Admissions FAQAbout the ProgramWhat is the Pharm.D. degree? The Doctor of Pharmacy, or Pharm.D., degree is the sole entry level degree for the profession of pharmacy. It is considered a professional degree, similar to the M.D., J.D., and D.V.M. degrees. Completion of the Pharm.D. program qualifies one to sit for board exams to become licensed as a pharmacist. The UGA College of Pharmacy also offers Master and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. How long does it take to complete the Pharm.D. program? Following completion of a 60-hour pre-pharmacy core curriculum, the Pharm.D. program takes 4 years to complete. The first 3 years of the Pharm.D. program consists of didactic coursework, while the 4thyear is spent participating in clerkships at various sites around the state of Georgia. There are no courses offered in the summers between the first 3 professional years, but clerkships do begin in the summer immediately following the spring semester of the 3rdprofessional year and continue for one calendar year. Are students accepted each semester? No. Applications are accepted only for the fall semester. How many students are accepted each year?Currently, 127 students are accepted into the Pharm.D. program each year. Last year, there were more than 1000 applicants. The size and composition of the applicant pool determines the competitive nature of admissions in a particular year. Eligibility RequirementsIs a bachelor’s degree required for admission to the UGA Pharm.D. program?No, only the pre-pharmacy core is required. Each year, however, a significant number of accepted students either have a previous degree or will complete a bachelor’s degree prior to completion of the Pharm.D. program. Are applicants who hold bachelor’s degrees favored in the application process? Holding a previous degree plays no role in determining which applicants are selected for interviews. During interviews, upper-level coursework and other additional experiences that may come with obtaining a degree can make an individual a stronger candidate, but these are just some of the many factors considered.
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