GAP Pharmacy

Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Pharmacy

Mercer University offers three Special Consideration Programs for students interested in becoming pharmacists:

1. The CLA's Special Consideration Program - Fast Track to Pharmacy offers high-achieving, first-time college students*  enrolled at the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree within about six 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.

Program eligibility requirements are described below and summarized in Tables 1 and 2.

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 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 interested in and eligible for this program* must state their intention to pursue Special Consideration-Fast Track by the end of their first fall semester. 

Required Coursework. Students interested in and eligible for this program must complete the coursework specified for that program (see Table 2), and in the specified timeframe (Table 1).

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 2. 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 2.

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

 

2. The CLA's Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP) offers 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.

Program eligibility requirements are described below and summarized in Tables 1 and 2.

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 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 interested in and eligible for this program* must state their intention to pursue Special Consideration by the end of their first fall semester. 

Required Coursework. Students interested in and eligible for this program must complete the coursework specified for that program (see Table 2), and in the specified timeframe (Table 1).

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.

 

3. The CHP's Special Consideration Program (SCP) offers high-achieving, first-time students* enrolled in the College of Health Professions (CHP) on the Macon campus the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in eight years, and gives students the security of a guaranteed interview with representatives of the pharmacy program at Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy.

Program eligibility requirements are described below and summarized in Tables 1 and 2.

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 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 interested in and eligible for this program* must state their intention to pursue Special Consideration by the end of their first fall semester. 

Required Coursework. Students interested in and eligible for this program must complete the coursework specified for that program (see Table 2), and in the specified timeframe (Table 1).

Grade Point Averages.  SCP-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). SCP students must take the PCAT and submit the score with the PharmCAS application by August 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.

NOTE: Complete details about the ASC and SC programs and proposed schedules for completion of required coursework can be found in the Pre-Pharmacy Track Fundamentals handbook, which is available on the Pre-Pharmacy page.

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Table 1. Pharmacy School Admission Pre-requisite Equivalents

COP Requirement (credit hours)

Mercer CLA Course Equivalent (credit hours)

English Composition (6 hr)

INT 101 and 201 (8 hr)

Communications (3 hr)

COM 210, 220, 230, or 250 (3 hr)

Humanities Electives (6 hr)*

Any 2 courses from Foreign Language, Religious Heritage, Western Heritage, and/or Creative Expression gen. educ. blocks (refer to the catalog for choices; 6-8 hr)

Behavioral Sciences (6 hr)*

Any 2 courses from Behavioral Sciences gen. educ. block (refer to catalog for choices; 6 hr)

Economics (3 hr)

ECN 150 or 151 (3 hr)

Calculus (3 hr)

MAT 191 (4 hr)

Statistics (3 hr)

STA 126 (3 hr)

General Chemistry (8 hr)

CHM 111 and 112 (8 hr)

Organic Chemistry (8 hr)

CHM 221 and 222 (8 hr)

Principles of Biology (8 hr)

BIO 211 and 212 (10 hr)

Human Anatomy & Physiology (6 hr)

BIO 202 and 203 (8 hr)

Microbiology (3 hr)

BIO 303 (4 hr)

Biochemistry (3 hr)

BMB 465 (3 hr)

*At least one course from the humanities or the social/behavioral science electives must focus on cultural diversity that develops the student's awareness of the beliefs, values, and behaviors of cultures other than their own. Examples of courses that fulfill this prerequisite are: sociology, cultural anthropology, cultural geography, world literature, world religions, women and gender studies, cultural studies in specific languages other than the student's native language.

 

 

Table 2. Summary of Special Consideration Program Requirements

Requirement

Fast Track to Pharmacy

CLA’s ASCP

SCP

Total Number of Hours

74-76 credit hours

90 credit hours

120 minimum

(Dependent on degree)

Hours in Residence (College)

60 credit hours (CLA)

90 credit hours (CLA)

Dependent on degree, with sciences taken in the CLA

Declared Major

(as back-up plan)

Biology

Biology

Varies

Pre-req Completion Deadline

August of Year 2

August of Year 3

August of Year 4

Minimum Overall GPA

3.0

3.0

3.0

Minimum Math-Science GPA

3.0

3.0

3.0

Recommended PCAT Score

50th percentile

50th percentile

50th percentile

Application Deadline

August 1 between years 1 and 2

(PharmCAS and Supplemental)

August 1 between years 2 and 3

(PharmCAS and Supplemental)

August 1 between years 3 and 4

(PharmCAS and Supplemental)

Bachelor’s Degree

None

B.S. in Public Health

(earned May, year 4)

B.A. or B.S. of choice

(earned May, year 4)