PCSP takes a holistic philosophy to admissions requirements.
Both academic factors and non-academic factors are considered in selecting applicants for admission. Academic factors are employed to select applicants who are prepared to succeed in a rigorous professional curriculum. Non-academic factors are included to select applicants who will fulfill the mission of Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy to improve the health of South Carolinians and society in general by developing students with an unwavering ethical foundation who will positively impact the delivery of quality equitable pharmacy care; who will dedicate their lives to community service; and who will provide enlightened leadership in addressing the health care needs of a diverse patient population.
Academic factors that will be considered regarding admission include:
- Pre-pharmacy GPA required pre-pharmacy courses (preferred 2.75)
- Cumulative GPA (preferred 2.5)
- Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) Score (no minimum requirement)
Non-academic factors that will be considered regarding admission include:
- Written communication skills
- Included in the PCAT
- History of involvement in and service to the community
- Leadership experience
- Extracurricular activities
- Professional exploration*
- Pharmacy work experience
- Internships in pharmacy
- Volunteer efforts related to pharmacy and healthcare
- Shadowing pharmacists
- Interviewing pharmacists
- Letters of recommendation
- At least 2 letters are required: a professional reference from a pharmacist and an academic reference from a college professor
- Recommendations from family members will NOT be accepted
- Interview results
- Based upon the above information, applicants will be selected to visit campus for an interview. Admission is competitive and selection for an interview does not guarantee admission.
- Any student who has completed all the pre-pharmacy coursework at Presbyterian College with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above and fulfills all requirements for admission is guaranteed an interview with the School of Pharmacy.
- The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy admissions interview is a structured interview process that is designed to assess core competencies that are difficult to measure via an application alone. These competencies are:
- commitment to the pharmacy profession
- communication skills
- ethical and moral reasoning
- interpersonal skills
*Volunteerism, leadership, and professional exploration will be measured based on responses to the supplemental application form, thus applicants are encouraged to carefully complete these portions of the supplemental application regardless of information already included in the PharmCAS application.
To increase competitiveness and qualify for fall interviews, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by November 1. In addition to the factors listed above, preference will be given to applicants who:
- hold a previous degree,
- enhance the diversity of the student body,
- are from South Carolina, North Carolina, or Georgia,
- are from rural or underserved areas of South Carolina, or
- complete their pre-pharmacy requirements at Presbyterian College
In order to be accepted, applicants must demonstrate fluency in both spoken and written English.
Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations and successfully complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation.