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Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Pharmacy

Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Pharmacy

Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts (CLA) offers an Accelerated Special Consideration Program for students interested in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program offered by the Mercer University College of Pharmacy (COP).  

High-achieving, first-time college students*  enrolled at the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree within seven years, and gives participants the security of a guaranteed interview with representatives of the Doctor of Pharmacy graduate program offered by the College of Pharmacy (COP) on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta.

Coursework Required In Residence.  Mercer students who wish to earn Special Consideration upon application to the Mercer’s pharmacy program must complete all of their coursework within the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer (“in residence”); no transfer hours are allowed.  Students who take college courses at institutions other than Mercer after they graduate from high school are no longer eligible for the ASC program. With the approval of the COP Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the program requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the program. Physical education and military science courses also cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

Declaration of IntentStudents who achieve eligibility for this program by the end of their third regular semester must declare their intention to pursue ASCP status by January of year 2. 

Required Coursework. Students interested in and eligible for this program must complete the coursework specified for that program (see ASCP Checklist>>) by August following the third year. 

Grade Point Averages.  ASCP-Pharmacy participants must maintain overall grade point averages (GPA’s) of 3.0 or higher, as well as 3.0 in all pre-pharmacy math and science courses.  Grades of “C” or above must be earned in all pre-pharmacy courses; if a course must be repeated, both grades earned will be averaged when calculating the student’s GPA’s.

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). ASCP students must take the PCAT and submit the score with the PharmCAS application by August 1 before the beginning of year 3. The recommended minimum score is the 50th percentile; if the minimum is not achieved, students may be asked to take it again and submit their scores by March 15 of year 3.

*No transfer credit hours after high school graduation; MIDX of 980 or higher upon acceptance.

 

Special Consideration Program for Pharmacy

Mercer University's College of Health Professions (CHP) offers a Special Consideration Program for students interested in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program offered by the Mercer University College of Pharmacy (COP).  

High-achieving, first-time college students*  enrolled at the College of Health Professions (CHP) have the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree within eight years, and gives participants the security of a guaranteed interview with representatives of the Doctor of Pharmacy graduate program offered by the College of Pharmacy (COP) on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta.

Coursework Required In Residence.  Mercer students who wish to earn Special Consideration upon application to the Mercer’s pharmacy program must complete all of their coursework from the College of Health Professions and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at Mercer (“in residence”); no transfer hours are allowed.  Students who take college courses at institutions other than Mercer after they graduate from high school are no longer eligible for the SC program. With the approval of the COP Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the program requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the program. Physical education and military science courses also cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

Declaration of IntentStudents who are interested in this program must submit a Declaration of Intent form for the SCP by the end of the first fall semester. 

Required Coursework. Students interested in and eligible for this program must complete the coursework specified for that program (see SCP Checklist>>) by May of the fourth year. 

Grade Point Averages.  Students must achieve overall grade point averages (GPA’s) of 3.0 or higher, as well as 3.0 in all pre-pharmacy math and science courses.  Grades of “C” or above must be earned in all pre-pharmacy courses; if a course must be repeated, both grades earned will be averaged when calculating the student’s GPA’s.

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). SCP students must take the PCAT and submit the score with the PharmCAS application between August 1 and September 1 before the beginning of year 4. The recommended minimum score is the 50th percentile; if the minimum is not achieved, students may be asked to take it again and submit their scores by March 15 of year 4.

*No transfer credit hours after high school graduation; MIDX of 980 or higher upon acceptance.