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The educational programs and facilities of the College of Pharmacy are among the best in the country. The faculty are enthusiastic and on the cutting edge of pharmacy practice. With over 600 clinical sites and over 800 preceptors, experiential education is very diverse and comprehensive. These include sites ranging from the clinic pharmacy at Davie where faculty practice disease state management to the 1550-bed Jackson Memorial Hospital, as well as medical centers in Tampa, Orlando, and West Palm Beach.

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Drug Development Sequence

About the Program

The Health Professions Division (HPD) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) requires all graduate students who are enrolled in health-related Ph.D. programs, including pharmacy, to take a series of core courses in their first and second year.  Students will also focus on either the Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Drug Development (Pharmaceutics) or Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics core courses, elective courses, written comprehensive and oral qualifying examinations, and research in their respective area.  Research topics are consistent with the expertise of faculty members in the College of Pharmacy (COP) at NSU.  Because of its exclusive emphasis on pharmacy topics, the program does not duplicate degrees or courses offered by other NSU centers.  In addition, the Ph.D. program is consistent with the criteria for accreditation set by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Drug Development (Pharmaceutics) sequence emphasizes the coursework, laboratory and literature research skills that are integral to the theory and practice associated with the incorporation of drug entities into the forms and formulations that best deliver the drugs to the site of the intended medical action. Students who pursue this track will be primarily under the tutelage of faculty in the department of pharmaceutical sciences, a group that has expertise in pharmaceutics-related disciplines. Particular areas of expertise include a variety of drug formulations and novel drug delivery systems.

Curriculum Outline 

Students are required to take a minimum of 60 credits, at least 36 of which must be in didactic coursework.  An average GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected in the didactic work.  Coursework aimed at correcting an academic deficiency in a student’s background will not count toward program requirements.

At the completion of this course of study and research, students will be able to

Course Schedule

FIRST FALL Bioethics: Principles of Life Science Research (Core) 3
Advanced Physical Pharmacy 3
Biostatistics I (Core) 3
Graduate Research 2
Graduate Seminar 1
WINTER Clinical Drug Development: Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 3
Graduate Research 2
Research Design (Core) 1
Scientific Writing (Core) 1
Graduate Seminar 1
SUMMER Research/Internships 3
SECOND FALL Research Techniques and Instrumentation (Core) 3
Product Development And Industrial Pharmacy 4
Elective 3
Graduate Research 2
Graduate Seminar 1
WINTER Elective: Polymers 3
Graduate Research 2
Graduate Seminar 1
SUMMER Graduate Research 2
Research Funding and Proposal Development (Core) 1
Written Comprehensive and Oral Qualifying Exams (Core) 0
THIRD FALL Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1
Dissertation Research 8
Graduate Seminar 1
WINTER Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1
Written Comprehensive and Oral Qualifying Exams (Core)  0
Dissertation Research  8
Graduate Seminar 1
SUMMER Dissertation Research 8
FOURTH FALL Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1
Dissertation Research 8
Graduate Seminar 1
Winter Dissertation Research  8
Graduate Seminar 1
Dissertation Defense 0

*To be administered after the winter semester but before the summer semester begins.

Admission Requirements

Candidates will be recruited for the Ph.D. program with degrees in fields related to the sciences. Successful applicants will be required to comply with the guidelines outlined below.

  1. All applicants must have an earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. The applicant should have earned a cumulative GPA equal to a 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  3. All applicants must submit:
    • Ph.D. Application
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
      - Scores must be less than five years old
      - The NSU code is 5522
    • Three letters of reference
      • Letters must be from professors or supervisors in the applicant’s field of study
    • All official transcripts and foreign evaluations if applicable.
      • 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

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

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

      *It is the applicant’s responsibility to have their coursework evaluated with an official course-by-course evaluation including their cumulative grade point average.

Application Procedures

Applicants may 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. In order to be considered for admission, students must complete the application form and submit supporting documents and a nonrefundable fee of $50 (U.S.).

Tuition and Fees

Expected tuition for 2015-2016 academic year is $26,665 (U.S.), and is subject to change by the board of trustees without notice. A HPD general access fee of $145 and an NSU student services fee of $1,050 is also required annually.   Tuition for 2016-2017 will be posted on the college’s web site when available.

Acceptance and Preregistration Fee: $1000. This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant’s place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
The first semester's tuition and fees, less the $1,000 previously paid, are due on or before the appropriate registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their training is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing their education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses.