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College of Pharmacy

About the College of Pharmacy


Our Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Explore our outstanding graduating student outcomes.

The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted accredited status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education.

In addition to ACPE accreditation, the college has received accreditations from the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education has also approved the Pharm.D. program.

North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) Performance

As part of the licensure process, all pharmacy candidates must take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) exam. 

Year USC First-Time Pass Rate National First-Time Pass Rate
2022 86% 80%


Four-Year Graduation Rate

Students at the College of Pharmacy are well positioned to graduate in four years, with strong support from faculty members, advisors and administrators.

Year 4-Year Graduation Rate
2023 90.0%


Student Satisfaction

In addition to competitive testing and graduation rates, Gamecock pharmacy student satisfaction is consistently above the national average, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Graduating Student Perception Survey.

If I were starting my pharmacy program over again, I would choose the same college/school of pharmacy.

Year USC Students Who 
Strongly Agree/Agree
National Percentage
Strongly Agree/Agree
2021 93% 82%


Residency Match

Our college’s success in placing residents reflects our emphasis on preparation through the Pre-Residency track, which has created a roadmap for students to achieve a successful match.


USC ASHP Match Rate
(PGY1 Programs)

National ASHP Match Rate
(PGY1 Programs)

2023 83% 82%


Professional Licensure Information

Each state has its own pharmacy licensing board with its own state specific licensing requirements.  The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy professional degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), making its graduates eligible to sit for pharmacist licensure exams (e.g., NAPLEX and MPJE). 

Some states may have specific requirements that applicants for licensure must meet in addition to graduating from an ACPE-accredited program. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) provides information regarding individual state boards of pharmacy and licensure specific to individual states throughout the U.S. where a student may wish to become licensed following graduation.

Additional information may be found on the Office of the Provost's website for Academic Programs Professional Licensure Information.

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