University of South Florida

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Chloe Lipking
Admissions Advisor

Admissions

USF College of Pharmacy
12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
MDC 30
Tampa, Florida 33612

Phone (Work): 813-974-2340

Phone (Fax): 813-905-9890

Website:

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)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:We offer a Pharm.D./MSPN (M.S. in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology) Please note that these degrees are CONCURRENT degrees, NOT dual degrees. Which means students are pursuing both degrees at the same time, however individual courses taken do not count towards both degrees. Environmental changes have resulted in a more competitive marketplace for PharmD graduates. Concurrent degrees may afford graduates potential for greater differentiation and marketability. A student may elect to declare a concurrent degree as early as the second semester of the first academic year. For more information on concurrent degrees please visit our website: http://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/graduate-programs/concurrent-degree-programs-concentrations
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • None

Program Description (back to top)

The ONLY state-funded traditional 4-year PharmD program located in a metropolitan area within Florida. The best value boasting the lowest-tuition rates in the State of Florida. Our program offers:

  • an innovative curriculum that includes the use of augemented and virtual reality technology all while emphasizing a collaborative approach to patient care and research
  • unmatched state-of-the-art learning and simulation facilities in the southeast
  • unparallel interdisciplinary learning environment among pharmacy, medicine, nursing, public health and other health care professions
  • established entrepreneurial academic partnerships offering students hands-on experiences managing and delivering technological-advanced pharmaceutical care

 

Emphasis is placed on the comprehension and assimilation of knowledge, with subsequent demonstration of competency.  Lectures will be limited so that peer and faculty interactions can be maximized. The didactic and experiential elective opportunities allow students to pursue areas of interest and/or focus their attentions in order to position themselves for post-graduate education, training, or employment. In addition to the core curriculum, the college places emphasis on pharmacogenomics, leadership, informatics, geriatric care.

 

We are training the next generation of pharmacists. At USF COP, you are embarking on an apprenticeship.  

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: variable
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 100
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: variable
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: variable
Minimum overall GPA considered: All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is given to all the credentials presented by applicants.
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is given to all the credentials presented by applicants.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: PCAT is required. All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is given to all the credentials presented by applicants. Visit our website for additional information.
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? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 50%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 50%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: estimated between 3.0-4.0 overall GPA
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-37
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: variable

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 104
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 72  104 
English 
Calculus 
Biochemistry (upper division) 
Genetics 
General Psychology or Sociology 
Economics (micro or macro) 
Humanities and Arts AND/OR Behavior and Social Sciences  15 
Statistics 
General Biology I & II (w/lab)  13 
General Chemistry I & II (w/ lab)  13 
Organic Chemistry I & II (w/ lab)  13 
Physics 
Microbiology 
Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II  13 
Cell or Molecular Biology (upper division) 

Additional Information

  • If accepted into the Class of 2023, missing prerequisites must be completed no later than July 19, 2019. Prerequisite courses CANNOT be completed past this date. Please plan in advance to ensure you take all missing prerequisites by the July 19, 2019 deadline.
  • Visit our website for general education prereq coursework & science coursework requirements. http://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/prerequisites.htm#prerequisites
  • Applicants must receive a grade of C or higher in all prerequisite coursework. 
  • All coursework must be taken at a 2 or 4-year accredited institution within the US.
  • AP coursework is accepted with a score of 3 or higher, IB coursework is accepted with a score of 4 or higher.
  • AP and IB test scores may be used in lieu of coursework to fulfill prerequisites. AP coursework is accepted with a score of 3 or higher. IB coursework is accepted with a score of 4 or higher. Credit toward prerequisites is awarded if your AP test score (3, 4, or higher) or IB test score (4, 5, or higher) is reported on your official transcript.  DO NOT submit AP or IB test scores as part of the application process.  Admitted students will be provided with specific information about submitting score reports to the Office of Admissions.  

  • English courses must be taken with the English Department at or above the level of English Composition or English Literature.
  • Humanities and Arts AND/OR Behavioral and Social Sciences: 1 course related to diversity and culture and/or social and ethical issues.
  • Completion of prerequisites is not required prior to application; all prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

No

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: 2015
Details:
  • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
  • PCAT scores older than 3 years will not be accepted.

 

  • The latest PCAT we will accept for the Early Decision program is September 7, 2018.  The latest PCAT we will accept for regular decision is February 14, 2019.
  • If you are taking the test in September 2018 and are an Early Decision applicant, you MUST have your official test scores sent to PharmCAS AND  you MUST email an unofficial copy of your test scores to pharmacyadmissions@health.usf.edu no later than 11:59 PM EST on 9/07/2018.
  • If you are taking the PCAT in February, in addition to having your official test scores sent to PharmCAS, you MUST email an unofficial copy of your test scores to pharmacyadmissions@health.usf.edu no later than 11:59PM EST on the day of your exam.
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.
Other required tests or credentials:

Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. In addition, incoming students must begin the the Florida Pharmacy Intern license process prior to matriculation (Further information will be provided once accepted).

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? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

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): 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:

We do not accept foreign coursework. All coursework must be completed at 2 or 4 year regionally accredited institution within the United States.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

One letter of recommendation must be from a science professor. The science faculty member must teach in the "hard sciences" including biology, chemistry, and physics.

We do not accept letters of recommendation from family members or friends.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Science)

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Politician
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant

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
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Details:

Our interview process is intended to assess interviewees’ non-cognitive skills. The interview day consists of an oral interview, group activity, writing sample, program overview, Dean presentation and tour.

 

Please note that we host interview days in October for Early Decision applicants. A select number of Regular Decision interview days will be held in November and December. It is encouraged that all applicants apply early!

 

The majority of regular decision interview days will occur late January – April.

 

Interview No Show/Cancelation Policy. Professionalism is an integral part of our program. Candidates are expected to show up for interviews on the day and time they confirmed. Invited candidates are expected to accept or formally decline interview opportunities within the timeframe indicated in the electronic interview invitation. If a candidate fails to communicate the need to cancel or reschedule their interview day at least a week in advance, his/her unprofessional behavior will be communicated to PharmCAS.

 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters from the Dean are mailed on a continual basis post interview. An electronic acceptance notice is sent via email as well.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants must complete and e-submit the acceptance form within 2-weeks from the date the electronic acceptance notification.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $200
Due: 2 week from the date the electronic acceptance notification
Refundable? No
Details: Please note that incoming students may also be required to pay a non-refundable pre-registration fee. The deposit and pre-registration fees are applied toward first year tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD. Classes typically begin in late July/early August. Please visit our website for additional information.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No