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Institution Name University of South Carolina
College or School Name College of Pharmacy
Short Name U of South Carolina
Banner Image: PharmCASBannerImg2.jpg
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Street 1 715 Sumter Street
Street 2 CLS 109
Street 3
City Columbia
State South Carolina
Zip 29208
Country United States
Program Location: South Carolina
Admissions Office Contact(s):
Institutional Website:
Contact Information Video:
What is the application deadline for your program? February 1, 2021
Application Deadline Description: We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications as early as possible as we operate on a rolling admissions basis. To be considered for an interview, the UofSC College of Pharmacy must receive your verified PharmCAS Application, the UofSC COP Supplemental Application, which can be found on our website, by their respective deadlines and a PCAT score (unofficial or official).
Does your institution participate in Early Decision? No
Please select the appropriate ACPE accreditation status for your institution from the list below: Full Accreditation
Satellite/Branch campuses:
  • Prisma Health-Upstate (Greenville, South Carolina)
Does your program follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Is your institution public or private? Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Academic Term Type: Semester (2 terms per academic year)
What is the primary program structure for the Pharm.D. curriculum? * 2 - 4
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Not Required
Does your institution have alternative enrollment options available? Yes
If Yes to alternate enrollment, check all that apply: Early assurance
Total number of Pharm.D. seats filled in the last P1 entering class: 110
Anticipated number of Total Pharm.D. seats available in the upcoming P1 entering class: 110
Anticipated number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the upcoming entering class: 30
Does your institution offer a dual degree program, as defined above? Yes
If yes, check all that apply: PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/MHA (Healthcare Administration), PharmD/MPH (Public Health), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), Other Dual Degrees
If other dual degrees, as defined above, please list: Students are also able to enroll in a Master of Health Information Technology (MHIT) program. Students pursuing a Master of Public Health can pursue several options which include Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (Epidemiology, MPH), Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB, MPH), Master of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM, MPH).
Does your institution offer a concurrent, double, or second degree program, as defined above? Yes
Provide any additional information regarding dual, concurrent, double, or second degree programs: 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. Students wishing to combine clinical learning and research investigation may enroll in a combination PharmD/PhD program, which often results in completion of both degrees in a shorter time-frame than usually required to earn them separately.
Program Description The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy consists of the UofSC campus, a large comprehensive research university, and satellite Prisma Health-Upstate campus, a progressive hospital system. Five combination degree programs (MBA,MPH,MHIT,MHA,PhD) are offered alongside the four-year Pharm.D. degree. Three optional track programs that provide training in business, residency preparation, and leadership are 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.
Program Description Video:
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.5
Minimum Prerequisite GPA: N/A
Provide any additional information regarding GPA policies for applicants: 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.
Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99
Total number of basic science college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 54
Provide any additional information regarding credit hour policies for applicants:
List of 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
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
Humanities Liberal Art Elective 1 3 4.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4 6
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy or Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 4.5
Physics Physics 3 4.5
Economics Economics 3 4.5
Psychology General Psychology 3 4.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4 6
Anatomy & Physiology Human Physiology or Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 4.5
Microbiology Microbiology 3 4.5
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Speech/Verbal Skills/Public Speaking 3 4.5
Humanities Liberal Art Elective 3 3 4.5
When do applicants need to complete all course prerequisites prior to enrollment (e.g. date or term)? Applicants must complete all required course prerequisites, with a grade of C- or higher, by the end of the summer term prior to enrolling in the Pharm.D. degree program in the fall term.
Enter any additional information regarding course prerequisites: 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 requirement. Liberal Art electives can include humanities and social science courses. Examples of commonly accepted humanities include: art, business, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion, and theater. Examples of social sciences include anthropology, additional economic courses, geography, history, management, political science, sociology, and women studies. For any questions regarding prerequisite course requirements or for a transcript evaluation, please contact Ms. Nikki Mellen at
I would like to mark this section as done. Yes
Does your institution require applicants to submit a supplemental application or supplemental materials directly to the institution and outside of PharmCAS? Yes
Link to Supplemental Instructions:
Will your institution require a supplemental application fee? Yes
If yes, please enter the dollar amount: $65
Link to supplemental fee form or instructions:
Provide any additional information about the supplemental application, materials, or fee requirements: The Supplemental Application will be accessible for the UofSC COP via the website beginning July 14, 2020. 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 2/1/21 and the Supplemental Application deadline is 2/15/21.
Select the option that best describes the program’s PCAT policy: Required
Link to PCAT information on institutional website:
Additional PCAT information: We advise completion of the PCAT during the Summer or Fall of 2020. The last testing dates to be considered for Fall 2021 admissions is February 2021.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Do you accept or require other admission tests? Do not include immunization requirement or other similar documentation requirements. No
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Please note any additional relevant information: Applicants are strongly encouraged to have pharmacy exposure/observation hours; this exposure can be obtained by working or volunteering in a pharmacy, shadowing or interviewing a pharmacist or any combination of these activities.
Are evaluations (letters of reference) required by your institution? Yes
 If yes, how many evaluations are required? Three (3)
Please indicate your evaluation type requirements. Select all that apply.
  • 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 (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
What is your college/school policy on committee letters? Not accepted
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Not Accepted
Provide institution specific details regarding evaluations: 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.
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? No
Additional information about the program’s state residency requirements: 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 UofSC Legal Residency Office; more information can be found on their website at
Does your institution consider foreign citizens (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Select the citizenship types eligible for admission: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Other clarifying information, if necessary: 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
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores? Yes
If the TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers, provide additional details about the requirement below: 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 or 77 on the internet based TOEFL is required. The UofSC also accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the PTE Academic Test. Students must score at least a 6.5 on the IELTS, or at least a 53 on the PTE.

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, Ms. Nikki Mellen at if you have questions regarding this requirement.
Interview Format: Individual applicants with one interviewer
Briefly describe your institution's interview process: 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 PharmCAS.
Link to institutional webpage for more detailed description:
Is a deposit required to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
Is the deposit refundable for any period of time? No
Enter details on the deposit (e.g. amount) and deposit refund policies: The seat/matriculation fee for the 2020-2021 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.
Date of first day of classes and/or matriculation for the next entering class:
  • August 19, 2021
Additional details for accepted applicants: The first date of class for Fall 2021 is currently scheduled for August 19, 2021, 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 2021 semester.
Are accepted applicants required to have CPR certification prior to matriculation? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Criminal Background Check (CBC) Service? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
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