Pharm.D. for International Pharmacists
Admissions and Application Procedures
- Admission Requirements
- Application Procedures
- Test Scores
- Letters of Evaluations
- International/Immigration Information
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%
The College of Pharmacy selects international pharmacy graduates for the program based on previous academic performance, GRE or PCAT scores, TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable), written applications, pharmacy experience, and letters of evaluation.
Prior to matriculation, College of Pharmacy applicants must complete and receive a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from a program accredited by the country of residence. The college will evaluate all official transcripts to determine if the student has successfully completed the following courses with a grade of C or higher: anatomy and physiology - 6 semester hours, biochemistry - 4 semester hours, microbiology - 3 semester hours, pharmacology - 6 semester hours, pharmaceutics - 6 semester hours, and pharmacokinetics - 4 semester hours. It is required that applicants have minimum 2.75 GPA, on a 4.0 scale, on all college-level coursework prior to matriculation into the college to ensure adequate preparation. The college may require applicant to complete additional prerequisite courses in order to strengthen the candidate's academic background.
Graduate Record Examination or Pharmacy College Admission Test
Applicants are required to submit official scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). The GRE general test (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing) is required for admission. A combined GRE score greater than 1000 is preferred. The PCAT is designed to measure verbal ability, quantitative ability, reading comprehension, and knowledge of biology and chemistry. Both, the GRE and PCAT, scores should be no more than five years old at the time of the interview.
Applicants should take the PCAT no later than January prior to the expected date of matriculation. The half-day test is offered in June, August, October, and January at locations throughout the United States and Canada. You may register online at www.pcatweb.info or call 800-622-3231 for a brochure.You may also forward a written request to:
Pharmacy College Admission Test
The Psychological Corporation
555 Academic Court
San Antonio, Texas 78204
Proof of English proficiency
Proof of English proficiency is required of all applicants. The following standardized tests currently satisfy NSU College of Pharmacy English requirements for non-native English speakers:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
(213 on a computer-based test; 79-80 on the Internet-based test. TOEFL scores must be no more than two years old at the time of application.)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
6.0 on the test module
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.
You can receive the TOEFL brochure from the Office of Admissions, by visiting their Web site (www.toefl.org), or by forwarding a written request to:
P.O. Box 6153
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6153
Candidates for admission are responsible for submitting an application form, application fee, complete set of official transcripts, official foreign coursework evaluation, official GRE or PCAT and TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable), and letters of evaluation.
A completed international application form along with a $50 (U.S.), nonrefundable application fee must be submitted to the Office of Admissions no later than February 1 of the year of anticipated entry.
The Application Form is available on-line or printable pdf format:
- Apply On-Line to the International Pharm.D. Program
- International Pharm.D. Program application for admission (PDF)
- Print three copies of the International Pharm.D. Program Evaluation Form
In order to complete an application, a candidate must arrange to have his or her transcripts, test scores, and letters of evaluation forwarded to the Office of Admissions no later than March 1 of the year of anticipated entry.
Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended in the United States or U.S. territories must be forwarded directly from the institutions to NSU Enrollment Processing Services (EPS). Final transcripts of all of the applicant’s work must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions prior to matriculation. A transcript is required for each college or university even though transfer credit from one institution may appear on another institution’s transcript.
Upon receipt of the completed application and the required credentials, the most qualified applicants will be invited to interview.Those applicants selected will be notified in writing of the time and place.While all applicants who are admitted to the college must be interviewed, an invitation to appear for an interview should not be construed as evidence of acceptance.
All coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence. It is the applicant's responsibility to have foreign coursework evaluated and have an official course-by-course evaluation, with a calculated overall grade point average, if available, sent to the institution. Foreign coursework must be evaluated by one of the services listed below.
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33173
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, New York 10113-0745
Applicants must request to have official TOEFL/IELTS scores sent if English is not their native language.Scores must come directly to the EPS from the testing center—photocopies and facsimiles will not be accepted.
Letters of Evaluation
Three letters of recommendation/ evaluation are required. One should be from the dean/ director of a pharmacy program. In addition, a letter of reference from a registered pharmacist is recommended. Forms for letters of evaluation are available on this website (above) or by contacting the Office of Admissions.
Note: All documents submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property of Nova Southeastern University. Originals or copies of originals will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution, agency, or person.
Inquiries should be directed to:
Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
College of Pharmacy
Office of Admissions
3200 South University Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33328-2018
Phone: (954) 262-1101 or 800-356- 0026, ext. 21101
It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services for information on immigration regulations and student visa requirements. Inquiries can be directed to:
Nova Southeastern University
Attn: International Students and Scholar Services
3301 College Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
Fax: (954) 262-7265
Social Security Number
It is the responsibility of any student who does not have U.S citizenship or permanent resident status to ensure that his or her visa status allows for the issue of a Social Security number. A Social Security number is mandatory in order to receive an intern license, which is a requirement for placement on practice experiences. Without practice experiences, a student cannot complete the curriculum or the requirements of the Pharm. D. degree program. Any student who has concerns regarding visa or Social Security status should contact the International Department by phone at (954) 262-7241 or 800-541-6682, ext. 7241, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org