School of Pharmacy
A 3-Year Doctor of Pharmacy Program
The only accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in Tennessee, our PharmD program is designed to optimize your time spent in the classroom and lab, allowing you to complete your degree in 3 years instead of the traditional 4.
At the South College School of Pharmacy, you’ll benefit from the instruction of committed faculty as you gain new skills and get hands-on experience. You’ll build on your foundational scientific knowledge in pharmaceutical studies, applying what you’ve learned to doctorate-level projects in our state-of-the-art laboratories and during clinical rotations overseen by professional pharmacists.
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 www.acpe-accredit.org.
Upcoming Dates & Events
PharmCAS Application OpensJuly 14, 2021
South College Preferred DeadlineFebruary 1, 2022
Virtual and In-Person Tours:Call 865-288-5871 to schedule!
Our Students Say
What can I do with a Doctor of Pharmacy?
Approximately 45% of pharmacists work in community pharmacies, however pharmacists are found in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, managed care, public health, armed forces, pharmaceutical industry, government, and more.*
Career options also include:
* from http://pharmacyforme.org
What do pharmacists do?
Pharmacists are essential healthcare professionals who enhance patient care and promote wellness. While responsibilities vary among the different areas of pharmacy practice, the bottom line is that pharmacists help patients get well.*
* from http://pharmacyforme.org
Can pre-requisite courses still be in progress when I apply?
For the South College School of Pharmacy, pre-requisite courses can still be in progress during the application process. Courses should be listed as In Progress or Planned on the PharmCAS application as appropriate. Once the courses conclude, students should directly update the South College School of Pharmacy and will need to complete an academic update through PharmCAS. For any coursework that is not verified through PharmCAS, an official transcript with final grades must be sent directly to the South College School of Pharmacy.
The South College School of Pharmacy practices rolling admissions. What does rolling admissions mean and how does it affect me?
Rolling admissions means that applications are evaluated as they are received instead of waiting to evaluate all applications after the deadline. Acceptances are also offered throughout the admissions cycle until all seats are filled. Because of the rolling admissions process, applicants are encouraged to apply early.
What are some helpful hints for completing my PharmCAS application?
- Write your essay in a word document to utilize spellcheck and help with proofreading. Then, copy and paste the essay into PharmCAS. PharmCAS does not have a spellcheck feature.
- Reference letters are submitted directly to PharmCAS. We recommend giving your reference letter writers a deadline. Reference letters are also referred to as Evaluations throughout the PharmCAS process.
- It is helpful to order 2 transcripts from each school you attended – one to be sent to PharmCAS as required, and one for yourself. This is not only good practice for your professional career, but will also assist greatly with the input of your coursework into your PharmCAS application.
- Pay close attention to detail throughout the entire application. Provide as much information as you can, double check for typos, make sure dates are correctly listed, etc. Pharmacy is a field filled with detail, so demonstrating attention to detail is important.
- Fill out even the optional portions of the application if you have information available. It is important for schools to get a full picture of a candidate and this can only be done when all pertinent information is listed including work experiences and extracurricular activities. Experiences obtained during undergraduate education and beyond should be included, while high school experiences are generally not pertinent to the pharmacy school application process.
What international transcript evaluation companies are accepted?
PharmCAS requires all international transcript evaluations be completed with World Education Services (WES, www.wes.org). As the South College School of Pharmacy requires all applicantions to come through PharmCAS, WES evaluations are the only international transcript evaluations accepted by the South College School of Pharmacy.
I already have a degree in healthcare (or related science). Can I transfer in some of my credits and finish the 3-year curriculum in less time?
All new students must apply through PharmCAS and enter the program as a first-year student completing the entire curriculum.
I already have a degree in Pharmacy from outside the US. What are my next steps?
Your first step is to have your degree and coursework evaluated through World Education Services (WES, www.wes.org). Once you have a WES evaluation completed, you are welcome to contact us to complete a pre-requisite evaluation to determine which, if any, pre-requisites are still needed. International students still need to apply through PharmCAS as well.
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