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7 Year BS/PharmD Program
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
USF Program Requirements (first three years)
Specific sequence of courses is outlined in each cohort tab
Grade Point Average
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: http://pcatweb.info/About-the-PCAT.php
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.
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
Other Required Courses:
Resources and forms for students participating in the 7 year BS/PharmD Program at USF
Submit your BS/PharmD Service Forms Online
To request an electronic form (PDF) for submission of observation and/or volunteer hours, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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