The University of Tennessee

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Office of Student Affairs

881 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163

Phone (Work): (901) 448-6036

Angela S. Finerson, PharmD, MBA
Director of Admissions and Alumni Affairs

881 Madison Avenue
Suite 243
Memphis, Tennessee 38163

Phone (Work): 901-448-7172


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Master of Health Informatics and Information Management (MHIIM)
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    June 8, 2018


    Visit our website for Preview Session details and registration.

  • Dates

    August 5 & 19; September 2, 16, 30; October 14, 28


    Please try to schedule a tour at least two weeks in advance; appointments are necessary. The tour will take approximately two hours. It includes a general admissions session, a walking campus tour, and individual admissions counseling appointments (if requested). To schedule a tour, send an email to or call (901)448-5560. You may also schedule a tour online at

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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Memphis Campus (main campus) University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Knoxville Campus University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Nashville Campus

Program Description (back to top)

The mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center 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 a national leader in education, research, community service, and patient care.



Outstanding. The UTHSC College of Pharmacy dates back to 1898, and we are consistently ranked in the top 20 colleges of pharmacy in the nation.

Progressive. As part of our new integrated curriculum, student pharmacists begin studying therapeutics on the first day of their first professional year. Advanced practice experiences begin in the third professional year and spread over the last 14 months of the program, providing students more APPE opportunities than most other programs.

Global. Student pharmacists can take advantage of our International Program, which allows students to participate in a month-long clinical experience in one of several foreign countries.

Distinct. UTHSC offers multiple dual degree options in conjunction with the Doctor of Pharmacy, including PharmD/PhD, PharmD/MHIIM, PharmD/MPH, and PharmD/MBA programs.

The Best Choice for Pharmacy Education in Tennessee. UTHSC offers the state’s best value in pharmacy education, coupled with a longstanding tradition of excellence and innovation in clinical training.


To learn more about our students and why they chose UTHSC, visit the Meet Our Students page at



Our Campuses

All UTHSC College of Pharmacy students spend their first nine months together on the largest health science campus in the southeastern United States, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.  Students enjoy spending their P1 year engaging with other future health professionals in an interdisciplinary learning environment. After that, students have the opportunity to continue their coursework on one of our three beautiful campuses in Memphis, Nashville, or Knoxville.  For more information about our campuses, please visit:


Our Facilities

Our teaching sites are designed with the goal of providing pharmacy students the most hands-on experiences possible.   UTHSC is home to theCenter for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS), one of the largest standalone buildings dedicated to healthcare and pharmacy simulation in the United States. State-of-the-art videoconference equipment provides live lectures to students on either campuses, in addition to live lectures with faculty present.  The College is fortunate to be associated with over 80 community pharmacies and 60 hospitals across the state of Tennessee.  Several of our affiliated practice facilities and teaching hospitals include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Methodist University Hospital, Regional One Health, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, UT Medical Center Knoxville, St. Thomas Hospital Nashville, Vanderbilt Hospital, and VA Hospitals statewide.


Our Curriculum

UTHSC College of Pharmacy implemented of a new, integrated, experience-based curriculum beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year.Interprofessional experiences and clinical simulation courses begin as early as P1 fall semester and continue through completion of the didactic coursework, ensuring our graduates are prepared to contribute as members of interprofessional collaborative patient care teams.  The simulation program is committed to fostering education, research, and professional development with a focus on enhanced clinical skills and patient safety through the use of simulation.  Standardized patients/family members/colleagues, task trainers, high fidelity human patient simulators, or virtual reality simulations allow student pharmacists to be trained more effectively and improve patient outcomes.  Altogether, this promotes greater understanding of the value each discipline contributes to the patient care team and offers student pharmacists the opportunity to build extensive professional networks.


The final three semesters of the curriculum consist of clinical rotations in a variety of settings. Students spend a minimum of eleven 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.  Students also have the opportunity to pursue their clinical rotations abroad in one of twelve different countries through our International Advanced Practice Experiences Program.


The curriculum strongly supports graduates who desire to continue their education through residencies or other postgraduate education opportunities as well as those who plan to enter practice directly after graduation. It provides a foundation for the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for students to become self-directed learners who are aware of their own strengths and needs for further development. It instills a responsibility to be an advocate for the profession in the best interest of the patient and the society.  For more information on the curriculum and experiential learning, please visit


Graduate Success

The pharmacist licensure pass rates of graduates of the UTHSC College of Pharmacy are consistently above the national average.  First-time NAPLEX pass rate for the Class of 2017 was 95.48%.  Approximately one-third of graduates pursue post-graduate residency and fellowship training, with the remainder entering numerous practice areas including community pharmacy and institutional practice.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 175
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 175
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 125
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 50
Minimum overall GPA considered: The College does not have a minimum GPA for application review; students must earn a grade of C- or better in all required courses.
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: The College does not have a minimum GPA for application review; students must earn a grade of C- or better in all required courses.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
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? No
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: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-39
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 35
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: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 62   
General Biology/Zoology    
General Chemistry   
Organic Chemistry   
Anatomy & Physiology   
English Composition   
Social Sciences   

Additional Information

All science courses should include a laboratory component  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. Applicants are encouraged to take additional upper division sciences to strengthen their application and assure the best preparation for pharmacy school.

For more information, please see our website

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: ONLY for applicants who are offered admission.
Deadline: Two weeks after receipt of acceptance letterPostmarked by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $75.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Information about the online supplemental application is sent to students who are offered acceptance to the program.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


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

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
Are foreign citizens considered? No
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? No
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS

The UTHSC College of Pharmacy accepts applications only from U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Applications from foreign citizens are not accepted.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Science)


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
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • September - March

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.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Responses are due two weeks after receipt of the acceptance letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: Enrollment deposits are due within 2 weeks following an admissions offer. Admissions offers made prior to March 1 require a $200 initial deposit with the $300 remaining balance due after March 1. Anyone admitted after March 1 will submit the full $500 deposit in entirety.
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes