Professional Pharmacy Degree Program
As a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) student, will I apply for the Pharm.D. program and if so, when?
B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences students must re-apply in the Spring semester of the first professional year to the University of Mississippi for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. Re-application is necessary due to the change in program. No risk or jeopardy is associated with this process. No application fee will be assessed.
Beginning with the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, applicants are no longer required to take the PCAT for admissions purposes. However, to be considered for school-specific scholarships, students will need to take it, as this is a requirement for scholarships moving forward.
Is tuition the same for all years in the BSPS/Pharm.D. program?
There are two separate tuition/fees required for enrollment in the professional program. There is a tuition differential between the first two and last two years of enrollment with an increase in the tuition for the last two years of enrollment. Non-Mississippi residents typically are of sufficient age to declare Mississippi residency prior to enrollment in the latter two years of the program. Click here for an estimated cost of attendance.
Are there any other requirements, other than academic requirements, to complete the program?
Yes. At the student’s expense, professional students must maintain liability insurance and hospitalization insurance coverage throughout enrollment in the program; complete a Hepatitis B series of immunization; receive the influenza vaccination annually; receive a TB Skin Test annually; purchase a laptop computer; and adhere to the policies of the School of Pharmacy Code of Professional Conduct, e.g. professional behavior, dress code, etc.
Where do third- and fourth-year pharmacy students study?
Third-year pharmacy students take courses at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson so that they may benefit from the strength of the academic medical center and interprofessional collaboration opportunities available with other medical schools at the Medical Center. In addition to having more direct access to medical professionals and medical technology, living in Jackson offers third-year students increased service and volunteer activities with other medical facilities.
Student pharmacists spend their fourth professional year completing 10, one-month advanced pharmacy practice experiences at practice sites at UMMC and throughout Mississippi and other states.
What makes the School of Pharmacy unique?
Refer to Advantages – In addition to these advantages, the instructional format in which the program teaches the art of drug selection, i.e. therapeutics, is different from all but one or two other schools/colleges of pharmacy. Although the approach is case-based, the manner in which students learn this element of contemporary pharmacy education is unique. The program utilizes the problem-based learning method, which inculcates abilities not fostered by a traditional lecture-based format. The Department of Pharmacy Practice originated in 1978 and has evolved to become the largest of the four academic departments in the School of Pharmacy. Pharmacy Practice is home to approximately 35 full-time and 30 part-time/adjunct faculty members, located on both the Oxford and University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson) campuses. Third-year pharmacy students complete their coursework on the school’s Jackson campus, which also administers the experiential education for fourth-year students. Our School of Pharmacy building on the Medical Center campus opened its doors to our students in 2012. Unique features of this ~30,000 square foot facility include small group classrooms, a 175-seat auditorium, research facilities, conferencing space, administrative/faculty offices and a rich learning environment to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities students need to be practicing pharmacists. Pharmacy Practice administers roughly 60 percent of the classroom-based courses, as well as early and advanced practice experiences, through the Office of Experiential Education. Pharmacy practice faculty direct courses in all years of the curriculum and many are involved in post-graduate residency training programs. We are committed to the education, research and service missions of the institution. A key goal of our coursework, which reflects the opening quote above, is to promote self-directed learning and to develop our students and residents as life-long learners. This ensures the ability to provide contemporary pharmacy practice and excellent patient care at the time of program completion.
Does the University of Mississippi provide housing while I am on rotation or involved in experiential education?
Are a criminal background check and drug testing required?
A criminal background check is required as part of final admission to the professional degree program. The criminal background check will be conducted again after completion of the first two years of the professional degree program. Randomized drug testing is required of all professional students.
What if I am unsure that I meet the technical standards? Will admission still be granted?
Students who feel they do not meet the technical standards for admission into the professional program are urged to contact the University of Mississippi Student Disabilities Services to ascertain if appropriate accommodations can be made to enable completion of required programmatic activities.