Pharm.D. Program Brochure

College of Pharmacy

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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 calendar year 2014: 91.63%
  • MPJE pass rate for the calendar year 2013: 97.47%
  • On time (6 year) graduation rates

Pharm.D. Entry Level Program:

Year4 years+1yr+2yrTotal
2014 86% 6% 1% 93%
2013* 76% 15% 2% 93%
2012 84% 8% 1% 93%
2011 89% 4% 1% 94%

* 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. for International Pharmacists Program:

Year3 years+1yr+2yrTotal
2014 88% 3% - 91%
2013 95% - - 95%
Year2.3 years+1yr+2yrTotal
2012 No graduating class
2011 92% 3% - 95%

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, applicants must have an earned Bachelor of Pharmacy degree 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:
CourseCredit 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
    - www.toefl.org
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)*
    - 6.0 or above on the test module is required
    - http://www.ielts.org/

*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.
  2. Applicants are strongly recommended to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
PHARM. D. ADVANCED STANDING (INTERNATIONAL PHARMACY GRADUATES)
  1. A completed international application along with a $50 (U.S.), nonrefundable application fee must be submitted electronically to NSU by February 1 of the year of anticipated entry. The application is available on our web site (www.nova.edu).
  2. 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
    www.wes.org

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

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

It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated and must be sent directly from the evaluation service to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Services.

  1. In order to be considered for admissions, applicants must submit all required documents, including all official test scores from the testing center, directly to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Service:

    Nova Southeastern University
    Enrollment Processing Service
    3301 College Avenue
    P.O. Box 299000
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

  • Personal Interview
  • Upon receipt of the completed application and submitted required documents, the Committee on Admissions will select and notify those applicants the day and time of the interview. Being granted an interview is not a guarantee of admission.

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 http://www.nova.edu/internationalstudents/.