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Welcome to the Future of Pharmacy! First-time in college (FTIC) USF Judy Genshaft
Honors College students and are interested in attending pharmacy school have an opportunity
to receive admission to USF Health's Taneja College of Pharmacy (TCOP) 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 TCOP.
THIS COULD BE YOU!
The first three years of study will be completed at the Judy Genshaft Honors College
at USF and years 4-7 will be completed at the Taneja 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
Judy Genshaft 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 Taneja College of Pharmacy will provide
oversight of the four-year pharmacy school curricular components of the program.
Eligible students must:
Students who meet all of the above specified benchmarks will officially apply to the Taneja
College of Pharmacy 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). Options for applying to TCOP may be found here.
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 TCOP. Successful completion of the interview is a requirement for acceptance
into the Taneja College of Pharmacy.
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).
Prior to matriculation to the Taneja College of Pharmacy in Year 4, students must
Students are required to take IDH 2010 (Acquisition of Knowledge) in Year 1, as well
as Seminars in Pharmacy (IDH4930) in the second semester of the third 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.
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.
The minimum leadership requirement is one leadership experience lasting three months
during the three 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.
Students must have a successful formal interview with the Taneja College of Pharmacy.
Interviews are typically conducted between September and December of Year three, depending
upon when students submit their primary PharmCAS application. Judy Genshaft Honors
College advisors are available to assist students in preparing for the formal interview.
Students must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation as part of the secondary
application to TCOP (required letter amounts vary among other pharmacy schools).