Presbyterian College

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Deanie Kane
Director of Admissions

School of Pharmacy

Presbyterian College
307 North Broad Street
Clinton, South Carolina 29325

Phone (Work): 864-938-3913

Phone (Fax): 864-938-3903

Website:

  • http://pharmacy.presby.edu/
  • Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy

  • There is no generic substitution to an education at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: April 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:
  • 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)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    Details

    We offer visits Monday through Friday, personalized to meet your needs. Please contact Deanie Kane, Director of Admissions, to schedule a visit. 864.938.3913 or kjkane@presby.edu

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:

Program Description (back to top)

 

The PharmD program at Presbyterian College is designed to prepare students for the general practice of pharmacy. Our curriculum focuses on managing patients' healthcare and employs diverse modes of learning including lectures, laboratories, and simulated patient experiences. The technology-rich environment of the School of Pharmacy facility provides an optimal environment for learning. Our faculty are unsurpassed in quality, expertise, and commitment to the education of future pharmacists.

 Presbyterian College provides pharmacy education with a liberal arts 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:

  • Preparation of pharmacist graduates to practice in a changing healthcare environment and in a variety of settings - from chain drug stores to pharmacy ownership to residency and clinical pharmacy.
  • Integration of experiential and classroom learning with introductory pharmacy practice experiences woven into the academic semesters reinforcing what students are learning in the classroom.
  • Incorporation of technology in ways that enhance learning.
  • Easy access to faculty both in the classroom and outside of class.
  • Commitment to the success of each and every student with increased access to faculty and resources and unparalleled opportunities for professional growth.
  • Emphasis on student development as professionals and servant leaders via co-curricular opportunities such as professional meeting attendance, pharmacy-related and general community service, leadership development, professional attire, and involvement in professional organizations.

 To learn more about our program, visit http://pharmacy.presby.edu

To get details on our admissions process, visit http://pharmacy.presby.edu/prospective-students/admissions-2/

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Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150-200
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 100-120
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 65
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 15
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: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: no minimum score
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? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 30%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 70%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.30
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-42 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.5:1

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: 102
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  102 
General Biology with lab   12 
Microbiology with lab  
Humanities 
English  
Psychology or Sociology  
Public Speaking 
Human Anatomy and Physiology  
General Chemistry with lab   12 
Organic Chemistry with lab   12 
Physics 
Statistics  
Calculus  
Economics  

Additional Information

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/

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

No

Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

 

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: January 2011
Details:
  • Applicants for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle must take the PCAT on or before February 2019; however summer and fall test dates are recommended.  
  • Early decision applicants for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle must take the PCAT on or before September 2018; 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.
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 that 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.

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): 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.  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.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

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 after your application is submited to PharmCAS.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Science)

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September through March
Details:

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.

 

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 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 by phone and/or email with your scheduled date; half-day admissions interviews are conducted from 1:30-5:00 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. 

 

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

 

Interview Tips

  • 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 completely 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

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are e-mailed following the applicant interview on a weekly basis. The average turnaround time after an interview is 10 days but can range from 2 days to several months after the interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Once accepted, you will be required to respond to your acceptance letter informing the School whether or not you will matriculate at Presbyterian College. This response is due two 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: Once accepted, you will be required to respond to your acceptance letter informing the School whether or not you will matriculate at Presbyterian College. This response is due two weeks from the date of the acceptance letter. To accept the School's offer, regular decision applicants must include a $1,000 tuition deposit with their acceptance of the offer; the tuition deposit will be applied against fall tuition after matriculation. The deposit is not refundable if a student does not matriculate at Presbyterian College. Accepted early decision applicants are not required to submit a tuition deposit.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 14, 15, and 16, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Fall classes begin with new student orientation, August 14, 2019. Attendance at the new student orientation is mandatory and culminates with a White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 16, 2019.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No