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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 (Pharm.D.) 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 (Pharm.D.) 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.
For admission to the program a student must:
Eligible students must:
Submit 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 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 apply by the priority deadline outlined by USF TCOP for the
application cycle in which the applicant is set to apply. All required items can be
reviewed in the catalog, here. Apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
PharmCAS applications may be submitted beginning in July of each year. Since PharmCAS
reviewers need four to six (4-6) weeks to verify applications prior to forwarding
information to medical schools, it is strongly encouraged that students submit their
applications by the end of July.For students entering the program, a 65th percentile composite PCAT score is preferred,
with no individual sub-score lower than 40 permitted. Students with lower scores that
may have other strong academic indicators providing evidence of success will be reviewed.
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.
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 B.S./Pharm.D. requirement, please check with one
of the program advisors.
Students pursuing the 7-Year BS/Pharm.D. Pathway must also complete Judy Genshaft
Honors College requirements and co-curricular program benchmarks which may be found
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).
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.
All BMS students will complete FLENT and Summer Enrollment requirements as well as
graduation requirements listed in the catalog. Specifically, according to the BOG
Articulation Regulation 6A-10.030; earn a minimum of 48 semester hours of upper-level
work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, BMS students will take 21 credits
of additional 3000+ level coursework in addition to their required major and exit
courses listed below.
Of these 21 credits, up to 10 credits will be shared with the Pharm.D. program. The
entire undergraduate program will total no more than 120 credits. All BMS coursework
can be found in the catalog, here.
Students must successfully complete all requirements of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum
to graduate. Successful completion of the academic program of study contained within
the first professional pharmacy year is required for the completion of the bachelor’s
degree in the accelerated (3+4) program and to continue in the pharmacy program. Curricular
revision is an ongoing process at USF TCOP, so the courses listed may change. Please
refer to the TCOP Pharm.D. section within the catalog for the most up-to-date course
According to the BOG Articulation Regulation 6A-10.030; earn a minimum of 42 semester
hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, the B.S. in
Biomedical Sciences students will take up to 21 credits of additional 3000+ level
coursework in addition to their required major and exit courses listed here. Out of these 21 credits, up to 10 credits will be shared with the PharmD.