Application, Requirements & Benefits


Application Process & Deadline

To apply for a pharmacy residency program, complete an application using the PhORCAS® online system. Application materials for all programs must be submitted through PhORCAS® by January 1 of each year. 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. Complete school/college of pharmacy transcripts 
  4. Personal Statement / Letter of Intent  
    1. PGY1 candidates should complete this form and upload to PhORCAS® as a personal statement (DO NOT submit a traditional letter of intent)
    2. PGY2 candidates should submit a traditional letter of intent as a personal statement
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.  We request that anytime “exceeds” is selected, reference writers provide examples and short commentary to support this assessment. 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 within 60 days of beginning the residency program
  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.