USC Pre-pharmacy

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Pre-Pharmacy Calendar 2014-2015

Pre-Pharmacy Calendar

Workshop meetings will take place in Coker Life Sciences 110:

September 11

September 23

October 2

October 21

November 6

November 19

December 4

Conditional Acceptance

Conditional Acceptance

Conditional Acceptance (USC Pre-Pharmacy Majors with MORE than 16 hours of in-progress or remaining pre-requisite courses) 
 

  • The Deadline for Conditional Acceptance is September 12th 
  • Applicants must submit the PharmCAS application, Supplemental application, and "Pre-requisite Course Requirements" Form (found on Supplemental Application) by September 12th 
  • To be eligible for an interview, the following must occur: 
    • Your transcripts from ALL institutions must be received 
    • You are notified by PharmCAS via email that your application, including all transcripts, is "verified" 
    • Your unofficial PCAT Score (must be printed at the testing center PRIOR to logging out of the exam) OR official PCAT score must be received 
    • Unofficial PCAT Score must be turned into Ms. Nikki Mellen (Pharmacy School Dean's Office) 

  • Your transcripts from ALL institutions must be received 
  • You are notified by PharmCAS via email that your application, including all transcripts, is "verified" 
  • Your unofficial PCAT Score (must be printed at the testing center PRIOR to logging out of the exam) OR official PCAT score must be received 
    • Unofficial PCAT Score must be turned into Ms. Nikki Mellen (Pharmacy School Dean's Office) 

  • Interviews can be granted using an unofficial score, but acceptances will not be issued without official score reported to PharmCAS 
    •  Official PCAT Score must be sent directly to PharmCAS 
  •  All three letters of recommendation must be received by PharmCAS 

For assistance on completing your application for pharmacy school, open the following link: 
https://www.sccp.sc.edu/admissions_help_links 

USC Pre‑Pharmacy

The Pre‑Pharmacy program at USC is designed to meet the entrance requirements leading to admission into a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. The Pre‑Pharmacy program is an intensive two‑year course of study that includes courses in the life sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and the liberal arts.

About Pharmacy

“Pharmacy is consistently ranked as one of the most highly trusted professions because of the care and service pharmacists provide”

Pharmacists are medical professionals that work with physicians, nurses, & other health professionals to provide patients with optimal health care.  Responsibilities of a pharmacist include:

  • dispensing medications
  • monitoring patient health and progress to maximize outcomes
  • educating consumers and patients on the use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
  • advising physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals on drug decisions
  • providing expertise about the composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties
  • ensuring that drugs do not interact in a harmful way

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 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, 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 for a pharmacist is $118, 000.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program requires at least two years of pre-professional (undergraduate) study followed by four academic years of professional study. 

Webinars

PharmCAS Webinar: Part One

PharmCAS Webinar: Part Two  

Supplemental Application Webinar   

Advisors

Diane Wise

Pre-Pharmacy Advisor
/Graduate Coordinator

803.777.6053 (office)

Alfred Moore

Director of Student
Services

803.777.6635 (office)

Nikki Mellen

803.777.4151 (office)

803.777.2775 (fax)

Pharm.D. Entrance Requirements

Admission to the SCCP is competitive and is based on the applicant’s completion of prepharmacy requirements, GPA, academic record, letters of recommendation, interview evaluations, PCAT scores, pharmacy exposure, honors/awards, extracurricular activities, work experience, and the student personal statement concerning their goals for a career in pharmacy.

Applicants must take the PCAT and have official scores reported January 7, 2014.

Applicants must provide an official copy of all college transcripts, including all grades for courses taken through the fall semester in which they apply.

Dates & Deadlines

PrePharmacy Curricula 


 

GFL Courses:

Any foreign language with the exception of American Sign Language (ASLG)

Transfer Credit Guide for Technical College Courses

GHS Electives:

U.S, World History, or non-Western history course 

Articulation Table for selected Four Year Colleges

AIU Electives:

Any 3 hour fine arts course in music appreciation, art, film, theatre, or dance. 

USC Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum Worksheet

 

Admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) - SCCP Requirements 

The following criteria are for admissions into either the USC or MUSC Campus of the SCCP.  For admissions criteria for other schools of pharmacy, please contact an advisor or administrator from those institutions. 

 

Pre-Pharmacy majors are evaluated on the following criteria for admission into the SCCP:

1. Competitive GPA (SCCP 3.6-3.7)

2. Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) SCCP AVG 65-70

3. Interview

4. Three Letters of Recommendation

5.Personal/Diversity Statement

6.*Pharmacy Exposure

7.Work Experience

8.**Extracurricular Activities 

*Pharmacy Exposure includes interviewing pharmacists, shadowing pharmacists, touring pharmacies, volunteering in a pharmacy, or working in a pharmacy as a pharmacy technician.

Click Pharmacy Technician Registration to download the application form from the SC Board of Pharmacy

**Extracurricular activities may include, but are not limited to, community service, religious or athletic activities, student organization, student government, undergraduate research, and leadership positions.

It is strongly recommended that students considering applying to the SCCP obtain pharmacy exposure and be active in extracurricular organizational activities to be competitive for admission. 

Pre-Pharmacy Change of Major Meeting Schedule

 

Pre-Pharmacy Change of Major meetings will take place on alternating days and times beginning in September 2014 to accommodate student schedules. Students who need immediate assistance regarding advisement for classes may refer to the Cross College Advising Office located in the Thomas Cooper Library.

Pre-Pharmacy Change of Major meetings are held for existing USC students who would like to change their major to Pre-Pharmacy. Any student wishing to enter the Pre-Pharmacy major must first attend a meeting before they can be accepted. Meetings provide general information about the Pre-Pharmacy major and the requirements to gain admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. A minimum GPA of 3.00 and twelve USC hours excluding AP or IB courses are required to become a Pre-Pharmacy major.

*Note* Meetings are for informational purposes only. Students will not be advised during this time.

 

To attend a workshop, please RSVP by opening the following link:

https://advisingappointments.sc.edu/CHANGE-OF-MAJOR/eSARSRedirect.aspx