Trojan Admission Pre-Pharmacy Program (TAP)

A special program for incoming freshmen and current undergraduates

The Trojan Admission Pre-Pharmacy (TAP) program provides talented USC undergraduates with priority admission to the School of Pharmacy’s four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.

TAP students complete their pre-pharmacy coursework while earning their bachelors’ degree at USC. To remain eligible for the TAP program, students must maintain a cumulative 3.2 GPA, and all pre-pharmacy courses must be taken for letter grades. TAP students are provided with individual advisement, membership to the USC Pre-Pharmacy Society and access to the School of Pharmacy Student Affairs Office. All TAP students are required to earn a bachelor’s degree before entering the PharmD program.

Minor: Science and Management of Biomedical Therapeutics

TAP students have the option of pursuing a minor, new in the 2016-17 academic year, in Science and Management of Biomedical Therapeutics.  Faculty at the School of Pharmacy specifically developed many of the new courses within the minor to help better prepare undergraduates focused on pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine and other health-related professions.  TAP students are strongly encouraged to pursue this minor as part of their undergraduate training, or at minimum, take several of the new pharmacy-related courses as part of their overall undergraduate experience.

This new minor provides preparatory training to undergraduate students in fields related to pharmacy and medicine. Courses in this minor will also introduce undergraduate students to drug and device development by presenting topics and case studies related to the regulatory challenges associated with the discovery and development of biomedical products. Overall, the courses will provide foundational knowledge that will lead to new opportunities in careers in the biomedical industry, life sciences, nutrition and food sciences, diagnostics, drug and medical devices. Click here to view a full list of courses.

Co-Faculty Advisors

The co-faculty advisors for the TAP program are Dr. Daryl Davies and Dr. Eunjoo Pacifici. In addition to being the faculty advisors, they also are deeply involved in the new minor.

Application

New Student Application: To be eligible for the TAP program, you must first apply for undergraduate admission to the University of Southern California Office of Admission and be admitted to a USC undergraduate program. A separate TAP application must be submitted to the School of Pharmacy.

Continuing Student Application: USC undergraduates may also apply to the TAP program after completing one to five semesters at USC. A minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA is required for admission to the TAP program. Transfer students are not eligible to participate in the TAP program.

Required Application Items

1. 2016 TAP Application

2. One Letter of Recommendation:

  • One recommendation is required from an instructor regarding your past and future academic success and your potential as a pharmacist.
  • Your recommendation must be enclosed in a sealed, taped envelope with the signature of the writer across the back seal. The recommendation form or a separate letter or a letter attached to the recommendation form may be submitted.
  • Your recommendation may be included with your TAP Application or may be sent separately. Please address the letter to the “TAP Admission Committee” and mail to:
    TAP Program
    Office of Admission and Student Affairs
    USC School of Pharmacy
    1985 Zonal Ave., PSC 206A
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121

     

  • Please make sure that your letter writer includes your full name and USC ID number or social security number on each page. A letter from a peer or someone related to you is not acceptable.

3. Résumé of activities and achievements: On a separate sheet, please submit a résumé listing your activities and achievements. Please include dates of participation, average number of hours per month, positions and responsibilities.
4. Response to the application issues: Please respond to all three of the application issues in no more than two pages total. Your response may be single or double spaced with a 10 font or larger.

Timeline

TAP Program Application Deadline: February 15, 2016
TAP Program Admission Decision: Freshman applicants will be informed of their TAP admission decision after notification from the USC Office of Admission on their undergraduate application. Current USC students will be notified in June or early July.

Suggested TAP Program Course Planner

First Year
Fall Semester:

  • General Biology, BISC-120Lg, or Advanced General Biology, BISC-121Lg
  • General Chemistry, CHEM-105aLg, or Advanced General Chemistry, CHEM-115aLg
  • Writing and Critical Reasoning, WRIT-140
  • Social Issues, GE Category VI

Spring Semester:

  • General Biology, BISC-220L, or Advanced General Biology, BISC-221L
  • General Chemistry, CHEM-105bL, or Advanced General Chemistry, CHEM-115bL
  • Arts and Letters 100, GE Category V
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement

Second Year
Fall Semester:

  • Organic Chemistry, CHEM-322aL or CHEM-325aL
  • Molecular Biology, BISC-320L
  • Calculus I, MATH-125; or Statistics I, PSYC 274; or Introduction to Statistics for Biologists, BISC 305; or Health Behavior Statistical Methods, HP 340L; or Statistical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, BME 423
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement

Spring Semester:

  • Organic Chemistry, CHEM-322bL or CHEM 325bL
  • Biochemistry, BISC-330L; or General Physiology, BISC 307L
  • Elementary Probability & Statistics, MATH-208x; or Health Behavior Statistical Methods, HP-340L
  • Cultures and Civilizations, GE Category I (with Diversity)

Third Year
Fall Semester:

  • Physics for the Life Sciences, PHYS-135aL, or Fundamentals of Physics, PHYS-151Lg
  • Principles of Microeconomics, ECON-203
  • Advanced Writing and Critical Reasoning, WRIT-340
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement

Spring Semester:

  • Introduction to Microbiology, BISC-300L; or Biochemistry, BISC 330L
  • Cultures and Civilizations, GE Category II
  • Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 100; or Introduction to Sociology, SOCI 200m
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement

Fourth Year
Fall Semester:

  • Investigations in Science, GE Category IV
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement

Spring Semester:

  • General Physiology, BISC 307L
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement
  • Elective or foreign language or major requirement

Please note: Lower division courses (course numbered 100-299) may be taken in the summer and transferred to USC. Non-science courses may be rearranged into other semesters.

For more information about the TAP program, please contact Dr. Daryl Davies or Dr. Eunjoo Pacifici.