A top ten-ranked pharmacy school and the top private pharmacy school in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report, USC School of Pharmacy has sparked innovation and excellence for more than a century, creating forward-looking educational programs, establishing a national model of clinical pharmacy through its work serving at-risk communities, and helping pioneer the transition of the pharmacist’s role from a dispenser of medicines to a direct provider of patient care.
Founded in 1905, the School created the nation’s first Doctor of Pharmacy program, the first clinical pharmacy program, the first clinical clerkships, the first doctorates in pharmaceutical economics and regulatory science, and a number of dual-degree programs including the first PharmD/MBA.
Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the School’s setting offers unparalleled access to internship and shadowing opportunities. The school occupies state-of-the-art facilities on the USC Health Sciences campus adjacent to the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country), the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Doheny Eye Institute and Keck Medical Center of USC. For its clinical and experiential programs, the school utilizes many affiliated hospitals, health care clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies and pharmacies in the region.
The only private pharmacy school to own and operate its own pharmacies,USC School of Pharmacy is also the only pharmacy school that spans the entire spectrum of pharmaceutical development and clinical service — from drug discovery to regulatory approaches for safely moving drugs and medical devices to market, from the delivery of care in diverse settings to the evaluation of the impact of care on patient outcomes as well as healthcare costs.
The School boasts a robust, engaged network of alumni, as more than half of all practicing pharmacists in Southern California are graduates of USC. The school has an annual student body of approximately 740 full-time students in the professional program. The program emphasizes excellence in clinical practice, with patient care experiences beginning early and increasing both in scope and complexity as a student progresses through the program.
We will lead schools of pharmacy by demonstrating and shaping the future of pharmacy practice, integrative research, and educational excellence.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Total||Bachelor's degree required||Bachelor's degree required|
|Calculus (for science majors)||4||6|
|For Internationals (Holders of foreign US bachelor's degrees with US equivalency) English (expository writing)||8||12|
|For Internationals (Holders of foreign US bachelor's degrees with US equivalency) Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking||3||4|
|General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany, and microbiology)||8||12|
|Microbiology (fundamentals of microbiology for science majors)||3||4|
|General Chemistry w/lab (for science majors-include inorganic & qualitative analysis)||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry w/lab (for science majors)||8||12|
|Biochemistry (for science majors one upper division course)||3||4|
http://pharmacyschool.usc.edu/programs/pharmd/pharmdprogram/admission/ General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany and microbiology), Human Physiology, Microbiology (fundamental of microbiology with lab for science majors), General chemistry (for science majors to include inorganic & qualitative chemistry), Biochemistry (for science major one upper division course), Calculus, and Statistics (non-business). Physics (science or life science majors- thermodynamics & electromagnetism recommended), uppder division Molecular Biology, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Human Behavior (General Psychology or Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology or a related course) are recommended.
a) A bachelor’s degree is required.
b) Minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) in all college work and prepharmacy requirements is required for consideration for an interview.
c)Two (2) semesters and three (3) quarters are necessary to meet a one year requirement for combined semester and quarters.
d) Holders of international bachelor's degrees are required to complete the following courses in the USA at an accredited four year degree granting college or university: biochemistry, human physiology, and microbiology. English and Public Speaking must also be completed in the USA, but may be completed at a two year college along with any other required humanities, social or behavioral sciences.
Requirements for the Letters of Recommendation: one letter must be from a science professor with whom you took a class and/or did research. The remaining two letters may be from professors, advisors, researchers, pharmacists or employers.
All interviews consist of two parts: an oral interview and a writing test. The purpose of the interview is to assess the candidates oral and communication skills, writing skills, leadership ability, and motivation or potential to be a successful pharmacist. All applicants offered an interview will be notified two to three weeks prior to the scheduled interviews. An interview acceptance confirmation is required. Interviews are rarely rescheduled.