All applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program must submit a PharmCAS application that includes official transcripts and 2 letters of reference. Effective Feb. 14, 2019, the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is not required; however, applicants can provide further support of their academic preparedness by submitting their PCAT scores as part of their PharmCAS application.
Completion of 66 semester hours of coursework from a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States including the prerequisites outlined below is required 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).
Prerequisites for Mercer’s Pharm.D. Program
- 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 optional)
- one course of microbiology (lab optional)
- two course English composition or intensive writing course series
- one calculus course
- one statistics or biostatistics course
- one economics course
- one speech course
- two humanities elective courses*
- two social/behavioral science elective courses*
* 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.
Notes about prerequisites
- Only grades of C or better are acceptable towards prerequisites.
- General biology prerequisites can be fulfilled with courses in genetics, cellular biology, molecular biology, developmental biology or zoology.
- All science prerequisites must be fulfilled by courses intended for science majors.
- Humanities electives may be chosen from one or more of these areas: art, foreign language, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion or theater.
- Social/behavioral science electives may be chosen from one or more of the following areas: anthropology, geography, history, management, political science, psychology and sociology.
Additional admissions guidelines
- The Admissions Committee prefers applicants to have cumulative undergraduate and science GPAs of at least 3.0.
- The Admissions Committee considers multiple factors in selecting candidates for the future practice of pharmacy including, but not limited to, academic background, extracurricular or community activities, pharmacy or other work experience.
- Qualified applicants will be invited to campus for a personal interview.
Accepted applicants must:
- Have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better prior to enrollment in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.
- Comply with requirements regarding health insurance and immunizations, background checks and drug screening, and they must attest that they meet all Technical Standards prior to their enrollment in the program. Failure to successfully comply with required items for enrollment will result in the offer of admission being rescinded.