School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Admissions

To be considered for admission, an applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all coursework from all colleges or universities attended.  A  grade of “C” or higher in each course is required for the following pre-pharmacy courses taken at a college or university that is accredited by a regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Complete the Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum:

  • General Biology with Lab - 8 semester or 12 quarter hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab - 8 semester or 12 quarter hours
  • General Chemistry with Lab - 8 semester or 12 quarter hours
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab - 8 semester or 12 quarter hours
  • Microbiology with Lab - 4 semester or 6 quarter hours
  • Physics with Lab - 4 semester or 6 quarter hours
  • Calculus - 3 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • Statistics - 3 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • English Composition - 6 semester or 8 quarter hours
  • Speech Communication - 3 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • Economics - 3 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • Electives in Humanities* - 9 semester or 12 quarter hours
  • Electives in Social/Behavioral Sciences** - 6 semester or 8 quarter hours

Total 73 semester or 104 quarter hours

*Electives in Humanities include fine arts, literature, philosophy, religious studies, and foreign language.

**Electives in Social/Behavior Sciences include psychology, history, sociology, anthropology, and political science.

Additional Studies:  Although not required for admission, students may benefit from additional courses in the sciences.  The recommended areas of study are Immunology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Medical Terminology, and Pathophysiology.

Complete the PCAT

The South College School of Pharmacy requires applicants to complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) within five (5) years of the date of application to the School of Pharmacy unless approved by the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Programs.

TOEFL

Applicants whose first language is not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English Language by scoring a minimum composite of 80, but 100 or higher is preferred, on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).

Obtain Letters of Recommendation

The South College School of Pharmacy requires three letters of recommendation. One letter must be submitted by the applicant’s pre-professional adviser at the college or university where the applicant completed the pre-pharmacy curriculum or by a faculty member who taught the applicant in the pre-pharmacy curriculum. It is preferred that one letter be submitted by a pharmacist who supervised the applicant in an employee or volunteer capacity. One letter may be submitted by any person chosen by the applicant, except that the letter may not be from a member of the applicant’s family, whether related by blood or marriage.

Submit Required Applications

Applying to the South College School of Pharmacy requires submission of the following applications:

1. The applicant must participate in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (www.pharmcas.org)

2. The applicant must complete and submit the South College School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application.

The supplemental application is required of all applicants to the South College PharmD Program.  This is in addition to the PharmCAS application.  Your application to the PharmD Program is not complete, and cannot be processed, until we receive your supplemental application.

A single, nonrefundable fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) is charged for processing the South College School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application. The supplemental application, along with the $50.00 application fee (check or money order made payable to South College), should be returned to: School of Pharmacy, South College, 400 Goody's Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee 37922.

To download the supplemental application, click here.

The South College School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application collects basic demographic information and information needed for statistical reporting to the U.S. Department of Education. This application also contains a series of questions designed to provide a more comprehensive view of the applicant by gathering information that is not contained in the PharmCAS application. Additional information about PharmCAS is available on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy website at www.aacp.org.

Technical Requirements

The applicant must meet the following technical requirements for admission. The technical requirements establish the non-academic abilities that are considered imperative for students to progress at the level of competence required by the faculty and by ACPE.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the School of Pharmacy in writing if the applicant cannot meet one or more of these technical requirements. Medical documentation describing the inability to meet one or more of the requirements should be provided. The School of Pharmacy, together with the South College Student Services Department, will review the information provided by the applicant to determine what, if any, reasonable accommodations might be possible to facilitate successful completion of the degree requirements if the applicant is admitted. The results of the review will be provided in writing to the applicant.

1. Observation. The applicant must possess the ability to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand. Observation requires a functioning level of use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation which is enhanced and supported by a functioning level of use of the other senses.

2. Communication. The applicant must possess the ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written form and the ability to interpret forms of nonverbal communication.

3. Motor skill. The applicant must possess the ability to effectively coordinate both gross and fine muscular movement, sustain equilibrium, and have intact functioning of all of the senses. The applicant must possess the ability to maintain postural control and neuromuscular control and possess a level of eye-to-hand coordination that is essential to competently performing pharmacy-based practice skills and tasks.

4. Intellect. The applicant must be able to think critically and analytically, solve problems, demonstrate reasoning and analysis, and synthesize information in an appropriate manner.

5. Behavior. The applicant must possess the level of emotion necessary to demonstrate the applicant’s academic abilities, exercise judgment, and complete activities. The applicant must recognize how behavior affects performance and relationships. The applicant must possess the ability to endure the time commitment and stress associated with the pharmacy curriculum and adapt to change. Personal attributes and characteristics, including but not limited to, compassion, empathy, and motivation are essential. Integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, and interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process.

6. Professionalism. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to act with professionalism and integrity in all aspects of the admissions process, and if admitted to the School of Pharmacy, throughout matriculation in the curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Interview

The applicant must participate (at the applicant’s expense) in an on-campus interview with representatives of the Admissions Committee of the South College School of Pharmacy. Not all applicants will be extended an offer to interview, and offering of an interview is not an indication that the applicant will be accepted. Offers to interview will be determined by the Assistant Dean for Student Services and the Admissions Committee. The procession for offering an interview will be from those applicants judged most qualified (based on cumulative grade point average, PCAT score and other measures) to those judged less qualified until the class is admitted. A result of this procession is that some applicants who meet the minimum requirements for admission may not be extended an offer to interview. Whether a particular applicant will be offered an interview will be affected by how a particular applicant compares to the other applicants in the current pool of applicants. The interview will include an evaluation of verbal communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, and commitment to patient care, among other areas of importance to the School of Pharmacy.

For information about the South College School of Pharmacy Program, click here.