2016-2017 Admission Instructions

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are evaluated on multiple criteria to best ensure those selected are well-rounded and can meet the demands of the profession. The Admissions Committee is cognizant that admitted students must possess not only the academic ability to successfully complete the Pharm.D. curriculum, but also personal characteristics necessary to practice pharmacy.


Admission to the Pharm.D. program at the College of Pharmacy is highly competitive and based on the following criteria:

  • Submission of PharmCAS Application and accompanying materials
  • Submission of Supplemental Application and accompanying materials
  • Successful completion of pharmacy prerequisite courses prior to Fall 2017 Pharm.D. program entry
  • Cumulative and pharmacy prerequisite GPAs
  • Official Transcripts
  • PCAT scores
  • Interview evaluations
  • Three letters of reference
  • Pharmacy exposure
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Honors and awards
  • Research experience

PharmCAS Application

The PharmCAS application is an electronic, national application submitted through the Pharmacy College Application Service.  In addition to the application, you will be required to submit the following to PharmCAS:

  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • Official PCAT Scores
  • Official Transcripts from ALL institutions attended
  • Application Fee - the application fee is submitted directly to PharmCAS when you complete your application. PharmCAS will not process an application until the application is complete, the application fee is paid and all official transcripts are received. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply early as processing can take up to five weeks once all required materials are received and verified.

View the 2016-2017 Admissions Cycle Instructions  for assistance in completing the PharmCAS application.

Supplemental Application

  • The Supplemental Application is an electronic, university-specific application submitted to the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina.  In addition to the application you will be required to submit the following:
    • Prerequisite Course Requirements Checklist (submit to the College of Pharmacy Admissions Office)
    • Application Fee – the Supplemental Application fee is $65 (U.S. dollars).  The fee is nonrefundable and payable by electronic check or credit card (VISA or MasterCard) only (submit electronically through the Supplemental application)

Pharmacy Prerequisite Courses

66 credit hours of pharmacy prerequisites must be completed prior to Fall 2017 Pharm.D. program entry with a grade of ‘C’ (2.0) or higher; many applicants will submit all applications and accompanying materials while in the midst of course completion.

GPA Requirements

In order to apply, candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. The cumulative GPA is comprised of all attempted undergraduate and graduate level courses. The pharmacy prerequisite GPA is comprised of the 66 credit hours required to be completed prior to Fall 2017 Pharm.D. program entry. The highest earned grade for any course attempted multiple times will be used in the pharmacy prerequisite GPA calculation. Applicants are responsible for verifying that they meet the minimum GPA requirements before they apply. The application fee will not be refunded if the application requirements are not met.

Official Transcripts

  • Official Transcripts for ALL college coursework must be submitted directly from each institution
    • This includes dual enrollment credit from high school
       
  • Summer 2016 Transcripts
    • Arrange for your current (through Summer 2016) transcripts to be mailed to PharmCAS directly from each institution with the Transcript Request Form as soon as they are available
       
  • Fall 2016 Transcripts
    • Arrange for your Fall 2016 transcripts to be mailed to PharmCAS directly from each institution with the Transcript Request Form as soon as they are available
    • The PharmCAS Fall “Academic Update” Window will need to be completed by the applicant between December 15, 2016 and February 15, 2017
       
  • Spring/Summer 2017 Transcripts
    • For courses taken in the USC system (any USC Campus) for Spring or Summer 2017, transcripts are obtained internally by Ms. Nikki Mellen and do not require any action by the applicant
    • For courses taken outside the USC system you will need to request an official transcript from the institution to be sent to Ms. Nikki Mellen at the College of Pharmacy
    • The PharmCAS Spring “Academic Update” Window will need to be completed by the applicant between April 17, 2017 and June 30, 2017
  • AP/IB Courses
    • You do not have to submit a transcript for AP/IB scores to PharmCAS
    • Input AP/IB credit earned per the semester you entered college
    • AP/IB score submission for USC Students:
      • If your scores show on your USC transcript, you do not need to submit them to the College
      • If your scores do not show on your USC transcript for pharmacy prerequisites you must submit an unofficial copy to Ms. Nikki Mellen.  If accepted, you will need to request an official copy to be sent to the University of South Carolina
    • AP/IB score submission for non-USC students:
      • If you plan to use AP/IB scores to fulfill a pharmacy prerequisite you must submit an unofficial copy of your score report to Ms. Nikki Mellen.  If accepted, you will need to request an official copy to be sent to the University of South Carolina
        • Contact College Board for AP scores
        • Contact your IB Coordinator at your high school for your IB scores

PCAT Scores

While a minimum PCAT score is not required, all applicants must complete the PCAT prior to the PharmCAS application deadline.  Official PCAT scores are reported directly to PharmCAS using code 104 upon exam registration. Any exam scores older than 5 years will not be accepted.  Unofficial PCAT score reports may be submitted to Ms. Nikki Mellen to expedite the interview selection process.  Official PCAT scores must be received by PharmCAS prior to the College of Pharmacy extending an admission offer.  It is recommended that all applicants complete the PCAT no later than October/November 2016 as waiting until January 2017 may diminish your chances of acceptance due to the processing time of PharmCAS receiving your official PCAT score.

Extra-Curricular Activities

As the Admissions Committee values well-rounded applicants, participation in extra-curricular activities in any setting should be included on your PharmCAS application and resume/curriculum vitae.  Extra-curricular activities may consist of pharmacy or non-pharmacy related organizations, sports, volunteer work, etc. obtained in collegiate or non-collegiate settings.

Honors & Awards

Applicants are encouraged to include on PharmCAS and record on resume/curriculum vitae any individual honors, awards, scholarships, recognitions, achievements, etc.

Research Experience

Applicants may include on PharmCAS and record on resume/curriculum vitae any involvement in research, including Independent Study participation, or Faculty-driven research that may or may not have resulted in a publication, poster presentation, or platform presentation.