Pharm. D. Entry-Level Program

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

Graduation rates, NAPLEX & MPJE scores
Pharm.D. Entry Level Program:
Year 4 years +1yr +2yr Total
2014 85% 6% 2% 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 - 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 evaluation.Prior to matriculation, NSU College of Pharmacy applicants must complete a minimum of 64 semester hours of coursework at a regionally accredited college or university, including the following required courses:

Required Courses
Course Credit 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.

The information below applies to both admission requirements.

  1. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. To assure a well-rounded background for professional studies and adequate preparation in mathematics and sciences, the college requires students to earn a grade of 2.0 or higher in each required pre-pharmacy course and a minimum grade of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, and mathematics courses. We also recommend additional upper-level science courses in biology and chemistry areas such as biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, analytical chemistry, and medicinal chemistry.
    The dean is empowered to evaluate the total qualifications of every applicant and to modify requirements in exceptional circumstances.
  2. Applicants are required to submit official scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). The PCAT is designed to measure verbal ability, quantitative ability, reading comprehension, and knowledge of biology and chemistry. 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.
    Candidates should schedule pre-pharmacy coursework so they complete biology and some chemistry courses before taking the PCAT. 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 online at www.pcatweb.info or call 800-622-3231 for a brochure. You may also forward a written request to:
  3. Pharmacy College Admissions
    Test The Psychological Corporation
    555 Academic Court
    San Antonio, TX 78204

Application Procedure for Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Puerto Rico sites

All three of the College of Pharmacy sites (Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Puerto Rico) participate in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) for the receipt and processing of all applications. PharmCAS takes no part in the selection of students.
Applicants may submit applications electronically through PharmCAS Online, an interactive Webbased application that can be accessed through www.PharmCAS.org. Applicants choosing to submit a paper application may contact PharmCAS directly for an application packet at:

PharmCAS
19 Main Street
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
(617) 612-2050

Listed below are the steps necessary to complete applications before they can be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions.

The applicant should submit the following materials to PharmCAS:

The PharmCAS application process takes four–six weeks. The deadline for submitting a PharmCAS application for NSU-COP is January 5.

In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, Nova Southeastern University requires the completion of a secondary application. Upon receipt of the PharmCAS Application, NSU-COP will forward a secondary application.
Listed below are the steps necessary to complete the secondary application process.
The applicant should submit the following materials to Nova Southeastern University:
• a completed secondary application
• a nonrefundable application fee of $50
The deadline date for submitting the secondary application for NSU-COP is March 1.
All admissions materials sent to Nova Southeastern University should be sent to
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Enrollment Processing Services
College of Pharmacy, Office of Admissions
3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

For more application information for the Puerto Rico site, applicants may contact the Office of Student Services in Puerto Rico by calling (787) 841-2000, ext. 2431, or emailing prphss@nova.edu. All correspondence with the college should be in English.

Interviews

A personal interview is part of the admissions process; however, being interviewed is not a guarantee of admission. Not all applicants will be granted an interview. Those selected for an interview will be notified of the date and time of such interview by the Office of Admissions.

Notice of acceptance or action by the Committee on Admissions will be on a "rolling" or periodic schedule; therefore; early completion of the application is in the best interest of the student.

Transcripts

After acceptance, final official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions prior to matriculation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for these transcripts to be sent.

Transfer Students

Circumstances may warrant that a student enrolled in one pharmacy college seeks to transfer to another institution. Any individual wishing to transfer to Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy must:

  1. Make a formal application to the NSU College of Pharmacy Office of Admissions
  2. Meet admissions requirements to NSU College of Pharmacy-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. Student entering the College of Pharmacy with an advanced standing may be given credit for courses which are applicable to the courses outlined in the curriculum of the College of Pharmacy.

The Dean's Office will evaluate the courses and determine appropriate credits. The program, however, must be completed in seven calendar years. A minimum of 16 credit hours of didactic course work and minimum of five clerkships must be completed at Nova Southeastern University.

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