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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 reference.

  1. Prior to matriculation, all applicants must complete a minimum of 64 semester hours of coursework at a regionally accredited college or university, including the following required courses with a grade of a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale:

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

6 semester hours

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:

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

– Electives in either discipline

9* 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.

  1. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and a minimum science and math GPA of a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Applicants are required to submit official scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
    • 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.
  3. 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.

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 early decision is September 6
    • The deadline for submitting a PharmCAS application for regular admission is February 1
    • 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

Early Decision
The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS degree programs during the current cycle. However, if you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, you may apply to other PharmCAS degree programs for an additional fee. Visit the PharmCAS website at www.PharmCAS.org for more information about applying as an Early Decision applicant.

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 October 10 for applicants requesting early decision
    – Due March 15 for applicants applying for regular admission
  • a nonrefundable application fee of $50 (U.S.)
  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

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

  • 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

  • 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. 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 March 1
      • a nonrefundable 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 interview
      • Submit any official standardized test scores such as PCAT, GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS to help further the evaluation of applications (recommended)

    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

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