GAP Pharmacy

Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Pharmacy

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

1. 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.

Statement 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.  Statement of Intent forms and other program details are available from the Assistant Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs on the Macon campus (Office of Academic & Advising Services, Penfield Hall Annex).

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).

Experiential RequirementASCP students must obtain 250 hours of acceptable, documented pharmacy practice experience before August 1 following the second year of the undergraduate program.

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 achieve a minimum score on the PCAT. A score must be submitted with the PharmCAS application by August 1before the beginning of year 3; 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 950 or higher upon acceptance.

 

 

2. 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.

Statement 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.  Statement of Intent forms and other program details are available from the Assistant Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs on the Macon campus (Office of Academic & Advising Services, Penfield Hall Annex).

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).

Experiential RequirementSCP students must obtain 250 hours of acceptable, documented pharmacy practice experience before August 1 following the third year of the undergraduate program.

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 achieve a minimum score on the PCAT. A score must be submitted with the PharmCAS application by August 1before the beginning of year 4.

*No transfer credit hours after high school graduation; MIDX of 950 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 2016-17 Student Handbook for the Pre-Pharmacy Tracks

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Table 1. Summary of Program Requirements

 

CLA’s Health Sciences ASCP

CHP’s Public Health SCP

Hours in Residence (College)

90 credit hours (CLA)

125 credit hours (CHP and CLA)

Pre-req Completion Deadline

May of Year 3

May of Year 4

Minimum Overall GPA

3.0

3.0

Minimum Math-Science GPA

3.0

3.0

Recommended

Minimum PCAT Scores

50th percentile

50th percentile

 Application Deadline

August 1 between years 2 and 3

(PharmCAS and Supplemental)

August 1 between years 3 and 4

(PharmCAS and Supplemental)

Documented Experience

200 hours by Aug. 1 after year 2

200 hours by Aug. 1 after year 3

Bachelor’s Degree

B.S. in Health Sciences

(earned May, year 4)

B.S. in Public Health

(earned May, year 4)

 

Table 2. Mercer-Macon Coursework Requirements

CLA’s Health Sciences ASCP (BIO/INT Option)

CHP’s Public Health SCP

(MIDX of 950+)

INT 101

UNV 101

WRT 120

INT 201

INT 301

COM 210, 220, 230, or 250

FLL competency

Creative Expression

Religious Heritage

Western Heritage

2 Behavioral Sciences

ECN 150 or 151

MAT 191

STA 126

CHM 111

CHM 112

CHM 221

CHM 222

PHY 141

 

 

BIO 211

BIO 212

BIO 202

BIO 203

BIO 303

BMB 465

 

(MIDX of 950+)

INT 101

UNV 101

WRT 120

INT 201

INT 301

Religious Heritage

2 Fine Arts/ Humanities

 

PSY 101

SOC 101

ECN 150 or 151

MAT 191

STA 126

PHY 141

CHM 111

CHM 112

CHM 221

CHM 222

BIO 211

BIO 212

BIO 202

BIO 203

BIO 303

BMB 465

PBH 101

PBH 105

PBH 200

PBH 202

 

PBH 301

PBH 305

PBH 307

PBH 400

PBH 402

PBH 404

PBH 405

PBH 407

2 PBH electives