Pharm.D. for International Pharmacists

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

Graduation rates, NAPLEX & MPJE scores
Pharm.D. Entry Level Program:
Year 4 years +1yr +2yr Total
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:
Year 3 years +1yr +2yr Total
2014 88% 3% - 91%
2013 95% - - 95%
Year 2.3 years +1yr +2yr Total
2012 No graduating class
2011 92% 3% - 95%
Admission Requirements

The College of Pharmacy selects international pharmacy graduates for the program based on
previous academic performance, GRE scores, TOEFL 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 courses listed below with a grade of C or higher.

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.
It is required that students have a minimum 2.75 GPA, on a 4.0 scale, on all college-level coursework completed prior to matriculation into the college to ensure adequate preparation for the international program.

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 300 is preferred (1000 in the previous grading system).
The PCAT is designed to measure verbal ability, quantitative ability, reading comprehension, and knowledge of biology and chemistry. GRE and PCAT scores may be no more than three years old at the time of interview.
Applicants should take the PCAT no later than January prior to the expected date of matriculation. The half-day test is offered in July, September, October, and November of 2014 and January of 2015 at locations throughout the United States and Canada. You may register 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:

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 (, or by forwarding a written request to:

TOEFL/TSE Services
P.O. Box 6153
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6153
(609) 771-7100
Application Procedures

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.

All official documentation should be submitted to:

Enrollment Processing Services (EPS):
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-9905

A completed international application form along with a $50 (U.S.), nonrefundable application fee must be submitted to the EPS no later than February 1 of the year of anticipated entry. International applications are available here. In order to complete your application, you must arrange to have the following documents forwarded to the EPS no later than March 1 of the year of anticipated entry.

Transcript Review

Official college transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended in the United States or U.S. territories must be forwarded directly from the institutions to the EPS. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that arrangements are made for these to be sent. Final transcripts of all of the applicant’s work must be forwarded to the EPS prior to matriculation. Photocopies and facsimiles will not be accepted. A transcript is required for each college or university even though transfer credit from one institution may appear on another institution’s transcript.

Interview Process
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.

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

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33173
(305) 273-1616 (

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

It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Services.

Applicants must request to have official TOEFL 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 here.
Note: All documents submitted to the EPS 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:

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

International/ Immigration Information

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
(954) 262-7241
1-800-541-6682 extension27241
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

The International Pharmacy Graduate curriculum requires a student’s full effort. All students are required to have ongoing access to a computer with the capability of accessing NSU’s online resources and an active account with an Internet service provider (ISP).
All incoming students are also required to have an electronic device for in-class testing. Specific requirements will be provided by the college. Students are responsible for their own transportation to all experiential sites.

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