Samford University
McWhorter School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  June 3, 2019


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • 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/Master of Science in Health Informatics, PharmD/Master of Studies in Law with a Concentration in Health Law and Policy, PharmD/Graduate 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 12 states and 12 countries on five continents.
    • More than 100 students traveled abroad including mission work, elective courses, and four-year practice experiences.

     

    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.

     

          • 94% NAPLEX first-time pass rate (10-year average)
          • 96% of our graduates are employed, including pharmacy residencies, within six months of graduation (2017)

     

    We believe that relationships matter.  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, faculty, staff and administration.  With a history that spans more than 90 years, we have over 5000 alumni in 46 states, who believe in supporting our students.  Through the support of our alumni and donors, 45% of the Class of 2021 received some level of scholarship funding.

     

    McWhorter School of Pharmacy is located in Samford's state of the art College of Health Sciences facilities provides a unique learning environment that is designed to foster interprofessional collaboration. The facilities include more than 10 clinical and research labs and a 22,000 square foot Experiential Learning and Simulation Center.  Samford is located on 200 beautiful acres in the heart of Homewood, a suburban community just minutes from downtown Birmingham. Learn more at http://samford.edu/pharmacy/community/.

     

    McWhorter School of Pharmacy participates in the PharmCAS Early Decision Process.  Learn more at www.samford.edu/pharmacy.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 160
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 128
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 30-35
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No Designation
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No Designation
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.0 absolute minimum with additional supporting items. 2.75 and above preferred.
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.0 absolute minimum with additional supporting items. 2.75 and above preferred.
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Set Limit.
    • 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
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 33%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 67%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.35
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-36
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.64:1

  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
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 
    • 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 64-67   
      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: 
      1. Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy can only accept courses from REGIONALLY ACCREDITED colleges and/or universities.
      2. 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.
      3. One semester of Organic Chemistry must be completed by the end of the Spring term of the application cycle to be eligible for admission consideration. Literature course must be 200/2000/Sophomore level or above.

      For more information, go to https://www.samford.edu/pharmacy/prerequisite-course-guides

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Supplemental information questions and material requests will be included in the program materials area within the PharmCAS application.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 01/2013
      • Details: 

        We accept all test dates unless otherwise noted on the McWhorter School of Pharmacy website.

        The PCAT is a requirement for admission to Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy; it is waived in the following situations:

        • Traditional Samford pre-pharmacy student who has at least 30 hours of coursework at Samford

        • A score on MCAT, DAT or comparable health sciences admissions test (not HSRT) equal to or above the 50th percentile taken no longer than 2 years prior to submission of pharmacy application to PharmCAS

        • Completion of a master’s degree or higher in the physical or biomedical sciences from a regionally accredited U.S. institution

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

         

        The TOEFL is only required if English is not the applicant’s primary language or the applicant did not attend high school in the US or a US territory.  (ie, if either statement is true, the applicant does not need to submit a TOEFL score).

         

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

      An ACT or SAT is also required. Unofficial copies are accetable.  This may be a copy of your personal score report, your high school or college transcript showing your score, or a screen shot from the testing agency showing your score.  OFFICIAL SCORE REPORTS ARE NOT REQUIRED. 

      The ACT/SAT requirement is waived for:

      • Any applicant who holds a prior BA or BS degree in any major
      • Any applicant who took the ACT/SAT more than 12 years ago
      • Any applicant who has English as his/her second language and the applicant did not attend high school in the U.S.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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: 06/03/2019 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. 
      • Employer
      • 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? Yes
    • 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:
      • To Be Determined. Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 dates will be available. 
    • Details: 

      With the understanding that an applicant must have a GPA of at least 2.0 overall and in the Math/Science prerequisites to be considered, the applicant can be invited for an interview if any one of the following four criteria is met:

      1. Overall GPA greater than or equal to 2.75 and McWhorter School of Pharmacy Math/Science Pre-requisite GPA greater than or equal to 2.75.

      2. PCAT composite score greater than or equal to the 60th percentile.

      3. GPA of most recent 30 credit hours greater than or equal to 3.20.  The last 30 hours considered for interview invitation must include at least 6 credits of Math or Science coursework.

      4. Those with a career or history of service to one’s country or community:

      • US Armed Forces/Veterans

      • Full-Time 1st Responders (Police, EMT, Fire)

      • Missionaries/Full Time Ministry

      • Eagle Scout/Gold Award

      • Full time primary, secondary or post-secondary educator

      • Other Licensed Health Professional

      • Others taken under consideration on a case by case basis

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      You must have completed or currently be enrolled in Organic Chemistry 1 during the Spring semester of the application cycle 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 June.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two (2) weeks from date of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: $200.00 is due two (2) 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. The seat deposit can be split into two payments: A first payment of $200.00 will be due within 2 weeks of the date of acceptance letter . A second payment of $300.00 will be due after March 1st. The deadline of the second payment is yet to be determined.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • The week preceding the first day of classes 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday August 26, 2019
    • 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.