Pharmacy Program Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the pharmacy program?
USciences’ Pharmacy program can be completed in as little as 6
years. The length of the pre-professional phase is flexible, as short as two
years or up to four years in length. This ‘Ready + 4’ construct provides ample
opportunity for personalization of education to meet individual student needs
and circumstances. The leading edge, competency-driven, professional curriculum
requires four years to complete.
Why would I choose to complete the pre-professional phase over 3
or 4 years?
The flexible pre-professional, or “Ready,” phase allows students
to take advantage of study abroad opportunities, work toward a minor or even
pursue a dual degree. Additionally, we recognize that adjustment to college
life and learning varies for each student. Our pre-professional accommodates
every student’s learning style and pace, without penalty of losing their
direct-entry seat in the 4-year professional phase of the program.
What is a competency-driven curriculum?
A competency-driven curriculum is focused on the progression of
knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors expected of a pharmacist in the 21st
century. Medical schools have been using competency-based or-driven education
for years, and we are proud to be the first pharmacy school to offer this
pedagogy. This curriculum is student centered, and is delivered as modules,
allowing students to focus on just one or two courses at a time. Periodic competency assessments shift the focus from grades to
personal and professional development. Just-in-time personalized support along
the way helps students gain confidence, master the outcomes of each module, and
stay on track for timely completion of the program and achievement of their goals.
Our professional curriculum combines the science and practice of
pharmacy, and offers a variety of interprofessional experiences, clinical
rotations, and elective coursework, allowing students to tailor their program
to match their unique interests. Our innovative approach prepares students to
be leaders in the dynamic field of pharmacy.
the profile of a typical student accepted directly from high school into the
The most important item reviewed by the Admission Committee is
the high school transcript. A strong math and science background provides an
excellent foundation for professional study. To be considered for admission
students should have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and a 540 CR, 540 M, 500 W on the
SAT or a 25 composite on the ACT. In the fall of 2015 the admitted student
profile was: an averaged 3.86 GPA, and an averaged SAT/ACT score of 1861 (CR +
M + W) or a 28 composite ACT.
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) required for admission into the
Through the direct-entry admission option available at
USciences, a PCAT test is not required. Students applying directly to the
professional phase of the pharmacy program will need to submit a PCAT score.
computers and pharmacy technicians do all the things a pharmacist can do?
No. Pharmacists provide patient care that ensures optimal
medication therapy outcomes. All questions related to prescriptions, health
matters or drug information must be referred to the licensed pharmacist. Such
counseling cannot be done by either pharmacy technicians or computers.
describe the fourth professional year advanced pharmacy practice experiences
(APPE)? In what areas of pharmacy will I be working?
Rotations opportunities are available in a variety of settings,
representative of all areas of pharmacy. They
include settings such as, clinics, community chain and independent pharmacies,
drug information centers, government and public health service agencies,
hospital pharmacies, managed care organizations, medical education and
communication companies, nuclear pharmacy, pharmaceutical companies, regulatory
agencies, research laboratories and pharmacy administration. In addition, most
settings provide you the opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of types of
patients as well as with various conditions including, infectious diseases,
critical care, ambulatory care, oncology, psychiatry, pediatrics, nutrition,
geriatrics and many more.