South College (TN)
School of Pharmacy

South College School of Pharmacy has extended its application deadline to June 1, 2018

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018

  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: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Quarter (four 10 week terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: TBD 
      • Details:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Welcome to South College School of Pharmacy! We offer an accelerated three-year Pharm.D.We invite you to follow us on Facebook:


    South College is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian academic institution that has been part of the fabric of Knoxville since 1882. We embrace the higher education mission of teaching, scholarly contribution, and service. Consistant with its long history, South College places primary emphasis on providing quality undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of diverse student body. A major strength is our small college environment where individualized attention to student need is provided with a focus on growth, direction, and excellence.


    Consistant with the history of South College, the School of Pharmacy Mission is to educate pharmacy students to be highly qualified pharmacy practitioners who will provide competent pharmacy care with advocacy and compassion in order to meet the healthcare needs of individuals and diverse population. In support of this Mission we provide an environment that fosters excellence among pharmacy students and faculty.


    The School of Pharmacy campus is in West Knoxville that is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms and advanced instructional technology tools. Our faculty members are nationally recognized experts in teaching, research and practicing pharmacy. Also supporting our success is the Knoxville area and its robust healthcare institutions and pharmacies where students learn alongside dedicated healthcare professionals.


    Please visit our website.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 220
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 100
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 100
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: NA
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 100
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 100
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5 preferred
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: NA; however, students must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses.
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: NA
    • 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 2017 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.0
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-41
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 69
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 100
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 69  100 
      General Biology with Lab   12 
      Anatomy and Physiology with Lab   12 
      Speech Communication  
      Electives in Humanities*   12 
      Electives in Social/Behavior Sciences*  
      General Chemistry with Lab   12 
      Organic Chemistry with Lab   12 
      Microbiology with Lab  
      English Composition  
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Please DO NOT SEND THE SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION until after your PharmCAS application is verified. Once the School of Pharmacy electronically receives the verifed PharmCAS application the applicant will be sent an email with the link to send the supplemental application.
      • Deadline: March 1, 2018 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: 60.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The link for the Pharmacy Supplemental Application will be emailed after the PharmCAS application is VERIFIED.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 5 years
      • Details: 

        PCAT tests are preferred, but the South College School of Pharmacy will consider other graduate school admissions tests such as the MCAT, DAT, or GRE.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      There are 3 required health and immunization forms required as part of matriculation that are found under health and immunization on the School of Pharmacy website.


  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? 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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Details: 

      F-1 Visa only.

      South College will consider Foreign Coursework evaluated by WES or ECE and sent to PharmCAS.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
    • 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? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • TBD 
    • Details: 

      If selected the applicant must participate (at the applicant’s expense) in an on-campus interview with representatives of the Admissions Committee of the South College School of Pharmacy. On-campus interviews are preferred, but the South College School of Pharmacy will consider interviews conducted via video calling software in certain situations. Only those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for admission will be granted an invitation to interview, and the interview is not an indication that the applicant will be accepted. Invitations to interview will be determined by the Executive Associate Dean and the Admissions Committee. The process for extending invitations to interview will be from those applicants judged most qualified (based on cumulative grade point average, PCAT score and other measures) to those judged less qualified until the class is admitted. A result of this process is that some applicants who meet the minimum requirements for admission may not be extended an invitation to interview. Whether a particular applicant will be invited to interview will be affected by how a particular applicant compares to the other applicants in the pool in each annual admissions cycle.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Applicants are called after the interview then mailed a letter of acceptance
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks after receipt of official letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 750.00
      • Due: 2 weeks after acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The 750.00 seat deposit is applied toward tuition
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • June 2018 
      • Details: Mandatory Orientation and Prep TBD
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: June 2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: