he University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy offers the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.P.S.) degree and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), the entry-level degree that entitles graduates to sit for the national licensure examination and to practice pharmacy. If you are a highly motivated student with a strong interest in science and are committed to improving the health of people in your community, then studying pharmacy at the University of Mississippi may be the right prescription for your future.
This four-year, undergraduate degree consists of three years of pre-phar- macy (pre-professional) courses and one year of professional pharmacy course work. Although those interested in practicing pharmacy are required to complete three additional years of study to earn the Pharm.D. degree, career opportunities abound for B.S.P.S. graduates.
Students who earn the B.S.P.S. degree are well prepared for a variety of career opportunities in pharmaceutical sales, marketing and research, as well as graduate and professional degree programs such as pharmacy, medicine, dentistry or law.
Students can be admitted into the B.S.P.S. program as university freshmen (early-entry admission) or after completing a set of required pre-profes- sional courses (regular-entry admission). Pre-professional courses may be taken at a community college, the University of Mississippi or another four-year college or university, or a combination of these options. Each entering professional class is limited to 115 students.
Early-entry admission enables students to engage in both professional and personal relationships with School of Pharmacy faculty and students immediately upon entering the university, rather than waiting to complete the traditional pre-pharmacy program. Early-entry students also avoid the competitive selection process for admission into the B.S.P.S. program (which follows completion of pre-pharmacy course work) and are eligible three years earlier for academic scholarships unavailable to pre-professional students.
Early-entry admission is based on composite ACT or SAT scores, high school GPA (grades 10-12 weighted or unweighted), a personal interview and service, leadership and work-experience activities. To be eligible, students must attain a minimal composite ACT score of 25 (or SAT equiva- lent). In addition, a student's composite ACT score and high school GPA must exceed 65 when inserted into this formula: ACT + (10 x GPA). For example, a 31 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA would yield a score of 66.
In fall 2012, incoming early-entry students had an average GPA of 4.17, and their average ACT score was 29.1. Admission scores are calculated based on the chart, above.
Early-entry applications are available only online (www.olemiss.edu). Applicants must submit an undergraduate application to the University of Mississippi and a supplemental application to the School of Pharmacy by January 15. A nonrefundable $85 application fee (money order made payable to The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy), transcript and a current resume must be sent to the School of Pharmacy. Applicants will then be invited to attend an Applicant Day.
Most B.S.P.S. students are admitted to the School of Pharmacy after com- pleting a prescribed set of required and elective courses (regular-entry admission). These courses are traditionally completed in three years but may be taken while completing a baccalaureate degree in an area other than pharmacy.
Minimum requirements for regular-entry admission include a 2.75 GPA on required pre-pharmacy courses (www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/prepharmacy), with a minimum grade of C in each. In addition, applicants must have completed 15 credit hours of social sciences, humanities and fine arts electives.
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A minimum composite scaled score of 395 on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) taken during the 12 months preceding the application deadline is also required, as well as a 3.0 on the PCAT Writing Test. Students are admitted based on a composite admission score calculated per the chart, opposite.
Bonus points are added to the admission scores of applicants who have achieved at least a 2.75 on required pre-professional courses and who complete their required pre-pharmacy courses at the University of Missis- sippi (0.4) or who have already received a master's or higher degree (0.5). In fall 2012, admitted regular-entry students had an average GPA of 3.36, and their average PCAT score was 408.
Applications for regular-entry admission must be submitted online via the Pharmacy College Application Service by November 1 for admission the following August. Regular-entry applicants do not apply to the University of Mississippi or the School of Pharmacy until invited to campus for an Applicant Day.
Those accepting the invitation to Applicant Day must submit an $85 nonrefundable supplemental application fee (money order made payable to The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy) and a current resume to the School of Pharmacy. To confirm a seat at Applicant Day, applicants must complete the online University of Mississippi application for admission and select "pre-pharmacy" as their major.
The School of Pharmacy was fully reaccredited in 2012 by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
The pass rate on the national licensure examination for the 2012 graduating class was 98.97 percent, and 84 percent of the entering profes- sional class in August 2008 graduated with their Pharm.D. degree prior to September 2012.
The Doctor of Pharmacy is the entry-level professional degree that entitles graduates to sit for the national pharmacy licensure exam and practice pharmacy in community, hospital, clinic and other settings. Earning a Pharm.D. requires seven years of collegiate study. The first four years include three years of pre-pharmacy courses and one year of professional pharmacy course work. The University of Mississippi confers the B.S.P.S. degree upon those who complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum and the first year of the professional pharmacy curriculum.
The Pharm.D. is awarded to B.S.P.S. graduates following completion of three additional years of course work. The first year of the Pharm.D. curriculum is devoted to courses needed to acquire a firm foundation in the pharmaceutical sciences. During the second year, students develop optimal treatment plans for hypothetical patients, create solutions for drug-related problems and learn to manage patients' medication therapy. During the third year, students participate in four required five-week rotations (adult medicine, ambulatory care, traditional institutional practice and traditional community practice) and four elective five-week rotations.
To be admitted to the Pharm.D. program, students must possess a B.S.P.S. degree, earn a 2.65 GPA on required courses in the first year of the profes- sional pharmacy program (PY1) and earn no grade below a C in those required PY1 courses.
To learn more about why the UM School of Pharmacy may be the right prescription for your future, contact:
Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848