Frequently Asked Questions 

1. How much is the deposit?

There are a total of two (2) deposits due. The first deposit of $750 is due within two (2) weeks of being awarded an offer and the second deposit of $250 is due on June 1. 

2. Why are there two deposits?
While the amount we require to reserve your seat remains the same, we divided the payments into two due dates to help alleviate the initial expense of one large deposit.  This also assists in maintaining an accurate class count.
3. What if I am unable to pay the deposit?
If you are unable to pay the deposits, please contact the admissions office to arrange a payment plan. Payment plans are considered on a case-by-case basis, however we will try our best to accommodate you.

4. What form of payments do you accept?
After acceptance a link will be e-mailed for you to create an account to pay the deposits. This will also serve as a means to communicate important information. If you are having difficulties creating this account, please call admissions at (561)-803-2750. 

5. I heard that there was a Facebook group for my class. How can I be added to the group?
After you have formally accepted your offer and paid the first deposit, the admissions office will send an invite to your email on file at PharmCAS. If the email you use for social media is different than the one we have on file, please notify us via email so that we can add you to the group.

6. Are there any additional fees on top of the tuition?
Yes. In addition to tuition, there are fees that add up to approximately $400-$500 per semester.

7. Are books included, if not, how much should I expect to spend?
Books are not included in the tuition. The cost of books will vary from semester to semester. Some courses may not require books. While others may require a book, in those instances, used books and electronic copies may be purchased to save on cost. Many books are included through the drug information center (electronic versions only). 

8. Now that I have been accepted, when do I get my intern license?
Your intern application will be emailed to you during the summer. It will be processed after the start of fall classes to ensure that you are a pharmacy candidate eligible to receive the license.

9. When do I start rotations?
Your first rotation (IPPE) will take place during the spring semester of your P1 year and will be in a community/retail pharmacy. Then you will continue to complete a series of rotations until your fourth year. During the fourth year you will have a total of 7 rotations prior to graduation.

10. Are rotations mandatory?
Yes, you must complete the required rotations to maintain your candidacy.

11. I am interested in research, what kinds of opportunities are available at PBA?
Many of our students and faculty members are actively involved in ongoing research projects. A faculty research forum is held each spring highlighting the various research topics and potential options for student collaboration. There are also paid student research opportunities in the summer and a student organization that is geared towards students pursuing careers in the industry and the research realm. 

12. Are there special parking arrangements for Pharmacy Students?
There are designated areas for “future student” available for you to park while visiting our school. Once you become a student you will register for a parking decal that allows parking in all available lots, including the parking garage. 

13. What is the estimated cost of living per year?
The estimated cost of living varies depending on location. One can expect rent to be above $1,000 for a luxury unit within the downtown area. If you are willing to drive 10-15 minutes to school, rent can range from $400-$800 depending on the number of roommates. Cost on food and gas depends on the lifestyle you chose to live.

14. Do you have any housing recommendations?
Housing availability changes from month to month. Recommendations will be listed on Facebook as it becomes available. However, it is your responsibility to contact the landlord to secure the lease.  Students can also utilize the Facebook page to find roommates.

15. Are immunizations required?
Immunizations are required for all pharmacy students. New students will be sent information on immunizations prior to the start of classes and will load these records into a software for preceptors to access as needed. 

16. Is a physical exam required?
Pharmacy students are required to participate in annual physical checkups to verify their health status. Physicals maybe completed by any clinic or Physician of your choice. This is for the safety of our students and the patients.
17. What type of insurance coverage is required by Palm Beach Atlantic University?
Health insurance coverage is required for actively enrolled students.  PBAU offers health insurance options to students who do not have coverage, which would be charged to your account in the fall semester; if students have their own coverage they may opt out.  A link to either enroll or opt out of coverage will be provided to accepted students prior to commencing class in the fall semester; students must opt out to avoid being charged for the insurance.

18. I am an international student. Will the school help prepare my student visa (F-1)?
Yes, after you have been interviewed, offered, and paid the deposit; the admissions office will work with you to either transfer or apply for a student visa. Keep in mind that you must pass the interview with the Consulate and be approved for a student visa prior to the start of orientation.

19. I am an international student. Can my spouse come to the United States with me?
Spouse and dependents may travel on an F-2 visa. They may stay in the United States, as long as the student maintains their student visa status. For more information, please check with the Department of Homeland Security.
Your family may visit you throughout your studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Keep in mind they must obtain a tourist/visitor’s visa. Visas may easily be approved for Covenant, Hooding and Graduation Ceremonies pending their interview with the Consulate. For assistance, please contact the Gregory School of Pharmacy.

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