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Welcome to the Office of Admissions!

Admissions staff are here to assist you throughout the application process. If you have questions not addressed on this site or our FAQ and our Financial Aid FAQ, please feel free to attend an inPHARMation session or online chat session. To learn about our current accreditation status select 'About' from the top menu bar.   Thank you for your interest in our bold and progressive PharmD program! The Future of Pharmacy is HERE.

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Sincerely,
Nazach Rodriguez Snapp, MSW, MPH
Director of Admissions

Jackie Grosser
Admissions Advisor

 

Admissions Requirements

  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States of America
  • 2.75 Overall GPA (preferred)
  • 72 credit hours of prerequisite coursework 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.

Latest PCAT accepted for 2014-2015 admissions cycle is January 7, 2015 for regular decision and September 5, 2014 for early decision applicants.

Early Decision Applicants: 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 via email immediately following the exam on September 9, 2014. Be sure to email unofficial test scores to pharmdadmissions@health.usf.edu no later than 11:59 PM EST on September 9, 2014. 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.

Regular Decision Applicants: 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 9, 2015. 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.

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.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • If accepted into the Class of 2019, missing prerequisites must be completed no later than July 17, 2015.
  • Coursework must be completed regardless of previous degrees earned.
  • Coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • General education prerequisite coursework must have been taken within the past 10 years, and science coursework must have been taken within the past 5 years. For example, if applying during the 2014 admissions cycle, courses taken prior to 2009 are outdated.
  • If your courses are outdated, you MAY be able to submit a waiver request if you meet the following conditions:
    1. PCAT Composite score of 40 AND
    2. Total GPA of 3.0 or greater AND
    3. Have been continuously enrolled in school OR work in a field (i.e. science teacher) using the subject matter (i.e. chemistry) that is outdated.

If you do not meet these conditions, a waiver request CANNOT be submitted. To access the the waiver survey click here. Submission of a waiver request is not a guarantee that your request will be approved. Applicants are responsible for meeting prerequisite requirements. Applicants may be notified as late as the spring 2014 term if the waiver was approved or denied.

  • All coursework must be taken at a 2 or 4-year accredited institution within the United States.
  • 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.

If you are unsure if a course you have taken (or plan on taking) fulfills a prerequisite requirement:

  1. Review the Course Guides by School
  2. If your school is not listed and/or the course in question is not listed, review the Prerequisite Evaluation Guide. This guide provides a course description for each of our prerequisite courses. You can compare the course description of the course you have taken or plan on taking with the description in the guide.
  3. If you are still unsure if the course in question will be accepted, then you must complete the Prerequisite Coursework Evaluation Petition.

Admissions staff will not review prospective students' transcripts. The review of transcripts is what occurs as part of the process of reviewing applications.

Applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses prior to matriculation. Courses need not be completed at time of application.

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
 

Applying

Early Decision and Regular Decision Applicants:
Upon the opening of the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) 2014-2015 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. Take the PCAT (www.pcatweb.info) and have official scores reported to PharmCAS (code 104).

    EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS: The latest PCAT accepted for Early Decision is September 5, 2014.

    REGULAR DECISION APPLICANTS: The latest PCAT accepted for Regular Decision is January 7, 2015.

    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 via email immediately following the exam on September 3-5, 2014. Be sure to email unofficial test scores to pharmdadmissions@health.usf.edu no later than 11:59 PM EST on September 9, 2014. 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 9, 2015. 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.

  3. Submit official copies of all college transcripts to PharmCAS. Do not send them to USF COP.
  4. Request the submission of at least two (2) letters of recommendation on your behalf to PharmCAS. One letter must be from a science professor.
  5. Electronically submit the USFCOP Supplemental Application and $30 non-refundable application fee. The link will be posted here in August 2014.

A word about Early Decision:

The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program.

Advantages:

  • Less stress by cutting the time spent waiting for a decision
  • Save the time and expense of submitting multiple applications
  • Gain more time, once accepted, to look for housing and otherwise preparing for starting the PharmD program
  • Reassess options and apply elsewhere if not accepted

Checking the Status of Your Application Materials:

Use the STATUS link on the PharmCAS application to verify receipt of your supplemental application and fee, PCAT score, and letters of reference. Please allow 7-10 business days before checking if your supplemental application and fee have been received.

Application Checklist

Application Timeline

Deadlines

September 2, 2014 is the Early decision deadline for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle. To learn more about the Early Decision program, visit PharmCAS. The admissions requirements and application process are the same as with regular decision.

December 1, 2014 is the Regular decision deadline for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle.

Application materials must be received (not postmarked) by the respective deadline.

Transfer Students

The transfer student application process will reopen February 2015. 

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.

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.

Interview Day

Our interview process is intended to assess interviewees non-cognitive skills. Interviewees will be invited to attend an on-campus interview beginning in January 2015.

Please note that USFCOP does not admit applicants on a "rolling" basis. Offers of admission will be made beginning in mid-February and will continue to be made in batches throughout the spring and summer months.

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.

Accepted Student Requirements

Accepted Student 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

Financial Aid Brochure

InPHARMation Sessions

Pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to sign up for an 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.

Upcoming sessions:

  • September 5, at 8:00 AM
  • September 26, at 1:00 PM
  • October 17, at 1:00 PM
  • November 14, at 1:00 PM
  • December 5, at 1:00 PM

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.

Online Chat Sessions:

  • August 18, at 11am-12pm EST
  • September 8, at 6-7pm EST
  • September 25, at 6-7pm EST
  • October 4, at 9-10am EST
  • October 23,at 6-7pm EST
  • November 3, at 11am-12pm EST

Registration is NOT required to join a chat session. On the day of the event simply visit this site the CareerEco site (schools.careereco.net/2012/12/06/usf-pharmacy). Instructions on the how to use the chat features are included on the website listed above - upper right corner. 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.

Speaking with an Advisor

Scheduling an appointment with an advisor:

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.

Before scheduling an appointment, be sure to review the USF COP admissions requirements and application process. Appointments must be scheduled online via eScheduler. You will be taken to the USF online appointment scheduler. Please enter your email address and select 'Submit.' Then enter your student information, select "College of Pharmacy" from the 'Area' drop down menu and indicate the reason for your appointment. You can either manually enter a date or use the calendar icon to select a date. After the date is selected the system will let you know if the Admissions Advisor is available on the date you entered. If she is available, you then must select a 30-minute session. If you encounter any problems with using e-Scheduler, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Contact Information:

USF College of Pharmacy
Office of Admissions
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 30
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.