Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

The South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) accepts 190 students to its pharmacy program on an annual basis – 110 on the campus of the University of South Carolina, and 80 on the Medical University of South Carolina campus. Approximately 600 applications are received annually.

A total of 212 hours (66 hours of prepharmacy courses and 146 hours of 
professional program courses) are required for completion of the Doctor 
of Pharmacy degree.

The SCCP Pharm.D. is a full-time degree program requiring four academic years, which includes introductory practice experiences and advanced practice experiences that must be completed during the summer semesters. Accepted to the program have an average GPA of 3.6-3.7 and an average composite PCAT score of 70th percentile rank. To be eligible to apply to the program, applicants must complete approximately two years of undergraduate pre-pharmacy courses at any accredited college or university.

Doctor of Pharmacy/Masters of Business Administration (Pharm.D./MBA)

Joint PharmD/MBA programs are currently offered at 16 colleges of pharmacy in the United States and are under development at many others, helping to meet the need for pharmacists who understand general business principles as well as direct patient care activities. The joint degree is considered highly desirable for persons seeking careers in hospitals and health systems, the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacy benefit management organizations, and academia.

Concurrent Degree Option – PharmD/MBA with the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina

The PharmD/MBA degree program offered between the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) and The Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina allows students to concurrently achieve both degrees. Pharmacy students will be able to enroll in the Professional Masters in Business (PMBA) program at the Moore School, which will provide flexibility in the course scheduling as this program offers evening classes, recorded lectures, and multiple distance education viewing sites across South Carolina and beyond.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites 
SCCP students interested in the concurrent degree program must formally apply to The Moore School of Business. Students will complete the application and will be required to take the GMAT or GRE to be considered for admission into the program. 
Although the MBA program has traditionally required a bachelor’s degree, the Moore School has agreed to accept PharmD students who have completed the Pre-pharmacy curriculum and the first two professional years of the PharmD program. Students will be eligible to begin the PMBA program in the Fall of their 3rd professional year of the PharmD program. The PMBA program also offers Spring semester entry as well. This will allow PharmD students the option to begin the program at various times during the 3rd or 4th professional year of the PharmD program. Students will apply during the semester prior to the anticipated start date.

Curriculum and Course Transfers 
The Moore School PMBA program is a year round program that is offered over four terms – two 12-week Spring terms, one 6-week Summer term, and one 12-week Fall term. For more information about the course sequence options, please click here.

The PMBA curriculum consists of 10 core courses and 6 elective courses. For more details, please click here.

Through the concurrent degree program, select SCCP courses can be used to satisfy up to 9 credit hours of PMBA elective requirements. The following SCCP courses have currently been approved for PMBA elective credit:

  • SCCP 762 – Creating Pharmacy Leaders (2 credit hours)
  • SCCP 774 – Pharmacy Political Advocacy (2 credit hours)
  • SCCP 776 – Developing Medication Therapy Management Services (2 credit hours)
  • SCCP 850 – Health Care Systems Management (4 credit hours)
  • SCCP 857 – Community Pharmacy Practice & Operations (2 credit hours)
  • SCCP 909 – Administrative Pharmacy Practice Experience (4 credit hours)
  • SCCP 932 – Administrative Pharmacy Practice Experience II (4 credit hours)

Additionally, any PMBA courses offered through the Moore School can be used to satisfy SCCP PharmD elective requirements (up to 8 credit hours).

Additional information about the PMBA program can be obtained by contacting Dr. Amy Grant (grantad@sccp.sc.edu or 803.777.4151) or go tohttp://mooreschool.sc.edu/pmba.aspx

Concurrent Degree Option – PharmD/MBA with the The Citadel Graduate College

The joint degree program between the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and The Citadel allows students to achieve both degrees in the same four-year period, though there is substantial flexibility for students interested in taking additional courses. Students will take MBA courses during fall, spring and summer semesters and in the evening.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites 
SCCP students interested in the joint degree program must formally apply to The Citadel for admission into The Citadel’s program before beginning classes there. Application procedures may be found on the Citadel's website.

Although the MBA program has traditionally required a bachelor’s degree, they have agreed to accept PharmD students who have completed a total of 124 credit hours. Students can apply during the semester they are finishing up their 124 hours. 

Curriculum and Course Transfers 
The joint degree program will neither displace nor rearrange any of the core Pharm.D. courses. Several MBA courses that will be accepted for Pharm.D. elective credit hours include the following:

  • Communications for Leadership (BADM 713 - required)
  • Information Technology Management (BADM 719 - required)
  • Financial Problems (BADM 734 - required)
  • Strategic Marketing (BADM 737 - required)
  • Human Resource Management (BADM 768 - elective)
  • Human Resource Development (BADM 766 - elective)
  • Consumer Behavior (BADM 788 - elective)
  • Human Resource Management (BADM 768 - elective)

The following Pharm.D. core courses will be accepted in place of the required MBA courses:

  • Pharmacy Law and Ethics - SCCP 885 (in place of BADM 716 Legal and Ethical Environment for Decision Makers)
  • Outcomes Design and Assessment - SCCP 780 (in place of BADM 710 Foundations of Quantitative Method and Operations management

The following Pharm.D. courses may be accepted for elective credit by the MBA program, which requires 9 elective hours.

  • Administration Pharmacy Practice Experience (SCCP 909, 4 credits)
  • Special Projects- Clinical Pharmacy Outcome Sciences (SCCP 757, 2 credits)
  • Health System Pharmacy Practice: Pharmacy Systems and Services – SCCP 758
  • Personal Finance – SCCP 764
  • Grand Rounds (SCCP 999, 1 credit)

Overview of The Citadel's MBA Program Requirements 
The Citadel’s MBA program requires 36 credit hours for the MBA program and 15 hours of foundation courses.  The asterisk (*) indicates course requirements that may be satisfied by PharmD courses, as described in the previous section.

BADM 701 - Foundations of Accounting - 3 Credit Hours
BADM 704 - Foundations of Economics - 3 Credit Hours
BADM 707 - Foundations of Marketing and International Business - 3 Credit Hours
*BADM 710 - Foundations of Quantitative Methods and operations management - 3 Credit Hours
BADM 725 - Foundations of Finance - 3 Credit Hours
BADM 713 - Communication for Leadership - 3 Credit Hours
*BADM 716 - Legal and Ethical Environment for Decision Makers - 3 Credit Hours 
BADM 719 - Information Technology Management - 3 Credit Hours
BADM 722 - Leadership in Organizations - 3 Credit Hours
BADM 728 - Accounting for Executives - 3 Credit Hours
BADM 731 - Quantitative Method for operations management - 3 credit hours
BADM 734 - Financial Problems - 3 Credit Hours
BADM 737 - Strategic Marketing - 3 Credit Hours
BADM 740 - Global Business Strategy - 3 Credit Hours

Electives (9 credit hours) 

Students with an undergraduate business degrees may have satisfied the requirements for the foundations courses.

MBA Skills Workshop - 0 Credit Hours 
This weekend matriculation program is required of all entering MBA students. The objective is to acquaint the student with graduate program requirements, computer, library, and other services available at The Citadel.

BADM 701 - Foundations of Accounting - 3 Credit Hours 
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the basic tools and concepts used in financial accounting.  It emphasizes identifying and interpreting relevant accounting information for decision-making by external users.  The focus is on the four financial statements: the income statement, the statement of changes in equity, the balance sheet, and the statement of cash flows. Prerequisite: None.

Students interested in pursuing the PharmD/MBA Dual Degree program contact Dr. Heather Easterling at easterling@musc.edu to register for the program

For more information, contact the Director, Heather Easterling, Pharm.D., or go tohttp://www.citadel.edu/csba/index.shtml

Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (Pharm.D./MPH)

Introduction 
PharmD/MPH dual programs are currently offered at 12 colleges of pharmacy in the United States, helping to meet the need for pharmacists who understand public health principles as well as direct patient care activities. The dual degree is considered desirable for persons seeking careers in local, state, and national agencies. Additionally, this dual degree option presents opportunities for individuals to excel professionally in practice settings such as hospitals and health systems, managed-care, community health settings, and county and state health agencies.

The PharmD/MPH degree program is offered between the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) and The Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Pharmacy students will be able to enroll in the Masters in Public Health, General Public Health (MPH) program at the Arnold School of Public Health. This program would be available to students on the University of South Carolina (USC), Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), or the Greenville Hospital System (GHS) campus of SCCP. Approximately one-half of the MPH curriculum is offered via asynchronous distance education, which allows students from multiple campuses to complete a portion of the program no matter their location. The remaining portion of the MPH program is available at the University of South Carolina- Columbia Campus.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

SCCP students interested in the dual degree program must formally apply to the University of South Carolina Graduate School. Students will complete the application and will be required to take the PCAT or GRE to be considered for admission into the program. Although the MPH program has traditionally required a bachelor’s degree, the Arnold School has agreed to accept PharmD students who have completed the Pre-pharmacy curriculum and the first professional year of the PharmD program. SCCP students will be eligible to begin the MPH program as early as the Fall semester of the 2nd professional year in the PharmD program. A portion of the MPH curriculum can be completed while also completing the PharmD curriculum. The remaining MPH curriculum will be completed post-graduation from the PharmD program.

Curriculum and Course Transfers

The MPH program is a year round program that is offered over Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer sessions. 
The General Public Health, MPH curriculum consists of 15 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of Special Interest Courses in Public Health, 6 credit hours in elective courses, and 6 credit hours of Practicum in Public Health Discipline. For more details, please click here.

Through the dual degree program, select SCCP courses can be used to satisfy up to 6 credit hours of MPH elective requirements. The following SCCP courses have currently been approved for MPH elective credit:

  • SCCP 650: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice (2 credit hours)
  • SCCP 680: Introduction to Drug Information (1 credit hour)
  • SCCP 780: Outcomes Design and Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • SCCP 850: Health Care Systems and Management (4 credit hours)
  • SCCP 880: Advanced Drug Information (2 credit hours)
  • SCCP 774: Pharmacy Political Advocacy (2 credit hours)
  • SCCP 779: Advanced Self-care (2 credit hours)

In addition, PharmD students will be able to obtain 3 credit hours toward the 6 credit hours required for the Public Health Discipline Practicum. Credit will be granted if the student completes an advanced pharmacy practice experiential rotation (during the 4th professional year of the PharmD program) in an approved public health discipline site (examples may include but would not be limited to: AHEC, DHEC, Indian Health Services, and other Public Health service entities).

Additionally, any MPH courses offered through the Arnold School of Public Health can be used to satisfy SCCP PharmD elective requirements (up to 8 credit hours).

The Online application and instructions for the MPH program can be found at 
http://gradschool.sc.edu/prospective/apply-grad.asp

Additional program information is also available at http://www.sph.sc.edu/futurestudents/ or by contacting
Dr. Amy Grant (grantad@sccp.sc.edu<mailto:grantad@sccp.sc.edu> or 803.777.4151).