USC Pharmacy School Application Requirements and Tips From an Accepted Student

I will begin with the statistics of the accepted students into the University of Southern California Doctor of Pharmacy program for 2009. 460 students were offered interviews from a pool of over 2000 applicants. 240 students are accepted (11 students from out-of-state schools), and the expected class size for 2009 is 190. One must note that USC offers their undergraduates the opportunity of guaranteed admission as long as they complete their requirements in the TAP program (these students take up a large chunk of seats available for other applicants).

Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree is now a requirement for admission at USC. The minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0 (the average GPA of accepted students is a 3.60). Since USC does not require taking the PCAT, other admission criteria is weighed more heavily (GPA, interview performance, extracurricular activities, personal statements, etc.).

For the application process, it is very important for you to note that the University of Southern California sends out interview invitations on a rolling basis, so it is important that you turn in your PharmCAS application and supplemental application as soon as possible. The deadlines for both are early November, but I highly recommend that you turn both in no latter than early August (I turned in my applications by mid-July, just 1.5 months after the application was made available).

At your interview, you will be asked questions by a current pharmacy school student as well as a faculty member. Think of it more of a conversation where you also ask questions back to both of them. When you first arrive at the interview session, you will be greeted by several current pharmacy students, who do a great job of calming you down prior to your interview. Take this opportunity to ask questions and warm up your oral communication skills. Do not worry to much about the “essay” portion as it is just a test of how well you take notes off of a random article that you read. BE SURE to follow all directions provided to you as it is also a test on how well you pay attention to details.

Here are the pre-requisites for USC’s pharmacy program:

Calculus (for science majors)

Statistics (non-business)

Physics w/lab (science/life science majors- thermodynamics & Electromagnetism recommended)

General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany, and microbiology)

Mammalian Physiology w/lab (human preferred-excludes plant, cell and marine physiology)

Microbiology w/lab (fundamentals of microbiology for science majors)

Molecular or Cell Biology(for science majors-one upper division course)

General Chemistry w/lab (for science majors-include inorganic & qualitative analysis)

Organic Chemistry w/lab (for science majors)

Biochemistry (for science majors one upper division course)

Human Behavior (General Psychology or Introductory Sociology)

Microeconomics

For Internationals (holders of foreign US bachelor’s equivalent):

English (expository writing)

Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking

For specific course equivalencies from your college, please check the forms available from USC’s website.

The Pharm.D. program at USC is a 4 year program. USC is a private school, and our estimated tuition and cost of living for 2009 is approximately $60,000.

The University of Southern California provides students the opportunity to pursue dual degrees in addition to their Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. These include the following:

Pharm.D./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Pharm.D./Juris Doctor(J.D.)

Pharm.D./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Pharm.D./Master of Science in Regulatory Science (M.S. Regulatory Science)

Pharm.D./ Master of Science in Gerontology (M.S.G.)

Pharm.D./Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (Gerontology Certificate)

Pharm.D./Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Pharmcas Pharmacy Schools That Do Not Require The PCAT And The 2 Big Tips When Applying

There are many Pharmcas pharmacy schools that don’t require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). These schools are mainly located in the West Coast but there are three of the ten that are not even near this area.

If you suffer from test anxiety like many other pre-pharmacy students, applying to schools that does not require the PCAT may be a shrewd and smart thing to do. These schools will mainly look at your grade point average (GPA), pharmacy experience and other factors that are important to that school of pharmacy. As you know, schools that do not require the PCAT may receive more applications than schools that do require the PCAT; therefore, making competition for a seat at that pharmacy school more cut-throat.

Below are the Pharmcas pharmacy schools in the US that does not require the PCAT.

1) Albany College of Pharmacy at Union University

2) University of California at San Diego

3) University of California at San Francisco

4) Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Boston

5) Oregon State University

6) University of the Pacific

7) Purdue University

8) University of Southern California

9) Touro University in California

10) Washington State University

There you have it, all of the Pharmcas pharmacy schools that do not require the PCAT. So if you suffer from test anxiety or you’re not a great test-taker, you should consider applying to these schools that does not require the pharmacy admissions test.

The 2 big tips in increasing your odds of getting into pharmacy schools especially a school that does not require the PCAT are:

1) Know the pharmacy profession inside and out. You should be able to articulate why you have chosen pharmacy school and the current issues relating to the pharmacy profession

2) Knowing the profession is only one part of the equation. The other part is to have pharmacy experience. Without any pharmacy experience, your chances of getting into a pharmacy school is not very good. So get the experience early and continue get them even when you are in pharmacy school.

For more advice, tips and insiders secrets and a FREE PCAT Study Guide please visit http://www.GetIntoPharmacySchool.com

Pharmcas Pharmacy Schools That Do Require the PCAT & 3 Tips to Increasing Your Average PCAT Score

Imagine this! You are entering your final pre-pharmacy year and you are about to apply however, you bypass one minor (or big) fact. Some pharmacy schools in the US require the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test). Not knowing what school requires or doesn’t require the PCAT can delay your application and make things worst for you therefore denying your acceptance to pharmacy school. So below are the Pharmcas pharmacy schools in the USA that requires the PCAT.

1) University of Appalachia

2) University of Auburn

3) University of Buffalo

4) Butler University

5) Campbell University

6) University of Charleston

7) University of Cincinnati

8) University of Colorado

9) Creighton University

10) Drake University

11) East Tennessee State University

12) University of Florida

13) University of Harding

14) University of Hawaii at Hilo

15) Howard University

16) University of Chicago at Illinois

17) University of Iowa

18) University of Kentucky

19) LECOM Bradenton School of Pharmacy

20) LECOM Erie School of Pharmacy

21) Long Island University

22) University of Louisiana at Monroe

23) University of Maryland

24) Mercer University

25) Midwestern University at Downers Grove

26) Midwestern University at Glendale

27) University of Minnesota

28) Northeastern Ohio Universities – College of Pharmacy NEOUCOP

29) University of New Mexico

30) North Carolina at Chapel Hill

31) Nova Southeastern University

32) Ohio State University

33) University of Oklahoma

34) Palm Beach Atlantic University

35) University of Pittsburgh

36) Samford University

37) Shenandoah University

38) South University

39) St. John Fisher College

40) St. Louis College of Pharmacy

41) Temple University

42) University of Tennessee

43) Thomas Jefferson University

44) Virginia Commonwealth University

45) University of Washington

46) Wayne State University

47) West Virginia University

48) Wingate University

49) University of Wyoming

The 3 Big Tips In Increasing your Average PCAT score are:

1) Study from study guides, not from textbooks.

2) Take as many PCAT tests as possible UNDER testing conditions.

3) Prepare early. Do not wait until 1 week before the PCAT to start studying for it.

For more advice, tips and insiders secrets and a FREE PCAT Study Guide please visit http://www.GetIntoPharmacySchool.com