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Doctor of Pharmacy

Kirsten Boggs-Mock, Doctor of Pharmacy, Class of 2019
South University Savannah's Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates to thrive in their choice of pharmacy practice setting. The role of pharmacists in the medical field is changing and evolving to meet the demands of the profession and society. The Pharmacy degree curriculum at South University, Savannah is structured to produce graduates who can adapt to the profession’s changes while also maintaining high standards of pharmacy practice. South graduates excel in community practice, hospital practice, residency training, the pharmaceutical industry and business. Our curriculum provides students with four years of learning within three calendar years. The program develops graduates with the skills they need to provide excellent care to those they serve. In addition, our PharmD Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program is an option that can enhance student’s business skills. 

Admission Requirements

Procedure for Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

South University School of Pharmacy will accept only applications that are submitted through PharmCAS at:

Admission Cycle

Students are accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program once each June.

General Admission

For optimum consideration during an admissions cycle, prospective students are encouraged to submit a completed application to PharmCAS as early as possible. Direct applications to South University will not be processed.  Admission to the program is competitive and will be granted on a rolling basis for applications postmarked no later than March 1 of each year.

Admission Criteria

Consideration for admission will be based on the applicant's potential for academic and professional achievement and an assessment of written and verbal communication skills, critical thinking skills, integrity, dedication, motivation, character and maturity. To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program a prospective student must:

  1. Complete or be in the process of completing a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy course requirements (60 semester hours) at an acceptable accredited collegiate institution. The student must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in each prerequisite course. All pre-pharmacy coursework presented in the table below must be completed before matriculation to Doctor of Pharmacy degree program on or before May 25th of the program entrance year.

Pre-pharmacy Requirements*

English Composition/English Literature 3 sem. hrs. (1 sem. or 4.5-qtr. hrs.)

Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences 12 sem. hrs. (4 sem. or 18 qtr. hrs.)

Biology Ic 4 sem. hrs. (1 sem. or 6 qtr. hrs.)

General Chemistry Ic 4 sem. hrs. (1 sem. or 6 qtr. hrs.)

General Chemistry IIc 4 sem. hrs. (1 sem. or 6 qtr. hrs.)

Organic Chemistry Ic 4 sem. hrs. (1 sem. or 6 qtr. hrs.)

Organic Chemistry IIc 4 sem. hrs. (1 sem. or 6 qtr. hrs.)

Human Anatomy/Physiology Ie, f 3 sem hrs. (1 sem or 4.5 qtr. hrs.)

Human Anatomy/Physiology IIe, f 3 sem hrs. (1 sem or 4.5 qtr. hrs.)

College Algebra or higherd 3 sem. hrs. (1 sem. or 5 qtr. hrs.)

Other Math and Science Coursese 16 sem. hrs. (5 sem. or 24 qtr. hrs.)

a. Recommended courses in these disciplines include psychology, sociology, anthroplogy, philosophy, history, literature, art, music, theater, drama, business, education, government, and foreign languages.

b. General Biology II, Botany, Zoology, or similar health-foundational biology are also acceptable. These courses must incldue a laboratory. Applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher in biological science are exempted from Biology I and II pre-requisite requirements.

c. These courses must include laboratory. Applicates with an undergraduate degree or higher in Chemistry are exempted from Chemistry I and II pre-requisite requirements.

d. Cacululs prefered.

e. Preferred courses: Micorobiology, Statistic, Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or Physics.


It is recommended that the student take two science courses and at least five courses (a minimum of 17 semester hours of credit) each semester to ensure appropriate preparation for the academic challenge of the School of Pharmacy.

Course substitutions may be considered at the discretion of the Assistant Dean for Admissions of the School of Pharmacy. 

  1. Earn a recommended cumulative grade point average of 2.80 (minimum 2.50) on a 4.0 scale. (A science GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended.)
  2. Submit a completed Pharmacy application through Applications mailed directly to South University will not be accepted.
  3. Submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation directly to PharmCas; however, three letters are preferred.
  4. Demonstrate the oral and written communication skills required to interact with patients and professional colleagues, and expected of a professional doctoral level student.
  5. Complete the South University School of Pharmacy's on campus personal interview with members of the Faculty and the Admissions Committee (by invitation only).
  6. Provide directly to PharmCAS all transcripts. Transcripts for all college coursework must be submitted since academic performance for all college coursework undertaken by the student will be evaluated.
  7. Applicants for whom English is a Second Language must submit to Pharm CAS a minimum paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or the electronic-based score of 79-80 to be considered for the program or completes (with a passing grade in all courses) a minimum of two (2) academic terms at a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. post-secondary instiution in which instruction is delivered primarily in English.
  8. International students with a current F1 Visa are eligible to apply for admission. It is preferred to have completed 30 semester hours at a regionally accredited college/university in the United States. Required pre-requisite Course work completed at international (non-US) institutions is accepted if it meets the admission requirments. Applicants who have attended international institutions must order a foreign transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) through the PharmCAS application. The evaluation report must include institution information, course tile, credit hours, and grades. Credit will be given only for applicable courses that can be used to fulfill prerequisites, and they may be required to completed additional courses prior to enrollment in order to fulfill any remaining prerequisites.
Exceptions to the Minimum CGPA

Applicants with CGPAs lower than the stated program minimum may be considered for admission with significant evidence of academic and professional potential demonstrated by the career and/or personal accomplishments indicated in the career résumé (including a personal statement of academic and professional goals), and academic or professional letters of recommendation. Exceptions must be recommended by the School of Pharmacy Assistant Dean for Admissions, Chair of the Admissions Committee, or School Dean.

Technical Standards for Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program Admission

The educational mission of the South University School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists for life-long learning in the practice of collaborative patient-centered care, and promote excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Students admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program must also meet the technical standards for admissions. These technical standards outline the essential functions that candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree must be able to perform. These essential functions reside in the following categories: Observation, Communication, Sensory/Motor, Intellectual, and Behavior/Social. However, it is recognized that degrees of ability vary among individuals. The South University School of Pharmacy is committed to supporting its students by any reasonable means to complete the course of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

  • Observation: A candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, including, but not limited to, physiological and pharmacological demonstrations in animals, evaluation of microbiological cultures, and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathological states. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. In detail, observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and other sensory modalities.
  • Communication: A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. The focus of this communication is to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communication. Communication includes speech, reading, writing, and computer literacy. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms with all members of the healthcare team in a timely manner.
  • Sensory/Motor: A candidate must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by physically touching patients, e.g. assessing range of motion of a joint, taking blood pressure readings, taking a pulse reading. A candidate must be able to execute motor movements to provide general care and emergency treatments to patients, e.g. first aid treatments, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). A candidate must be able to execute motor movements required in the compounding of medications inclusive of using techniques for preparing sterile solutions, e.g., parenteral or ophthalmic solutions. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
  • Intellectual (Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities): A candidate must have the ability to measure, calculate, reason, and analyze. A candidate must be able to synthesize and apply complex information in a timely manner. A candidate must be fully alert and attentive at all times in clinical settings.
  • Behavioral/Social Attributes: A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the interaction with patients. A candidate must possess the ability to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. A candidate must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. A candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. A candidate must possess compassion, integrity, interpersonal skills, and motivation to excel in pharmacy practice.
Requirements for Matriculation Applicants who have been accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy program must fulfill the following before they can officially enter the program:
  • Remit the $500 acceptance fee by the date designated in the acceptance agreement. The entire acceptance fee is credited to the first quarter's tuition.
  • Submit a college transcript after each term completed following acceptance.
  • Submit self-certification of high school graduation or GED completion.
  • Submit proof of immunization or for immunity to Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Varicella (Chickenpox), Tetanus/Diphtheria, and Hepatitis B. In addition, students must complete the annual Tuberculin Test (PPD). An Immunization Clearance Form provided as part of the acceptance package must be completed and returned along with other immunization documentation.
  • Present a Basic Adult Life Support certificate.
  • Submit proof of medical insurance coverage.
  • Satisfactorily complete a Background check.
  • Complete additional coursework if required by the Admissions Committee and submit additional documents as requested by the Office of Admissions.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in forfeiture of your acceptance.

Laptop Computer Requirement

Laptop computers are required for use in the multimedia classroom. All students are required to have a laptop computer with Internet access and CD Rom which meets university specifications. Purchase of a new laptop is not recommended until just before matriculation into the program so that performance vs. cost can be optimized. Students may buy any laptop that meets the minimum computer specifications which are set by the school in the spring of each year.

Admissions Calendar

Admissions Calendar 2021-2022

July 2021
Start Accepting Applications for 2022

September 2021 - April 2022
Admissions Interviews

May 3, 2022
Application Deadline

June 2022
Admissions Decisions Finalize

June 2022
Classes begin

Career Outlook

Community/Independent Pharmacy CareersRetail pharmacists dispense medications at drug stores or grocery stores. Some pharmacists own independent pharmacies and are able to provide more personalized care to their patients. Retail pharmacists are becoming more involved in direct patient care through such activities as counseling patients on disease states, including diabetes and hypertension, medication therapy management (MTM) and administering immunizations.

Clinical Pharmacy CareersClinical pharmacists work in a hospital or in a clinic setting as part of a medical care team. They typically visit patients with a physician and help to determine which medications and doses would be most effective for each patient's condition. In addition, they facilitate clinics which provide services such as anticoagulation and disease state management. They are more involved in drug therapy initiation and management than pharmacists in some other settings.

Long-term careLong-term care facilities are homes where ongoing care is provided to the elderly or incapacitated individuals who are not in need of acute medical care but who are unable to care for themselves. Pharmacists in this setting review the medications of the patients living in these homes and provide recommendations to the providers of care.

Nuclear Pharmacy CareersNuclear pharmacists are responsible for measuring and delivering the radioactive materials which are used in digital imaging (MRI, CT, etc.) and other procedures in medical offices and hospitals. Due to the nature of the radioactive materials and how they are handled, nuclear pharmacists are typically required to start each work day very early, sometimes pre-dawn, as the radioactive materials must be delivered within a few hours of their use, or they lose their effectiveness.

Home infusionThese pharmacists are responsible for preparing intravenous medications for patients requiring such products as antibiotics, parenteral nutrition, or chemotherapy.

AcademiaPharmacists are an integral part of the faculty in Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy. In this setting, pharmacists are responsible for didactic teaching of clinical pharmacy courses and also serve as preceptors for students completing rotations, giving them the opportunity to observe clinical pharmacy activities.

Pharmaceutical IndustryPharmacists are often employed by companies within the pharmaceutical industry to provide drug information, in depth information to healthcare providers, or facilitate clinical trials.

Pharmacy ManagementPharmacy District and Regional Managers supervise teams of pharmacy managers and staff pharmacists within a retail chain.

This list only represents a sample of the many practice opportunities that are available to pharmacists.


Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program Curriculum and Courses: 220.5 Credits
1st Quarter (Summer Quarter) 18 Credits
PHA3101 Biochemistry I, 3 Credit Hours
PHA3113 Pathophysiology I, 5 Credit Hours
PHA3118 Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
PHA3119 Professional Practice and Informatics, 2 Credit Hours
PHA3127 Pharmaceutical Calculations, 3 Credit Hours
PHA3145 Integrated Pharmacy Skills Laboratory I, 1 Credit Hour
2nd Quarter (Fall Quarter) 17.5 Credits
PHA3102 Biochemistry II, 3 Credit Hours
PHA3114 Pathophysiology II, 4 Credit Hours
PHA3116 Pharmaceutics I, 4 Credit Hours
PHA3136 Integrated Pharmacy Skills Laboratory II, 2 Credit Hours
PHA3150 Health Care Systems, 2 Credit Hours
PHA3152 Communications, 2.5 Credit Hours
3rd Quarter (Winter Quarter) 18 Credits
PHA3109 Microbiology/Immunology, 5 Credit Hours
PHA3110 Molecular Biology, 3 Credit Hours
PHA3117 Pharmaceutics II, 2 Credit Hours
PHA3124 Pharmacotherapy I, 2 Credit Hours
PHA3137 Integrated Pharmacy Skills Laboratory III, 2 Credit Hours
PHA3162 Integrated Sequence I, 4 Credit Hours
4th Quarter (Spring Quarter) 18 Credits
PHA4212 Pharmacokinetics I, 4 Credit Hours
PHA4225 Pharmacotherapy II, 3 Credit Hours
PHA4238 Integrated Pharmacy Skills Laboratory IV, 1 Credit Hour
PHA4254 Pharmacy Law/Ethics, 2 Credit Hours
PHA4264 Integrated Sequence II - Infectious Disease, 5 Credit Hours
PHA4265 Integrated Sequence III - Inflammation, 3 Credit Hours
5th Quarter (Summer Quarter) 16 Credits
PHA4280 Community Professional Practice Experience, 8 Credit Hours
PHA4281 Institutional Professional Practice Experience, 8 Credit Hours
6th Quarter (Fall Quarter) 18 Credits
PHA4228 Pharmacokinetics II, 3 Credit Hours
PHA4236 Leadership and Advocacy, 1 Credit Hour
PHA4335 Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics, 3 Credit Hours
PHA4367 Integrated Sequence IV - Autonomics, 5 Credit Hours
PHA4368 Integrated Sequence V - GI/Hepatic Therapeutics, 3 Credit Hours

Elective 3 credit hours

7th Quarter (Winter Quarter) 16 Credits
PHA5333 Drug Information, Literature Evaluation, Research Design and Methods, 3 Credit Hours
PHA5353 Pharmacy Practice Management, 3 Credit Hours
PHA5369 Integrated Sequence VI - Cardiology, 7 Credit Hours
PHA5370 Integrated Sequence VII - Renal Therapeutics, 3 Credit Hours
8th Quarter (Spring Quarter) 17 Credits
PHA5331 Applied Pharmaceutical Care I, 4 Credit Hours
PHA5371 Integrated Sequence VIII - Central Nervous System, 6 Credit Hours
PHA5372 Integrated Sequence IX - Endocrine Therapeutics, 4 Credit Hours
  • Electives 3 credit hours
9th Quarter (Summer Quarter)
PHA5332 Applied Pharmaceutical Care II, 3 Credit Hours
PHA5350 Health Economics and Outcomes Assessment, 2 Credit Hours
PHA5351 Integrated Sequence XI - Hematology/Oncology, 3 Credit Hours
PHA5352 Complementary and Preventive Medicine, 2 Credit Hours
PHA5373 Critical Care, 4 Credit Hours
  • Electives 3 credit hours
10th, 11th, and 12th Quarters (Fall/Winter/Spring Quarters) 65 Credits

Advanced Professional Practice Experience Rotations*

PHA6503 Essential Knowledge of Practice Review I, 3 Credit Hours
PHA6504 Essential Knowledge of Practice Review II, 3 Credit Hours
PHA6505 Essential Knowledge of Practice Review III, 3 Credit Hours
PHA6525 APPE I: Advanced Community Rotation, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6526 APPE II: Ambulatory Care Rotation, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6527 APPE III: Inpatient General Medicine Rotation, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6528 APPE IV: Advanced Institutional Rotation, 8 Credit Hours

Students are required to take three of the following:

PHA6529 APPE V: Elective - Institutional Care Rotation I, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6530 APPE VI: Elective - Institutional Care Rotation II, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6531 APPE VII: Elective - Institutional Care Rotation III, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6532 APPE VIII: Elective - Community Care Rotation I, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6533 APPE IX: Elective - Community Care Rotation II, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6534 APPE X: Elective - Community Care Rotation III, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6535 APPE XI: Elective - Non-Patient Care Rotation, 8 Credit Hours
PHA6536 APPE XII: Elective - Administrative Rotation, 8 Credit Hours

One additional elective is available and will add one credit to the program for a total of 221.5 credit hours.

PHA6339 Grand Rounds, 1 Credit Hour

(Optional additional elective)


*Students are required to take 7 of the 12 listed rotations (56 credit hours) along with the 3 Essential Knowledge of Practice Review courses (9 credit hours) for a total of 65 required credit hours.  Students will take PHA6525, PHA6526, PHA6527, PHA6528, PHA 6503PHA 6504PHA 6505 and any combination of three of the following: PHA6529, PHA6530, PHA6531, PHA6532, PHA6533, PHA6534, PHA6535, and PHA6536.  In addition, Grand Rounds (PHA6339) is an optional elective that students may elect to take in one of the last three quarters of the curriculum and will be scheduled at the discretion of the School of Pharmacy.


All pre-pharmacy coursework must be completed prior to matriculation to the South University Doctor of Pharmacy program on or before May 25th of the program entrance year. The student must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in each prerequisite course.

Prerequisite Requirements

Course Title

Semester Hours

English Composition

3 sem. hrs. / 4.5 qtr. hrs.

Non-Science/Math Electives (a)

12 sem. hrs. / 18 qtr. hrs.

General Biology I (b) 

4 sem. hrs. / 6 qtr. hrs.

Anatomy and Physiology I and II  

6 sem. hrs. / 9 qtr. hrs.

General Chemistry I and II (c)

8 sem. hrs. / 12 qtr. hrs.

Organic Chemistry I and II (c)

8 sem. hrs. / 12 qtr. hrs.

College Algebra I or Higher (d) 

3 sem. hrs. / 4.5 qtr. hrs.

Science/Math Electives (e) 

16 sem. hrs. / 24 qtr. hrs.


60 sem. hours / 90 qtr hours

Comments on above:

a. Non-Science/Math Electives must fall in the Humanities, Arts or Behavioral/Social Sciences.

b. General Biology II, Botany, Zoology or similar health-foundational biology courses are acceptable. These courses must        include a lab. Applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher in biological science are exempted from Biology I              prerequisite requirements.

c. These courses must include a laboratory.  Applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher in Chemistry are exempt        from Chemistry I and II prerequisite requirements.

d. Calculus is preferred.

e. Preferred courses include:  Microbiology, Molecular or Cell Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Statistics, Biochemistry or            Physics.


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Accelerated Program

One of only a limited number of accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy Degree programs nationwide through full-time continuous enrollment, South University provides four academic years of study within three calendar years. After being accepted to the South University School of Pharmacy, students begin a 12-quarter schedule.


The carefully structured curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for high standards of contemporary pharmacy practice as well as the evolution of the profession.

Teaching Method

In a setting of collaborative learning and teamwork, the program interrelates the basic sciences and practice.

Technology and Facilities

The South University School of Pharmacy offers personalized and technical instructional delivery utilizing industry-standard equipment and facilities.

The role of pharmacists in the medical field is changing and evolving to meet the demands of the profession and society. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree program's curriculum at South University is structured to produce graduates who can adapt to the profession's changes while also maintaining high standards of pharmacy practice. South University's progressive curriculum is designed to incorporate technology in addition to a traditional classroom setting.

South University Campus and Affiliations with Healthcare Facilities

The South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah is a 40,000-square-foot, freestanding, facility designed specifically to house a modern pharmacy school. The building provides instructional, laboratory, and office facilities for pharmacy students, faculty and administrators. This facility also provides two large modern lecture halls and an adequate number of small classrooms to facilitate small group instruction.

A General Purpose Laboratory is located in the building. This laboratory includes rooms for patient counseling practice and teaching physical assessment. All rooms have videotape/playback capabilities. In addition, a sterile products room and a model pharmacy are available. This practice laboratory accommodates up to 34 students per class, and is designed to emulate real practice settings as well as to provide maximum use in the academic program. There is also a 32-station Analytical Chemistry Laboratory that is used for chemistry, pharmaceutics, and professional laboratory courses. A Drug Information Center on the first floor provides an active learning center in the School of Pharmacy.

Practice sites have been recruited to support the experiential component of the curriculum. Early activity will be focused on the introductory practice experiences. Students will be precepted at sites in all three phases of practice experience: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Experiential sites will include, but not be limited to, chain and independent community pharmacies, teaching and community hospitals, long term care facilities, managed care facilities, pharmaceutical companies, home infusion therapy companies, regulatory agencies, family practice clinics and a veterinary hospital, among others.

On June 14, 2010, South University opened the doors to the second campus offering the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.  The School of Pharmacy occupies a new building in Columbia, SC, on the existing South University campus. The building is complete with a pharmacy practice lab, mock pharmacy and patient assessment labs affording students the opportunity to develop dispensing, compounding, intravenous admixture and patient assessment/counseling skills.  The laboratory in Columbia accommodates 48 students and is a complete practice and chemistry laboratory in one.  An onsite Drug Information Center provides information to consumers and healthcare professionals as well as serves as an advanced rotation site for students.

The South University, Columbia faculty, in conjunction with the South University, Savannah faculty, are a combination of professionals who enable South University to utilize Tandberg distance education, and other modern technologies in combination with live instruction, and who provide the pharmacy education required for students to develop the professional skills to serve patients.

South University has developed a program that is visionary in its approach to educating Pharmacy students, with a carefully structured curriculum designed to prepare graduates for both high standards of contemporary pharmacy practice and the evolution of the profession. At South University, we have integrated Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics into one combined continuing course sequence developed in full collaboration by science and practice faculty. The resulting efficiency allows a rigorous comprehensive didactic component in a curriculum that contains 12 months of full-time rotations using an accelerated, full-time 12-quarter schedule designed to deliver four academic years in three calendar years.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Domain 1: Foundational Knowledge

1.1.      Apply principles of chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacology to medication safety and efficacy.

1.2.      Apply the principles of pharmaceutical science and calculations to drug design and drug delivery systems.

1.3.      Apply pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and pharmacogenomic principles to therapeutic strategies.

1.4.      Compare and contrast the physiology and biochemistry of normal body system function to that of abnormal function.

1.5.      Critically analyze literature related to drugs and diseases to enhance clinical decision-making.

Domain 2: Essentials for Practice and Care

2.1.      Collect subjective and objective patient information to identify medication and medical-related problems.

2.2.      Assess and analyze information to determine effectiveness of therapy, identify problems, and prioritize needs to achieve optimal patient care.

2.3.      Design an individual patient-centered care plan in collaboration with the patient and other health care professionals that is evidence-based and cost-effective to maximize desired effects.

2.4.      Implement the care plan in collaboration with the patient, caregiver, and other healthcare professionals.

2.5.      Follow-up and monitor the care plan to evaluate its effectiveness and modify the plan as needed.

Domain 3: Approach to Practice and Care of Individual Patients

3.1       Demonstrate accurate, safe, and time-sensitive preparation, dispensing, and administration of pharmaceuticals.

3.2       Manage pharmacy resources to optimize pharmacotherapy outcomes for individual patients.

3.3       Educate patients and health care providers.

Domain 4: Approach to Practice and Care of Populations

4.1       Demonstrate skills needed to participate in, or provide, preventive services.

4.2       Apply research processes to ensure informed decision-making.

Personal and Professional Development

5.1       Examine personal attributes that may enhance or limit personal and professional growth.

5.2       Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of organizational position.

5.3       Engage in innovative and creative methods to accomplish goals.

5.4       Demonstrate professional citizenship in the delivery of patient care, distribution of medications, and the promotion of wellness and disease prevention.

5.5       Advocate for the profession and patients.

5.6       Effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization.

5.7       Demonstrate problem solving skills including the ability to think critically, exercise professional judgment, and articulate and defend a decision.

5.8       Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust bestowed to the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society.

5.9       Demonstrate knowledge of, and compliance with, federal and state laws/regulations governing the practice of pharmacy.

Create Value for Stakeholders of the Health Care System

6.1       Demonstrate the ability to create a business plan and/or strategy to launch a new service, product, or business line or improve an existing one.

6.2       Demonstrate the ability to apply performance improvement strategies to monitor the quality of a service, product, or business.

6.3       Demonstrate the ability to apply business and financial management tools to monitor the performance of a service, product, or business.


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School Overview

South University School of Pharmacy

The South University School of Pharmacy welcomes students into a learning community designed to facilitate critical thinking and develop problem-solving skills while providing the industry current technology and coursework essential for real-world practice. Our accelerated PharmD program is one of only a limited number nationwide and the only one in the Southeastern United States that provides four academic years of study within three calendar years.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

South University Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500; Chicago, IL 60602-5109; 312-664-3575;

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Success Stories

We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our pharmacy alumni and the difference they make. Check out what our graduates have to say.

Sonia Patel 2010
Sonia Patel Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Doctor of Pharmacy

“Being in a fast-paced, accelerated year-round program really helped me with organization, time management, and prioritization skills which are useful for any career—not just pharmacy. Both staff and faculty were very opening and welcoming and willing to help. It felt like a small community, and I always felt at home.”

Jessica D Johnson 2015
Jessica Johnson Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Doctor of Pharmacy

“I decided to pursue a career in pharmacy my junior year of high school. I was afforded the opportunity to work in a retail pharmacy, where I saw first-hand the impact pharmacists have in their patients’ lives. The South University School of Pharmacy faculty and staff made my program a home away from home. They were with me through many ups and downs, and always pushed me to strive for excellence. I am excited to see what my future holds. I know the foundation received from the South University School of Pharmacy has well-equipped me for my future endeavors.”

Maria Alvarado Manning 2009
Maria Alvarado Manning Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Doctor of Pharmacy

“One of the most amazing things I've discovered about myself at South is my ability to organize people and motivate groups to work for the things they care about. I'm no longer the shy one. In fact, the conferences I've been able to attend, the leadership opportunities in student activities; all that I've found at South have allowed me not only to grow professionally, but to break further out of that quiet place I used to know.”

Bill Trinh 2009
Bill Trinh Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Doctor of Pharmacy

“One of the biggest gifts that I've gotten from studying at South University, besides the incredible relationships and support from colleagues and faculty, is a new awareness about my future. In the past, I used to hope for a place to go, and now I know exactly where I want to go. I have supreme confidence in where I am headed. My experience at South has crystallized my desire to be an advocator and leader in the field of pharmacy.”

Andria Slaton 2008
Andria Slaton Grad Alumni
Class of '08
Doctor of Pharmacy

“I gained a vast knowledge in the practice of pharmacy and how to look at the bigger picture when it comes to patients. I also learned how to question and investigate certain situations in order to make better decisions on behalf of my patients.”