South Carolina College of Pharmacy Facts
Established 2004, Building on a 120-Year Foundation
Combining the traditions of excellence of a major academic medical center (MUSC) and a large comprehensive university (USC), the South Carolina College of Pharmacy offers a statewide approach to pharmacy education that is on par with the most highly regarded colleges in the United States.
- Improve the health and wellness of South Carolina Citizens by training the best pharmacists
- Provide education, research and service comparable in quality to the nation’s best colleges of pharmacy
- Become a national leader in pharmacy education, research and service
Our level of excellence in education and service by the numbers:
- University of South Carolina (USC) – full 4-year program
- Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) – full 4-year program
- Greenville Hospital System and University Medical Center (GHS) – Experiential training in first, second and fourth years
Academically Distinguished Students (Fall 2010)
- Each year, 190 highly-qualified students are admitted (110 on USC campus, 80 on MUSC campus)
- 751 PharmD students (436 on USC campus, 315 on MUSC campus)
- 8 Programs
- Pharm. D./MBA
- Pharm.D./Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Pharm.D./Ph.D in Outcomes Research
- Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences or Outcomes Research
- M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Residency (hospital and community)
- Continuing Education (more than 10,000 participants annually)
Nationally Recognized Faculty
The College has 76 full time faculty members serving in its two departments: Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences and Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences.
900+ Preceptors – alumni and friends of the College – provide professional experience and mentorship to students through the Experiential Program.
- 15 clinical faculty at the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) and the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
- Dedicated space on the GHS campus with future plans to begin offering selected classes there
5 Research and Service Centers
- Drug Discovery Core*
- Center for Cellular Death, Injury, & Regeneration*
- SC Palmetto Poison Center
- Center for Medication Safety and Efficacy*
- South Carolina Offering Prescribing Excellence (SCORxE)
(* SC Centers of Economic Excellence designation)
3 Endowed Chairs/Professorships
- Charles & Carol Cooper Chair in Drug Discovery (MUSC)
- Endowed Chair in Cancer Therapeutics (MUSC)
- Frank and Josie Fletcher Professorship (USC)
NIH Research (for colleges of pharmacy)
$5.24 million in grants in 2008-09
- Nationally Ranked in the top 25 percent
- Ranked No. 9 out of > 100 colleges in percent of PhD faculty with funding
Approximately $13.5 million
- USC campus has $6.3 million (77 endowed funds)
- MUSC has $7.2 million (18 endowed funds)
The SCCP is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
The South Carolina College of Pharmacy doctor of pharmacy program is approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602-5109, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
USC College of Pharmacy Alumni
Approximately 3050, living in 43 states
- 66 percent - two thirds - of USC pharmacy graduates work in community pharmacy – retail and independent.
- 25 percent of USC pharmacy graduates are employed by hospitals and other health facilities.
- 9 percent of USC pharmacy graduates pursue residencies, fellowships, or graduate school programs
- 97 percent of USC pharmacy graduates pass their national licensing board exams on the first time – surpassing the national average.
MUSC College of Pharmacy Alumni
Approximately 2,500, living in 45 states and three commonwealths/territories
- 65 percent - nearly two thirds - of MUSC pharmacy graduates work in community pharmacy – retail and independent.
- 19 percent of MUSC pharmacy graduates are employed by hospitals and other health facilities.
- 16 percent of MUSC pharmacy graduates pursue residencies, fellowships, or graduate school programs.
- 97 percent of MUSC pharmacy graduates pass their national licensing board exams on the first time – surpassing the national average.