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Advanced Standing Pharm.D.


The College of Pharmacy selects international pharmacy graduates for the program based on previous academic performance, GRE scores (if applicable), TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable), written applications, pharmacy experience, and letters of reference.

  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:
Course Cr Hours
Anatomy and/or Physiology (with or without lab) 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.

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

3. An official course-by-course evaluation by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization of foreign coursework with the cumulative grade point average and total credits included. This is considered a course-by-course evaluation.  For a list of evaluation organizations please visit the following site For a list of recommended services, please see the Application Procedures.

4. 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.)

5. Proof of English proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*
- 213 or above on a computer-based test; 80 or above on the Internet-based is required

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)*
- 6.0 or above on the test module is required

 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 with a grade of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

*TOEFL & IELTS scores may be no more than two years old at the time of interview

6. Three letters of reference are required from the dean/director of a pharmacy program, registered pharmacists, or professors. One of the letters must be from the dean/director of your previous bachelor of pharmacy program.

Applicants are strongly recommended (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 June 4.
  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 if applicable
  • 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 supplemental application.

  1. A completed supplemental application is due June 15.
  2. A nonrefundable application fee of $50 (U.S.) applies.
  3. Applicants must submit the following materials to NSU by June 15:
  • GRE scores if applicable (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, Florida 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. 

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

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
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

SpanTran: The Evaluation Company
2655 Le Jeune Rd. Suite 602
Coral Gables, Fl 33134

 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: COP Brochure

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 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 an 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 social security number for employment with the univeristy. 

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

  • NAPLEX first-time pass rate: Class of 2019 =85.59%; 5-year average=85.61%
  • MPJE first-time pass rate: Class of 2019=77.48%; 5-year average=76.74%
  • 2020 ASHP PGY-1 Residency Match Rate: 51% (N=47) (calculated as the number of students matched divided by the total number of students active with list in match)


On time graduation rates for each degree pathways:

Pharm.D. Advanced Standing Program:

Year 3 years +1yr +2yr Total
2019 77.6% 10.2% 0% 87.8%
2018 95% 5% 0% 100%
2017 82.5% 12.5% 0% 95%
2016 82.5% 12.5% 2.5% 97.5%

Pharm.D. Entry Level Program:

Year 4 years +1yr +2yr Total
2019 84.5% 10% 0.5% 95%
2018 87% 8% 2% 97%
2017 85% 6.5% 1.5% 93%
2016 84% 9% 1% 94%
Graduation rates are reported from September 1 to August 31.

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) 262-1110
Fax: (954) 262-2282


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