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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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
Email: smohapat@health.usf.edu

Website: http://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/graduate-programs.htm


Faculty Search: Pharmacy Faculty List


Major 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 major 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.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Bachelor's degree preferably in the biomedical, biological or chemical sciences or engineering 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 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).
  • Minimum of two (2) (Maximum of 5) Letters of Reference (preferably 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)
  • Final determination for admission will be made by Graduate Director based on GPA, GRE, MCAT, PCAT, or DAT scores, letters of recommendation, resume, and personal statement combined.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

CURRICULUM 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*
PHA 6336Regenerative Medicine
GMS 6201Basis Medical Biochemistry
GMS 6605Basic Medical Anatomy
GMS 6505Basics Medical Pharmacology
GMS 6183Clinical Research Methods
GMS 6440Basic Medical Physiology

Additional Requirements:

General Track
*Submission of e-Portfolio to complete major 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 major 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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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ 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: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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.

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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,