South College (TN)
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: 
      • 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: August 17, 2018 at 9AM ET 
      • Details: Room 213. Please email to RSVP and to receive a parking pass. 
      • Dates: September 13, 2018 at 3PM ET 
      • Details: Room 213. Please email to RSVP and to receive a parking pass. 
      • Dates: October 11, 2018 at 3PM ET 
      • Details: Room 213. Please email to RSVP and to receive a parking pass. 
      • Dates: November 16, 2018 at 9AM ET 
      • Details: Room 213. Please email to RSVP and to receive a parking pass. 
      • Dates: January 24, 2019 at 3PM ET 
      • Details: Room 213. Please email to RSVP and to receive a parking pass. 
      • Dates: Individual Visits 
      • Details: The South College School of Pharmacy encourages individual visits from prospective students. To schedule a visit, please contact Ms. Lori Brown at (865)288-5871 or 
    • 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? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 


    The South College School of Pharmacy is located in Knoxville, Tennessee and offers a unique 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum, and is the only accelerated PharmD program in Tennessee.


    Through this 3-year curriculum, we achieve our mission to “prepare pharmacy students to be proficient practitioners who deliver team-oriented patient care, with advocacy and compassion, to diverse populations.”  We prepare student pharmacists to participate in team-oriented care through experiences in interprofessional education, including on-campus laboratory simulations with physician assistant and nursing students.  The faculty is composed of recognized pharmacy professionals devoted to student success.  The School of Pharmacy enjoys a diverse student body that contributes to understanding the needs of diverse populations.


    The Parkside Campus, home to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms and advanced instructional technology tools.


    South College is a regionally accredited private co-educational, non-sectarian academic institution with non-residential campuses in Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina. 


    To learn more about the South College School of Pharmacy, please visit our website at


  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: 100
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 100
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: NA
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 100
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 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: There is no minimum PCAT score required for consideration as South College School of Pharmacy practices holistic admissions. However, PCAT scores must be competitive with the current applicant pool.
    • 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: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.0
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 17 - 45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 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: 36
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 98
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 69  98 
      General Biology with Lab   12 
      Anatomy and Physiology with Lab   12 
      Microbiology with Lab 
      General Chemistry with Lab  12 
      Organic Chemistry with Lab  12 
      English Composition 
      Speech Communication 
      Electives in Humanities  12 
      Electives in Social/Behavior Sciences 
    • Additional Information: 
      • For applicants who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree, the pre-requisite requirements of speech and economics can be considered for substitution if competency in these content areas can be sufficiently demonstrated throughout the application and/or interview process.
      • It is preferred that all science pre-requisite coursework be completed within 7 years of the application cycle.
      • For more information on pre-requisite course requirements, please visit the South College School of Pharmacy Admissions Website at
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  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: 

        Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English Language by scoring a minimum composite of 80, but 100 or higher is preferred, on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).

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

      Students must meet and maintain requirements regarding the following for matriculation into the South College School of Pharmacy:

      1. Health and Medical Insurance

      2. Immunizations and Health and Medical History

      3. Computer and Mobile Device Requirements

      For more information, please see 

  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 or Permanent Resident Card are required for foreign citizens.


  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
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Applicants to the South College School of Pharmacy must provide 3 letters of reference as follows:

      1. One letter from a faculty member of a pre-requisite science course OR a pre-health adviser (Required)

      2. One letter from a pharmacist (Strongly preferred)

      3. A third letter from any individual of the applicant's choosing, except it cannot be from a family member related through blood or marriage

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Employer
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • 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 one interviewer
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Interview dates are scheduled throughout the admissions cycle. Please contact for more information. 
    • Details: 

      If selected the applicant must participate (at the applicant’s expense) in an interview with representatives 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. Invitations to interview are not an indication that the applicant will be accepted. 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? Every effort is made to call applicants within 2-3 business days of on-campus interviews whenever possible. Additionally, candidates are emailed a letter of acceptance following the phone call.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 14 days following receipt of the letter of acceptance email.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 200.00
      • Due: 14 days following receipt of letter of acceptance email
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Prior to March 2, 2019, an initial seat deposit of $200 is due to hold an acceptance's seat. On March 2nd, an additional $550 will be due to maintain one's seat, for a total seat deposit of $750. For seat deposits made following March 2nd, the full $750 will be due with the first payment. The full $750 will be applied to the first quarter's tuition upon enrollment.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • June, 2019 
      • Details: Mandatory Orientation and LEAPE to occur in mid-June, 2019.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: June 2019
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred entrance can be made in writing to the Director of Admissions at