Belmont University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Ginger Hooper
Program Assistant

Belmont University College of Pharmacy

1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

Phone (Work): 615-460-8122

Phone (Fax): 615-460-6537

Bill Nichols
Director of Admissions for Graduate Health Science Programs

Belmont University College of Pharmacy

1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

Phone (Work): 615-460-6107

Phone (Fax): 615-460-6537

Website:

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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:

Program Description (back to top)

Belmont University College of Pharmacy is 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. Most recently (2017) 95% of Belmont PharmD graduates passed the NAPLEX licensure exam on their first attempt, one of the highest first-time pass rates among ACPE schools.

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:

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.

Health Care Informatics: 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.

Advanced 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.

Missions/Public Health: 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.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 250-300
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 85-100
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 15
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: n/a
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 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: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 30%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 70%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.2
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-37 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 6:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 27
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 94
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 63  94 
1st Biology - A course in biology such as general biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, genetics, and A&P. Must include a lab. 
2nd Biology - A second course in biology such as general biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, genetics, and A&P. Must include a lab. 
General (Inorganic) Chemistry I - The first course in a two-course general chemistry sequence. Must include a lab.  
General (Inorganic) Chemistry II - The second course in a two-course general chemistry sequence. Must include a lab. (At quarter-based institutions, the sequence must also include a third course) 
Organic Chemistry I - The first course in a two-course organic chemistry sequence. Must include a lab, which can be part of a 2-credit lab for both organic chemistry courses.  
Organic Chemistry II - The second course in a two-course organic chemistry sequence. Must include a lab, which can be part of a 2-credit lab for both organic chemistry courses.  
Physics - An algebra-based or calculus-based physics course. Does not require a lab. 
Calculus - A calculus course providing an introduction to analytical geometry, limits, integration, and differentiation. 
Statistics - A course in probability and statistics. Topics include descriptive measures, elementary probability distributions, sampling distributions, one and two sample inferences on means and proportions, simple linear regression, and correlation. 
*1st Writing - A course designed to improve writing skills which may include a course designated by the institution as writing intensive. English Composition I is recommended. 
*2nd Writing - A second course designed to improve writing skills which may include a course designated by the institution as writing intensive. English Composition II is recommended. 
*1st Communication Skills - A course designed to improve oral communication skills, such as public speaking (recommended), interpersonal communication or professional communication. 
*2nd Communication Skills - A second course designed to improve communication skills. May include a third writing course or a foreign language speaking course. 
*1st Behavioral or Social Science - A course from one of the following areas: psychology (recommended), economics (recommended), anthropology, sociology, history, political science, communication theory, minority studies or global issues. 
*2nd Behavioral or Social Science - A second course from one of the following areas: psychology (recommended), economics (recommended), anthropology, sociology, history, political science, communication theory, minority studies or global issues.  
*Humanities - A content-based course (rather than skill-based) from one of the following areas: literature, fine arts, philosophy, ethics, foreign culture or religion. 
*1st Elective - A college level course, excluding all other prerequisites. 
*2nd Elective - A college level course, excluding all other prerequisites. 
*3rd Elective - A college level course, excluding all other prerequisites. 

Additional Information

* Prerequisite courses designated with an asterisk are not required of applicants who will complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution before enrolling in the PharmD program.  However, these prerequisites will be required up until the time that the degree is completed and verified on a submitted official transcript.

Pre-pharmacy requirements may be taken at any regionally-accredited college or university and must be completed prior to matriculation into Belmont University College of Pharmacy. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better or credited by receiving Advanced Placement (AP) high school credit.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

No

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

No

Details:

Belmont does not require the PCAT, but candidates may strengthen their application with competitive scores.

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.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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, 2019 Received by deadline
Details:

School only accepts evaluations from WES and English translation required.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT 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
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details:
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details:

Interviews (back to top)

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.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Rolling; within 1 week 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 15, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 21, 2019. See http://www.belmont.edu/acalendar/.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No