Samford University
McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Spring 2016 Open House dates - Friday February 19th and Friday April 15th. For registration, please go to - http://samford.edu/pharmacy/open-house/. Summer 2016 dates TBA.



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Bruce Foster  
      • Director of Pharmacy Admission 
      • Ingalls 103-B 
      • 800 Lakeshore Drive  
      • Birmingham 
      • Alabama 
      • 35229  
      • Phone (Work): 205-726-2982 
      • Email: cbfoster@samford.edu 

      • Jon Parker  
      • Assistant Director of Admission 
      • Ingalls 103-C 
      • 800 Lakeshore Drive  
      • Birmingham 
      • Alabama 
      • 35229  
      • Phone (Work): 205-726-4242  
      • Phone (Fax): 205-726-4141 
      • Email: jmparker@samford.edu 

    • Website:

      • Samford University Campus
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  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  March 1, 2016


  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 Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: PharmD/Business Minor
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • 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:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    At McWhorter School of Pharmacy we believe that “Where You Get Your Pharm.D.” Matters” and we are committed to providing you with a personalized path to a career in pharmacy. Our innovative programs offer numerous didactic and experiential courses and electives that allow you to customize your studies to achieve your specific career goals. Our students pursue a variety of special interests, including missions, research and community pharmacy. We have clinical sites in 14 states and 10 countries and we’re always looking for new opportunities for our students to develop professionally and personally.

    Our curriculum is fully integrated and offers early clinical experiences during the academic year, rather than the summer. As part of Samford’s College of Health Sciences, our students experience remarkable interprofessional education opportunities that allow them to work and serve alongside students and professionals from a variety of health professions including nursing, nutrition, physical therapy, public health and more. These experiences equip graduates with essential skills and knowledge that make them highly marketable in today’s ever changing health care environment.

    Consistently scoring above the national average on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), our graduates are prepared for career success. For the past 10 years, the average first-time NAPLEX pass rate is 96% and more than 90% of our graduates receive job placement prior to graduation. If you’re interested in a residency, our graduates experience residency match rates exceeding the national average.

    If you choose to begin your pharmacy career at McWhorter School of Pharmacy you will experience vibrant student life. With an annual picnic, holiday dinners, exam week stress relief, and more than 10 pharmacy specific student organizations, there are always opportunities for you to get to know your classmates. We believe that relationships matter and our faculty, staff and students look forward to welcoming you into our McWhorter School of Pharmacy family.

    McWhorter School of Pharmacy is one of 10 schools at Samford University. Located on 200 beautiful acres in the heart of Homewood, a suburban community just minutes from downtown Birmingham, Samford affords students quaint suburban living with all of the benefits of a vibrant metropolitan area. Learn more about the Samford community at http://samford.edu/about/community/

    McWhorter School of Pharmacy participates in the PharmCAS early decision program. We invite you to learn more about us and to join us in our vision of “Preparing Pharmacists Who Transform Lives.” Visit us online at www.samford.edu/pharmacy.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 128
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 100
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 60
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.45
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: All interviews are complete. Apprx 200 were interviewed.
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Designation
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Designation
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: No Designation
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75 preferred
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75 preferred
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Set Limit. Above 40th percentile preferred.
    • 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: 19-45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4.02:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 64-67
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 28
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 64-67   
      Calculus I    
      Elementary Statistics    
      Physical Education Activity or Lifetime Health and Wellness/Fitness   
      Psychology or Sociology    
      Additional Liberal Arts    
      Human Anatomy & Physiology   
      Microbiology   
      General Chemistry    
      Organic Chemistry    
      Public Speaking    
      English Composition    
      Literature   
      World History/Western Civilization (3) OR US/American History (6)  3 or 6   
    • Additional Information: 

      Math and Science pre-requisite coursework should be completed within the past 5 years.  For an applicant holding a bachelors degree, all Math and Science pre-requisite coursework can be accepted within 5 years of date of degree.  Petition for appeal will be considered on a case by case basis.

      One semester of Organic Chemistry must be completed by the end of the Fall term to be eligible for admission consideration.  Applicants may be reviewed and invited for an interview during the Fall semester if one semester of Organic Chemistry has been satisfactorily completed or if the applicant is currently enrolled in the first semester of Organic Chemistry during that Fall semester. Literature course must be 200/2000/Sophomore level or above. For more information please visit http://samford.edu/pharmacy.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: 03/01/2016 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $25
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        MSOP SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FEE WAIVER: The $25 fee will be waived if the MSOP Supplemental Application is submitted by 11/30/15 at 11:59 PM Central Time.

        The Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application may be accessed by going to: http://samford.edu/pharmacy/admission/">http://samford.edu/pharmacy/admission/


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 01/2011
      • Details: 

        We accept all test dates unless otherwise noted on MSOP website.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Required for non-US citizens

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      An ACT or SAT is also required. For waivers, please contact MSOP Office of Admission or visit http://samford.edu/pharmacy.


  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? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • 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: 03/01/2016 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      World Education Services (WES) preferred.

      All accepted applicants, including those who are not a US citizen or US Permanent Resident, MUST have a valid US Social Security number by the first day of the first Fall semester courses.  A valid US Social Security number is required to be eligible for placement into Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE). 


  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: 

      One (1) academic letter of recommendation is required and must be completed by a college level Math or Science Professor who has taught you in class. If your college pre-health committee prepares a composite/collective reference, you must submit that reference along with the PharmCAS printable academic form to PharmCAS. One (1) non-academic letter of recommendation is also required. It is preferred that this letter be completed by a pharmacist who has supervised you in a work setting. If you do not have pharmacy experience, then the non-academic letter of recommendation may be completed by anyone who has recently supervised you in a work setting. For more information go to http://samford.edu/pharmacy.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • One (1) academic letter of recommendation is required and must be completed by a college level Math or Science Professor who has taught you in class. If your college pre-health committee prepares a composite/collective reference, you must submit that reference along with the PharmCAS printable academic form to PharmCAS. One (1) non-academic letter of recommendation is also required. It is preferred that this letter be completed by a pharmacist who has supervised you in a work setting. If you do not have pharmacy experience, then the non-academic letter of recommendation may be completed by anyone who has recently supervised you in a work setting. For more information go to http://samford.edu/pharmacy.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Politician
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: If your college pre-health committee prepares a composite/collective reference, you must submit that reference along with the PharmCAS printable academic form to PharmCAS.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Fall 2015: Oct 3, Oct 24, Nov 14, Dec 5. Spring 2016 dates TBA. 
    • Details: 

      You must have completed or currently be enrolled in Organic Chemistry 1 to be eligible to be interviewed. Once the Pharmacy Admission Committee reviews the applicant's file to determine interview or deny, the Pharmacy Admission Office will notify the applicant of the decision. Applicants receiving an interview invitation will be notified via e-mail with the dates for the upcoming interviews. The e-mail will instruct the applicant to contact the Pharmacy Admission Office to confirm an interview appointment.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance E-letters are sent following the applicant interview on a continual basis; generally October through May.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Three (3) weeks from date of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: due three (3) weeks from date of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The $500.00 seat deposit will be waived for any applicant admitted through the Early Decision process.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • The week preceding the first day of classes 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday August 15, 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Consideration given only in cases of extreme extenuating circumstances arising AFTER the offer of acceptance has been made.