School of Pharmacy

Philosophy

The PCOM School of Pharmacy curriculum emphasizes patient centered care, a model consistent with the applied emphasis of PCOM’s graduate and medical programs. PCOM School of Pharmacy (SOP) is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of diverse communities in society by training students to become collaborative healthcare team members, advocates and leaders in pharmacy. The SOP achieves its mission through advancement of contemporary pharmacy practice, interprofessional education, patient-centered care, innovative research, commitment to service, and lifelong personal and professional development. The program also responds to the need for pharmacists in the nation, the state of Georgia and the southeastern region. The program educates pharmacists who prepare and provide drug products and assume responsibility for the rational use of drugs by contributing to the design, implementation, monitoring and modification of therapeutic plans that will achieve defined goals and improve therapeutic outcomes.

Educational Goals

PCOM School of Pharmacy (SOP) is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of diverse communities in society by training student learners to become collaborative healthcare team members, advocates and leaders in pharmacy. The SOP achieves its mission through advancement of contemporary pharmacy practice, interprofessional education, patient-centered care, innovative research, a commitment to service, and lifelong personal and professional development.  

The PCOM School of Pharmacy curriculum has been designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and values for successful careers in an expanding healthcare environment. Specific outcomes of the curriculum are:

Foundations for Practice
  • Foundational Knowledge – Integrate, and apply knowledge from biomedical, pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences to evaluate scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient-centered care.
  • Self-Directed Learner – Take initiative in diagnosing learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying resources for learning, choosing appropriate learning approaches, and evaluating learning outcomes as part of a personal program of continuous professional development.
Practice Essentials
  • Patient-Centered Care – Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert.
  • Medication-Use Systems Management – Manage patient healthcare needs to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.
  • Health and Wellness – Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness.
  • Population-Based Care – Describe how population-based care influences patient-centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices.
  • Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice – Integrate evidence-based medicine principles by valuing input from patients, families and communities.
Practice Approach
  • Problem Solving – Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution.
  • Educator – Educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess understanding.
  • Patient Advocacy – Assure that patients’ best interests are represented.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration – Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs.
  • Cultural Sensitivity – Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care.
  • Communication – Effectively communicate verbally, nonverbally and paraverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization.
Self Development
  • Self-Awareness – Examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, motivation, biases, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth.
  • Leadership – Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.
  • Professionalism – Exhibit behaviors and values consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, healthcare providers, and society.

Our program incorporates active learning, interdisciplinary education and problem solving skills, affording our students the ability to practice in an ever-changing and lifelong learning profession. Students will also be exposed to and encouraged to gain specialized training in residency or fellowship programs to prepare them for careers in other areas such as specialized clinical practice, research, pharmaceutical industry or academia.

Admission to PCOM School of Pharmacy is competitive and selective. PCOM seeks well-rounded, achievement-oriented individuals whose maturity and dedication will lead them to a successful career as a pharmacist. Acceptance into the PharmD program by the Admissions Committee is based on the applicant’s fulfillment of prerequisite coursework, grade point average (GPA), letters of recommendation, personal essay, experience, service and volunteer activities, and a personal interview. Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) test scores, while not required, are recommended as are other standardized professional and graduate tests, including the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), Optometry Admission Test (OAT), or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

Requirements  for Admission

Satisfactory completion of the required prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited college or university is necessary. A baccalaureate degree, graduate degree or other professional degree is not required for admission to the School of Pharmacy; however, students possessing a previous degree will be given additional consideration for admission. Prior to matriculation, competitive applicants must have completed the prerequisite coursework. There are not minimum GPAs but cumulative GPAs of 2.50 and above are considered competitive. All prerequisites must have an earned letter grade of C- or higher. All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is given to all the credentials presented by applicants.

Prerequisite courses are as follow:

General Biology I and II with live lab credits (Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology or Zoology with live lab is also acceptable) 18
General Chemistry I and II with live lab8
Organic Chemistry I and II with live lab8
Calculus3
Anatomy & Physiology/Physiology with live lab4
Statistics3
English (6 credits Composition or 3 credits Composition and 3 credits Literature)6
Economics3
Speech3
Social/Behavioral Science (e.g. History, Psychology, Sociology, Ethics)3
Humanities (e.g., Art, Foreign Language, Music, Religion)3
Electives8
Total Hours60

Application Steps and Schedule

PCOM School of Pharmacy participates in the centralized Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) for applicants applying to colleges and schools of pharmacy. Applications to PCOM School of Pharmacy consist of a completed PharmCAS Application. Official transcripts must also be provided prior to matriculation.

Beginning in July, prospective pharmacy students may submit their application through PharmCAS at www.pharmcas.org. The PharmCAS application will include all undergraduate and graduate coursework, official transcripts and three letters of recommendation. PharmCAS applications must be completed no later than the first Monday in March (or designated deadline on the PCOM PharmCAS school page) of the year of desired matriculation; however, applicants are encouraged to apply well ahead of this date.

When the PharmCAS Application, including letters of recommendation, is received in the Office of Admissions, the application will be considered complete. Early application and fulfillment of all requirements are strongly recommended, because a rolling admissions process is followed with review of completed applications beginning in early Fall.

Interviews

Interviews are conducted at the PCOM School of Pharmacy in Suwanee, GA, and are scheduled by e-mail using the e-mail address indicated on the student’s admissions application. PCOM School of Pharmacy may also conduct face-to-face interviews at designated off-campus locations as needed. PCOM School of Pharmacy also offers virtual interviews to select students. Please check e-mail frequently and be sure to notify the Office of Admissions of any change.

Interviews begin in September and continue until the class has been selected. Students are required to present a valid government-issued ID upon arrival. During the course of the interview sessions, applicants will have an opportunity to tour the campus and speak with current students. PCOM conducts a panel interview that lasts approximately 30 minutes with faculty members from the School of Pharmacy.

Admissions Decisions

Interviewed candidates are usually notified within one month from the date of interview. Accepted applicants are asked to remit two non-refundable tuition prepayments that will be credited to the student’s tuition account. The two step seat deposit timeline is:

  1. Prior to March 1, accepted applicants must pay $200 to hold their seat
  2. After March 1, prior accepted applicants must pay $300 to retain their seat
  3. After March 1, accepted applicants must pay $500 to hold their seat

The School of Pharmacy participates in the Early Decision Program through PharmCAS. Details on Early Decision Programs can be found on the PCOM School of Pharmacy PharmCAS web  page.

PCOM requires all first year students to successfully complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. The Office of the Dean must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information. Adverse events on a criminal background check may result in recension of acceptance offer to the program. Confirmed students will be notified as to how and when to begin the process.

Transfer Students and Advanced Standing

PCOM School of Pharmacy does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on availability. A minimum of two years of study must be completed at PCOM for a student to receive the PharmD degree. No consideration will be given to students who wish to transfer solely to complete their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) at PCOM.

To be considered for transfer admission to PCOM the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently or recently enrolled at an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy
  • Never have been temporarily or permanently suspended, dismissed, or involved in any adverse action as a result of conduct violations or academic dishonesty

Candidates for transfer who meet these requirements must provide:

  • A letter detailing the reason for the transfer request to the PCOM School of Pharmacy
  • Official transcripts and syllabi of all coursework in the college/school of pharmacy

The Admissions Committee and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will consider transfer feasibility based on such variables as seat availability, student academic strength, and program-to-program curricular match. PCOM will evaluate all completed courses for the purpose of transfer credit. Because of curricular adjustments, transferring between pharmacy programs may result in extended time to graduation. Transfer students will ONLY be considered for fall term admission. All requests and supporting documentation for transfers must be submitted to the School of Pharmacy by June 15. A formal interview with the Admissions Committee members may be required.

Georgia Pharmacy Intern License

Students must obtain and maintain a valid, current Pharmacy Intern License issued by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy. This license must be obtained prior to the beginning of the Winter term of the first professional year. Licensing by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy is not guaranteed by PCOM or PCOM School of Pharmacy.