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College of Pharmacy


The University of South Carolina began educating pharmacists 151 years ago. After a successful partnership that began in 2004 with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the universities’ boards of trustees voted in 2015 to pursue independent accreditation.

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, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810; Telephone 312-664-3575; Fax 866-228-2631; website

In addition to the 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. The following table represents NAPLEX data from 2011 through 2016 (the most current data available) for College of Pharmacy students.

Year SCCP Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2016 86.78% 85.86%
2015* 94.97% 92.64%
2014 95.98% 94.88%
2013 97.16% 95.87%
2012 96.02% 96.40%

*Beginning on Nov. 1, 2015, a new blueprint and passing standard was introduced.


Four-Year Graduation Rate

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

Year 4-Year Graduation Rate
2017 87.4%
2016 89.1%
2015 89.1%
2014 88.2%
2013 93.6%


Student Satisfaction

In addition to competitive testing and graduation rates, College of 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 College of Pharmacy
Students Who 
Strongly Agree/Agree
National Percentage
Strongly Agree/Agree
2017 97.4% 82.2%
2016 98.1% 83.8%
2015 93.5% 84.0%
2014 93.4% 82.6%
2013 93.1% 84.1% 


Residency Match

College of Pharmacy students seeking residencies have matched at a rate of nearly 80 percent for five straight years, compared to a national average of 55 to 60 percent. The college’s success in placing residents reflects its emphasis on preparation through the pre-residency track, which has created a roadmap for students to achieve a successful match.

Year Match Rate for PGY-1 Residencies ASHP National Match Rate
2016 77% 68%
2015 83% 64.5%
2014 75%  63.7%
2013  90% 63.4%
2012  92% 61.2% 


Graduating Student Employment

College of Pharmacy graduates are competitive in the workforce and obtain employment in multiple practice settings. More than 80 percent of the college's 2016 graduates secured pharmacist positions prior to graduation. Within six months of graduation, 95 percent of 2016 graduates attained pharmacist positions. Job placement data for the Class of 2016 is featured in the table below.

Post-Graduation Practice Setting  Percentage of Students Placed in Setting
Community (chain) 44.55%
 Residency 29.7%
 Hospital 10.89%
Community (independent) 3.96%
Long term care/consulting 1.98%
Community (physician office) 0.99%
Home infusion 0.99%
Indian Health Services 0.99%
Poison center 0.99%
Still seeking employment 4.95%