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College of Pharmacy

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Advanced Standing Pharm.D.

Admissions and Application Procedures

Inquires may be directed to:

Admissions Counselor
Health Professions Division
Enrollment & Student Services
Nova Southeastern University
3200 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33328
Phone: 954-262-1112
Fax: 954-262-2282


  • NAPLEX pass rate for the Class of 2015: 90.2%
  • MPJE pass rate for theClass of 2015: 92.5%
  • On time (6 year) graduation rates

Pharm.D. Entry Level Program:

Year 4 years +1yr +2yr Total
2015 83% 9% 2% 94%
2014* 86% 6% 1% 93%
2013* 76% 15% 2% 93%
2012 84% 8% 1% 95%

* Percentage is lower than previous years due to a change in the manner in which the data is reported. The 2013 graduation rate does not include those students who graduated in December 2013, as they will be included in the 2014 data. Data only includes graduation rates between January 1 and August 31, 2013. Future years will include graduation rates from September 1 to August 31.

Pharm.D. Advanced Standing Program:

Year 3 years +1yr +2yr Total
2015 90% 3% -% 93%
2014 88% 3% -% 91%
2013 95% -% -% 95%
2012* -% -% -%
*no graduating class

The College of Pharmacy selects international pharmacy graduates for the program based on previous academic performance, GRE scores (if applicable), TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable), written applications, pharmacy experience, and letters of reference.

  1. Prior to matriculation, College of Pharmacy Applicants must complete and receive a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from an accredited institution. The college will evaluate all official transcripts to determine if the student has successfully completed the courses listed below with a grade of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale:
Course Credit Hours
Anatomy and Physiology 6
Biochemistry 4
Microbiology 3
Pharmacology 6
Pharmaceutics 6
Pharmacokinetics 4
Total 29

The college may require an applicant to complete additional prerequisite courses in order to strengthen his or her academic background.

  1. It is required that applicants have a minimum 2.75 GPA, on a 4.0 scale, on all college-level coursework completed.
  2. An official course-by-course evaluation of foreign coursework with the cumulative grade point average included (see under application procedures for further details).
  3. Proof of English proficiency is required of all applicants. The following standardized tests currently satisfy NSU College of Pharmacy English requirements for nonnative English speakers:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*
      - 213 or above on a computer-based test; 80 or above on the Internet-based is required

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)*
      - 6.0 or above on the test module is required

*TOEFL & IELTS scores may be no more than two years old at the time of interview

    • Candidates who have taken college courses in the United States may also prove English proficiency by completing two college-level English composition courses at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States with a grade of a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  1. Three letters of reference are required from the dean/director of a pharmacy program, registered pharmacists, or professors. One of the letters must be from the dean/director of your previous bachelor of pharmacy program.
  2. Applicants are strongly recommended to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).


Primary Application Process

Applicants apply for matriculation into the fall semester. The Office of Admissions processes applications on a rolling basis; therefore it is in the best interest of the applicant to apply early. Listed below are the steps necessary to complete the primary application process.

  1. Applicants must submit a PharmCAS application electronically. An interactive, web-based application can be accessed through

    • The deadline for submitting a PharmCAS application for admission is February 1.

    • The PharmCAS application process takes four to six weeks.

  2. Applicants must submit the following materials to PharmCAS:
  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (must be directly to PharmCAS by College or University or Foreign Evaluation Service)

    *For information on foreign coursework, please see below.

  • three letters of reference as outlined in the admissions requirements

  • PCAT or GRE scores (Recommended, not required)

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores

In additional to completing the PharmCAS application, NSU requires the completion of a supplemental application. Upon receipt of the PharmCAS application, NSU will email a link to access our supplemental application.

Applicants must submit the following materials electronically to NSU.

  1. a completed supplemental application due March 15.
  2. a nonrefundable application fee of $50 (U.S.) 

Foreign Coursework

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, New York 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33173
(305) 273-1616 • (305) 273-1338 fax

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400


Interview Process

A personal interview is part of the admissions process; however, being interviewed is not a guarantee of admission. Upon receipt of the completed application, a review will be made to determine if the applicant will be granted an interview. The Office of Admissions will notify selected applicants for interviews.

For all this information and additional information, please refer to: COP Brochure

It is the responsibility of international students and scholars to ensure that their visa status allows for the issue of a Social Security number.  A social security number is mandatory to receive an intern license in the Pharm.D. program, which is a requirement for placement on pharmacy practice experiences. Without an intern license, a student cannot complete the curriculum or the requirements of the Pharm.D. degree program.

International students in the Ph.D. program, who are paid teaching assistants, will need to obtain a social security number for employment with the univeristy. 

It is the responsibility of the international applicant to contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) for information on immigration regulations and student visa requirements.  For more information visit