Application Procedures, General Requirements & Benefits

Published On 10/31/2013

Application Process & Deadline

To apply for a pharmacy residency program, complete an application using the PhorCAS® online system. All application materials must be submitted online through PhorCAS® by January 10. We do not accept applications via any other method.

You’ll be required to provide:

  1. Current copy of Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Three (3) references who complete the following:
    1. At least 2 of the 3 references must be from clinical practitioners with experience evaluating the candidates' direct patient care skills.
    2. If more than 3 references are submitted, only the first 3 received will be used in the initial candidate scoring assessment.
  3. One (1) page letter of intent /cover letter
  4. Complete school/college of pharmacy transcripts 
Candidates should include the following information to reference writers when requesting they complete the PhorCAS® Electronic Reference Form:

Please complete the PhorCAS® Electronic Reference Form in lieu of submitting a traditional letter of recommendation. Full letters of recommendation should NOT be included in the program-specific comments section at the end of the form. Reference writers should provide narrative comments on at least 4 of the evaluated areas on the PhorCAS® Electronic Reference Form as a means to provide our program with a thorough assessment of the candidates’ skill level across a broad range of areas. The program-specific comment box should be reserved for areas the reference writer believes the candidate truly excels above others and are not assessed in other areas of the PhorCAS® Electronic Reference Form.


You must meet the following requirements to apply:

  1. Graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program.
  2. Participate in and adhere to the rules of the Resident Matching Program process.
  3. Begin the residency program on or about July 1.
  4. Obtain licensure in Tennessee by September 30 of the residency year.
  5. Additional PGY2 residency program criteria:
    1. Completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program or received documented approval from ASHP accreditation services.
    2. Complete a 30 minute presentation if invited for on-site interview
  6. Foreign applicants without valid work permits throughout the entire duration of the residency will not be considered.