Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
School of Pharmacy - Georgia Campus



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Marsha L. Williams, MSEd 
      • Associate Director of Admissions 
      • PCOM 
      • 4170 City Avenue 
      • Philadelphia 
      • Pennsylvania 
      • 19131 
      • Phone (Work): 215-871-6700 
      • Phone (Fax): 215-871-6719 
      • Email: Pharmdadmissions@pcom.edu 

      • L. Simone Pitts 
      • Admissions Coordinator/Recruiter 
      • GA-PCOM 
      • Pharmacy Admissions 
      • 625 Old Peachtree Rd 
      • Suwanee 
      • Georgia 
      • 30024 
      • Phone (Work): 678-225-7500 
      • Email: Pharmdadmissions@pcom.edu 

      • Allison Hogan 
      • Admissions Assistant/Recruiter 
      • GA-PCOM 
      • Admissions 
      • 625 Old Peachtree Rd 
      • Suwanee 
      • Georgia 
      • 30024 
      • Phone (Work): 678-225-7500 
      • Email: Pharmdadmissions@pcom.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Trimester (Three Terms/Academic Year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Details: Georgia Campus - PCOM hosts Open Houses in the Fall, Spring and Summer. You are more than welcome to join us to learn more about the following programs: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Biomedical Science (MS) Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) To register for these events please visit our website at admissions.pcom.edu.  
    • 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? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Responding to the rising need for pharmacists nationally, and particularly in the South, Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Suwanee, GA, now offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Supported by a 110-year tradition of training osteopathic physicians and other health practitioners, PCOM is uniquely positioned to introduce the PharmD to its range of offerings.

     

    PCOM School of Pharmacy faculty is comprised of expert and accomplished educators, practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists who employ exciting teaching methods within the most modern and advanced facilities in pharmaceutical education. The curriculum emphasizes patient-centered care and preventive practices, entrusting graduates to create thoughtful, proactive, customer-focused environments.

     

    The role of the pharmacist continues to evolve with opportunities in community/retail practice including drug, department stores or mass merchandisers; clinics or compounding labs; mail order or pharmaceutical wholesalers; healthcare and government agencies; as well as pharmaceutical research and development. PCOM School of Pharmacy will prepare graduates for entry-level careers with the right combination of skills, knowledge and attitudes to develop and grow in the ever-changing field.

     

    In June 2011, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education granted PCOM School of Pharmacy candidate accreditation status. For additional details on accreditation status, please go to http://www.acpe-accredit.org.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 220
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 152
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 100
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 84
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 44%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 56%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.14
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 576
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 100
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 100
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 100
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: Minimum GPA 2.25. GPAs above 2.5 are considered competitive.
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: scores >40 are competitive.
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 10:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 28
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 91
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60  91 
      General Chemistry I and II (each with laboratory)  12 
      Organic Chemistry I and II (each with laboratory)   12 
      General Biology I and II (each with laboratory) Cellular or molecular biology or zoology (each with laboratory) are also acceptable   12 
      Physics (with laboratory)  
      Humanities, from ANY of the following areas: Art, foreign language, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion or theatre   4.5 
      Other electives   12 
      Calculus   4.5 
      English Composition and English Literature  
      Speech   4.5 
      Economics   4.5 
      Introductory Statistics   4.5 
      Social/Behavioral Sciences, from ONE of the following areas: history, psychology, government, sociology   4.5 
    • Additional Information: 

      Prerequisites not completed by spring term, must be completed by summer session one.

      Additionally, in order for a course to count as a completed prerequisite, the course must have been completed with a grade of "C "or higher prior to matriculation AND must be less than 10 years old.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: April 1 Received by deadline
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Every student who submits a verified completed primary PharmCAS application will receive a secondary application.  All secondary applications are sent via email upon receipt of the primary application, which is electronically downloaded from PharmCAS.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: <5 years of application date.
      • Details: 

        We will accept January PCAT scores.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score.  Any applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate objective competency in English by satisfactory performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score is considered too old, and will not be accepted, if it is more than two years old from the start of the applicant’s admissions term. Country of citizenship does not exempt applicants from this requirement. Language of instruction at the college or university level, and how recent it has been, are the determining factors in meeting this requirement. The minimum required score for the IBT (Internet Based Testing) is 79 and a minimum score of 26 is required for the speaking component. General writing assistance is available for theses and dissertations; however, as an institution offering only graduate and professional programs, PCOM does not offer remedial ESL coursework.

         

        Applicants are exempt if:

         

        1. English is the exclusive language of instruction at the undergraduate level; or

         

        2. They have earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university not more than five years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment; or

         

        3. They have completed at least two full-time semesters of graded coursework, exclusive of ESL courses, in a U.S. college or university, or at an institution outside the U.S. where English is the exclusive language of instruction, not more than five years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment.

         

         

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: Students from states in the southern region of the United States are given special consideration.

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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: April 1 Received 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
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Letters from friends and family members are not acceptable.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • 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 - May 
    • Details: 

      In order to receive an offer of admissions to the PharmD program, you must be invited and participate in an on-campus interview.  Interviewers will consist mostly of faculty and staff of the school.  As the school grows, the interview team will likely include current students, pharmacy preceptors and school alumni as well.  Professional attire is required for the interview.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent within a two week period of an interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? A deposit is non-refundable and must be received within the time frame noted in your acceptance letter (usually within 14 days of date of acceptance letter).
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Within the 2 week deadline.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: To confirm your place in the incoming class, we must receive a $500.00 seat deposit. Your deposit will be credited toward your first tuition payment for the fall term. The $500 seat deposit is non-refundable.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Aug 11-15, 2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 18, 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Deferments are granted on a case by case basis. You must contact the office of admissions in writing at pharmdadmissions@pcom.edu.