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: 

    • Website:

      • UT College of Pharmacy- Memphis campus

      • Memphis Skyline

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  March 1, 2017

  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/Ph.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • 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:  
      • Details:  
      • 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 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 three campuses; one located at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis, and a second campus at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, and the most recent addition is located in Nashville. Students have the opportunity to complete their clinical rotations during the last 3 semesters of the curriculum in Memphis, Knoxville, or Nashville. All first-year students attend classes at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis; approximately 75 to 100 students from each class will move to Nashville or Knoxville for their 3 final years. State-of-the-art videoconference equipment provides live lectures to students on either 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.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 175
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 175
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 125
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.4
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 20-39
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 4:1

  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: Summer 2017 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 or email

    • 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? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2012
      • 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 for more 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 50 miles of Memphis in Mississippi and Arkansas are also 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): 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: 
      • 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: Should accompany your acceptance of the offer of admission
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: August 2017
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2017
    • 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.