Presbyterian College
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Director of Admissions 
      • School of Pharmacy  
      • Presbyterian College  
      • 307 North Broad Street  
      • Clinton 
      • South Carolina 
      • 29325  
      • Phone (Work): 864-938-3911 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  February 3, 2014

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
      • If Other, please list: Please note: The Presbyterian College Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program is specifically for high school students who are simultaneously accepted into both the undergraduate and PharmD programs at Presbyterian College.
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy employs a holistic admissions philosophy.  Both academic factors and non-academic factors are considered in selecting applicants for admission.  Academic factors are employed to select applicants who are prepared to succeed in a rigorous professional curriculum.  Non-academic factors are included to select applicants who will fulfill the mission of Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy to improve the health of South Carolinians and society in general by developing students with an unwavering ethical foundation who will positively impact the delivery of quality equitable pharmacy care; who will dedicate their lives to community service; and who will provide enlightened leadership in addressing the health care needs of a diverse patient population.

    The PharmD program at Presbyterian College is designed to prepare students for the general practice of pharmacy and integrates knowledge with hands-on experiences directly related to application within the practice of pharmacy. Our curriculum focuses on managing the health care problems of patients  and employs diverse modes of learning including lectures, laboratory experiences, small-group activities, problem solving, and cases. The technology-rich environment of the School of Pharmacy facility provides an optimal environment for learning and we are bringing together a faculty that is unsurpassed in quality, expertise, and commitment for the education of future pharmacists.

    PCSP provides pharmacy education with a liberal arts college approach, integrating classroom learning with practical experience-- emphasizing community engagement, valuing each student, and focusing on patient care. We are committed to helping students acquire the knowledge and skills required to provide comprehensive pharmacy care to the people they serve.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 217
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 149
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 80
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 39%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 38%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 62%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.29
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 250
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 80
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 80
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered:  Required
    • 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: 19-38
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 5.5:1

  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: 102
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 64  102 
      General Biology with lab   12 
      Microbiology with lab  
      History or Political Science  
      Psychology or Sociology  
      Public speaking 
      Human Anatomy and Physiology  
      General Chemistry with lab   12 
      Organic Chemistry with lab   12 
      Ethics, Religion, or Philosophy 
    • Additional Information: 

      All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to fall matriculation. Life science and organic chemistry courses earned seven or more years prior to applying to the School will not be allowed to be used to satisfy pre-pharmacy course requirements unless approved by the Admissions Committee on an individual applicant basis. Additional information about the eligibility of specific courses may be obtained at

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered:  January 2007
      • Details: 

        Applicants for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle must take the PCAT on or before January 2014.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      In order to be accepted, applicants must demonstrate fluency in both spoken and written English.  Applicants must also provide documentation what they have completed all required immunizations and successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation.  Students must maintain a South Carolina pharmacy intern license while enrolled.   

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  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: SC, NC, GA

  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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Details: 

       Only coursework completed at accredited U.S. institutions will be accepted.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • 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: 
      • Family Member
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • One day per month September - December; One day per week January - February  
    • Details: 

      Applicants will be selected to visit campus for an interview – selection will be based upon the student’s academic performance, written communication skills, letters of recommendation, volunteerism, leadership, and professional exploration. Admission is competitive and selection for an interview does not guarantee admission. The PCSP admissions interview is a structured interview process that is designed to assess core competencies that are difficult to measure via an application alone.  These competencies are:  commitment to the pharmacy profession, communication skills, empathy, ethical and moral reasoning, interpersonal skills, and motivation.  Students are responsible for arranging accommodations and travel to Clinton, SC for the interview process. Interviews will be conducted from 9:00–12:00 and 1:30–4:30.  During the visit, students will interview with a two-person panel (composed of faculty members and healthcare practitioners).   Students will also receive a tour of the campus. 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Applicants are accepted on a rolling admissions process. To increase competitiveness, applicants are encouraged to apply by November 1, 2013.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000.00
      • Due: 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: $1,000 tuition deposit applicable to fall tuition after matriculation
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/18/2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Deferred entrance is not allowed