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.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Physical Education Activity or Lifetime Health and Wellness/Fitness||2|
|Psychology or Sociology||3|
|Additional Liberal Arts||9|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology||8|
|World History/Western Civilization (3) OR US/American History (6)||3 or 6|
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.
We accept all test dates unless otherwise noted on MSOP website.
Required for non-US citizens
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.