Samford University
McWhorter School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

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

    • Website:

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  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  March 1, 2017


  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:
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  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. This year, more than 100 students will travel abroad including mission work, an elective course in London and four-year practice experiences.

     

    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 choose to begin your pharmacy career at McWhorter School of Pharmacy you will experience vibrant student life and exceptional facilities. 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. This year we have a new home on Samford’s beautiful campus. In 2016, the school relocated to a new 223,000 square foot facility that offers students state of the art learning environments that are designed to foster interprofessional collaboration. The facilities include more than 10 clinical and research labs and a 22,000 square foot Simulation Center.

     

    We are 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/">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">www.samford.edu/pharmacy.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 128
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 30-35
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: No Designation
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 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. 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.40
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 19-45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 3.81:1

  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 2017 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.

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes

  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. 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.  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
      • 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: 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? 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:
      • TBA 
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    • Details: 

      With the understanding that an applicant must have GPAs of at least 2.0 both overall and in the Math/Science pre-requisites to be considered, the applicant can be invited for an interview if any one of the following three (3) criteria is met:

      1) Overall GPA greater than or equal to 2.75 and MSOP Math/Science Pre-requisite GPA greater than or equal to 2.75.
      or
      2) PCAT Composite score greater than or equal to the 60th percentile.
      or
      3) GPA of most recent 30 credit hours greater than or equal to 3.20.

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      You must have completed or currently be enrolled in Organic Chemistry 1 during the Fall semester 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 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday August 22, 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.