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Welcome
to the Office of Admissions!

Welcome to the Future of Pharmacy! The Office of Admissions is here to assist you throughout the application process. If you have questions not addressed on this site we recommend that you review our FAQ and our Financial Aid FAQ documents. If you still have questions, then we welcome you to an inPHARMation session or online chat session. You may also schedule an advising appointment.

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Sincerely,

  • Nazach Rodriguez Snapp, MSW, MPH
    Director of Admissions
  • Jeremy Turkall, MS
    Admissions Advisor
  • Padmini Kumar, BA
    Enrollment Management Specialist

Admissions Requirements

All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is given to all the credentials presented by applicants. By utilizing this process, applicants’ academic record along with experiences and attributes are assessed for potential academic and clinical success.

  • US Citizen or US Permanent Resident
  • 2.75 Overall GPA (preferred).
  • Completion of 72 prerequisite credit hours.
  • PCAT is required. While 65th percentile composite PCAT score is preferred, we will consider applicants with lower scores that may have other strong academic indicators providing evidence of success. PCAT scores older than 3 years will NOT be accepted.

Prerequisite Courses

For a PDF copy of our prerequisite courses click here

Prerequisite Evaluation Guide: This guide provides a course description for each of our prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Guides by Florida School

Courses Credits
English 3
Calculus 3
Statistics 3
General Chemistry (w/lab) 8
Organic Chemistry (w/lab) 8
Physics 4
General Biology (w/lab) 8
Microbiology 3
Human Anatomy & Physiology 8
Cell or Molecular Biology (upper division) 3
Biochemistry (upper division) 3
Genetics 3
General Psychology or Sociology 3
Economics (Micro or Macro) 3
Humanities and Arts AND/OR Behavioral and Social Sciences (1 course related to diversity and culture and/or social and ethical issues) 9
Total 72
  • Courses must be completed regardless of previous degrees earned.
  • Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • If accepted into the Class of 2021, the deadline by when missing prerequisites must be completed is July 21, 2017.
  • AP coursework is accepted with a score of 3 or higher, IB coursework is accepted with a score of 4 or higher. AP and/or IB scores can count towards fulfilling a prerequisite(s). If you want scores to count towards fulfilling a prerequisite(s), you MUST contact the College Board and have a copy of your official test score(s) sent directly to USF COP. Our school code is 7881.
  • Gordon rule courses will not meet the English prerequisite requirement; English courses must be taken with the English Department at or above the level of English Composition or English Literature (ESL courses will not be accepted).
  • Applicants who attend a college on the quarter system should multiply the number of credits by .66 for translation into semester hours. Round partial credits of .5 and above up to the next semester hour; credits at .4 and below are rounded down.

Outdated coursework? Completion of prerequisite coursework will be critically reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The date when prerequisite courses were completed, particularly math and/or science coursework, as well as the grade earned in all prerequisite courses will be reviewed. Upon transcript review, you may be advised to retake a course(s) completed five or more years ago.

Applying

Early Decision and Regular Decision Applicants:
Upon the opening of the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) 2016-2017 application portal, applicants must:

  1. Submit an application to the College of Pharmacy through the PharmCAS (www.pharmcas.org) and remit the associated fee to PharmCAS.
  2. Electronically submit the USF COP Supplemental Application and $30 non-refundable application fee. The supplemental application link for the 2016-2017 will re-open in August 1, 2016. An invitation to complete this application is NOT REQUIRED.
  3. Request the submission of at least two (2) letters of recommendation on your behalf to PharmCAS. One letter must be from a biological or physical science professor.
  4. Submit PCAT test scores to PharmCAS (code 104).

    EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS: The latest PCAT accepted for Early Decision is September 9, 2016.

    REGULAR DECISION APPLICANTS: The latest PCAT accepted for Regular Decision is January 5, 2017.

    A word about the PCAT: In order for your scores to be considered as part of our Early Decision program you MUST send us a copy of your unofficial PCAT test scores to pharmdadmissions@health.usf.edu no later than 11:59 PM EST on September 9, 2016. Please ensure that the subject line reads "Early Decision September PCAT Test Scores." Should we not receive a copy of your unofficial test scores by the deadline we will use the PCAT test score on file. If no test scores are on file, then your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed as part of our Early Decision program.

    For those applying regular decisions and taking the January PCAT, a copy of your unofficial test scores MUST be received by email no later than 11:59 PM EST on January 5, 2017. Please ensure the subject line reads, "January Unofficial PCAT Scores." Should we not receive a copy of your unofficial test scores by the deadline we will use the PCAT test score on file. If no test scores are on file, then your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

  5. Submit official copies of all college transcripts to PharmCAS. Do not send them to USF COP.

Deadlines

Early decision: September 6, 2016. To learn more about the Early Decision program, visit PharmCAS. The admissions requirements and application process are the same as with regular decision. Application materials must be received (not postmarked) by this deadline.

Regular decision: February 1, 2017. Application materials must be received (not postmarked) by the respective deadline.

Interviews are offered on a rolling basis. Apply Early!

Transfer Students

USF COP will review transfer requests from pharmacy students from other ACPE-accredited pharmacy schools on a case-by-case basis. It is possible that spots will be available for the fall 2014 PY2 year. Transfer students must be in good academic standing, have legitimate reasons for seeking a transfer, and must come from a program in which the curriculum structure makes sense for placement into the USF COP curriculum.

Individuals dismissed from a college of pharmacy for insufficient academic performance or unprofessional behavior will not be considered for admission.

Transfer students will NOT be accepted past the second professional year. If afforded an opportunity to enter the second professional year, you are agreeing to our curriculum as it stands and waiver of coursework will not be entertained.

The Admissions Committee will review transfer applicants admissions file following the standard process for regular decision applicants.

Applicants will be expected to sign a waiver permitting USF COP access to their entire academic and conduct record from the previous pharmacy school.

Transfer students accepted into the program must complete a criminal background check and drug screen through Certiphi Screening prior to the start of the program. Any costs associated with the completion of the criminal background check and drug screen are the students' responsibility. In addition, transfer students must comply with all accepted student requirements.

Transfer applicants should send an email to pharmdadmissions@health.usf.edu stating why they are interested in transferring to the USF COP. The Director of Admissions will respond to all inquiries.

Interview Days

Our interview process is intended to assess interviewees’ non-cognitive skills.

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. Apply Early!

The majority of regular 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 Student Requirements

  • $200 non-refundable deposit is due.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. Deadline by which courses must be completed will be posted in August 2016.
  • Complete a criminal background check and drug screen.
  • Submit proof of health care coverage.
  • Complete the Physical Exam Verification Form.
  • Submit the Communicable Disease Prevention Certification form.
  • Attest to meeting the COP Technical Standards.
  • Attend mandatory Orientation. Exact date will be shared with incoming students spring 2017.
  • Technology requirements. Exact requirements will be shared with incoming students spring 2017.

Tuition & Requirements

Tuition

$17,500 (estimated) per year. Please note this figure is an estimated cost of tuition only and does not include fees, the cost of books, supplies, room, board and other living expenses. When fees are included the estimated cost for in-state tuition is estimated at $18,175 and out of state at $35,920. Please contact Mrs. Robinson with the Financial Aid office at 813-974-5699 for further information.

Financial Aid FAQ

Accepted Student Requirements

There are a number of items that accepted students must complete prior to the start of classes. For a listing of these items view the following PDF:

Accepted Students Requirements.

Admissions Events

InPHARMation Sessions:

Pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to sign up for a session before meeting with an Admissions Advisor. Most admissions related questions can be answered by attending a session. These sessions are intended to provide prospective students with an overview of the PharmD program, admissions requirements, and application process. An optional campus tour will be provided at the end of the formal program.

**List of dates can be found on the registration form below**

To register, please fill out the session registration form. This link opens a new browser window. Please ensure that any popup blocking software is temporarily disabled. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation, directions, and further information a week prior to the scheduled session.

Online Chat Sessions:

Have questions about applying? Want to learn more about the College of Pharmacy? Can't make an InPHARMation Session? Then chat with us virtually on these dates!

  • January 28, 2016 from 10:00-11:00a.m.
  • February 26, 2016 from 2:00-3:00p.m.
  • March 17, 2016 from 10:00-11:00a.m.
  • April 21, 2016 from 3:00-4:00p.m.

Registration is REQUIRED. To register click here.You can register the day of the chat session or days in advance. You must create a new account; select "Register as a Student." Should you experience technical difficulties during the chat session please do contact Wayne Fishell, CareerEco representative at virtualfairs@careereco.com and he can assist you.

Applicant Workshops:

PharmCAS Application and Supplemental Application Workshop

This session will help students better understand the PharmCAS application, how to answer questions, and to assist students with completing the supplemental application. Admissions staff will provide directive on how to answer questions, and how to properly complete these applications.

Please click HERE to see upcoming sessions and to register for an Application Workshop.

Interview Workshops

These workshops will help applicants understand the different types of interviews, how to present and act professionally during an interview, and overall help students understand the interview process.

Please click HERE to view upcoming sessions and to register for an Interview Workshop.

PCAT Workshop

This workshop will allow you to have an understanding of the importance of the PCAT, how to prepare for it, how to study, and so much more! If you are going to be taking the PCAT in the future register for one of the PCAT Workshops to learn more.

Please click HERE to view upcoming sessions and to register for a PCAT Workshop.

Appointments with an Advisor

The College of Pharmacy offers two types of advising appointments, Pre-Admissions and Admissions. Please carefully read each appointment type to ensure that you meet with the appropriate advisor. If you’re looking for a general information it is highly recommended that you attend an InPHARMation Session listed above.

Please note that advising sessions are not intended for us to review your transcript, evaluate how competitive you are as an applicant or where you may stand in the applicant pool. The process of reviewing applications and evaluating applicants is what occurs as part of our admissions process.

College of Pharmacy Pre-Admissions Appointments

This appointment is for students who have general questions about the College of Pharmacy, Admissions process, Prerequisites, and those students who have not applied yet. If you would like to set an appointment time please use the e-scheduler and select Pre-Admissions as your Sub Area drop down.

**Pre-Admissions also offers walk-in appointments on Tuesdays from 8:30am to 11:30am and on Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00pm**

College of Pharmacy Admissions Appointments

This appointment is for students who have applied or are in the application process. This is also for students who have specific questions about a prerequisite, application issues, or in depth concerns about the admissions process. If you would like to set an appointment with admissions please use the e-scheduler and select Admissions as your Sub Area drop down. These appointments are only available on Wednesday afternoons.

If you’re not sure which advisor to meet with or have general questions please contact us at pharmdadmissions@health.usf.edu.

Within this area you will select the appropriate advising appointment, Pre-Admissions or Admissions.

Contact Information:

USF College of Pharmacy
Office of Admissions
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 65
Tampa, FL 33612

Email: PharmDadmissions@health.usf.edu
Phone number: 813-974-5699

The College reserves the right to make changes in requirements for admission, curriculum, standards for advancement and graduation, tuition, fees, and rules and regulations. Please check back regularly to note any changes.

USF College of Pharmacy is open to all persons regardless of age, race, sex, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin who are otherwise eligible for admission as students. Please see USF Policy Number 0-007, Diversity and Equal Opportunity: Discrimination and Harassment.