The estimated cost of attendance for each PCOM program can be viewed online here.
The estimated cost of attendance for each PCOM program can be viewed online here.
As a graduate or medical student, you are considered to be an independent student on the FAFSA. Graduate and medical students are not required to record their parents’ income information on the FAFSA to be eligible for Federal student loans. However, if you wish to be considered for PCOM’s financial need scholarship funding, PCOM requires students to record your parent information on the FAFSA if you are age 26 and younger as of December 31, 2013. If you are 27 and older as of January 1, 2014, parent information is NOT required on the FAFSA to be considered for PCOM’s financial need scholarships.
Yes, PCOM may offer religious accommodations. PCOM acknowledges respect for the religious diversity of PCOM students by providing opportunities, where possible, for accommodation in cases where conflicts exist between students’ religious beliefs/
There are numerous institutional and private scholarship resources available to students. Please click here for scholarship information:
No. In general, the graduate or medical student financial aid process is generally different from undergraduate aid. Your financial aid awards from undergraduate will not affect your graduate or medical student financial aid awards.
Brian M. Matayoshi, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology
Associate Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
Program Assistant: Linda Williams, email@example.com, 678-225-7460.
Georgia Campus Admissions: Aise Cannon, Admissions Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-225-7500.
Marcus Bell, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology
Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
Program Assistant: Sharia Rogers, email@example.com.
Philadelphia Campus Admissions: Johnathan Cox, Associate Director of Admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-871-6700.
Academic support services are available at both PCOM campuses.
Our faculty members are known for their flexible accessibility and commitment to helping students succeed, with faculty members maintaining an open door policy (no appointment needed). Our students find comfort in knowing that their concerns will be addressed by faculty members, not graduate assistants. Department personnel are accessible during program operating hours. Our staff members are skilled at addressing a variety of concerns and are accessible during campus/department operating hours.
All courses in the MS in Biomedical Sciences degree program are taught by highly-qualified faculty who are recognized in the professional community for their expertise in each topical area.
Yes. Students may request a committee letter of recommendation from the faculty or individual letters from faculty and/or program administration or staff.
While there is no MCAT prep component, the rigorous curriculum enhances content knowledge and academic skill. Many of our program participants have increased their MCAT scores.
Preferably, we require a letter from your pre-medical advisor or committee letter. However, if that is not possible, a letter from a science faculty member may substitute.
No, as long as the courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution then we will accept the credit. However, in order to stay competitive it is best to take the course at a 4-year institution.
Yes, students may request a committee letter of recommendation from the faculty.
Interviews are not a part of the admissions process for the certificate portion of biomedical sciences program. Once enrolled, however, if one wishes to advance into the MS program, an interview with a faculty member from the corresponding concentration is required.
Most candidates will begin their studies in the fall term (mid-August start).
PCOM operates on rolling admissions basis, and therefore it is strongly encouraged that candidates for admission submit their completed applications EARLY. For fall enrollment, we typically fill our entering class to capacity by the month of June.
The first three consecutive terms (Fall, Winter, Spring) can be completed for a certificate. The masters curriculum begins in either the summer or fall of the same year and candidates graduate the following July. Candidates have five years to complete the degree program.
The first year of the program is 29 credits over three terms while the second year (leading to the masters degree) is an additional 21 to 24 credits depending on the concentration (research, non-thesis, forensic biology, or organizational leadership).
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree program provides a broad range of opportunity and value to its graduates. PCOM provides students with a basic, graduate-level background in biomedical sciences combined with practical skill development and application experience. Our graduates learn to present, discuss and debate issues in the biomedical sciences in order to solve problems and promote productivity—highly-desirable qualities and skills in a variety of careers. The unique combination of scientific, didactic knowledge and skill development and application sets PCOM’s master’s in biomedical science degree program apart from biomedical programs at other institutions. Our graduates have a high acceptance rate into professional degree programs and various career paths (sampling below).
Research, Technology & Industry
|Civil Service, Education & Policy
Approximately 1/2 of the biomedical sciences students enter professional schools each year. A large percentage of that enrolls at PCOM in the DO program but the number varies from year to year. The Biomedical Science program does not have any connection to the PCOM DO program admissions process and seats are not saved in the DO program for biomed students. If a certificate or degree candidate applies for admission to our DO program, he/she is guaranteed an interview only if students have complete application files, are in good academic standing, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no F’s or W’s at the conclusion of the second term of the certificate year or in the second year.
You can apply to any professional school in which you are interested. Every year we have students applying to dental school, podiatry school, optometry school, allopathic medical school and of course, osteopathic medical school.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, candidates are paying $828 per credit.
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Official valid test scores from any of the following exams are acceptable for the Biomedical Sciences program: MCAT, GRE, OAT, DAT or PCAT. Waivers of any exam are not permitted in the admissions process.
Candidates applying for admission to the biomedical sciences program need to have completed the standard pre-medical coursework in order to enroll (8 credits in General Biology, 8 credits in Inorganic Chemistry, 8 credits in Organic Chemistry, 8 credits in General Physics, biochemistry recommended). All courses must have a lab component. It is acceptable to have any of those courses “in progress” so long as an acceptable grade is earned prior to the start of classes in August.
No. Every candidate for admission is reviewed on an individual basis and test scores and GPAs of admitted candidates vary. However, the averages for those admitted in 2012 were: Undergraduate GPA – 3.21 MCAT: Physical = 7.32 Verbal = 7.36 Biological = 8.09
The curriculum is designed to be completed on a full time basis but students may drop to part time if necessary. Courses are taught three weekday nights in 14 week terms so it is possible for a candidate to have a full time job while completing the program full time.
On-campus interviews are required for enrollment to each Department of Psychology program. Candidates are selected to interview as applications are received and are deemed eligible, based on the competitiveness of the larger application pool. Interviews begin in October and continue monthly until desired class sizes are reached. A candidate can be selected for interview at any time between October and June. Those not selected for interview will receive final notification in July.
Yes. After an interview, a candidate can receive a wait list decision. The wait list is not ranked or ordered and a candidate can be selected to attend at any time prior to the start of classes.
Yes. Candidates may apply to more than one program at PCOM as each program has its own application process and corresponding Faculty Committee on Admissions. A candidate will receive a unique decision for each application, depending on the strength and size of each applicant pool.
Accepted candidates may request a deferral in writing providing rationale for the request. If granted, a candidate is required to submit the required tuition deposit and his/her seat will be held for one year only.
Inquiries about the application process can be made via email at email@example.com or via phone at 215-871-6700
Information on the application process to each program offered at PCOM, including application requirements and timelines, can be found here.
PCOM uses a rolling admissions process for all Department of Psychology programs therefore, an early application is recommended. Candidates who apply prior to March 1st are given priority and there is no posted application deadline as applications will be accepted until the desired class sizes have been reached.
Our interview days are approximately four hours in length and include a light meal, a tour of campus and an academic presentation by program faculty. Each candidate will experience an individual panel interview as well as a group interview, conducted by program faculty. Most programs also require a timed writing exercise in our computer lab. Decisions are rendered and submitted via US Postal Service within 4-6 weeks of the interview date.
Yes. Candidates may reapply. We recommend conducting a thorough self-assessment and improving the application where there may be deficiencies to improve one’s chances for enrollment.
The Admissions Committee requires the following courses:
Eight semester hours each, including two semester hours of laboratory: biology and physics.
Additionally 3 credits of English Composition and 3 credits of Literature are required.
D.O. stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is a fully trained physician who prescribes drugs, performs surgery and selectively utilizes all accepted scientific methods of treatment to maintain and restore health. D.O.s graduate from colleges of osteopathic medicine and are qualified to be licensed to practice all branches of medicine and surgery in all 50 states. D.O.s employ the osteopathic philosophy which states that D.O.s treat disease in the context of the whole person, considering the function and interrelation of all body systems, as well as such factors as nutrition, environment and psychology. D.O.s also believe that the musculoskeletal system can impede essential blood and nerve supply. To correct disorders that arise from this and restore proper functioning, D.O.s use manipulative therapy as an additional modality of treatment. For more information about Osteopathic Medicine click here.
Osteopathic manipulative medicine, or OMM, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMM, an osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
Osteopathic medicine’s comprehensive approach serves the general practitioner superbly. Sixty-five percent of D.O.s enter one of the primary care specialties including general practice, general internal medicine, OB/GYN and pediatrics. An osteopathic education will also give you a strong foundation for pursuing any specialty or subspecialty of your choice.
PCOM considers the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state of Georgia as its campuses. Third and fourth year clinical clerkships take place in affiliated hospitals, five health care centers and in numerous outpatient facilities and physicians’ offices, in both rural and urban settings. It is also possible to arrange elective rotations throughout the U.S. and around the world. For more information about clinical rotations, click here.
In 2012, the entering D.O. Class of 2016 consisted of 268 first-time students from different colleges and states. The average class GPA was 3.46, the science GPA was 3.37 and the mean MCAT score was 28. Students averaged 23 years of age with a range from 21 to 39; 49 percent are women and 18 percent are under-represented minorities.
PCOM is one of the oldest colleges of osteopathic medicine founded in 1899. Our campus is located on 17 park-like acres that are only 15 minutes from the historic area of Philadelphia and close to Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line. PCOM-Georgia Campus, founded in 2005, is located just north of downtown Atlanta. The campus’s curriculum, activities and academic calendar mirror that of the Philadelphia campus.
Tuition and Fees are $45,036. Applicants should not be discouraged by the high cost of a medical education. Funds are available. PCOM offers a variety of financial aid programs from scholarships to low-interest loans, and provides counseling and financial planning seminars for all students. For more information about financial aid click here.
Yes, as long as take the courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution, then the admissions committee will accept the credits. However, in order to stay competitive for the program it would be better to take the courses at a four-year institution.
If the committee would like an interview, you will be contacted with an e-mail invitation. On your day of your interview, you will either go to breakfast or lunch and will meet individually with several members of the admissions committee for an open file interview. After all of the interviews are conducted, there will be a student lead campus tour.
No, a letter from a DO is not required but is strongly recommended.
PCOM participates in AACOMAS, the centralized application service for colleges of osteopathic medicine. Beginning in early May, prospective osteopathic medical students may submit their application through a secure Web server, AACOMAS-On-Line. Applicants may still submit a paper application which may be downloaded and printed from the website or requested by calling (301) 968-4190. PCOM supplemental applications are sent to all applicants upon receipt of the completed AACOMAS application.
The deadline for the AACOMAS application is February 1st, and the deadline for the PCOM Supplemental application is March 1st. However, PCOM operates on a rolling admission basis, and EARLY applications are strongly encouraged.
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Yes, we do accept international students; however, one would have to show the ability to pay since one would not be eligible for Federal aid.
You may take the MCATs more than once, but MCAT scores are only valid for 3 years from desired matriculation. We will take your highest valid score and look at that break down when we make our evaluation.
Yes, we will accept AP credits as long as your undergraduate institution gives you credit for it and it is on your transcript.
PCOM does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on places available in the class. Consideration will be given only to a student who is in good standing at an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine or who is eligible for re-admission to the previously attended college of osteopathic medicine.
The initial request for transfer must originate from the dean of the college or university from which the student wishes to transfer and must be directed to the dean of the PCOM campus to which he or she is applying. Application materials must be submitted and a formal interview with the Faculty Committee on Admissions will be required. Application materials include an AACOMAS application (a copy of their original will be accepted from the current COM), a PCOM supplemental application, an official transcript from their current COM, a statement from the applicant indicating the reason(s) for transfer, a letter from their current COM (Dean or Associate Dean of the COM) supporting the transfer and COMLEX score(s) if applicable.
If accepted, a transfer student will be given credit for courses successfully passed at the previous college that meet PCOM’s curriculum requirements. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM for a student to be eligible to receive the DO degree. All academic information is forwarded to the Registrar’s Office and Dean’s Office for the necessary evaluation of credits and registration for PCOM classes.
The Admissions Committee requires the following courses: 8 credit hours each of: General Biology with Lab General Chemistry with Lab Organic Chemistry with Lab General Physics with Lab Additionally 3 credits of English Composition and 3 credits of Literature are required.
You may submit your letters of recommendation through AACOMAS (preferred method), Interfolio, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PA Studies program can only be taken on a full-time basis. Classes are generally held Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (individual days vary throughout the term) for the entire 26 month program.
Along with a bachelor’s degree, candidates need to have completed the following with a grade of C or better:
SCIENCE and MATH
4 credit hours
With a lab
4 credit hours
With a lab
Other Biology Coursework
3 credit hours
Examples: Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology
Anatomy and Physiology
8 credit hours
Can be taken as separate courses or combined as Anatomy and Physiology I & II
General Chemistry I
4 credit hours
With a lab
General Chemistry II
4 credit hours
With a lab
Other Chemistry Coursework
3 credit hours
Examples: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry
Health related Science Course or Physics
3 credit hours
Examples: Physics, Nutrition, Immunology, Virology, etc.
9 credit hours
Examples: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, etc.
6 credit hours
Statistics is an acceptable Math course
Generally, it is acceptable to have 1-2 of those courses “in progress” so long as the acceptable grade of C or better is earned prior to the start of classes in June. All science and math prerequisites must have been completed within the last 10 years. Applicants with graduate degrees and/or over five years of health care experience may be considered on an individual basis.
The wait list is utilized to fill seats that open after interviews have concluded in February. The wait list is not ranked or ordered. Typically, candidates are selected as seats become available from February until classes begin in June. After all expected candidates arrive for orientation in June, those not selected will be sent a final decision letter.
CASPA allows candidates to apply beginning in mid-April for admission the following summer. Applications MUST be submitted through CASPA by December 1st for Summer enrollment. Supplemental applications are sent via email to each candidate once PCOM receives the upload from CASPA. Supplemental applications are due no later than January 1st, however, applicants are reviewed for admission on a rolling basis, so it is strongly encouraged that candidates apply EARLY. All degree candidates begin their studies in the summer term (mid-June start). Candidates are not permitted to begin out of sequence and may not reduce their course load.
Yes. Interviews are a required part of the admissions process for the PA Studies program and are by invitation only. Interviews are held on some weekdays throughout the months of September through Febuary.
We do not require standardized test scores as part of the admissions process to the PA Studies program.
Yes. Candidates must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by CASPA) to be considered. Every candidate for admission is reviewed on an individual basis and GPAs of admitted candidates vary. However, the average for those admitted in 2012 was 3.47. Applicants with graduate degrees and/or over five years of health care experience may be considered on an individual basis.
Candidates complete the requirement in a variety of ways, some of which include: working as a certified nursing assistant, phlebotomist, nurse’s aid, EMT, paramedic, etc. Many have experienced medicine overseas as volunteers in clinics. Basically, any volunteer or paid work in a clinical setting wherein candidates are either providing hands on care or witnessing care can be acceptable, depending on the nature of the role. Shadowing experiences are counted and recommended.
Candidates must indicate in the CASPA application, the title of the position held, the employer and the supervisor’s name and telephone number. No further documentation is required, but is accepted if submitted.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, first-year candidates pay $35,976 in annual tuition while second-year candidates pay $26,532. Information on tuition refund policies at PCOM can be found through the Bursar’s Office Refund Policy page.
All prerequisite coursework and patient contact hours must be completed by the program start date. However, it is imperative that candidates submit a plan to complete those requirements in the CASPA application or after submission to CASPA in writing to the Office of Admissions directly. Failure to inform the Office of Admissions of your plans will result a rejection as it will appear from the application that the pre-requisites are not met and indicating ineligibility for enrollment.
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Yes. Candidates may not apply for admission in any other manner. If a candidate is reapplying for admission, he/she must apply through CASPA again and the old file will be married with the new one, once received in the Office of Admissions.
The program is 165 credits over seven terms. There are four terms per year approximately 14 weeks in length each.
Every candidate for admission is reviewed on an individual basis but we do require an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Standardized test scores are not required. The required recommendation letter and autobiographical statement should reflect a candidate’s understanding of the diverse field of forensics and prove a candidate’s readiness to take on the challenge of the required fieldwork. Each candidate is expected to have investigated the field and understand one’s career opportunities in it.
Interviews are a required part of the admissions and are conducted on-campus from September through April for Pathway enrollment, and September to July for MS enrollment.
PCOM operates on rolling admissions basis, and therefore it is strongly encouraged that candidates for admission submit their completed applications EARLY. Interviews begin in September for enrollment the following Summer or Fall terms.
Pathway is a 14 week Pass-Fail summary course in the basic principles of Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology. It is for candidates who have bachelor’s degrees in non-science fields such as Criminal Justice, Sociology, etc. If a candidate passes this 3 credit Summer term course, he/she is admitted to begin the MS program in the Fall term immediately following. Pathway courses are taught from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm three evenings per week from late May to mid-August.
Candidates applying for admission to the master’s degree program need to have completed a bachelor’s degree AS WELL AS 8 credits in General Biology, 8 credits in Inorganic Chemistry and 8 credits in Anatomy and Physiology in order to enroll. It is acceptable to have any of those courses “in progress” so long as an acceptable grade and degree is earned prior to the start of classes in August. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree lacking a science background can apply for admission through the Pathway Program.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, candidates are paying $789 per credit.
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Students taking the course courses of Forensic Medicine I & II will have ample practice labs and in class instruction. Hand-on labs are conducted in the following: Fingerprinting, Blood-spatter, Mock-Crime Scene, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Entomology, Ballistics, Firearms, and Clandestine Graves.
As the M.S. degree is a non-thesis track Masters degree, the capstone integrative experience project is a project that could involve field experience and/or research in the area of forensic medicine. The objective is to afford students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their academic course work in a real life setting in an area of personal interest within the scope of forensic medicine. This project will culminate in a final paper at the conclusion of the experience.
The 40 credit MS curriculum requires that candidates take one 4 credit course per 14 week term, which is a half time schedule. Half time students do qualify for financial aid, however. In the first year of the program, courses are held one three-day weekend per month from mid-August to June (Friday-Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm). The second year of the program consists of a 112 hour integrative capstone project and an on-line course from June to the following July. It is possible for a candidate to have a full time job while completing this entire program.
In lieu of a thesis, a final capstone project is required for completion of the MS in ODL degree. The capstone project is an action research experience that serves as a tool for faculty to assess students’ competency and skill development. The capstone project process can start as early as halfway through the ODL curriculum, although many students enter the program with a ‘burning issue’ that they want to address as the capstone project and use the coursework to support their action research experience.
The quality of the student/faculty relationship is a unique and a special strength of the ODL program. While class sizes vary each semester, class size is moderated to allow faculty to provide meaningful, individualized attention to their students. The majority of the program faculty members are also working in the field and can provide excellent, practical examples in relation to coursework. Many of our students enjoy collaborative relationships with faculty who actively participate in and contribute to the overall leadership development of their students. In providing feedback to our program directors about their experiences, our students and alumni report that our faculty members are caring, respectful and responsive and that our faculty demonstrate their genuine interest and concern for their students through mentoring and collaborative learning both in and outside of the classroom.
The courses are taught by our exciting community of faculty who are active consultants, practitioners and leaders in the field of ODL—a critical element in providing value-added learning to our students. Our students are learning, testing and applying theory and experience in real-time using the latest tools, methodologies and practices necessary to deliver results for themselves and their organization(s).
PCOM’s ODL program is focused on action learning. What this means from an intentional design practice is that you—as the adult learner—identify the issues that are most important to you and your organization. We (faculty) design the coursework to promote individual discovery as you integrate ODL theory into your practice, thereby creating the real experience necessary to encourage growth as a leader and practitioner.
Because of the nature of our action learning emphasis, practical/field experiences are specifically aligned with the design intent of the course. In a couple of courses, the primary focus will be a field experience comprised of focused exposure to different organizations. In a couple of other courses, an extended field experience with a single, external organization will serve as a platform for skill development and enhancement as well as an opportunity to view your own organization through different cultural lenses.
Our MS in Organization Development & Leadership is a multi-sector and multi-disciplinary program. What does this mean? We have adult learners (leaders/practitioners) from various sectors (profit, not-for-profit, healthcare, government, etc.) and disciplines who are searching for skill enhancement, field advancement and other opportunities to set themselves apart and make a difference in their chosen fields of practice. As PCOM ODL current adult learners or alums, you are immediately adding value to your organizations, being noticed and setting yourself apart from other leaders, aspiring leaders and practitioners by embracing a collaborative leadership mindset to deliver individual and organizational results.
Below are the minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Organizational Development & Leadership degree program. Each application is reviewed on an individual basis.
NOTE: GRE scores are not required for admission into any of the ODL programs.
◦ Students may apply for a maximum of 6 credits for life/work experience.
◦ Application fee of $50 (checks made payable to PCOM).
More information on Admissions Requirements and Procedures.
Yes, there are two organizations with which our ODL program is affiliated, one in PA and one in GA. Philadelphia Region Organization Development Network (PRODN in PA) and Organization Change Alliance (OCA in GA) are professional networks of organization development practitioners and leaders. Their focus is to provide additional learning and growth opportunities for practitioners and leaders, nurture strong relationships with their communities, and as engaged citizens to provide their skills whenever possible to make a difference and facilitate change. PCOM pays for the first year of membership for all ODL alumni (at their respective campus-affiliated organization).
No. We have found that standardized test scores are not effective indicators of successful ODL students, rather previous education and former/current work experience are key factors in admissions decisions and predictors of student success.
Yes. Our programs are designed for working professionals with all classes meeting on weekday evenings or on weekends. Also, the 2-3 years allotted for completion of the MS degree allows flexibility. In fact, employment during the program may be beneficial in providing real-time experiences for engaging in ODL practice.
Yes. Because the ODL programs are designed for working professionals, most students pursue their degree and/or certification part-time. Our flexible course offerings on weekday evenings and on weekends are intended to provide flexibility for our students.
Most of the students complete the program in two to three years. However, we collaborate with students to work out a schedule that can accommodate the different life experiences and goals of our students. This may mean extending the course work past three years, if it makes sense to meet the needs of our students.
In order to accommodate full-time working professionals, ODL classes are held on weekday evenings and on weekends. Turbo courses are conducted only on weekends. Other courses may be held primarily on weekday evenings with an occasional weekend class. Course schedules are designed to allow the greatest flexibility for our students.
In order to allow the greatest flexibility for applicants, the ODL program follows a rolling admissions cycle, meaning that there is not a specific deadline for application. However, as the greatest demand for admittance is for the fall and spring terms, early application is strongly encouraged to guarantee placement within the program during the desired term.
For both the Philadelphia, PA and Suwanee, GA campuses, the following tuition rates apply:
Academic Year: 2014-2015
Tuition (per credit): $755
Comprehensive Fee (Summer Term): $182
Comprehensive Fee (Fall, Winter and Spring): $181 (per term)
For information on financial assistance, please visit the Financial Aid section.
Yes. Once all applications materials have been received by the Admissions Office, eligible candidates will be invited to interview with the program leadership.
Philadelphia, PA Campus
Jeff Branch, EdD
Organizational Development & Leadership Graduate Program
Suwanee, GA Campus
Elizabeth (Beth) P. Levine, MA
Assistant Program Director
Organizational Development & Leadership Graduate Program
Carly Iannone, MEd
Coordinator of ODL and Programs Recruitment
PCOM Department of Psychology
No. Qualified applicants who have satisfactorily completed all pre-requisite coursework but do not attain a Bachelors degree can apply and enroll at PCOM. Qualified applicants may also apply and be offered admissions without having completed all pre-requisite coursework. However, all applicants must successfully complete prerequisite coursework before matriculating to the School of Pharmacy. Note, also, that while a Bachelor’s degree is not required, that the Admissions Committee gives preference to those students who have attained a Bachelor’s degree.
Students will be evaluated on a variety of criteria. Academic performance in science courses, as well as overall academic performance, as determined by Grade Point Average (GPA) are major criteria utilized by the Admissions Committee. Competitive scores on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) are also considered. Professional preparedness, motivation, decision making and written and verbal communication skills are also evaluated. Prior degrees earned and previous pharmacy related work experience are additional considerations.
For the 2013-2014 admissions cycle, PCOM received 1049 PharmCAS applications and enrolled 108 students in August, 2014. The School of Pharmacy is expected to admit 100 new students in August, 2015. In general, PCOM has approximately a 10:1 ratio of applicants to matriculants.
The prerequisites for the Doctor of Pharmacy program can be found here.
Suwanee offers an outstanding quality-of-life. Suwanee is approximately 30 miles northeast of Atlanta and offers close proximity to a large metropolitan environment with world-class shopping, restaurants, points-of-interest like the Georgia Aquarium, sporting events, indoor and outdoor concert arenas, theme parks like Six Flags, and yet is still close enough to great outdoor sporting areas like Lake Lanier and natural environments for hunting, hiking and fishing. For more information about Suwanee, please visit the Suwanee web site.
PCOM has no on-site housing for students at the Georgia Campus. However, Student Services will assist students in finding housing close to the campus. You can also find listings for apartments that the college has a working relationship with in the housing section on the website. For students choosing to do 4th year rotations at distant sites, the School of Pharmacy will assist students in finding temporary housing at such sites.
A laptop computer is required. The School of Pharmacy utilizes state-of-the-art technology in the program, and thus access to email and the internet are critical. Communication with students is often done via email, and you will receive a PCOM email account before orientation. Curricular coursework is posted online via Blackboard educational software, and students may be taking some of their examinations online as well. The specifications of the laptop will be provided and it is the students’ responsibility to ensure that their laptops meet the specifications. Depending on the models, both PCs and Macintosh computers can be utilized.
Yes. However, pharmacy school can be quite rigorous and significantly different from your undergraduate experience. Students must be able to maintain a balance between school, part-time work and an active social life. It is important that each student be able to manage their time effectively. Also, please note, while participating on experiential rotations, students shall not, under any circumstances, receive financial remuneration from the experiential site.
Yes, the PCOM PharmD program does have an Early Decision application. For 2014, the Early Decision application deadline is September 2. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by September 2nd. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from early decision status to regular status.
You may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions. Interviews for Early Decision will be September 12th and October 2nd. Please refer to your PharmCAS application instructions for additional information about the Early Decision Process. Click here for more information.
PCOM will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by October 15th.
No. It is, however, strongly recommended that all applicants gain some form of experience in pharmacy through employment as a technician, shadowing, or volunteer work. Candidates who have prior experience in a pharmacy environment do receive consideration during the application process. Previous pharmacy-related work experience is not required for admissions. However students with such work experience are given greater consideration in the admissions process. On the Supplemental Application, you will be asked to provide a history of your pharmacy work or volunteer experience and be required to sign your name acknowledging the accuracy of the information provided.
Professional attire is required for the interview.
Applicants can expect to be interviewed by faculty, current pharmacy students, preceptors and staff.
Students with a complete application file who the Admissions Committee determines are qualified will be offered an interview. A completed application file is one where all of the following materials have been received by PCOM:
• Completed PharmCAS Application,
• Completed PCOM Supplemental Application
• Official PCAT score
Yes. The deadline for completing your PharmCAS application is March, 1, 2014. To get more information in regards to PharmCAS, click here.
No. Courses may not be counted for more than one prerequisite requirement.
The PharmD Program requires 4 years to complete.
An applicant may register with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy intern if they are registered in an accredited school/college of pharmacy. All students at the PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus will be required to obtain their Georgia Pharmacy intern license during the first semester. The school will assist you with the application process.
Any applicant with a history of substance abuse, a previous felony conviction or any other issue that would be revealed in a criminal background check is advised to consult with the state board of pharmacy in Georgia prior to matriculation in the school (the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy phone number is (478) 207-2440). Any changes resulting from criminal or civil actions should also be disclosed to the state board of pharmacy. Students wishing to gain intern experience outside of the state of Georgia are advised to contact the board of pharmacy in that state to determine the requirements for intern/pharmacist licensure. PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus has no authority to determine eligibility of licensure for any intern or pharmacist in any state.
The license requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy interns vary by state and it is recommended that applicants inquire with the board of pharmacy in the state where they intend to practice if they have any questions. In general, in order to take the pharmacist licensure examination, boards of pharmacy will require successful completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited institution and complete a certain number of hours as a pharmacy intern. In Georgia, applicants for pharmacist licensure must be at least 18 years of age, have graduated from an approved school of pharmacy and have completed 1,500 hours of internship under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Schools of pharmacy in Georgia allow students to claim credit for 1,000 internship hours obtained during experiential rotations and the student is required to obtain 500 additional hours on their own as a licensed pharmacy intern.
PCOM requires 3 letters of recommendation. We do not accept letters of recommendation from friends or family members. We recommend that you seek out reference letters from individuals who have had direct experience of you in an educational and/or professional setting that can attest to your work ethic, character and skills. Ideally this would include faculty members familiar with your academic abilities, pharmacists whom you have worked with in the past, previous work supervisors, or advisors from experiences you may have had in education, research, patient exposure, community service and/or employment.
No. PCOM will NOT accept pass/fail classes for prerequisites. All courses used for prerequisites must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.
You must update your PharmCAS application following the fall term. This information will be forwarded to PCOM once you have completed the updated PharmCAS.
PCOM School of Pharmacy does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on availability. Consideration will be given only to a student who is currently in good standing at an ACPE-accredited College or School of Pharmacy. Students who have been on probation, temporarily or permanently suspended, required to repeat classes, or involved in any adverse action as a result of conduct violations or academic dishonesty are not eligible for transfer.
To initiate a transfer, students should send a letter detailing the reason for the transfer request to the PCOM School of Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Academics and Assessment along with an official transcript of all coursework in the College/School of Pharmacy and a letter from the Dean of the College/School of Pharmacy stating that the student is currently in good standing and has never been on probation, suspended, required to repeat classes or had any adverse action taken as a result of conduct violations or academic dishonesty. A formal interview with the Admissions Committee may be required and the committee will decide whether to accept the transfer student and grant, if appropriate, credit for courses successfully completed at the previous college/school that meet PCOM’s curricular requirements. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM School of Pharmacy for a student to be eligible to receive the PharmD degree.
Yes. Students will be exposed to a number of different health care environments and will be in contact with many patients. In order to protect yourself and to minimize the possibility of transmitting diseases to other patients, certain immunizations are required. Updated immunization information will be sent to each student upon acceptance of an offer of admissions. Please note that a failure to provide adequate documentation of these requirements may result in your invitation for admission to be withdrawn.
The academic year begins in August and ends the following June. For the first 3 years, each academic year is composed of three terms, each 12 weeks long (plus a final exam week). In the summer before the third year of instruction, students will also be required to participate in experiential clinical experiences/rotations during the months of June or August. These experiences will last about 2 weeks (80 hours). In the fourth year of the program, students will complete eight, 5-week long Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential (APPE) rotations. These APPEs begin in May and continuing until the following May. Students may be assigned to areas outside the metro Atlanta area and will be required to secure transportation and/or lodging at these distant sites.
The Admissions Committee will review all interviewed applicants and the most-qualified applicants will be selected for the incoming class. You will be notified typically within a few weeks after the interview. Accepted applicants will be informed in writing by mail or e-mail of their admission to the school, and will be provided a packet of information necessary for matriculation. Students who interview but are not immediately selected for admission will be placed on a wait list. A student on the wait list may be accepted into the program if a position becomes available. Students that apply to the program that are not granted an interview will be placed on a hold list if they meet the minimum qualifications but are not as competitive as other students. Such students may receive an interview at a later date. Students not meeting the minimum qualifications will be notified at the end of the cycle in writing. PCOM does not disclose applicant’s position on the official wait list.
In general, to convert from quarter hours to semester hours multiply the quarter hours by 2/3. Please use the following conversion chart as a guide.
Quarter Hours Semester Hours
No. Unlike undergraduate education where a student may progress at their desired speed, the PharmD program is a professional program where the curriculum is pre-determined by the school and the curriculum is scheduled to be completed in 4 years.
Yes, PCOM will accept AP credits. All AP credits must be given a grade equivalent of “C” or higher at the institution you attended and received credit.
Yes. In order to qualify for an interview and be granted admission to the School of Pharmacy, students are required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Information regarding the PCAT can be found here. For the 2014-2015 testing cycle, the PCAT will be administered at Pearson VUE Test Centers. Although no minimum PCAT score is required, students with composite scores <40% or subscores in science-related areas < 25% are not likely to be competitive for admission.
Yes. All pharmacy students are required to have health insurance to attend PCOM, and be able to provide proof of your coverage. Students must enroll in the PCOM student health insurance plan or provide proof of health insurance coverage with an outside carrier.
Yes. To confirm your place in the incoming class, we must receive a $500 seat deposit. This deposit is non-refundable and must be received within the time frame noted in your acceptance letter (usually within 14 days of date of acceptance letter). Your deposit will be credited toward your first tuition payment for the Fall Term. The balance of your tuition and fees minus your anticipated financial aid will be due at the beginning of the fall term.
No. PCOM does not provide transportation or lodging for students. It is strongly suggested that students have their own car during all 4 years of the program.
The rolling application process means that we review applications on an on-going basis from the beginning of the application year until all seats in the class are full. Once we receive completed applications, they are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Interviews will be offered throughout the year to qualified students. If the interview is acceptable and there are seats remaining to be filled, then the candidate may be offered admission shortly following the interview. It is to your advantage to turn your application in as early as possible because of this process. Once the seats in the class are filled, qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list. As positions become available, students on this list will be offered seats in our program
At the current time, the total number of credits is 151 for the 4 years of the program.
Students may complete their pre-professional course requirements at any regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
Yes. Keep in mind that students with complete applications will be invited for interviews first. Early applicants have an increased chance of an offer for an interview and acceptance into the school. Your application is not complete until the PCAT score is received along with all other admissions requirements. If the PCAT examination is taken in January, the School may not receive the student’s score until March and interviews will not be scheduled until the School has received the student’s PCAT score.
Students with international transcripts must have their transcripts analyzed by a foreign transcript service. These foreign transcript evaluation reports are submitted to PharmCAS. PharmCAS will send PCOM this information. PCOM will accept evaluations from WES, ECE or Josef Silny & Associates. Please visit the PharmCAS website for more information on this process and to view the contact list of Foreign Transcript Evaluation Services.
Yes. PCOM participates in CBC and drug screen programs offered to all participating PharmCAS institutions through third party vendors. All accepted applicants to PCOM are required to complete a CBC and drug screen through these PharmCAS programs prior to enrolling. Information and instructions on these programs and how to complete them will accompany your acceptance letter.
Yes. When PCOM receives and processes your completed PharmCAS application, PCOM will send you a Supplemental Application via email. The Supplemental Application must be fully completed and sent back to PCOM before you can be considered for an interview. For the 2014-2015 Admissions cycle, there is no cost for the Supplemental Application. The deadline for submitting a completed Supplemental Application is April 1st.
The PharmD Program is a 4-year professional program. In any program, the curriculum is always subject to change, but the most recent version can be found here.
The Admissions Committee will take into consideration the highest composite PCAT score (regardless of whether this is the most recent score or not). PCAT scores must be taken within 5 years of the application date in order to be considered valid scores.
PCOM will round up the hours / credits when converting from quarter to semester hours. If the number of credit hours is insufficient after rounding, additional courses must be taken to fulfill the admissions requirements.
Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score. Any applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate objective competency in English by satisfactory performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score is considered too old, and will not be accepted, if it is more than two years old from the start of the applicant’s admissions term. Country of citizenship does not exempt applicants from this requirement. Language of instruction at the college or university level, and how recent it has been, are the determining factors in meeting this requirement. The minimum required score for the IBT (Internet Based Testing) is 79 and a minimum score of 26 is required for the speaking component. General writing assistance is available for theses and dissertations; however, as an institution offering only graduate and professional programs, PCOM does not offer remedial ESL coursework.
Applicants are exempt if:
For the 2014-15 academic year, tuition and fees for the P1 class has been set at $34,985. Like most other universities/colleges, it is estimated that the tuition would likely increase 3-5% each subsequent year. This tuition is competitive with many private schools of pharmacy.
The PharmD program will have clinical experiences throughout all four years of the curriculum as mandated by ACPE. The first, second and third year Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) will be completed in various pharmacies and health care facilities in the greater Atlanta area. The fourth year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) will be completed mostly in the greater Atlanta area but some rotations will be offered throughout the state of Georgia as well.
PCOM admitted 79 members in its inaugural class in August, 2010. We graduated 71 students in May 2014.
Yes. In order to receive an offer of admissions to the PharmD program, you must be invited and participate in an on-campus interview.
PCOM is authorized to host F-1 visa students only. At the time of confirmation of acceptance, an international student is required to complete a Certificate of Financial Responsibility form and provide financial documentation. The financial documentation must indicate that the confirmed applicant has sufficient funding for tuition, fees and living expenses for the entire duration of his or her program or a maximum of five years. It is the sole responsibility of the confirmed applicant to determine if the degree received from PCOM and any licenses obtained from the United States will be acceptable to practice this field in his or her country. PCOM does not guarantee every international country will allow the practice of the profession for which PCOM’s degrees are received and licensing obtained.
The School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) as its single professional degree. The PharmD degree is awarded in recognition of the attainment of the highest level of professional education in pharmacy.
For Admissions purposes, overall and science GPAs are calculated by PharmCAS: To calculate a GPA, PharmCAS determines your total number of quality points by multiplying semester credit hours attempted by the value of the verified PharmCAS grade. Quarter hours and units are converted to semester hours (quarter hours are multiplied by .667). The quality points are divided by the total number of hours for completed courses. PharmCAS will report your standardized GPA in semester-based 4.0 grading scale.
Students are not required to find their own clinical sites. The School of Pharmacy will identify appropriate rotation sites for you, train the preceptors at each site and conduct quality assurance measures to ensure that you will train at a quality site. Preceptors are either full-time faculty members of the School of Pharmacy or licensed pharmacists with affiliation agreements with PCOM.
Information regarding federally-based financial aid for students is available at FAFSA. All questions regarding financial aid should be referred to the Financial Aid office of the Georgia Campus at (678) 225-7533.
No. Prerequisite coursework does not have to be completed in order to submit an application or receive an interview invitation. However, all courses must have been successfully completed (with a grade of “C” or higher) no later than July 1 of the year you are applying for admission.