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.

TAP students have the option of pursuing a major in Pharmacology and Drug Development, new in the 2017-18 academic year, or a minor, new in the 2016-17 academic year, in Science and Management of Biomedical Therapeutics. Together these two exciting programs set the stage for advanced translational and clinical training to help better prepare undergraduates focused on pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine and other health-related professions.

TAP students are strongly encouraged to pursue this major or minor as part of their undergraduate training to best prepare them for pharmacy school. TAP students electing not to complete the major or minor will be expected to take at least 16 units of pre-pharmacy related courses (e.g., RXRS 402 Human Pharmacology, RXRS 403 Neuropharmacology, RXRS 404 Neuroimunology, etc) as part of their overall undergraduate experience.

This new major and minor provides preparatory training to undergraduate students in fields related to pharmacy and medicine. Courses in this major and 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.

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 teaching the new major and minor.


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 Student Application: USC transfer students may also apply to the TAP program in either their sophomore or junior year. Transfer students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA.

Required Application Items

1. 2020 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:
    Randa Issa
    TAP Program
    USC School of Pharmacy
    Undergraduate Programs
    1540 Alcazar St. CHP 140-G
    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.


TAP Program Application Deadline: February 17, 2020
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

We are currently updating the TAP Program Course Planner. During this time, for specific course information, please contact Dr. Randa Issa.

For more information regarding the pre-pharmacy courses that can be taken as electives or as part of the undergraduate major in Pharmacology and Drug Development or minor in Science and Management of Biomedical Therapeutics, please contact Dr. Daryl Davies.

For more information about the TAP program, please contact Daryl Davies, Randa Issa, Brittany Goodwell or Eunjoo Pacifici.