The University of Tennessee
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • 881 Madison Avenue 
      • Memphis 
      • Tennessee 
      • 38163 
      • Phone (Work): (901) 448-6036 
      • Email: 

      • Angela S. Finerson, PharmD, MBA 
      • Director of Admissions and Alumni Affairs 
      • 881 Madison Avenue 
      • Suite 243 
      • Memphis 
      • Tennessee 
      • 38163 
      • Phone (Work): 901-448-7172 
      • Email: 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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 
      • Details: Visit our website for Preview Session details and registration. 
      • Dates: August 5 & 19; September 2, 16, 30; October 14, 28 
      • Details: 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 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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.


    Why UTHSC?

    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.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • 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
      • 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: 3.4
    • 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

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: ONLY for applicants who are offered admission.
      • Deadline: Two weeks after receipt of acceptance letter Postmarked 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.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: 
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: Students residing within 200 miles of UTHSC College of Pharmacy's Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville instructional sites are given preference by qualifying for our regional tuition adjustment program.

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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
    • 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.

  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: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • 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
      • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

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

      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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? Yes
      • 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: 
      • Details: August 2019
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2019
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Admitted students may defer their enrollment to the following year based on completion of a degree, completion of required courses, or for personal reasons.