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Doctor of Pharmacy

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What can I do with a Doctor of Pharmacy?

Clinical Pharmacist Hospital Pharmacist Outpatient Pharmacy Manager Pharmacist in Charge (PIC) Pharmacy Informaticist Registered Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist

Keys to Success

The curriculum for the Doctor of Pharmacy program is demanding and extensive. Students must have excellent critical thinking, chemistry, and math skills. Strong study habits and time-management skills are also vital, as the advanced instruction will require you to apply your knowledge of pharmacology, biochemistry, medicine, and pathophysiology to real-world clinical situations.

The faculty for this program have years of experience in the industry. They are dedicated to helping you attain your academic and career goals, in addition to preparing you to successfully meet your obligations as a pharmacist. Small class sizes allow for more personalized attention and close collaboration with fellow students, and the Writing Lab and Math Lab are available for help with core skills.

High school students who are motivated to become qualified pharmacists can take advantage of the  South College Pharmacy Early Assurance Readiness Program, or SPEAR. During the course of this 5 year program, committed students earn their Associate of Science in Health Science (PrePharmacy), Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science, and Doctor of Pharmacy.

Continuing Education

The Doctor of Pharmacy is the highest degree offered by South College in this field.

Additional Information

Accreditation or Approval

South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels, as well as certificates. Questions about the accreditation of South College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

South College School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603-3499, 312/664-3575; FAX 866/228-2631, web site


Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success at South College

Shawn Domm

I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.

- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Ferichs

One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.

- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
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