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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacy, Pharm.D.

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Pharmacy and Health Education

Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway
Also offered as a Concurrent Degree

Contact Information

College: College of Pharmacy
Department: Department of Pharmacy

Contact information:

The USF College of Pharmacy (COP) curriculum is very similar to that offered by other schools and colleges across the state of Florida and the country. This is purposeful as there are standards that must be upheld by all pharmacy programs to remain in accordance with national accreditation, financial aid and state regulatory requirements. The USF COP Mission, Vision and Goals serve to guide curricular content as well as other COP endeavors. The integration of technology, student engagement in the educational process, and interprofessional activities serve as the foundation for each course. The faculty will utilize a variety of instructional methods to foster student attainment of course objectives.

All students will be enrolled on a full-time basis. Several courses may be taught predominantly on-line, however the majority of courses will include classroom contact. Lectures will be limited so that peer and faculty interactions can be maximized. For many courses, students may be required to listen to lectures on-line, or complete activities and/or assignments in preparation for class. The emphasis of the USF COP is the comprehension and assimilation of knowledge, with subsequent demonstration of competency (skills and abilities).

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Major Research Areas

Admission Information

All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is given to all the credentials presented by applicants. By utilizing this process, applicants’ academic record along with experiences and attributes are assessed for potential academic and clinical success.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for the major listed below:

  • PharmCAS Application
  • At least two letters of recommendation recommendation (it is recommended one letter be from a biological or physical science  professor)
  • US Citizen or US Permanent Resident
  • ≥ 2.75 Overall GPA (preferred)
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework
  • Official College Transcripts
  • PCAT is required. While 65th percentile composite PCAT score is preferred, we will consider applicants with lower scores that may have other strong academic indicators providing evidence of success. PCAT scores older than 3 years will NOT be accepted.
  • College Interviews - offered on a rolling basis
  • Criminal background check and drug screen

Curriculum Requirements:

Minimum Total Hours: 154 credit hours

  • Core Requirement: 101 credit hours
  • Concentration (Optional): 5 credit hours
  • Required Electives: 4 credit hours
  • Internship/Field Experience: 49 credit hours


Core Requirements - 101 Credit Hours

Concentration Option Requirements

Students have the option of completing the Concentration, and/or electives, as noted below:

Pharmacy and Health Education Concentration (5 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students in the concentration must also take the Academia section for PHA7684 in the Field Experience requirements.

Required Student-Selected Course (pick one of the following):

Internship/Field Experience

Comprehensive Qualifying Exam

Doctoral Candidacy:

In lieu of the comprehensive Qualifying Exam, students must satisfactorily complete the internship and field experience.

Other Requirements

End of Semester (EoS) Exams- At the end of each semester there is a cumulative computer-based exam of key concepts from that semester.


End of Year (EoY) Exam- during the Spring semester for each academic year Pharmaceutical Skills courses will hold a case based Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).


Co-curricular Activities- Students have requirements beyond the didactic and experiential coursework. These activities complement the coursework to meet accreditation requirements.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.50

  • Successful completion of the following within 7 years from the original date of admission:
    • All Didactic
    • Attend all MPJE and NAPLEX reviews
    • All Experiential Education
    • Professionalism (proficiency in professionalism, clinical skills, effective judgment and decision making)
  • Timely Submission of the application for graduation
    • Graduate application fee due at time of submission

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway  

Concurrent Degree

Also available as a Concurrent Degree  

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