The UofSC College of Pharmacy is NOT requiring the PCAT for the 2021-2022 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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Contact Information
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The UofSC College of Pharmacy is NOT requiring the PCAT for the 2021-2022 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.

Institution Address:
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Street 1: 715 Sumter Street
Street 2: CLS 109
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City: Columbia
State: South Carolina
Zip: 29208
Country: United States

Program Location:: South Carolina
Admissions Office Contact(s)::
- Name: Nikki Mellen, M.Ed.
  Title: Director of Admissions
  Office: College of Pharmacy
  Phone (Work): 803-777-0589
  Email: mellen@cop.sc.edu

Institutional Website::
- http://www.sc.edu/pharmacy

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Program Application Deadline
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Final Application Deadline:
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What is the final (enforced) application deadline for your program?: March 1, 2022
Final Application Deadline Description::
Applicants must submit their PharmCAS Application by this date.  While processing will be delayed, additional materials including transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. can be submitted after this deadline.  We encourage applicants to submit all materials as soon as possible.


Priority Application Deadline:
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What is the priority application deadline for your program? : October 1, 2021
Describe any requirements or incentives for applicants who apply by the priority deadline. :
Applicants that submit their PharmCAS Application by the priority deadline and their UofSC Supplemental Application by October 11, 2021 are GUARANTEED an admission interview if the following conditions are met: applicant has no misdemeanors, felonies, academic integrity or professional violations (obtained or pending), obtains an iThenticate score of 0% for the PharmCAS Personal Statement and submits all required materials to PharmCAS to have a VERIFIED PharmCAS Application.


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Program Information
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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)
Program Structure:
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What is the primary program structure for the Pharm.D. curriculum?: * 2 - 4

Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions?: Not Required
Alternative Enrollment Options:
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Does your institution have alternative enrollment options available?: Yes
If Yes to alternate enrollment, check all that apply:: Early assurance 

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Last Entering Class
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Total number of Pharm.D. seats filled in the last P1 entering class:: 115
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Dual and Concurrent Degrees
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Dual Degree:
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Does your institution offer a dual degree program, as defined above? : Yes
If yes, check all that apply:: PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), 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. 


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.  For more information please contact our Director of Admissions at mellen@cop.sc.edu.

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Program Description
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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. Two combination degree programs (MBA, and MHIT) 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.

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GPA and Credit Hour Criteria
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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
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Course Prerequisites
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List of Course Prerequisites::
Course Subject: Biology/Biological Science
Course Title: General Biology I with Lab
Semester Hours (Min): 4
Quarter Hours (Min): 6
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Course Subject: Chemistry
Course Title: General Chemistry I with Lab
Semester Hours (Min): 4
Quarter Hours (Min): 6
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Course Subject: Math
Course Title: Calculus
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: English Composition / Writing
Course Title: English: Reading/Composition
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Humanities
Course Title: Liberal Art Elective 1
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Biology/Biological Science
Course Title: General Biology II with Lab
Semester Hours (Min): 4
Quarter Hours (Min): 6
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Course Subject: Chemistry
Course Title: General Chemistry II with Lab
Semester Hours (Min): 4
Quarter Hours (Min): 6
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Course Subject: Statistics
Course Title: Statistics
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: English Composition / Writing
Course Title: English: Literature/Composition
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Humanities
Course Title: Liberal Art Elective 2
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Chemistry
Course Title: Organic Chemistry I with Lab
Semester Hours (Min): 4
Quarter Hours (Min): 6
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Course Subject: Anatomy & Physiology
Course Title: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Physics
Course Title: General Physics I
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Economics
Course Title: Principles of Economics
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Psychology
Course Title: General Psychology
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Chemistry
Course Title: Organic Chemistry II with Lab
Semester Hours (Min): 4
Quarter Hours (Min): 6
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Course Subject: Anatomy & Physiology
Course Title: Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Microbiology
Course Title: Microbiology 
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Communication / Speech (Verbal)
Course Title: Public Speaking
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 4.5
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Course Subject: Humanities
Course Title: Liberal Art Elective 3
Semester Hours (Min): 3
Quarter Hours (Min): 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.

Can applicants use online classes to fulfill the institution's course prerequisites?:
Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies

Enter any additional information regarding online course prerequisites::
Online Public Speaking and lab courses taken during the Spring 2020 through the Summer 2021 semesters will be accepted due to the transition of many classes to a virtual format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will continue to monitor the pandemic and the effect on such courses and provide updates on our website accordingly.  If you have specific questions, please reach out to our Director of Admissions at mellen@cop.sc.edu.

Can applicants use pass/fail classes to fulfill the institution's course prerequisites?:
Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Varies
Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies

Enter any additional information regarding pass/fail course prerequisites::
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.

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 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 mellen@cop.sc.edu.

Link to additional course prerequisites information:: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/pharmacy/pharmacy_education/pharm_d_program/admission_requirements/index.php
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Supplemental Materials
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Supplemental Requirements:
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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: : https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/pharmacy/pharmacy_education/pharm_d_program/admission_requirements/index.php

Supplemental Application Fee:
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Will your institution require a supplemental application fee?: Yes
If yes, please enter the dollar amount:: $65
Link to supplemental fee form or instructions:: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/pharmacy/pharmacy_education/pharm_d_program/application_process/index.php

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 https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/pharmacy/pharmacy_education/pharm_d_program/application_process/index.php beginning July 14, 2021. 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 3/1/22 and the Supplemental Application deadline is 3/15/22. 

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PCAT and Other Tests
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Select the option that best describes the program’s PCAT policy:: Optional
Link to PCAT information on institutional website:: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/pharmacy/pharmacy_education/pharm_d_program/application_process/index.php
Additional PCAT information::
The UofSC College of Pharmacy will not require the PCAT for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program for the 2021-2022 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 mellen@cop.sc.edu.

Minimum composite PCAT score considered:: N/A
Other Admission Tests:
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Do you accept or require other admission tests? Do not include immunization requirement or other similar documentation requirements.: No

I would like to mark this section as done.: Yes

Observation Hours
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Observation Hours Required:
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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 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.


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Evaluations (Letters of Reference)
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Evaluations Required:
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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.:
Clergy: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
Co-Worker: ACCEPTED
Employer: ACCEPTED
Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
Health Care Professional: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
Politician: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
Supervisor: ACCEPTED
Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED

Committee Letters:
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What is your college/school policy on committee letters? : Not Accepted

Composite Letters:
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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.  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. 

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Residency
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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 Office of the University Registrar; more information can be found on their website at https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/registrar/residency_and_citizenship/residency/index.php.  The UofSC College of Pharmacy is the only institution in the state that allows non-South Carolina residents to obtain legal residency, if desired.  

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International Applicants
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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 https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/pharmacy/pharmacy_education/pharm_d_program/application_process/index.php.    

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, 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 mellen@cop.sc.edu if you have questions regarding this requirement.

Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs for Current Pharmacists
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Does the institution offer a post-B.S. Pharm.D. program for current pharmacists in the U.S. or abroad? : No

I would like to mark this section as done.: Yes

Interviews
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Interview Format:: Individual applicants with one interviewer
Does the institution offer an online interview option?: Not sure at this time
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 the PharmCAS Application.

Link to institutional webpage for more detailed description:: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/pharmacy/pharmacy_education/pharm_d_program/application_process/index.php
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Accepted Applicants
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Deposits:
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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 2021-2022 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::
- 2022-08-22

Additional details for accepted applicants::
The first date of class for Fall 2022 is tentatively scheduled for August 22, 2022, 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 2022 semester.

Are accepted applicants required to have CPR certification prior to matriculation?: No
I would like to mark this section as done.: Yes

Background Checks and Drug Screenings
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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
I would like to mark this section as done.: Yes