Honors Admissions

7-Year B.S./PharmD Program

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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!

Group Image of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony - Class of 2021. This class contains 101 students.
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 program. 

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.

INITIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Admission to the Judy Genshaft Honors College as a first-year student (FTIC). Transfer and continuing students are not eligible to apply for the 7-Year BS/PharmD program.
  • SAT score of 1360 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 (TCOP does not admit International Applicants).

APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligible students must:

  1. 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 must submit a declaration of intent to formally continue the 7-Year BS/PharmD program.
  2. Finish their first year at USF with a USF GPA of 3.5+ overall and in the sciences.
  3. Complete two advising sessions by two members of the Taneja College of Pharmacy at the end of the first year.
  4. 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 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.

USF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (FIRST THREE YEARS)

1. Grade Point Average

  • At the end of the Spring semester of Year 1, students must attain both an overall and science/math 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 and science/math GPA of 3.60 and 3.70, respectively, in all college coursework and in all USF coursework, without the use of grade forgiveness.
  • GPAs are not rounded.

2. Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

  • The PCAT must be taken at least one month prior to the primary application deadline. 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.

3. Undergraduate Research

  • Students are required to complete a minimum of two semesters of undergraduate research. Research may be lab-based or clinical in nature.
  • Prior to starting the research project, students must obtain approval from the 7-Year BS/PharmD advisor.
  • Students should submit proposal for their Undergraduate Research by requesting a form from the program advisor.
  • Students often opt to complete their research as their Honors College Thesis (IDH 4950/4970). 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).

4. Honors College Curriculum

Prior to matriculation to the Taneja College of Pharmacy in Year 4, students must complete:

  • The Honors College curriculum
  • A two-semester thesis (IDH 4950/4970)
  • A special section of IDH 3600 in Biomedical Ethics
  • The Honors College Global/Cultural Experience Requirement

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.

5. 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 appropriate online forms. 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.

6. Leadership

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.

7. Taneja College of Pharmacy Interview

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.

8. Letters of Recommendation

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).