Established 2004, Building on a 120-Year Foundation
Combining the traditions of excellence of a major academic medical center (MUSC), a large comprehensive university (USC), and a progressive hospital system (GHS), the South Carolina College of Pharmacy offers a statewide approach to pharmacy education that is on par with the most highly regarded colleges in the United States.
- Improve the health and wellness of South Carolina Citizens by training the best pharmacists
- Provide education, research and service comparable in quality to the nation’s best colleges of pharmacy
- Become a national leader in pharmacy education, research and service
- University of South Carolina (USC) – full 4-year program
- Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) – full 4-year program
- Greenville Hospital System and University Medical Center (GHS) – 3rd year (P3) didactic and experiential training in first, second and fourth years
Academically Distinguished Students
- Each year, 190 highly-qualified students are admitted
(110 on USC campus, 80 on MUSC campus)
- In addition to obtaining the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree,
our students can participate in our of three dual-degree programs:
Pharm.D. / MBA
Pharm.D. / MPH
Pharm.D. / Ph.D
Pharm.D. / M.S. in Clinical Research
Pharm.D. / M.S. in Health Informatics
- Or one of our elective tracks:
Community pharmacy or Pre-residency.
Graduating Student Statistics
- Four-year Graduation Rate: 93% (2013)
- NAPLEX Pass Rate: 98.2% (2013)
- Number of Graduates Securing Residency Positions: 43 (2013)
- Graduating Student Satisfaction: 97% (2013)
- Thru the College of Graduate Studies at either MUSC or USC, students can also obtain a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
- Residency (hospital and community)
- Post-doctoral fellowships training in pharmaceutical sciences
Nationally Recognized Faculty
The College has 80 full time professors (40 on each campus)
900+ Preceptors – alumni and friends of the College – provide professional experience and mentorship to students through the Experiential Program.
- 15 clinical faculty at the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) and the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
- The Health Science Education Building includes a computer laboratory, two multidisciplinary laboratories, two learning studios, a 9,700 square foot simulation center, and a clinical assessment suite, and a student lounge. The College also has a dedicated 30 seat distance education classroom.
6 Research and Service Centers
- Drug Discovery Core*
- Center for Cellular Death, Injury, & Regeneration*
- SC Palmetto Poison Center
- Center for Medication Safety and Efficacy*
- Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center
- South Carolina Offering Prescribing Excellence (SCORxE)
(* SC Centers of Economic Excellence designation)
5 Endowed Chairs/Professorships
- Charles & Carol Cooper Chair in Drug Discovery (MUSC)
- SmartState Endowed Chair in Cellular Death, Injury, & Regeneration (MUSC)
- SmartState Endowed Chair in Medicinal Chemistry (MUSC)
- SmartState Endowed Chair in Medication Safety Frank and Josie Fletcher Professorship (USC)
- Endowed Chair in Translational Cancer Therapeutics (USC)
NIH Research (for colleges of pharmacy)
$5.5 million in grants in 2012
Nationally Ranked 22nd out of >130 colleges
Approximately $20 million
The South Carolina College of Pharmacy doctor of pharmacy program is approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602-5109, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
USC College of Pharmacy Alumni
Approximately 2950, living in 43 states
- 66 percent - two thirds - of USC pharmacy graduates work in community pharmacy – retail and independent.
- 25 percent of USC pharmacy graduates are employed by hospitals and other health facilities.
- 9 percent of USC pharmacy graduates pursue residencies, fellowships, or graduate school programs
MUSC College of Pharmacy Alumni
Approximately 2,400, living in 45 states and three commonwealths/territories
- 65 percent - nearly two thirds - of MUSC pharmacy graduates work in community pharmacy – retail and independent.
- 19 percent of MUSC pharmacy graduates are employed by hospitals and other health facilities.
- 16 percent of MUSC pharmacy graduates pursue residencies, fellowships, or graduate school programs.