Prerequisites

All applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program must submit all required application materials, including the PharmCAS application that includes official PCAT scores and 2 letters of reference, and meet the following requirements prior to enrollment in the program. Qualified applicants who are selected for interview will be required to submit electronically a Supplemental Application and Fee ($25). 

Completion of 90 semester hours of coursework from a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States including the prerequisites outlined below prior to matriculation. Applicants should have no more than two (2) outstanding prerequisites planned for completion in the summer prior to enrollment (PharmCAS application must include a plan for completing the remaining prerequisites). The prerequisites for Mercer's PharmD Program are:

  • two course General Chemistry series with labs,
  • two course Organic Chemistry series with labs,
  • one course of Biochemistry (lab optional),
  • two course General Biology series with labs,
  • two course series of Human Anatomy and Physiology (labs recommended),
  • one course of Microbiology with lab
  • one course of Physics with lab
  • two course English Composition or intensive Writing course series,
  • a Calculus course
  • a Statistics or Biostatistics course,
  • an Economics (macro or micro) course,
  • a Speech course,
  • two Humanities elective courses,
  • two Social / Behavioral Science elective courses,
  • one elective course that focuses on cultual diversity, and 
  • additional electives to ensure 90 semester hours are completed prior to enrollment

 

Notes about prerequisites:

  • At least one elective course must focus on cultural diversity. Examples of courses that fulfill this prerequisite are: sociology, cultural anthropology, cultural geography, world literature, world religions, gender studies or cultural studies in specific languages other than the student’s native language.
  • General Biology prerequisites can be fulfilled with courses in genetics, cellular biology, molecular biology, developmental biology or zoology.
  • All science prerequisites must be majors courses (survey courses are not accepted), and laboratory requirements must be completed on campus (online labs are not accepted).
  • Humanities electives may be chosen from one or more of these areas: art, foreign language, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion or theatre.
  • Social / Behavioral Science electives may be chosen from one or more of the following areas: anthropology, geography, history, management, political science, psychology and sociology.
  • Only grades of C or better are acceptable towards prerequisites.
  • Preferred undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher (calculated using all undergraduate coursework attempted) and Science GPA of 3.00 or higher (calculated using all undergraduate Science coursework attempted).
  • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) minimum preferred Composite, Biology and Chemistry percentile scores of 50.
  • Prospective pharmacy students are strongly encouraged to obtain work experience in a pharmacy. An example of appropriate experience is as a pharmacy technician in either a hospital or community pharmacy.
  • Qualified applicants with complete files and who meet or exceed the admissions criteria listed above may be invited to campus for a personal interview.
  • Applicants must also meet the PharmD Program's Technical Standards in order to be considered for admission into the program.