Pharm.D. Program Brochure

College of Pharmacy

View our brochure to learn about our programs, curriculum, tuition and fees, and more.

Admissions

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%

Admission Requirements - applicants entering the Pharm.D. Program

The College of Pharmacy selects students based on pre-pharmacy academic performance, Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores, personal interviews, written applications, and letters of reference.

  1. Prior to matriculation, all applicants must complete a minimum of 64 semester hours of coursework at a regionally accredited college or university, including the following required courses with a grade of a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale:
Required Courses
CourseCredit Hours
General Biology I and II including laboratory 6 semester hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology
(with or without laboratory)
6 semester hours
General Chemistry including laboratory 8 semester hours
Organic Chemistry including laboratory 8 semester hours
General Physics (with or without laboratory) 3 semester hours
English 6 semester hours
Calculus 3 semester hours
Speech/Public Speaking/Oral communication (in English) 3 semester hours
Advanced Sciences (either cellular or molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry or genetics) 6 semester hours
Humanities/Social/Behavioral Sciences
and Other Electives:
- Humanities 3 semester hours
- Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 semester hours
- Electives in either discipline 9* semester hours
TOTAL 64 semester hours
* Ethics, micro or macroeconomics, and general/life science statistics are highly recommended and may substitute for up to 9 humanities and social/behavioral science elective credits.
  1. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and a minimum science and math GPA of a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Applicants are required to submit official scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
    • PCAT scores must 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. You may register online at www.pcatweb.info or call 800-622-3231 if you have any questions.
  3. Three letters of reference
    • from the pre-professional committee or if such a committee does not exist, letters of reference from two science professors and one liberal arts professor are necessary. A letter of reference from a pharmacist may substitute one letter from a professor in either subject.

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 that can be accessed through www.PharmCAS.org.
    • The deadline for submitting a PharmCAS application for early decision is September 8, 2015
    • The deadline for submitting a PharmCAS application for regular admission is February 1, 2016
    • The PharmCAS application process takes four to six weeks
  2. Applicants should submit the following materials to PharmCAS:
    • Official transcripts from all college and universities attended (this must be submitted directly to PharmCAS by the college or university)
    • Letters of reference
    • PCAT scores

Early Decision
The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS degree programs during the current cycle. However, if you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, you may apply to other PharmCAS degree programs for an additional fee. Visit the PharmCAS website at www.PharmCAS.org for more information about applying as an Early Decision applicant.

Secondary Application Process
In addition 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.

1. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically to NSU:

  • a completed supplemental application -
    - Due September 25, 2015 for applicants requesting early decision
    - Due March 15, 2016 for applicants applying for regular admission
  • a nonrefundable application fee of $50 (U.S.)

Foreign Coursework

  1. 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

  2. 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.
    All admissions materials and foreign evaluations must be mailed to:

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

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. Not all applicants will be granted an interview. The Office of Admissions will notify selected applicants for interviews.

Circumstances may warrant that a student enrolled in one college of pharmacy seeks to transfer to another institution. Any individual wishing to transfer to NSU COP must:

  1. Make a formal application to the Office of Admissions
  2. Meet admissions requirements to NSU COP 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.
Transfer students entering the COP may be given credit for courses which are equivalent to the courses outlined in the curriculum of the COP. The dean’s office will evaluate the courses for transfer credit eligibility.  A minimum of 30 credit hours of didactic coursework and all Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) must be completed at NSU.

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