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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology (PNT)

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Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology (M.S.P.N.)
CIP Code: 51.2099
College of Pharmacy (RX)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 32

Contact Information:
College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Department ()
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MDC 65
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Shyam Mohapatra
Phone: 813-974-8396


Faculty Search: Pharmacy Faculty List

Program Information

The Master's of Science degree in NanoPharmacy is designed to train students in the skills they will need to understand the burgeoning technological advances in science at the nanoscale and how new nanomaterials and processes can be applied to drug delivery, diagnosis, treatment monitoring, tissue regeneration, personalized medicine and more. This program aims to bridge the gap between nanotechnology and medicine, providing students with advanced knowledge, skills and practical experience within the principles, technology and applications within this exciting and innovative area.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: February 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below

  • Bachelor's degree in the biomedical, biological or chemical sciences from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 and present a score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or PCAT or DAT score.
  • The GRE, MCAT or DAT standardized test scores or evidence of substantial health/sciences experience may enhance an application for consideration.
  • While the GRE is required it may be waived if the overall undergraduate GPA is 3.8 or higher. GRE may be substituted by minimum MCAT score of 20 or PCAT score of 55% DAT score of 19.
  • A language proficiency test for international applicants from non-English speaking countries or who have not earned a degree in the United States must provide a minimum IELTS score 18 of 6.5 taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry, a minimum PTE-A score of 53 or a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (written test).
  • 3 Letters of Reference (from previous professors, employers within the field of science all must be fairly recent within the last five years of coursework or employment)
  • A resume
  • Interview (Optional)

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 32 credit hours

Core Requirements - 14 credit hours
Non-thesis - 18 credit hours (including electives)
Thesis - 18 credit hours (8 Thesis; 10 electives)
Electives - 10-18 credit hours (depending on thesis/non-Thesis Option)

Core Requirements - 14 hours
PHA 6146 - 3 - Introduction to Nanotechnology
PHA 6119 - 3 - Micro-/Nanoscale Drug Delivery systems
PHA 6118 - 3 - Nanomaterials, BioMEMs and Nanodevices in Medicine
PHA 6147 - 3 - Nanotechnology and Risk Management
PHA 6797 - 1 - Scientific Writing and Communication
PHA 6277 - 1 - Ethics in Pharmaceutical Practice and Research

Non-Thesis Option - 18 hours
Students select from either the general or entrepreneurship Tracks:

General Track
In addition to the core requirements, students complete 18 hours of electives (see below) and submit a written document based on a systematic review of a selected topic as assigned by the major professor.

Entrepreneurship Track
In addition to the core requirements, students complete the following courses/internship, and 9 hours of electives and submission of a written document based on a systematic review of a selected topic as assigned by the major professor.

PHA 6225 - 3 - Invention, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
PHA 7001 - 6 - Graduate Program Internship in Pharmacy - Internship is in a matched industry, institute or center, as approved by the major advisor
Electives - 9 (See below)

Thesis Option - 18 hours

Research Track
In addition to the core requirements, students complete a thesis and 10 hours of electives
PHA 6971 - 8 - Thesis
Electives - 10 - See Below

Electives - 10 hours minimum
Students take a minimum of 10-18 hours of electives depending on if in the thesis/non-thesis option.
PHA 6148 - 3 - Nanoformulations and Nanopharmaceutics
PHA 6449 - 3 - Pharmacogenomics- Current and Future Prospects
PHA 6222 - 3 - Pharmacy Practice Management
GMS 6010 - 3 - Personalized Medicine
PHA 6618 - 3 - Principles of Geriatric Medicine
PHA 6622 - 3 - Advanced Geriatric Pharmacy Care
PHA 6223C - 3 - Pharmacy Leadership
PHA 7930 - 1-3 - Special Topics in Pharmacy
PHA 6533 - 1 - Graduate Program Seminar in Pharmacy*

Additional Requirements:

General Track
*Submission of e-Portfolio to complete program is required in this course:
PHA 6533 - 3 - Graduate Program Seminar in Pharmacy

Internship Track
Students will experience hands-on training in specified area of discipline or project as approved by major advisor. They will be required to submit an evaluation of Satisfactory or greater from their project advisor to complete the Program in the final Internship in Pharmacy course:
PHA 7001 - 6 - Graduate Program Internship in Pharmacy

Thesis Track
Submission of a written thesis on a specific project based on experimental data for approval is required to complete the program in the last Thesis course.
PHA 6971 - 8 - Thesis

Comprehensive Exam
For students in the thesis track, the thesis defense will be used in lieu of a comprehensive exam. For non-thesis students, the successful completion of the portfolio will be used in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

Possible Sequence
Fall - total 12 credit hours
PHA 6146 - Intro to Nanotechnology 3 Cr
PHA 6797 - Scientific Writing and Communication 1 Cr
PHA 6277- Ethics in Pharmaceutical Practice and Research 1 Cr
Approved Electives 7 Cr

Spring - total 12 credit hours
PHA 6119 - Micro-/Nano Drug Delivery Systems 3 Cr
PHA 6118 - Nanomaterials, BioMEMs and Nanodevices in Medicine 3 Cr
PHA 6147 - Nanotechnology and Risk Management 3 Cr
Approved Electives 3 Cr

Summer - total 8 credit hours
PHA 6148 - Nanoformulations and Nanopharmacutics 3 Cr
Approved Electives 5 Cr

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

PHA 6146, PHA 6119, PHA 6118, PHA 6147, PHA 6797, PHA 6277, PHA 6225, PHA 7001, PHA 6971,