Presbyterian College
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Deanie Kane 
      • Director of Admissions 
      • School of Pharmacy  
      • Presbyterian College  
      • 307 North Broad Street  
      • Clinton 
      • South Carolina 
      • 29325  
      • Phone (Work): 864-938-3911 
      • Phone (Fax): 864-938-3903 
      • Email: pharmacy@presby.edu 

    • Website:

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  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  February 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: 
      • 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: 30 August 2014 
      • Dates: 8 November 2014 
    • 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:
      • N/A 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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:

    • 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 immediately reinforcing what students are learning in the classroom.
    • Incorporation of technology in ways that enhance learning and at the same time providing easy access to faculty both in the classroom and outside of class.
    • Commitment to the success of each and every student with exceptional retention rates, 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 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/


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 207
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 148
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 80
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 5
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 39%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.27
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 240
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-47
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 5:1

  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 2015 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  
      English  
      Psychology or Sociology  
      Public speaking 
      Human Anatomy and Physiology  
      General Chemistry with lab   12 
      Organic Chemistry with lab   12 
      Physics 
      Statistics  
      Calculus  
      Ethics, Religion, or Philosophy 
      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/


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy requires a supplemental application for admission in addition to the PharmCAS application. The supplemental application is used to gather more specific information about a student's extracurricular activities and is an important part of the application review. Volunteerism, leadership, and professional exploration are measured based on responses to the supplemental application form, thus applicants are encouraged to carefully complete these portions of the supplemental application regardless of information already included in the PharmCAS application. Please note that a valid PharmCAS ID# is required for submission of a supplemental application. Once you submit your PharmCAS application, you will receive an email reminding you to also complete the supplemental application. Both the PharmCAS and supplemental applications are due by 2 February 2015.
      • Deadline:  02/02/2015 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $60.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The supplemental application should be completed online at https://pharmacy.presby.edu/forms/supplemental-application-for-doctor-of-pharmacy-program


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered:  January 2008
      • Details: 
        • 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.
      • 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
      • Details: 

        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.


  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.  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.


  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
    • 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, submission of transcripts, and other required documentation 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • 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.  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 pharmacy@presby.edu.

       

      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 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

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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 date of 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: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Fall classes begin with new student orientation, starting on Monday 19 August 2015. Attendance at the week-long new student orientation is mandatory. Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy new student orientation is a 1 credit pass/fail course in the professional curriculum and culminates with a White Coat Ceremony on Saturday. Orientation information is available at http://pharmacy.presby.edu/student-resources/orientation/
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Deferred entrance is not allowed. Applicants accepted for fall 2015 who decide not to matriculate for any reason must re-apply through PharmCAS the following year to be considered.