The mission of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy is to graduate students with the PharmD degree who serve the evolving healthcare needs of the people of Tennessee and beyond. The College provides graduate and post-graduate education programs; conducts basic, clinical, and translational research; provides health services in a variety of settings; and offers continuing education for pharmacists. The College maintains excellence and diversity among its students, faculty, staff, and programs and is ranked within the top 20 of all colleges of pharmacy nationally by U.S. News and World Report. The UT College of Pharmacy was established in 1898 and is a national leader in education, research, community service, and patient care. There are two campuses; one located at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis, and a second campus at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. Students may complete their clinical rotations during the last 3 semesters of the curriculum in Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville, or Chattanooga. All first-year students attend classes at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis; approximately 75 students from each class will move to Knoxville for their 3 final years. State-of-the-art videoconference equipment provides live lectures to students on both campuses, in addition to live lectures with faculty present. UT College of Pharmacy offers a diverse and progressive curriculum. The first year of the professional curriculum builds upon the pre-pharmacy education of students and focuses on pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, non-prescription drugs, and basic clinical and communication skills. The next three semesters of the curriculum consist of therapeutics, pathophysiology, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, clinical literature retrieval and evaluation, pharmacy practice management, and introductory clinical experiences. The final three semesters of the curriculum consist of clinical rotations in a variety of settings. Students spend a minimum of 12 months applying their skills with pharmacy practice experiences in community or hospital practice and advanced clinical sites, such as internal medicine, family medicine, critical care, cardiology, parenteral nutrition, mental health, pediatrics, geriatrics, transplant, oncology, home infusion, substance abuse and other specialty areas. The pharmacist licensure pass rates of graduates of the UTHSC College of Pharmacy are consistently above the national average and students typically achieve a 96% pass rate or higher. The University of Tennessee first-time board exam pass rate for the Class of 2013 was 100%.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Biology/Zoology I and II General Chemistry I and II Organic Chemistry I and II Biochemistry I and II Microbiology Anatomy and Physiology I and II Calculus Statistics English Composition I and II Speech Electives (22 hours)||90|
|Anatomy & Physiology||8|
All science courses, other than Biochemistry, should include a laboratory component. If an institution offers only one Biochemistry course, UT College of Pharmacy will accept another high level biology course to fulfill the second course requirement (e.g., Advanced Cell Biology, Genetics, Proteins). All pre-pharmacy work must be completed with a grade of C or better. Review will focus on composite GPA, science GPA, completeness of transcript, and academic trends. For more information, please see our website http://www.uthsc.edu/pharmacy/future_students/prereqcoursework.php.
Information about the online supplemental application is sent to students who are offered acceptance to the program.
Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July or September. The January date should be reserved if the applicant wishes to retake the exam to improve their results. Visit our website at http://www.uthsc.edu/pharmacy/future_students/admissionsrequirements.php for more details.
The UTHSC College of Pharmacy accepts applications only from U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Applications from foreign citizens are not accepted.
There will be at least 12 interview days during the admissions cycle. Selected applicants are invited for personal interviews at either the Memphis or Knoxville campus. Tours of the campuses, led by current students, are included in the interview day itinerary.