The University of Tennessee
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

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

      • Stephanie Weathers, MS 
      • Coordinator, Student Services 
      • Knoxville Campus 
      • 1924 Alcoa Highway 
      • Box 117 
      • Knoxville 
      • Tennessee 
      • 37920  
      • Phone (Work): (865) 974-2283 
      • Email: pharmadmiss@uthsc.edu 

    • Website:

      • UT College of Pharmacy- Memphis campus
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      • Memphis Skyline
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  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  March 3, 2014


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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/P.H.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: July 3, 17, 31 
      • Dates: August 14, 28 
      • Dates: September 11, 25 
      • Dates: October 9 23 
      • 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 visituthsc@uthsc.edu or call (901)448-5560. You may also schedule a tour online at http://www.uthsc.edu/admissions/visit-uthsc.php.  
    • 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, Knoxville Campus 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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%.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 175
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 175
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 60
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 275-300
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 135
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 40
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: varies
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 22-32
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 41
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 90   
      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   
      Microbiology   
      General Chemistry   
      Organic Chemistry   
      Biochemistry   
      Statistics   
      Calculus   
      English Composition   
      Communications/Speech   
      Social Sciences   
      Humanities   
      General Electives  21   
      Anatomy & Physiology   
    • Additional Information: 

      All science courses, other than Biochemistry, should include a laboratory component. If an institution offers only one Biochemistry course, Genetics or Cell Biology will satisfy the Biochemistry II requirement. 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.


  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? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2011
      • Details: 

        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. 

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • 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: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT 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 Dates:
      • November - 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: Should accompany your acceptance of the offer of admission
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 11-15, 2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 18, 2014
    • 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.