Admission Decisions
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Pharm.D. Admission Decisions

Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is selective and highly competitive. Admission criteria include demonstrated academic ability in pre-pharmacy curriculum, good moral character, proficiency and clarity in both written and spoken English, strong potential for professional outlook and behavior, evidence of leadership and maturity, and complete mental and physical competence to perform all tasks regularly expected of a registered pharmacist.

 

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Application Deadlines
Early Decision:September 4, 2018
Regular Decision: March 1, 2019

 
ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.
 

Early Decision Criteria

  1. TSU Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum GPA: 3.30 (both math/science and non-science prerequisite GPAs; all grades must be C or better)
  2. Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Completion:Early Decision applicants must have all prerequisites completed by the end of the spring semester to be eligible (verification of courses in progress may be requested). NOTE: Students in progress with courses during the fall semester must submit official updated transcripts with fall grades to PharmCAS. For applicants who are accepted and in progress with courses in the spring, official transcripts will need to be submitted by May 31st. Permission for no more than 6 hours of non-science prerequisites in the first summer term may be considered for competitive applicants only with advance approval.
  3. PCAT Requirements:
    • Scores from PCAT exams taken between January 2017-September 2018 will be accepted for Early Decision
    • Minimum PCAT Composite score must be 40 or higher

Students who wish to apply for Early Decision should strongly consider emailing unofficial copy(ies) of ALL undergraduate transcripts for review PRIOR to beginning the application process and no later than August 1st to confirm their eligibility. Out of state applicants as well as applicants attending institutions that use the quarter hour system are also strongly encouraged to do so. Prospective applicants can email copies of their unofficial transcripts to cophsadmissions@tsu.edu

If an applicant is offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, the applicant is obligated to accept the offer and will not be permitted to apply to other Pharmacy programs through PharmCAS. Early decision applicants who are not offered admission will be placed back into the application pool and may instead be considered under the Regular Decision criteria.

 

Regular Decision Criteria

  1. TSU Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum GPA: 2.75 (both math/science and non-science prerequisite GPAs; all grades must be C or better )
  2. Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Completion:Regular Decision applicants must have all prerequisites completed by the end of the spring semester to be eligible (verification of courses in progress may be requested). NOTE: Students in progress with courses during the fall semester must submit official updated transcripts with fall grades to PharmCAS. For applicants who are accepted and in progress with courses in the spring, official transcripts will need to be submitted by May 31st. Permission for no more than 6 hours of non-science prerequisites in the first summer term may be considered for competitive applicants only with advance approval.
  3. PCAT Requirements:
    • Scores from PCAT exams taken between January 2017-February 2019 will be accepted for Regular Decision
    • Minimum PCAT Composite score must be 20 or higher

 

What to Expect if Offered Admission:

All students offered admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program are required to have a Social Security Number for the purpose of a criminal background check to receive an internship card (Texas Government Code 411.0845). Since internships begin in the first semester of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, prospective students should have a Social Security card upon admission. The federal tax identification number is no longer accepted.

Submit a nonrefundable $ 500.00 seat fee deposit HERE with acceptance of offer of admission

Participate in a mandatory summer orientation program in the summer designed to prepare them for the transition into the professional phase of the pharmacy program. All students accepted to the Pharm. D. program are required to attend the Summer Academy offered annually during the Summer.

Complete the required immunizations and criminal background check.

Submit official updated final transcripts (if requested) to COPHS for in progress coursework.