University of South Florida
School of Pharmacy

Apply Early Decision. The DEADLINE was September 2, 2014. Find out if you are accepted by October 24, 2014.



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  February 2, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Apply Early Decision. The DEADLINE was September 2, 2014. Find out if you are accepted by October 24, 2014.

    • 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 No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • 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 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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 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. 


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is given to all the credentials presented by applicants.  

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 200
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 100
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: variable
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: variable
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: estimated between 3.0-4.0 overall GPA
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200-300
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: variable
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: variable
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 21-34
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: variable

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2015 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 (w/lab)  13 
      General Chemistry (w/ lab)  13 
      Organic Chemistry (w/ lab)  13 
      Physics 
      Microbiology 
      Human Anatomy & Physiology  13 
      Cell or Molecular Biology (upper division) 
    • Additional Information: 
      • If accepted into the Class of 2019, missing prerequisites must be completed no later than July 17, 2015. Prerequisite courses CANNOT be completed past this date. Please plan in advance to ensure you take all missing prerequisites by the July 17, 2015 deadline.
      • Visit our website for general education prereq coursework & science coursework requirements. http://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/prerequisites.htm#prerequisites
      • A list of preferred courses by college/university can be found online at http://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/prerequisites.htm#guides
      • 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.
      • 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.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: To access the application visit http://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/prerequisites.htm#apply. The supplemental application and non-refundable fee are due on September 2, 2014 for EARLY DECISION applicants. The deadline for regular decision applicants is December 1, 2014.
      • Deadline: 12/2/2014 (regular decision) Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $30
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The supplemental application and non-refundable fee are due on September 2, 2014 for EARLY DECISION applicants. The deadline for regular decision applicants is December 1, 2014.

        To access the supplemental application visit https://hsccf.hsc.usf.edu/pharmacySupplement/

        In addition to e-submitting the supplemental application, applicants must pay a $30 non-refundable application fee payable via electronic check or credit card. The supplemental application fee must be paid at the time of e-submission.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 2011
      • 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 5, 2014.  The latest PCAT we will accept for regular decision is January 7, 2015.
        • If you are taking the test in September 2014 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 pharmdadmissions@health.usf.edu no later than 11:59 PM EST on 9/9/2014.
        • If you are taking the PCAT January 2015, in addition to having your official test scores sent to PharmCAS, you MUST email an unofficial copy of your test scores to pharmdadmissions@health.usf.edu no later than 11:59PM EST on January 9, 2015.
      • 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 and criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. In addition, incoming students must begin the the Florida Pharamcy Intern license process prior to matriculation.


  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        The College of Pharmacy implements a holistic admissions process that evaluates an array of applicant cognitive and non-cognitive attributes, including applicant's full record of academic achievement, performance on standardized test, personal characteristics, likely contributions to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus, accomplishments in research, leadership, service to others, participation in extracurricular activities, and other evidence of achievment.

         

         

         

         


  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: We accept in and out-of-state applicants. Post acceptance applicants must submit a residency form. Accepted applicants claiming Florida residency must also submit two proofs of residency.
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • 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: 

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


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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.

      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
    • 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
      • Teaching Assistant
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • visit our website for dates 
    • Details: 

      Invited applicants will participate in a half-day interview day.  We have implemented the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) as part of the admissions process. The MMI is similar in format to the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). Applicants rotate through a circuit of ‘stations', each designed as a brief (5–7 minute) interview with a trained interviewer who assesses non-cognitive characteristics that are important for success in pharmacy school.  In addition, applicants will be required to provide a writing sample and participate in a small group activity.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed on a continual basis post interview. The majority of interviews will be conducted January-March 2015. Acceptance letters are mailed post-interview, after being reviewed by the Committee on Admissions and the Dean of the College of Pharmacy. A Welcome Packet is emailed to accepted students. Applicants may be placed on a wait list. Those placed on the wait list will be advised of their status via email. Letters of non-acceptance are emailed to applicants on an ongoing basis.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants must complete and e-submit the acceptance form within 1-week from the date the electronic Welcome Packet was sent to them.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $200
      • Due: 1 week from the date the electronic Welcome Packet was emailed
      • 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: 
      • TBD 
      • Details: Orientation will occur the week prior to the first day of classes.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD. Classes typically begin in early-August. Please visit our website for additional information.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Students who choose not to accept our offer in any given year will be required to reapply the following year.