Pharm. D. Entry-Level Program in Nova Southeastern University-USA

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Pharm. D. Entry-Level Program

About the Program

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree is awarded after successful completion of four years of professional study in the College in Pharmacy.The curriculum is designed such that courses integrate information and build upon one another in order to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the profession. The didactic component of the first two years of the curriculum builds a foundation in the medical and pharmaceutical sciences. Traditional course in anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and microbiology are provided in order to develop foundation. Pharmaceutical science courses including Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics and Nonprescription Therapies are designed to provide students with a strong understanding of principles of drug therapy. The innovative curriculum also includes the integration of medical chemistry and pharmacology into one course entitled Pharmacodynamics, which runs four semesters. Insight into the business, marketing and legal aspects of pharmacy and the health care system are provided. In addition, the human relation and communication aspects of pharmacy are studied during the second year.

  • Professional Program Goal: The goal of the College of Pharmacy (COP) professional degree program curriculum is to provide graduates with the knowledge, professional skills, attitudes and values necessary to address the pharmacy-related needs of society.
  • Competency-based College Educational Outcomes
  • Curriculum
  • Admissions

    Graduation rates, NAPLEX & MPJE scores
    • NAPLEX pass rate for the calendar year 2012: 97.16%
    • MPJE pass rate for the calendar year 2012: 98.58%

    • On time (6 year) graduation rates
      Pharm.D. Entry Level Program:
      Year 4 years +1yr +2yr Total
      2012 86.6% 6.7% 1% 94.3%
      2011 91% 2.9% 1% 94.8%
      2010 92.9% 4.6% - 97.5%
      2009 93.9% 3.6% 1% 98.5%

      Pharm.D. for International Pharmacists Program:
      Year 2.3 years +1yr +2yr Total
      2012 No graduating class
      2011 92.3% 2.6% - 94.9%
      2010 94.3% 2.9% - 97.1%
      2009 92.9% 7.1% - 100%
    Admission Requirements - applicants entering the Pharm.D. Program in 2013

    Applicants for the first year class must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation:

    1. NSU College of Pharmacy applicants must complete a minimum of 76 semester hours of coursework at a regionally accredited college or university, including the following required courses:
    Required Courses

    All candidates who complete the 2013 admission criteria, as described below, will be considered for admission.  The Dean is empowered to evaluate the total qualifications of every applicant and to modify requirements in exceptional circumstances. The updated admissions criteria will be in full effect for the entering class of 2013 and all future classes.

    General Biology 8 semester hours including laboratory
    Anatomy and Physiology 8 semester hours including laboratory
    General Chemistry 8 semester hours including laboratory
    Organic Chemistry 8 semester hours including laboratory
    General Physics 8 semester hours including laboratory
    English 6 semester hours
    Calculus 3 semester hours
    Speech 3 semester hours
    Statistics 3 semester hours
    Macroeconomics 3 semester hours one or the other
    Humanities/Social/Behavioral Sciences

    15 semester hours:

    • 3 semester hours of Social/Behavioral Sciences
    • 3 semester hours of Humanities
    • 3 semester hours of Ethics
    • The remaining 6 semester hours can be in either discipline.
    Advanced Biology 3 semester hours (cellular or molecular biology, microbiology, or genetics)
    TOTAL 76 semester hours

    The information below applies to both admission requirements.

    Pharmacy College Admissions
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    555 Academic Court
    San Antonio, TX 78204

    Applicants should take the PCAT no later than January prior to the expected date of matriculation. The PCAT is designed to measure verbal ability, quantitative ability, reading comprehension, and knowledge of biology and chemistry. PCAT scores must be no more than five years old at the time of interview. PCAT scores should be submitted to the Pharmacy College Application Service.

    1. Students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. To assure a well-rounded background for professional studies and adequate preparation in mathematics and sciences, the college requires students to earn a grade of 2.0 or better in each required pre-pharmacy course and a minimum grade of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry and mathematics courses.
    2. All applicants are required to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Applications for the PCAT may be available at your college. You may register on-line or call 800-622-3231 for an application. You may also forward a written request to:
    3. Three letters of Evaluation - a letter from the pre-professional committee (if such a committee does not exist letters of evaluation from two science professors and a liberal arts professor are necessary). A letter of evaluation from a pharmacist is highly recommended and may substitute for a letter from a professor.
    Application Procedure for Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Puerto Rico sites

    The college participates in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) for the receipt and processing of all applications for students wishing to enter our Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, or Puerto Rico site. PharmCAS takes no part in the selection of students.

    To start the application process, please visit the PharmCAS web site:

    Applicants choosing to submit a paper application may contact PharmCAS directly for an application packet at:

    P.O. Box 9109
    Watertown, MA 02471

    Listed below are the steps necessary to complete applications before they can be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions.

    1. The applicant must submit the following materials to PharmCAS by January 6, 2014:
      • Completed PharmCAS application
      • An official transcript from the registrar of all colleges and universities attended. This must be mailed directly to PharmCAS by the college or university.
      • PCAT Scores (no more than five year old)

    The PharmCAS application process could take 4-6 weeks.

    1. The following supplemental application materials must be received by the College Of Pharmacy by March 1, 2014:
      • A supplemental application, which will be sent upon receipt of the PharmCAS application.
      • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00.


    A personal interview is part of the admissions process; however, being interviewed is not a guarantee of admission. Not all applicants will be granted an interview. Those selected for an interview will be notified of the date and time of such interview by the Office of Admissions.

    Notice of acceptance or action by the Committee on Admissions will be on a "rolling" or periodic schedule; therefore; early completion of the application is in the best interest of the student.


    After acceptance, final official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions prior to matriculation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for these transcripts to be sent.

    Transfer Students

    Circumstances may warrant that a student enrolled in one pharmacy college seeks to transfer to another institution. Any individual wishing to transfer to Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy must:

    1. Make a formal application to the NSU College of Pharmacy Office of Admissions
    2. Meet admissions requirements to NSU College of Pharmacy-including submitting official transcripts of all college work (including pharmacy transcripts)
    3. Be interviewed
    4. Be in good standing at the transferring institution, as documented by a letter from the dean of the transferring institution
    5. Supply a written statement outlining the reasons for requesting a transfer

    Decisions on transfer applications are made by the Dean. The decision will be based on factors which include, but are not limited to: academic record, circumstances leading to the transfer request, available space, and admission standards. Student entering the College of Pharmacy with an advanced standing may be given credit for courses which are applicable to the courses outlined in the curriculum of the College of Pharmacy.

    The Dean's Office will evaluate the courses and determine appropriate credits. The program, however, must be completed in seven calendar years. A minimum of 16 credit hours of didactic course work and minimum of five clerkships must be completed at Nova Southeastern University.


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