The UofSC College of Pharmacy is NOT requiring the PCAT for the 2022-2023 admission cycle. However, applicants can submit PCAT scores if they feel it would strengthen their overall application; PCAT scores will not count negatively. Also, we STRONGLY encourage applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible as we operate on a rolling admission basis.
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The UofSC College of Pharmacy is NOT requiring the PCAT for the 2022-2023 admission cycle. However, applicants can submit PCAT scores if they feel it would strengthen their overall application; PCAT scores will not count negatively. Also, we STRONGLY encourage applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible as we operate on a rolling admission basis.
715 Sumter Street
CLS 109
South Carolina
United States
South Carolina

Program Application Deadline

April 3, 2023
October 3, 2022
Applicants that submit their PharmCAS Application by the October 3, 2022 priority deadline and UofSC Supplemental Application by October 15, 2022 are GUARANTEED an admission interview if the applicant has: 1) a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, 2) no misdemeanors, felonies, academic integrity or professional violations (obtained or pending), and 3) an iThenticate score of 0% for the PharmCAS Personal Statement. *Applicants MUST have a VERIFIED PharmCAS Application to be eligible for an interview.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Prisma Health-Upstate (Greenville, South Carolina)
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Not Required
Early assurance

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), Other Dual Degrees
Students are also able to enroll in a Master of Health Information Technology (MHIT) program.
Students can enroll in the Masters level programs as early as their 3rd year in the PharmD program; they are able to share a limited number of credit hours between the 2 programs, resulting in reduced tuition/degree completion time for the Masters program. For more information please contact our Director of Admissions at

Program Description

The University of South Carolina (UofSC) College of Pharmacy consists of the UofSC campus, a large comprehensive research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, and satellite Prisma Health-Upstate campus, a progressive hospital system located in Greenville, South Carolina. Several combination degree programs including a Master's in Business Administration and Master's in Health Information Technology are offered alongside the four-year Pharm.D. degree. Three optional track programs that provide training in business, residency preparation, and leadership are also available. Students have access to national and international pharmacy practice experiences with our greater than 600 preceptors, service learning opportunities, pioneering research opportunities that lead to new therapies alongside internationally renowned faculty, an entrepreneurial Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center, and the state’s Palmetto Poison Center. Opportunities are provided to learn with and from multiple other health profession students throughout didactic and experiential courses, extracurricular organizations, and outside activities. As a break from pharmacy studies and activities, students enjoy university benefits of tickets to various sporting events, membership in the more than 500 organizations on campus, and close proximity to beaches and mountains.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

Applicants are responsible for verifying that they meet the minimum GPA requirements before applying. The application fee will not be refunded if the application requirements are not met.
More information can be found at Applicants are encouraged to reach out to our Director of Admissions, Ms. Nikki Mellen, with any questions regarding course equivalencies or to review transcripts and provide a course evaluation to ensure applicants are on track to complete the required courses before beginning the Pharm.D. program, if accepted.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology I with Lab 4 6
Chemistry General Chemistry I with Lab 4 6
Math Calculus 3 4.5
English Composition / Writing English: Reading/Composition 3 4.5
Humanities Liberal Art Elective 1 3 4.5
Biology/Biological Science General Biology II with Lab 4 6
Chemistry General Chemistry II with Lab 4 6
Statistics Statistics 3 4.5
English Composition / Writing English: Literature/Composition 3 4.5
Humanities Liberal Art Elective 2 3 4.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4 6
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 4.5
Physics General Physics I 3 4.5
Economics Principles of Economics 3 4.5
Psychology General Psychology 3 4.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4 6
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 4.5
Microbiology Microbiology 3 4.5
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Public Speaking 3 4.5
Humanities Liberal Art Elective 3 3 4.5
Applicants must complete all required course prerequisites, with a grade of C- or higher, by the end of the Summer 2023 term prior to enrolling in the Pharm.D. degree program in Fall 2023.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: No
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies
Online Public Speaking and lab courses taken during the Spring 2020 through the Spring 2022 semesters will be accepted due to the transition of many classes to a virtual format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have specific questions, please reach out to our Director of Admissions at
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Varies
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies
Pass/Fail courses will be evaluated for fulfilling pharmacy prerequisite requirements if documentation is provided showing that a ‘Pass’ indication at the institution is equivalent to a C- or higher.
Science courses must be for majors. General biology I and II, general chemistry I and II and organic chemistry I and II courses must include a laboratory component. With PRIOR APPROVAL from the College of Pharmacy, you may substitute two general biology courses with a combination of 1) botany and zoology or 2) genetics and cell biology. We do NOT require a lab component for physics, microbiology or anatomy and physiology I and II. We will accept a combination of a separate human comparative anatomy course (3 credit hours) and human physiology course (3 credit hours) to fulfill the 6-credit hour Anatomy and Physiology I & II requirement. Liberal Art electives can include humanities and social science courses. Examples of commonly accepted humanities include: art, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion, and theater. Examples of social sciences include anthropology, additional economic courses, geography, history, political science, sociology, and women studies. For any questions regarding prerequisite course requirements or for a transcript evaluation, please contact our Director of Admissions at

Supplemental Materials

The Supplemental Application will be accessible for the UofSC COP via the website beginning July 14, 2022. Applicants that do not submit BOTH the PharmCAS and the UofSC College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application by the corresponding deadlines will NOT be considered for an interview as their application will be considered incomplete. The PharmCAS Application deadline is 4/3/23 and the Supplemental Application deadline is 4/15/23.

PCAT and Other Tests

The UofSC College of Pharmacy will not require the PCAT for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Applicants can submit PCAT scores if they feel that it would strengthen their overall application. Applicants with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA are strongly encouraged to submit PCAT scores as part of their application. If you have questions please reach out to our Director of Admissions at

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Applicants are strongly encouraged to have pharmacy exposure hours; this exposure can be obtained by working or volunteering in a pharmacy, shadowing or interviewing a pharmacist or any combination of these activities. While there is not a minimum number of required pharmacy exposure hours, this is an important factor in application evaluations. This should be included on the PharmCAS Application and resume, providing details related to each experience, including location, dates and hours.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Three (3)
  • Co-Worker: ACCEPTED
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Any Subject Area): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
Not Accepted
Not Accepted
Three electronic evaluations (letters of reference/recommendation) are required to be submitted through the PharmCAS application. Applicants can receive an invitation to complete an admission interview if they are missing one or more letter of reference/recommendation, however, they will NOT be considered for admission until all three letters of reference/recommendation are received. Inappropriate evaluations include those written by any family members, friends, family friends, or other individuals who cannot speak to the characteristics evaluated by the Admissions Committee.


As a state-assisted institution, we give preference to in-state applicants, defined in the admissions context as South Carolina residents and non-South Carolina residents who are attending a South Carolina college or university. Residency determinations for tuition purposes are set by the Office of the University Registrar; more information can be found on their website at

International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
At least 42 hours of the pharmacy prerequisite courses including English language and public speaking must be completed at a college or university accredited in the United States, excluding courses delivered via electronic media. More information regarding requirements for international students can be found on our website at
International students must be proficient in English. Proficiency is measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 550 on the paper based exam, a 77 on the internet based TOEFL, or 210 on the computer-based TOEFL is required. Alternatively, the UofSC will accept a score of at least a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a score of at least a 53 on the PTE Academic Test.

If you have taken the University of South Carolina's equivalent of English 101 and 102 at a US Institution of higher education and received a letter grade of ‘B’ or higher in each course, you may be exempt from submitting additional forms of English proficiency. Please contact our Director of Admissions at if you have questions regarding this requirement.
Details on Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs


Individual applicants with one interviewer
Not sure at this time
Interviews are by invitation only and required for admission into the Pharm.D. program. The Interview Day is a half-day in length. It includes an overview of the program by one of the Deans, a tour of the pharmacy school, and one-on-one interviews. The interviewers include faculty members, alumni, and preceptors. The time of each Interview Day varies. Interview invitations will be emailed to the email address provided in the PharmCAS Application.

Accepted Applicants

The seat/matriculation fee for the 2022-2023 admission cycle is $485.00 and must be paid by the deadline in an applicant's acceptance letter. This fee is separate from the future required tuition, and will not be subtracted from the tuition amount. This fee can be paid by personal check, money order or cashier's check. The UofSC College of Pharmacy CANNOT accept cash or electronic payment.
The first date of class for Fall 2023 is tentatively scheduled for August 21, 2023, please note that this date is subject to change. Accepted students are also required to attend an Orientation that will occur before the start of classes in August. Accepted students will receive additional information regarding dates, etc. during the Summer 2023 semester.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings