The USC School of Pharmacy is the oldest pharmacy school in Southern California. Over fifty percent of the practicing pharmacists in the region are graduates of USC. The school has an annual average student body of 740 full-time students in the professional program.
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 the USC University Hospital. Students receive their clinical training at these facilities. 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 School of Pharmacy has served as a model for other progressive pharmacy schools. USC was the first to establish the six-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as the first professional degree, the first to initiate a clinical pharmacy program, the first to create a PharmD/MBA dual degree, first to implement the MS and PhD in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. The PharmD/JD, the PharmD/MS in Regulatory Science and the PharmD/MPH., Master of Public Health have been added to the available choices.
The USC PharmD program emphasizes the application of drug knowledge in patient care. Patient care experiences begin early and increase both in scope and complexity as the student progresses through the program.
Mission Statement: To provide exemplary education to pharmacy, graduate and other health professions students; to conduct and publicize cutting-edge multidisciplinary research in the discovery, action, utilization and evaluation of therapeutic agents; and to envision and shape the future direction of pharmacy practice in an organized and integrated health care delivery system that emphasizes balanced health care input in the optimization of patient outcomes.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Total||Bachelor's degree required||Bachelor's degree required|
|Calculus (for science majors)||1||2|
|Human Behavior (General Psychology or Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology)||1||1|
|For Internationals (Holders of foreign US bachelor's degrees with US equivalency) English (expository writing)||2||3|
|For Internationals (Holders of foreign US bachelor's degrees with US equivalency) Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking||1||1|
|Physics w/lab (science/life science majors- thermodynamics & Electromagnetism recommended)||1||2|
|General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany, and microbiology)||2||3|
|Microbiology w/lab (fundamentals of microbiology for science majors)||1||1|
|Molecular or Cell Biology(for science majors-one upper division course)||1||1|
|General Chemistry w/lab (for science majors-include inorganic & qualitative analysis)||2||3|
|Organic Chemistry w/lab (for science majors)||2||3|
|Biochemistry (for science majors one upper division course)||1||1|
http://www.usc.edu/schools/pharmacy Statistics (non-business), Physics (science or life science majors- thermodynamics & electromagnetism recommended), General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany and microbiology), Human Anatomy, Microbiology (fundamental of microbiology with lab for science majors), Molecular or Cell Biology (for science majors-one upper division course), General chemistry (for science majors to include inorganic & qualitative chemistry), Biochemistry (for science major one upper division course), Social and Behavioral Sciences - Human Behavior (General Psychology or Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology or a related course).
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, mammalian physiology, molecular biology, 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: 1) one recommendation is required from a science professor; 2) one recommendation is required from a professor-advisor, a professor researcher—in a natural or social science—or a major professor if the applicant is not a science major; and 3) one recommendation is required from a pharmacist or pharmacist-supervisor or an employer, or a second person from 1) or 2).
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.