Belmont University
College of Pharmacy

Belmont University will be accepting applications from students who have already created a PharmCAS account through May 18, 2017. Students may be granted individual deadline extensions through June 1, 2017.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? 
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details: We are happy to schedule individual appointments to visit the College of Pharmacy at Belmont University to meet with our admissions assistant and receive a tour of our facilities. Otherwise, a full presentation of the features and benefits of the Belmont PharmD, including a program overview by the Dean, a tour of our facilities and the opportunity to talk with current students, is part of the interview day for invited candidates. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Welcome to the Belmont University College of Pharmacy. We're located in one of America's great cities - Nashville, Tennessee - known for its strong healthcare industry, superb recreational opportunities, exceptional quality of life, and world-class musicians from all genres.

    Belmont University offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program that provides our students with the education to compassionately serve patients and effectively manage a variety of healthcare systems. Over the past three years (2013-15) 96% of Belmont PharmD graduates have passed the NAPLEX licensure exam on their first attempt.

    Service to others is a hallmark of the Belmont experience for pharmacy students.  Opportunities abound for professional development in places where the need is greatest – whether in Guatemala, Honduras or Haiti, or in local neighborhoods right here in Nashville.  A multitude of student organizations with guidance from dedicated faculty and staff help mobilize efforts to make an immediate difference while shaping future pharmacy practice.

    Alongside the core curriculum, we offer innovative concentrations in four areas to enhance our graduates’ marketability and career options. This philosophy allows our students to receive in-depth training in one of these primary practice areas.

    Practice area concentrations include:

    Pharmacy Management:
    Successful pharmacists require more than a base in the science of pharmacy; long-term career success and responsible patient care requires more-than-passing training in the art and science of management. In this concentration, the student pharmacist will learn management principles, management training, and management experience that is applicable in all pharmacy settings.

    Information Management: Information systems infuse all aspects of health care delivery; career competence requires the ability to use and to develop systems that integrate and extend current and emerging technologies.  In this concentration, the student pharmacist will learn the impact and power of health care data, the use of robotics, the strategy of electronic health record development and use, and the ability to assist others in health care to create improved health record systems.

    Pharmacotherapy: Contemporary health care is a team-based, complex enterprise. Professional effectiveness requires knowledge of and longitudinal experience collaborating with multiple health care partners to navigate the complexity of the health care systems so that all patients receive exceptional care.  In this concentration, the student pharmacist will learn and work alongside several other health care professionals in teams, and working toward problem solving and excellent patient care.  These may include physicians, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, administrators, and others.

    Pharmacy Missions: Pharmacy is about serving others and what distinguishes fully-developed pharmacists is in their concern for others and a commitment to service; leadership in the profession and one's community requires understanding and a commitment to health care access and equity for underserved populations.  This concentration offers public service, public health, and mission work on a local and international basis.

    Belmont University College of Pharmacy also offers a unique dual degree PharmD/MBA cooperatively with the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business.  Students can complete all requirements for both degrees within four years, at a significant tuition savings versus enrolling in each program separately.  More information is available on our website.

    We look forward to assisting you with questions you may have about our program! Our faculty and staff are helpful, knowledgeable resources, and we are always willing to assist in any way that we can.

    More information can be found on our website at


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 250
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 220
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 85-95
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: n/a
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: n/a
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: n/a
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.2
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 19-42 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 8:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 64
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 28
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 100
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 64  100 
      Biology with laboratory - Two courses such as general biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, genetics, and A&P. Must include labs.  12 
      Physics with laboratory - A one semester course, either algebra- or calculus-based. Must include a lab. 
      Public Speaking - Must include at least 3 major individual speeches and 1 minor presentation for 50% of course grade. A course syllabus may be required to confirm course content if the course is not titled as Public Speaking. 
      Social and Behavioral Sciences - Three semester courses. These may include courses from psychology, sociology, history, political science, communication theory, anthropology, geography (cultural), economics, cultural studies and global issues.  14 
      Electives - Two semester courses. 
      General (Inorganic) Chemistry - 2 semesters. Each of these courses must be a standard college-level course for science majors with a lab.  12 
      Organic Chemistry - 2 semesters. Each of these courses must be a standard college-level course for science majors with a lab utilizing full laboratory facilities.  12 
      Calculus - A one semester course providing an introduction to analytical geometry, limits, integration, and differentiation. 
      Statistics - Must include descriptive measures, elementary probability distributions, sampling distributions, one and two sample inferences on means and proportions, simple linear regression, and correlation. Business-based statistics not accepted. 
      Economics - A one semester course focused on general or health economics. 
      Literature/Humanities - One semester. Course must be content-based rather than skill-based and may include a course from literature, fine arts, philosophy, ethics, foreign language or religion. 
      English Composition - One semester. 
      Writing Emphasis - One semester of a "writing emphasis" course such as English Composition II or any other writing courses denoted as such by a "W" (i.e. BIO W ) on a transcript is required. 
    • Additional Information: 


    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2008
      • Details: 

        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in June, August, or October.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        International applicants whose native language is not English must take the exam. The TOEFL requirement may be waived for students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the US.
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 
      Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation.

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: March 1, 2017 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      School only accepts evaluations from WES or English translation required.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Politician
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: 
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: 
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • Monthly 
    • Details: 

      Qualified applicants are invited to attend an upcoming Interview Day.  In addition to an interview appointment, Interview Days often include a program presentation, a campus and facility tour, opportunity to talk with current students, and an onsite essay.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Rolling; within 2 weeks after interview
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Rolling; 1 to 4 weeks after acceptance
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: 1 to 4 weeks after acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 21, 2017 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 23, 2017. See
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: