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Advanced Standing Pharm.D.


All standardized exams (e.g. PCAT, DAT, GRE, MCAT, OAT etc.) for entrance into the College of Pharmacy are recommended, but not required. 

The College of Pharmacy selects international pharmacy graduates for the program based on previous academic performance, GRE scores (recommended, not required), TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable), written applications, pharmacy experience, and letters of recommendation.

  1. Prior to matriculation, College of Pharmacy applicants must complete and receive a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from an accredited institution. 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             Semester Hours
Anatomy and/or Physiology (with or without lab) 3-6
Biochemistry 3-6
Pharmacology 3-6
Pharmaceutics 3-6
Pharmacokinetics 3-6
Total 18-29

The college may require an applicant to complete additional prerequisite courses in order to strengthen his or her academic background.

2. Preferred cumulative GPA of 2.75, on a 4.0 scale. (This is the total accumulation of bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees.)

3. Applicants who graduated from pharmacy school 10 or more years prior must have either

      • Taken two upper-level (3000- or 4000-level) science courses or one upper-level science course and one upper-level statistics course in the United States within the last 10 years


      • practiced as a licensed pharmacist for greater than 50 percent of the time since pharmacy school graduation (proof of licensed pharmacist employment, including dates and position(s) held, must be provided via a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s employer.)

4.Three letters of recommendation, on official letterhead with a signature, from two science professors and either

  • a liberal arts professor
  • a pharmacist or health care provider
  • a pre-professional committee member

5. Proof of English proficiency for nonnative English speakers

A copy of TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores: Applicants whose native or official language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency in order to be admitted into the program.


  • TOEFL: score of 80 on the Internet-based test or 213 on the computer-based
  • IELTS: score of 6.0 on the test module Duolingo: score of 105 on the Internet-based test
  • Candidates may also demonstrate English proficiency by successfully completing a Baccalaureate, professional or Master's degree in the United States, or two college-level English composition courses at a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. *Scores may be no more than two years old at the time of interview.


*Scores may be no more than two years old at the time of interview.

 Applicants are strongly recommended, but not required, to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) –
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) –

Applicants apply for matriculation into the Summer semester. The Office of Admissions processes applications on a rolling basis; therefore, it is in the best interest of the applicant to apply early.

Applicants must submit a PharmCAS application electronically. An interactive, web-based application can be accessed through

  1. The deadline for submitting a PharmCAS application for admission is May 1.
  2. The PharmCAS application process takes four to six weeks.
  3. Applicants must submit the following materials to PharmCAS:
  • Official transcripts and foreign evaluations from all colleges and universities attended (must be submitted directly to PharmCAS by the college or university, or the NACES approved foreign evaluator)
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • PCAT scores, recommended, but not required
  • Three letters of reference

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 the NSU supplemental application.

  1. A completed NSU supplemental application is due June 1.
  2. A nonrefundable application fee of $50 (U.S.) applies.
  3. Applicants must submit the following materials to NSU by June 1:
  • GRE scores, recommended not required, (PharmCAS will not collect GRE Scores). The NSU code is 5522.
  • IELTS scores, if applicable, (PharmCAS will not collect IELTS Scores).
  • All admissions materials and foreign evaluations must be mailed to the following address:


Nova Southeastern University

Enrollment Processing Services

3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

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. 

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

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

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

Please send the foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS if requesting the report from WES. If the evaluation report is completed by another NACES approved agency other than WES, please send the report to the following address:

Nova Southeastern University

Enrollment Processing Services

3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000

Fort Lauderdale, FL 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. The Office of Admissions will notify selected applicants for interviews.

For all this information and additional information, please refer to the Program Brochure in the window to your left.

It is the responsibility of international students and scholars to ensure that their visa status allows for the issue of a Social Security number.  A U.S. social security number is mandatory to receive an intern license in the Pharm.D. program, which is a requirement for placement on pharmacy practice experiences. Without a pharmacy intern license, a student cannot complete the curriculum or the requirements of the Pharm.D. degree program.

International students in the Ph.D. program, who are paid teaching assistants, will need to obtain a U.S. social security number for employment with the university. 

It is the responsibility of the international applicant to contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) for information on immigration regulations and student visa requirements.  For more information visit

To become part of our diverse, energetic, transformative student body, contact:

COP Admissions Counselor
Health Professions Division
Enrollment & Student Services
Nova Southeastern University
Phone: (954) 262-1111 
Fax: (954) 262-2282


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