Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Mr. Darnae' G. Parks
Assistant Director of Admissions

GA-PCOM Office of Admissions

Pharmacy Admissions
625 Old Peachtree Rd
Suwanee, Georgia 30024

Phone (Work): 678-225-7500

Phone (Fax): 678-225-7509

Website:

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 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? No
Type of academic term:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Trimester (Three Terms/Academic Years 1-3) Quarter (Four Terms/Academic Year 4)
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:
  • Dates

    TBD

    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 Pharmacy (PharmD) Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Biomedical Science (MS) 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? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

Responding to the rising need for pharmacists nationally, and particularly in the South, Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) established a four–year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional degree program in 2010.

 

Supported by PCOM’s century-old tradition of training osteopathic physicians and other health practitioners, the School of Pharmacy provides a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum delivered by accomplished educators, practitioners, and pharmaceutical scientists.

 

The School of Pharmacy is a student-centered program. Our faculty is committed to providing all of the necessary resources to support students both academically and personally, and each student is assigned a faculty advisor. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education and practice skills that will prepare them as generalist pharmacists capable of practicing in various healthcare environments. In keeping with the School’s mission to support discovery and translational research, our faculty is engaged in research in basic, clinical and administrative sciences, providing additional opportunities for student participation. Our School is committed to improving the success of each and every student.

 

As part of this professionally-oriented education, students work in state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching laboratories including a sterile products lab, compounding lab, and simulated pharmacy practice lab. Other advanced resources include a Pyxis automated dispensing machine and laminar flow hoods to prepare sterile products using aseptic techniques such as intravenous solutions. Clinical learning and assessment laboratories utilizing simulated patients and a cadaver anatomy lab are other resources offered by the program.

 

The PCOM School of Pharmacy prepares entry-level generalist pharmacists for careers with the right combination of skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values to develop and grow in this rapidly evolving profession.


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 90
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 90
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
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: A holistic approach to admissions is utilized whereby all attributes of the applicant are considered. There is no minimum overall GPA however the average overall GPA of accepted applicants is 2.9.
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: A holistic approach to admissions is utilized whereby all attributes of the applicant are considered. There is no minimum prerequisite or science GPA however the average science GPA of accepted applicants is 2.8.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: A holistic approach to admissions is utilized whereby all attributes of the applicant are considered. PCAT subset and composite percentile scores >40 are considered competitive. Candidates who have completed the MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, or similar graduate or professional admissions test are encouraged to apply.
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: N/A
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: N/A
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.0
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 21-45
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 10:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

Yes

Details:
Deadline: April 1Received 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.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: <5 years of application date.
Details:

We will accept January/February 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.
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? No
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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
Details:

World Education Services (WES) is the only transcript evlautor.  

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 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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
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.

PCOM will be conducting off-site interviews during this application season.  Locations will be determined in the fall.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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:
  • August 6-10, 2018
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 13, 2018
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes