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 patient health 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 our faculty is unsurpassed in quality, expertise, and commitment to the education of future pharmacists.
Presbyterian College 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.
Unique aspects of the PharmD program at Presbyterian College include:
To learn more about our program, visit http://pharmacy.presby.edu
To hear about our program from our students' perspectives, visit our student blog at http://rxtolifeatpcsp.blogspot.com/
To get details on our admissions process, visit http://pharmacy.presby.edu/prospective-students/admissions-2/
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Biology with lab||8||12|
|Microbiology with lab||4||6|
|History or Political Science||3||5|
|Psychology or Sociology||3||5|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology||6||9|
|General Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Ethics, Religion, or Philosophy||3||5|
All prerequisite 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 http://pharmacy.presby.edu/prospective-students/course-equivalencies/
The supplemental application should be completed online at https://pharmacy.presby.edu/forms/supplemental-application-for-doctor-of-pharmacy-program
- Applicants for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle must take the PCAT on or before January 2015; however summer and fall test dates are recommended.
- Early decision applicants for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle must take the PCAT on or before September 2014; however summer test dates are recommended.
- Graduates of and students currently enrolled at Presbyterian College are not required to take the PCAT if they apply early decision.
Healthcare experience is not required; however it is very important that each applicant can articulate why he/she is interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacist. Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore the varied options of the profession by working in a pharmacy (paid or volunteer), shadowing pharmacists, and/or interviewing pharmacists. The extent to which you have explored the profession will be measured based on information included in the supplemental application and this score will be factored into admissions decisions. Applicants' commitment to the profession will also be assessed during the admissions interview.
Only coursework completed at accredited U.S. institutions will be accepted. Coursework completed outside of the U.S. or at unaccredited institutions will not be considered and must be repeated at an accredited U.S. institution to fulfill the prerequisite coursework requirements.
A letter of reference from a pharmacist and a letter of reference from a college professor are required. When submitting names of referees to PharmCAS, you are allowed 4 referees; please include at least one pharmacist and one college professor as referees. Letters of reference do not have to be sent in before you submit your application to PharmCAS; you should submit your application as soon as all of the information that you enter is complete. The School of Pharmacy will help you track the completion of letters of reference, submission of transcripts, and other required documentation after your application is submited to PharmCAS.
Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy employs a structured interview process that is designed to assess core competencies that are important for future pharmacists but 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.
Interviewer scores as well as interviewer and staff comments factor prominently in the Admissions Committee decisions for admission. Applicants are selected to visit campus for an interview based on their academic performance, PCAT writing score, letters of recommendation, volunteerism, leadership, and professional exploration. Admission is competitive and selection for an interview does not guarantee admission.
Interviews are initiated and scheduled by the School. If selected, you will receive an invitation to interview with your scheduled date; half-day admissions interviews are conducted from 1:00-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the application cycle. During your visit, you will attend an informational session, interview with a two-person panel, participate in a group interaction component, and receive a tour of the pharmacy school facility. Adult guests (parents, spouses, significant others) are welcome to attend several special sessions scheduled during the afternoon. These sessions include information about the Presbyterian College PharmD program, financial aid opportunities, housing options, as well as information about Clinton, SC and the surrounding area. To register a guest, please contact the admissions office at 864.938.3911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are responsible for arranging accommodations and travel to Clinton, SC for their admissions interview; more information regarding travel and accommodations is available at http://pharmacy.presby.edu/prospective-students/travel-information
- Proof of identification: A government- or college-issued photo ID must be presented at registration before you can participate in the admissions interview.
- Attire: Dress professionally. Suitable attire for women includes dresses or skirts of medium length, or non-denim tailored slacks with appropriate tops. Suitable attire for men includes collared dress shirts with jacket and tie. Underdressing (e.g. jeans, tennis shoes, etc.), overdressing (e.g. party dresses, etc.), or wearing revealing clothing is inappropriate.
- Punctuality: In order to ensure that you arrive on time to your interview, you should allow time for the unexpected (e.g. traffic or weather delays).
- Answering Questions: Answer all questions honestly and as compleetely as possible. Be yourself! Don't try to second guess the "target" answer to questions. Ask for clarification if needed and answer "I don't know" when applicable.
For more information regarding admissions interviews at Presbyterian College, visit http://pharmacy.presby.edu/prospective-students/admissions-interviews