The School of Pharmacy, founded in 1908 at The University of Mississippi, is recognized as one of the premier schools of pharmacy in the U.S. The School of Pharmacy is located on both the Oxford campus and Medical Center (Jackson) campus of the University of Mississippi. Oxford, a small town of about 20,000, is located 75 miles south of Memphis. The School of Pharmacy has approximately 250 pre-professional students, 400 professional students, and about 80 graduate students in the disciplines of Environmental Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, and Pharmacy Administration. Students spend the first two years of the professional degree program on the Oxford campus, the third year at the Medical Center campus in Jackson, and the final year in rotations at various practice sites. The pass rate of graduates on the NAPLEX over the past five years is one of the highest in the nation and tuition is among the lowest of public schools and colleges of pharmacy.
CURRICULUM: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences -This is a four-year undergraduate degree that consists of one year of professional courses in addition to three years of pre-pharmacy courses. Completion of this degree and a 2.65 minimum GPA on first professional year courses with at least a C grade in each are prerequisite for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, which requires an additional three years of study. Students are admitted to the B.S. program as either freshmen at The University of Mississippi (Early Entry) or after completion of three years of required pre-pharmacy courses (Regular Entry) at this university or other two or four year colleges/universities. Each entering professional class consists of a minimum of 115 Regular Entry and Early Entry students.
DOCTOR OF PHARMACY DEGREE: The professional degree program (final year of the B.S. program and three additional years) was approved for reaccreditation by the Accrediting Council for Pharmaceutical Education in July 2012 for the maximum eight-year period. To be eligible for progression into the third professional year, students must obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on the second professional year required coursework. The third year course work utilizes a case-based and student-centered problem based learning format. Small groups of randomly assigned students coached by a faculty facilitator develop optimal treatment plans for hypothetical patients based on actual case histories. Students are evaluated on content knowledge, problem solving skills, and group dynamics. During the final year, each student will participate in four required five-week rotations (adult medicine, ambulatory care, traditional institutional practice, and traditional community practice) and four five-week elective rotations. The electives must be in at least three different areas of training. Students are provided the opportunity to select their rotation sites, the majority of which are located in Mississippi. Students are encouraged to compete for nationally available rotations in order to partially satisfy their elective requirement.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS EARLY ENTRY (EARLY ASSURANCE) ADMISSION: The Early Entry program provides the opportunity to engage in both professional and personal relationships with School of Pharmacy faculty and upperclassmen immediately upon entering the university. Early Entry students avoid the highly competitive selection process for admission to the B.S. program following completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum. These students also are eligible for scholarships that are not available to pre-pharmacy students. Eligibility for Early Entry admission requires a minimum composite ACT score of 25 and sufficient GPA (10-12 grades, 4.0 scale, weighted GPA will be utilized) that when multiplied by ten and added to the applicant’s best ACT score equals at least 65. Admission scores are calculated based on GPA, ACT, resume evaluation (leadership, service, employment history), and interview results. Applications, available online, must be made to both the university and to the school (January 15 deadline), and separate high school transcripts provided to each. A nonrefundable $85 application fee is assessed and should accompany applicant’s resume’ to the School of Pharmacy. Applicants will then be invited to attend a mandatory Applicant Day. Enrollment is limited to 100 and preference is given to Mississippians for the last 50 available seats. Applicants from qualified non-Mississippi residents are encouraged.
REGULAR ENTRY ADMISSION: The majority of B.S. students are admitted to the school after completion of a prescribed set of required pre-professional courses plus electives. These courses are traditionally completed in three years, but often are taken as a part of completion of a non-pharmacy undergraduate degree. Regular Entry application is made only through PharmCAS with a November 1 deadline. Minimum eligibility requirements for Regular Entry admission include a 2.75 GPA on required pre-pharmacy courses with a grade of at least a C in each, a minimum composite scaled score of 395, and a writing score of 3.0 on the Pharmacy College Admission Test taken during the calendar year of application. As determined from information submitted from PharmCAS, applicants who are competitive will be invited to submit a supplemental application to The University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy which includes a supplemental application fee of $85. These individuals will be invited to attend one of several mandatory two-day Applicant Day Programs held in February and includes an interview and a Health Sciences Reasoning Test assessment. Students are admitted on the basis of a composite admission score incorporating pre-pharmacy GPA, PCAT composite scaled score, resume evaluation (leadership, service, employment history), interview and performance on the Health Sciences Reasoning Test. Mississippi residents are given priority for admission although non-Mississippi residents are also encouraged to apply. Non-resident tuition waivers are available to applicants with a PCAT composite percentile score of 80 or above. Non-U.S. citizens must have completed all required pre-professional courses in the United States in order to be considered for admission. Bonus points are added to the admission score for applicants who have received a Masters, Ph.D., or professional doctorate degree (0.5) and/or applicants who meet the minimum 2.75 GPA and who complete all required pre-pharmacy courses at The University of Mississippi (0.4).
The School of Pharmacy has enacted a random drug screening policy for its undergraduate and professional students. All students (PY1-PY4) enrolled in the undergraduate and professional degree programs will be subject to randomized drug (urine) screening during their time of enrollment in the program.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|English Composition I||3|
|English Composition II||3|
|Organic Chemistry I||4|
|Organic Chemistry II||4|
|Humanities and Fine Arts *||9|
|Bioethics (Biomedical Ethics) *||3|
|Physiology (Human Physiology) **||4|
|Medical Microbiology (Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases) **||3|
|Cell Biology **||3|
*A minimum of 3 credit hours in each general area.
** Upper Division (+300, +3000)
All grades on required courses will be included in the GPA calculation with the exception of original grades received earlier than 5 years preceding the application deadline, and repeated with a grade of C or better obtained within the 5-year period.
Supplemental application is by invitation only. The School of Pharmacy will provide the website to the appropriate applicants.
All 2013 scores scores will be considered.
The Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) will be administered during the Applicant Day activities.
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy requires a personal interview of all admitted students. Each applicant will have one interview. This interview will occur on Day 2 of the applicant's visit. The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy uses a panel interview; the interview panel consists of one faculty member and one student. Interviews are scheduled in 20-minute blocks of time with 15 minutes allotted for the interview. The score on the interview is combined with the other required admission elements (pre-pharmacy GPA, composite PCAT score, biographical supplement, and critical thinking appraisal) to arrive at an applicant's admission score.