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. 

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 optional)
  • one course of Microbiology (lab optional)
  • one course of Physics with lab
  • two course English Composition or intensive Writing course series
  • one Calculus course
  • one Statistics or Biostatistics course
  • one Economics (macro or micro) course
  • one Speech course
  • two Humanities elective courses
  • two Social / Behavioral Science elective courses
  • one elective course that focuses on cultural diversity
  • additional electives to ensure 90 semester hours are completed prior to enrollment

Notes about prerequisites:

  • Only grades of C or better are acceptable towards 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 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 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.

Additional admissions guidelines:

  • 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). 
  • Preferred minimum Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) 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.

Accepted applicants must:

  • Have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better prior to enrollment in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program; and
  • Comply with requirements regarding health insurance and immunizations, background checks and drug screening, and they must attest that they meet all Technical Standards as established by the Doctor of Pharmacy Program prior to their enrollment in the program. Failure to submit any items required for enrollment by the deadline will result in the offer of amdission being recinded.