Careers in Pharmacy

Some of the career fields in pharmacy include Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, Compounding Pharmacy, Long-Term Care Pharmacy, Academia, etc., with specialties in Pediatrics, Cardiology, Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nuclear Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care and many more.

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 14% from 2012 to 2020.  The employment rate for pharmacy is growing faster than the average for all occupations due to scientific advances leading to new drug products, expanding roles of pharmacists, and expansion in health care coverage. According to the Drug Topics Annual Salary Survey, the average salary nationwide for a pharmacist is $118, 000 dependent on geographic area.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) program requires at least 66 hours of undergraduate study (typically two years) followed by four academic years of professional study.

For more information on pharmacy careers, click “Career Information” or “Career Profiles

 

Transfer Credit Guide for Technical College Courses

PCAT Score Policy

To be considered for admission, applicants must take the PCAT exam prior to the PharmCAS application deadline on or before Tuesday, December 1, 2015. PCAT scores are reported to PharmCAS using code 104 upon exam registration.  Any exam scores older than 5 years will not be accepted and the exam will need to be repeated.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) is competitive and is based on the following:

 
  • Successful completion of Prerequisite courses
  • Cumulative and Prerequisite GPA
  • PCAT scores (composite and writing)
  • Interview evaluations
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Pharmacy exposure
  • Research experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Honors/Awards

In order to apply, a candidate must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate and graduate GPAs will be combined). The average GPA of admitted students is a 3.6. While a minimum PCAT score is not required, note that the average composite PCAT score of the entering class is ~68. It is the candidate’s responsibility to verify that minimum GPA requirements are met. An application fee refund will not be issued if application requirements are not met.

As a state-assisted institution, preference will be given to in-state applicants. In-state applicants are defined as South Carolina residents and any non-South Carolina residents attending a South Carolina college or university. In-state status as defined here only applies to the admission process. Residency for the purpose of tuition will be based upon individual residency offices at each campus.

Articulation Table for selected Four Year Colleges

Transcripts

For applicants who have completed PharmD prerequisites prior to application submission: 

  • Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended for all coursework (including courses outside of PharmD prerequisites) taken through the last semester prior to applying to PharmCAS. 

For applicants who will complete all PharmD prerequistes by Fall 2015: 

  • Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended for all coursework (including courses outside of PharmD prerequisites) taken through the last semester prior to applying to PharmCAS. 
  • Applicants must submit transcripts of completed Fall 2015 course grades to PharmCAS and update the PharmCAS academic update window as soon as grades are available. 
  • To accelerate the processing of Fall 2015 course grades, applicants should request an official transcript to be mailed to SCCP Admissions in addition to PharmCAS. 

    Please send official transcripts to:
    ATTN: SCCP Admissions
    Office of Enrollment Management
    45 Courtenay Drive, 3rd Floor,Room 359
    MSC 203

    Charleston, SC 29425-2030

For applicants who will complete all PharmD prerequisite coursework by Spring OR Summer 2016: 

  • Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended for all coursework (including courses outside of PharD prerequisites) taken through the last semester prior to applying to PharmCAS. 
  • Applicants must submit transcript of completed Fall 2015 course grades to PharmCAS update the PharmCAS academic update window as soon as grades are available. 
  • To accelerate the processing of Fall 2015 course grades, applicants should request an official transcript to be mailed to SCCP Admissions in addition to PharmCAS. 
  • Applicants must submit transcripts for coursework taken during the Spring and Summer 2016 semesters to your preferred campus (MUSC or USC) as soon as grades are available (if you are a current USC student, your Spring and Summer 2016 USC transcripts are printed internally, and a transcript request to USC or MUSC is only required from other institutions attended). 

When submitting transcripts via PharmCAS, applicants must use the Transcript Request Form found on the PharmCAS website. Only transcripts mailed along with the Transcript Request Form will be accepted.

It can take up to five weeks to process transcripts via PharmCAS. It is recommend that applicants apply early to prevent any delays in processing.

AP/IB scores must be submitted by the applicant to SCCP Admissions at:

College Code + 5407

Attn: SCCP Admissions
Office of Enrollment Management
45 Courtenay Drive, 3rd Floor,Room 359
MSC 203
Charleston, SC 29425-2030

 

Application Process

**Applicants must submit a PharmCAS and SCCP Supplemental Application to be considered for admission**

The SCCP Admissions Committee will evaluate all applications and each is rated based on Admission Criteria established by the Committee.


http://www.pharmcas.org/

 

  • Applications must be submitted electronically through PharmCAS. The PharmCAS application is available beginning July 15, 2015 (http://www.pharmcas.org/). 

  • The PharmCAS application fee is paid directly to PharmCAS. For more information on PharmCAS fees, please see PharmCAS Fees.

  • Use the PharmCAS application checklist to verify all requirements have been met prior to submission.

  • The three letters of recommendation are submitted via PharmCAS.

PharmCAS will not process your application until all information (completed application, required fee, and all official transcript[s]) is submitted to the service.

**The PharmCAS Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015**

*PharmCAS processing may take up to five weeks once all required materials are received and verified; therefore we recommend that you apply early.


SCCP Supplemental Application

  • The SCCP Supplemental Application is submitted directly to SCCP Admissions. You must designate your preferred campus (USC-Columbia or MUSC-Charleston) on the SCCP Supplemental Application.

  • The Diversity Statement is submitted via the SCCP Supplemental application –OPTIONAL, BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Complete Doctor of Pharmacy Prerequisite Course Requirements Checklist Form and return to the SCCP Admissions at the following address:
    ATTN: SCCP Admissions
    Office of Enrollment Management
    45 Courtenay Drive, 3rd Floor, Room 359
    MSC 203
    Charleston, SC 29425-2030

  • The non-refundable SCCP Supplemental Application fee is $65.00 (U.S. dollars). The online processing fee for the SCCP Supplemental Application is payable by electronic check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) only.

**The Supplemental Application deadline is Tuesday, December 15, 2015**

Accepted Students

You may check your admission status in PharmCAS. We politely request that you not contact SCCP prior to March 31, 2016 to inquire about your application status. The Admissions Committee will strive to complete the admissions process in a timely fashion and notify all applicants as soon as a decision has been made.

A non-refundable seat confirmation fee of $485 is required to secure admission. An official transcript from all institutions attended will be required when admitted and prerequisite coursework is completed. This will be a separate transcript request from those submitted to PharmCAS. These transcripts will be sent to the campus which you are accepted. All prerequisite coursework must be successfully completed prior to the start of PharmD classes (Fall semester). If you are a current USC student, your Spring and Summer 2016 USC transcripts are printed internally, and a transcript request to USC or MUSC is only required from other institutions attended.

International Applicants

The South Carolina College of Pharmacy is welcoming to international students within the policy shown below. Individual doctor of pharmacy program applicants who meet these requirements in addition may apply.

The SCCP also considers a limited number of international applicants to the doctor of pharmacy program who have completed at least a 5-year bachelor of science in pharmacy degree and when there is a prior written agreement between the SCCP and an international sponsoring university, government, or agency (International Partnership Program).

Requirements:

  1. At least 42 hours of our prerequisite courses must have been completed at a college or university accredited in the United States (no on-line courses allowed), all English language courses must be completed at a college or university accredited in the United States (no on-line courses allowed).
  2. An international student admitted to the College must be proficient in English with a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based exam, 77 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 210 on the computer-based TOEFL. An international student admitted to the College must also successfully complete an English-based speech or public speaking course.
  3. Applicants must be eligible to receive a Pharmacy Intern Certificate based on the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy requirements. The Pharmacy Intern Certificate is a requirement for students to complete Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences portion of the PharmD curriculum.
  4. Students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed. This is generally referred to as a course-by-course transcript evaluation. A course-by-course transcript evaluation should be sent directly to PharmCAS from the evaluation service.
  5. If you are currently enrolled in a term or semester, you should contact the evaluation service about getting a partial evaluation done. A final evaluation will be required prior to enrollment. A fee from the student is required for the evaluation of credentials. The payment and all contact regarding this process is done directly with the evaluation service of your choice. We will consider an evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The web address is www.naces.org.
  6. Official documents (photocopies are acceptable) certifying that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the South Carolina College of Pharmacy for one academic year are required. This evidence will be used to issue the student an immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) which will be required to obtain the F-1 or J-1 student visa at a US embassy or consulate. If you are a permanent resident, you do not need to provide this information. International students may not be eligible for student loans through the FAFSA process. All international students will be considered out-of-state during the admissions processes and for tuition purposes.
  7. The applicant is responsible for obtaining a proper VISA, if accepted.
  8. Applicants admitted to the doctor of pharmacy program must comply with all student policies and requirements as detailed in the SCCP Bulletin (www.sccp.sc.edu) and all admission procedure requirements including a background check and heath / immunization policies.

Below is the contact information of two companies that frequently provide us with evaluations.

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Educational Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Web: www.jsilny.com 
Phone: 305-273-1616

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087 
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Web: www.wes.org 
Phone: 212-966-6311

Admissions Interviews

PharmCAS will forward applications to SCCP approximately 4-5 weeks following applicant submissions. Applicants will be notified via email from PharmCAS of their "mailed application status." In order to be eligible for an interview, a completed PharmCAS application, SCCP Supplemental Application, and PCAT score must be received by SCCP.

Once the complete application has been evaluated, selected applicants are interviewed on the preferred campus listed on the SCCP Supplemental Application. The SCCP Admissions Committee will begin selecting candidates for interviews in mid-September and will continue to review submitted applications and conduct interviews through March. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications early as the interview spots are limited. Candidates are required to bring an updated resume (3 copies) to their interview.

Admissions Decisions

Admission to each campus is made on a space-available basis (i.e. 110 students at the USC campus and 80 students at the MUSC campus). If one campus reaches capacity, students are considered candidates for the other campus if the candidate designated flexible placement on the SCCP Supplemental Application.

Early Decision

Admissions decisions occuring by October 23, 2016 will be provided to students eligible for the Early Decision program within PharmCAS. SCCP will follow the application and announcement deadlines outlined by PharmCAS. Candidates participating in the Early Decision program may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. Applicants must have taken the PCAT in July (or earlier) and have 16 hours or less of prerequisites remaining to be eligible for early decision program. Click here for more information on the Early Decision program.

Regular Admissions Decision

Regular admissions decisions may occur in the Fall semester if the applicant has less than 16 hours remaining of PharmD prerequisites and transcripts are available for Admissions Committee review. For candidates who have greater than 16 hours of PharmD prequisites remaining, admission decisions will occur beginning in January once Fall semester transcripts have been received and reviewed. This will allow the committee time to review completed transcripts from the Fall semester prior to making admissions decisions.

Interviewed Candidates

All interviewed candidates will be eligible for admissions to the PharmD program. Following the candidate interview, the SCCP Admissions Committee will periodically review final applications and interview evaluations. Candidates may receive an offer shortly after their interview pending the SCCP Admissions Committee evaluation. The Admissions Committee typically convenes on a 2-3 week cycle and reviews applicant files as timely as possible.

If a candidate does not receive an offer within 2-3 weeks following the interview, the individual is still eligible for admissions and a decision will be deferred until the end of the 2015-2016 admissions cycle. The SCCP Admissions Committee strives to notify all applicants of their admission status approximately by March 31, 2016. Accepted applicants will be contacted by phone and email. Wait-listed and denied applicants will be notified by email.

Previous Applicants

PharmCAS 

If your 2014-2015 PharmCAS application was received by the SCCP, you are eligible to have your PharmCAS application information imported for the 2015-2016 admissions cycle. When logging into PharmCAS, click the re-applicant account to have personal information, your academic history, and additional information carried over to the new cycle.

PCAT scores submitted during a previous admissions cycle 
WILL NOT transfer over and will need to be resubmitted. 
Letters of recommendation, personal essays, payments, 
test scores and transcripts containing updated coursework 
WILL NOT transfer over and must be re-submitted. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the information is correct and complete. 
 

Supplemental Application 
Applicants must submit a new Supplemental 
Application and application fee for the 2015 - 2016 
admissions cycle. 

Advisors

USC


Amy Grant, PharmD

Assistant Dean and Clinical Assistant Professor
803.777.7902

USC


Nikki Mellen
 

Student Services Coordinator

803.777.4151 (office)

803.777.2775 (fax)

MUSC


Philip Hall,
PharmD

Professor & Campus Dean
 

MUSC


Jenny Scarnecchia
 

Student Services Coordinator

843.792.3115 (office)

843.792.9081 (fax)