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Overview of the 7 year BS/PharmD Program at USF

“Welcome to the Future of Pharmacy!” First-time in college (FTIC) USF students who have been admitted to the Honors College and are interested in attending pharmacy school have an opportunity to receive admission to USF Health’s College of Pharmacy (COP) and complete a doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) in seven years, provided that the student continues to meet all the benchmarks of the program, including a successful interview with COP.

The first three years of study will be completed at the Honors College at USF and the fourth year will be completed at the College of Pharmacy. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) will be conferred following successful completion of undergraduate requirements (typically after the fourth year of study). Students applying for this accelerated program will complete a major in Biomedical Sciences (BMS). The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) will be conferred after the successful completion of the pharmacy program.

Honors College academic advisors will provide oversight of the student's progress in meeting Honors requirements and will coordinate overall completion of the first three years of the program. The College of Pharmacy will provide oversight of the 4-year pharmacy school curricular components of the program.

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Admission to the Honors College as a first-year student (FTIC). Transfer and continuing students are not eligible to apply for the 7-Year BS/PharmD program
  • Present an SAT of 1300 (Critical Reading and Math sections) or a combined ACT of 29
  • 3.8 weighted high school grade point average (GPA), as calculated by USF’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency (COP does not admit International Applicants)

Application Process

  • Eligible students may follow the 7-Year PharmD Track during their first year of undergraduate enrollment. By a specified date at the end of the first year, students will submit a declaration of intent to formally continue the 7-Year BS/PharmD program.
  • Completion of the first year at USF with a USF GPA of 3.5+ overall and in the sciences.
  • Two advising sessions by two members of the College of Pharmacy at the end of the first year.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation from USF faculty prior to the beginning of the third year; one letter must be from a science professor.
  • Students who meet all specified benchmarks will officially apply to the College of Pharmacy (COP) during the summer between their second and third undergraduate years.
  • Students will choose one of three timelines to submit their applications through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) [].
  • Applicants who have met all GPA, PCAT, and co-curricular benchmarks, and have submitted required application materials by the deadlines will receive an invitation for a formal interview by the College of Pharmacy. Successful completion of the interview is a requirement for acceptance into the College of Pharmacy.

USF Program Requirements (first three years)

Specific sequence of courses is outlined in each cohort tab

Grade Point Average

  • At the end of the Spring semester of Year 1, students must attain both an overall (OA) and science/math (BCPM) grade point average (GPA) of 3.50, without the use of grade forgiveness. If students transfer in a GPA from dual enrollment or transient coursework completed at another institution, the overall and science/math GPAs from all coursework completed at USF must also be 3.50 or higher.
  • At the end of the Summer semester of Years 2 and 3, students must attain both an overall (OA) and science/math (BCPM) grade point average (GPA) of 3.60 and 3.70, respectively, in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, without the use of grade forgiveness.

Note: GPAs are not rounded.

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

The PCAT must be taken at least one month prior to the primary application deadline. For students who enter the program in Fall 2015 a minimum sub-score of 40 is required. It is recommended that students begin preparing a year in advance for the exam. More information on the PCAT may be found here:

Undergraduate Research

Students are required to complete a minimum of two (2) semesters of undergraduate research. Research may be lab-based or clinical in nature. Prior to starting the research project, students must obtain approval from their 7YR BS/PharmD advisor. Students should submit proposal for their Undergraduate Research using this form to their 7-Year BS/PharmD advisor for review. Students often opt to complete their research as their Honors College Thesis (IDH 5956/5975). In this instance, students should plan to begin their research a semester prior to the two-semester thesis.

The purpose of this requirement is to immerse students in research so they gain a full understanding of all aspects of the research process, including inquiry, developing and testing hypotheses, methodology, analyzing/interpreting results, gathering conclusions and considering implications/future potential projects. This also includes learning whether or not students enjoy research and would like it to be integrated into their career and to learn to understand scientific/medical literature. Ideally, student researchers would have their own projects and data with which to work. However, since this is not always possible, there are students (not enrolled in thesis) who work closely with faculty mentors (or doctoral-level students working for principal investigators), assisting them with the various steps in the research process (and many times being responsible for individual tasks).

Honors College Curriculum

Prior to matriculation to the College of Pharmacy in Year 4, students must complete the Honors College curriculum, a two semester thesis (IDH 5956/5975), a special section of IDH 3600 in Biomedical Ethics and fulfill the  cultural experience requirement. Fall 2015 admits are also required to take IDH 2010 (Acquisition of Knowledge) in Year 1, as well as Seminars in Pharmacy (IDH4930) in the second semester of the second year. Students must also complete any additional courses needed to fulfill FKL (Foundations of Knowledge & Learning). Please visit the following link to determine which honors courses fulfill specific  FKL Requirements.

Non-Medical Community Service Volunteering

Completion of a minimum number of contact hours of volunteering is required. Community service is defined as involvement in a service activity without receiving monetary compensation. Service performed as part of employment or a service learning course will NOT satisfy this requirement.

Students must document hours through the online forms available under the BS/PharmD Resources & Forms tab. Hours must be verified by an on-site supervisor; an email confirmation from the volunteer/site coordinator is required.

Service may be completed on or off-campus but must be affiliated with a recognized non-profit organization which provides donated services for public benefit. Examples of appropriate service activities include Habitat for Humanity, Reach Out and Read, Relay for Life, United Way, and Metropolitan Ministries.

Note: Volunteer activities that are religious or political in nature are not accepted toward this requirement. If you are unsure whether or not your intended service experience is appropriate to meet the 7-Year BS/PharmD requirement, please check with one of the program advisors.

Simulation Activities

Students in the 7-Year BS/PharmD Program will completion simulation-based contact hours within the College of Pharmacy. Examples of acceptable contact hours may include observing and/or participating in simulation-based activities at the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) or Center of Advanced Clinical Learning (CACL). Prior approval by the Honors College BS/PharmD advisor is required. Simulation activities are the imitation of real-word process, activity, event or process conducted in an educationally guided environment. This requirement is normally completed by the end of the third year with a mandated minimum number hours completed prior to the interview at the end of the first year.


The minimum leadership requirement is one (1) leadership experience lasting 3 months during the 3 years prior to matriculation. Leadership is defined as a position of responsibility for others. Positions in employment, church, community, and school organizations—including tutoring and coaching, will satisfy this requirement.

College of Pharmacy Interview

Students must have a successful formal interview with the College of Pharmacy (COP). Interviews are typically conducted between September and December of Year 3, depending upon when students submit their primary PharmCAS application. Honors College advisors are available to assist students in preparing for the formal interview..

Letters of Recommendation

Students must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation as part of the secondary application to COP (required letter amounts vary among other pharmacy schools). For specific information, please visit the following link.

USF Program Requirements (first three years):

The following list of courses must be completed for admission to the USF COP in addition to any other requirements for the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) major.

Required Science Courses: Variable Credit Hours

  • Biology with lab – 2 semesters, 8 credit hours (or AP score of 3 or higher; IB score of 4 or higher)
    • BSC 2010 and BSC 2010
    • BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L
  • Microbiology – 1 semester, 4 credit hours
    • MCB 3020C
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology – 2 semesters, 8 credit hours
    • BSC 2093 and BSC 2094 (and any required co/pre-requisites);
    • or PCB 3712 and PCB 3713L
  • Genetics/Genomics - 1 semester, 3 credit hours
    • PCB 3063
  • Cell or Molecular Biology (upper division) – 1 semester, 3 credit hours
    • PCB 3023
    • or MCB 3410
  • Chemistry w/lab – 2 semesters, 8 credit hours (or AP score of 3 or higher; IB score of 4 or higher)
    • CHM 2045 and CHM 2045L
    • CHM 2046 and CHM 2046L
  • Organic Chemistry w/lab – 2 semesters, 8 credit hours
    • CHM 2210 and CHM 2210L(and any required prerequisites)
    • CHM 2211 and CHM 2211L
  • Biochemistry (upper division) – 1 semester, 3 credit hours.
    • BCH 3053 (taken after CHM2210/L)
  • Physics w/lab – 1 semester, 4 credit hours (or AP score of 3 or higher; IB score of 4 or higher)
    • PHY 2048 (pre-requisite: MAC 2281/2311)
    • or PHY 2053 (pre-requisite: MAC 1147)
  • Research experience (Honors Thesis: IDH5956 & IDH5975)

Other Required Courses:

  • Calculus - 1 semester, 3 credit hours (or AP score of 3 or higher; IB score of 4 or higher)
    • MAC 2241, MAC 2281 or MAC 2311
  • Statistics – 1 semester, 3 credit hours (or AP score of 3 or higher; IB score of 4 or higher)
    • STA 2023
  • English – 2 semesters, 6 credit hours (or AP score of 3 or higher; IB score of 4 or higher)
    • ENC 1101, ENC 1102, or equivalent course(s).
  • General Psychology or Sociology – 1 semester, 3 credit hours
    • PSY 2012 or SYG 2000
  • Economics (micro or macro) – 1 semester, 3 credit hours
    • ECO 2013 or ECO 2023
  • Humanities and Arts AND/OR Behavioral and Social Sciences –9 credit hours (1 course must be related to diversity and culture and/or social and ethical issues)
    • IDH 4200 or IDH 3400; required: IDH 2010 and IDH 3600 (Biomedical Ethics)
  • Seminars in Pharmacy – 1 semester, 3 credit hours. Must be taken in the second semester of the second year.
    • IDH 4930

Resources and forms for students participating in the 7 year BS/PharmD Program at USF

Submit your BS/PharmD Service Forms Online

Please submit your proposal for Biomedical Research using this form to

To request an electronic form (PDF) for submission of observation and/or volunteer hours, email:

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