About Us

A Tradition of Excellence, A Legacy of Caring

Mercer University College of Pharmacy holds the distinction of being ranked the No. 1 private pharmacy school in the Southeast, according to the 2016 and 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings. This recognition underscores our commitment to providing exceptional academic programs in an environment where each student and individual is valued.

We offer two doctoral programs: the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD). Our vibrant community includes over 500 students from around the country and across the globe, and a dedicated faculty of accomplished scientists and clinicians. Additionally, the College houses four research, teaching, and learning centers, fostering a dynamic environment for intellectual growth and discovery.

A Legacy of Excellence in Pharmaceutical Education

Southern College of Pharmacy located in the Broad Building in Atlanta.Founded in 1903 as the independent Southern College of Pharmacy, the College has a rich history of innovation and leadership in pharmaceutical education. Initially under private ownership, it transitioned to a Board of Trustees in 1938 before merging with Mercer University in 1959, becoming an integral part of this Baptist-affiliated institution.

For many years, the College operated from its downtown Atlanta location on Walton Street. In 1972, it moved to the Henry R. Herold Building, closer to the Georgia Baptist Medical Center. Finally, in 1991, it relocated to its current home on Mercer University’s Cecil B. Day Campus, northeast of downtown Atlanta.

A pivotal moment in the College’s history came in 1981 when it became the first pharmacy school in the Southeast and fifth in the nation to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) as its sole professional degree.

Mercer College of Pharmacy's first graduating class
The College of Pharmacy’s first graduating class (1903-’04)

Further expanding its academic offerings, the College launched the University’s first Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in 1988, specializing in pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, or medicinal chemistry. A dual PharmD/PhD program followed in 1993, catering to highly qualified students seeking both degrees. This program offers the additional specialization in experimental pharmacotherapeutics.

In 2006, the College underwent a name change, becoming the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This new name reflected its growing national recognition and provided the foundation for adding future health science programs. The College then expanded its reach by introducing the Physician Assistant Program in 2008, followed by the first Orthopaedic Physical Therapy residency program in Georgia in 2010. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program was launched in 2010, further diversifying the College’s offerings.

In 2013, the College refocused its direction, returning to its core mission in pharmaceutical education. This led to the formation of the College of Health Professions, encompassing the departments of Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Public Health with their respective programs.