/15/2019 Postmarked 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:

Letters of reference from two science professors and one liberal arts professor are necessary. A letter of reference from a pharmacist may substitute one letter from a professor in either subject

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)

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

Interviews (back to top)

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

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 a closed file. This means faculty members will not review all application items prior to the interview. Each interview may take 20-30 minutes.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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?


Amount: Acceptance Fee & Pre-registration Fee -$1000
Due: Due within three weeks of an applicant's acceptance
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 2017, TBA
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2019, TBA
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No