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Pharm.D. Program

Admissions

 

Attention: All standardized exams (e.g. PCAT,  DAT, GRE, MCAT, OAT etc.) for entrance into the College of Pharmacy are recommended, but not required. Please contact Rose Llanos-Almeida for additional information.

The Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy (NSU-COP) offers information sessions to help educate prospective students on the profession and as to how NSU-COP can help prepare you for a career in Pharmacy. Join us for an overview of our Pharm.D. program, inluding admission requirements and student life.

Please see below for upcoming Information Sessions and Open Houses:

Online Information Sessions:

Upcoming session will be listed here when available. Contact Rose Llanos-Almeida for more information.

Open House:

TBA

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 (recommended, but not required), admissions interview, written applications, and letters of reference.

  1. Prior to matriculation, all applicants must complete a minimum of 66 semester hours of coursework at a regionally accredited college or university, including the following required courses:
Required Courses
Course Cr Hours
General Biology I and II (including laboratory) 8 semester hours
Human Anatomy and/or 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 (choose two of the following courses: genetics, cellular biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or biochemistry) 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 66 semester hours

* No two classes taken should be from the same discipline

** 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 with a minimum of 66 semester hours of completed pre-requisites (or in progress of completing their pre-requisites) are recommended to have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and a minimum science GPA of 2.3 and math GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  2. Applicants with a master’s degree and completed pre-requisites (or are in progress of completing the minimum prerequisites) are recommended to have a preferred cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale, a preferred minimum science GPA of 2.3  and a preferred mathematics GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher on a 4.0 scale. A competitive GPA would be 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. 

  3. Official scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) are recommended, but not required
    Attention: All standardized exams (e.g. PCAT, DAT, GRE, MCAT, OAT etc.) for entrance into the College of Pharmacy are recommended, but not required. Please contact Rose Llanos-Almeida for additional information.
    • PCAT scores must be no more than three years old at the time of interview.
    • Applicants should take the PCAT no later than February 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Applicants whose native or official language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency in order to be admitted into a degree program such as the TOEFL/IELTS. Candidates who have completed a Master’s degree  or English composition I & II with a “C” or higher here in U.S. at an accredited college/university may also meet our English proficiency requirements.  

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 regular admission is May 3
    • 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 (recommended)

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 June 15 for applicants applying for regular admission
  • a non-refundable 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

    SpanTran: The Evaluation Company
    2655 Le Jeune Rd. Suite 602
    Coral Gables, Fl 33134
    305-7490-0333
    www.spantran.com/nsupharmacy

  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

An in-person 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. All applications submitted will be reviewed by the associate dean of the Professional Program. The final decision will be based on factors that include, but are not limited to, academic record, circumstances leading to the transfer request, available space, and admissions standards. Students in good academic standing may apply as transfer applicants by completing the following requirements.

  1. Submit the following materials electronically to NSU.
    • an NSU application (due June 1)
    • a non-refundable application fee of $50 (U.S.)
  2. Meet all entry-level or advanced standing admissions requirements for the NSU College of Pharmacy, as applicable.
  3. Submit the following documentation
    • official transcripts for all college coursework
    • a written statement outlining the reasons for requesting a transfer
    • three letters of recommendation (two from pharmacy faculty members, and one from the dean, associate dean, or assistant dean of the transferring college of pharmacy that indicates the students is in good standing within the current or more recent academic program)
    • complete an in-person interview
    • Submit any official standardized test scores such as PCAT, GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS to help further the evaluation of applications (recommended). Attention: All standardized exams (e.g. PCAT, MCAT, DAT, GRE etc) for entrance into the college of pharmacy are waived for the Fall 2020 entry term due to COVID-19.

Transfer students entering the NSU College of Pharmacy may be given credit for courses that are equivalent to the courses outlined in the curriculum of the College of Pharmacy. Upon acceptance, students should submit their syllabi for review. The dean's office will evaluate the courses for transfer credit eligibility (courses must meet graduate-level criteria). A minimum of 30 credit hours of didactic coursework and all Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) must be completed at NSU. Transfer credits may not exceed 2/3 of the required credits to complete the degree program.

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


  • 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) 262-1111 
Fax: (954) 262-2282

Email: nsupharmacyinfo@nova.edu

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