PharmD Curriculum

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.

For more information on the SCCP Pharm.D. program, email Amy Grant at the University of South Carolina campus or phone 
803.777.4151; or or Philip Hall at the Medical University of South Carolina campus or phone 843.792.8979.

Course Descriptions          

Course Curriculum

Fall P1 (semester 1)

Course #

Hours

Foundations of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I

SCCP 602

2

Foundations of Pharmaceutical Chemistry &Pharmacogenomics I

SCCP 621

3

Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery Systems

SCCP 607

4

Pharmaceutical Biochemistry

SCCP 615

3

Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

SCCP 650

2

Pharmacy Calculations and Med. Terminology

SCCP 655

2

Clinical Applications I

SCCP 660

1

Compounding & Applied Pharmaceutics Lab

SCCP 671

1

 

 

18

Summer P1

 

 

Introductory Community Practice Experience

SCCP 699

4

Fall P2 (semester 3)

Course #

Hours

Pathophysiology/Pharmacologic Basis of Therapeutics I

 SCCP 722

3

Pharmacotherapy I

 SCCP 770

4

Self-Care and Complementary Med.

 SCCP 750

4

Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

 SCCP 710

3

Intro to Health Systems Lab

 SCCP 790

1

Clinical Applications III

 SCCP 760

1

Elective*

 

1-3

 

 

17-19

Summer P2

 

 

Introductory Institutional Practice Experience

SCCP 798

4

Fall P3 (semester 5)

Course #

 Hours

Pathophysiology/Pharmacologic Basis of Therapeutics III

 SCCP 822

3

Pharmacotherapy III

 SCCP 871

4

Health Care Systems and Management

 SCCP 850

4

Advanced Drug Information

 SCCP 880

2

Clinical Applications V

 SCCP 860

1

Applied Community Pharmacy Lab

SCCP 771

1

Elective*

 

1-3

 

 

16-18

Summer P3 (semester 7)

 

 

APPEx 1,2 or 3

XXX

4-12

Fall P4 (semester 8)

 

 

APPEx 3 or 4

XXX

12-16

P4 (semester 7,8 or 9)

 

 

Grand Rounds (seminar)

SCCP 999

1

 

 

Total Hours for Professional Program

148

Spring P1 (semester 2)

Course #

Hours

Foundations of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II

SCCP 603

3

Foundations of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Pharmacogenomics II

SCCP 622

4

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

SCCP 616

2

Microbiology & Immunology

SCCP 610

4

Transforming Health Care
 

IP 710

2

Clinical Applications II

SCCP 661

1

Intro. to Drug Information

SCCP 680

1

Intro. to Community Pharmacy Lab I

SCCP 670

1

 

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring P2 (semester 4)

Course #

Hours

Pathophysiology/Pharmacologic Basis of Therapeutics II

 SCCP 723

3

Pharmacotherapy II

 SCCP 870

4

Clinical Pharmacokinetics

 SCCP 890

3

Outcomes Design and Assessment

 SCCP 780

3

Applied Health Systems Lab

 SCCP 791

1

Clinical Applications IV

 SCCP 761

1

Elective*

 

1-3

 

 

16-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring P3 (semester 6)

Course #

 Hours

Pathophysiology/Pharmacologic Basis of Therapeutics IV

 SCCP 823

3

Pharmacotherapy IV

SCCP 872

4

Pharmacy Law and Ethics

SCCP 885 

3

Clinical Assessment

SCCP 895 

3

Clinical Applications VI

SCCP 861 

1

Elective*

 

1-3

 

 

 

 

 

15-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring P4 (semester 9)

 

 

APPEx 3 or 4

XXX

12-16

 

 

 

Total Hours (P4 Year)

 

37

 

 

Total Hours ( including PrePharmacy)

214

Take Note!

*Typically, electives range from 1 to 3 credit hours. One must complete 8 hours of electives by the end of the third year.

  • Minimum 300 hours of Introductory Practice Experiential Experience (IPPE) (as required by ACPE) will be satisfied by two 4-credit (one month) externships in the summers of the P1 and P2 years.
  • Minimum 1440 hours of Advanced Practice Experiential Experience (APPE) (as required by ACPE) will be satisfied by nine 4-credit (one month) clerkships in the P4 year. Rotations include: 2 x acute care rotations (critical care, pediatrics, psychiatry, general medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, nephrology, transplantation, etc), 1 x ambulatory care, 1 x health care team (e.g. drug information, poison center, long-term care/assisted living, a second ambulatory care, a third acute care, and others), 1 x community pharmacy, 1 x hospital pharmacy, and 3 electives.
  • One 1-credit Clinical Seminar/Grand Rounds (SCCP 999) will be required during the P4 year.
  • Clinical Applications I-V are recitations designed to bring clinical relevance to basic and applied pharmaceutical science principles in a case-based format.
  • Clinical Applications VI is a recitation designed as a “capstone” course, where case studies of complex patients will bring together concepts learned throughout the previous professional years.
  • Students may be required to submit a criminal background check or a drug test prior to beginning an introductory or advanced pharmacy practice experience.
  • All students are required to complete Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers \training prior to the P2 summer IPPE.