East Tennessee State University
Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

The College uses a rolling admission process which allows for interviews and final action on applications throughout the admission cycle. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at ETSU  
      • Admissions Office 
      • Box 70414  
      • Johnson City 
      • Tennessee 
      • 37614  
      • Phone (Work): 423-439-6338 
      • Phone (Fax): 423-439-6320 
      • Email: pharmacy@etsu.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Deadline for all other materials (i.e., receipt of PCAT scores and letters of reference): EARLY DECISION Applicants - September 22, 2014; REGULAR Applicants - March 23, 2015

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Visit and tour can be scheduled upon request 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is a doctoral research intensive educational institution located in Johnson City, Tennessee, and enrolls over 15,000 students. ETSU is the flagship institution of the Tennessee Board of Regents system in the health sciences.

    The Academic Health Sciences Center at ETSU is the infrastructure for the health professions programs including the College of Nursing, College of Public Health, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Quillen College of Medicine, and Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. The Division strives to stimulate close interdisciplinary collaboration in education, research, and service in partnership with surrounding rural communities. Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy was created in 2005 as a tuition-funded, rural-focused model that obviated the need for state funding.

    The mission of Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy is to develop progressive pharmacists that improve healthcare, focusing on rural and underserved communities. The College accomplishes this mission by providing outstanding education with emphasis on interprofessional training; developing and delivering exceptional direct patient care; conducting innovative research and scholarship; and engaging and serving the university, community, and profession.

    Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy was awarded Full Accreditation Status during the June 2010 meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors. The College utilizes a traditional academic calendar. The College is physically located on the campus of the James H. Quillen Veteran's Administration Center and is housed in a newly-renovated building that appears on the historical register. The opening of the building allowed the College to increase enrollment to 80 students per class beginning Fall 2009. Enrollment is not expected to increase beyond this number as the small class size provides close personal attention from faculty and staff and promotes a caring and mutually supportive atmosphere in which to learn.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    Remember to enter your CID (your PCAT identification number) on your PharmCAS account set up so that your scores may be matched to your application. 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 140
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 80
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 45
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 50-55%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 45-50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.40
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-51
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 8:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 61
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 31
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 61   
      General Biology and Lab (Course must count toward any science degree or be a course for a Biology major.)    
      Microbiology and Lab (Course must count toward any science degree or be a course for a Biology major. Courses such as Genetics, Immunology, etc. are not acceptable.)   
      Biology Elective (Course must count toward any science degree or be a course for a Biology major. Examples: Biology II, Biochemistry, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, etc.)   
      General Chemistry and Lab (Courses must count toward any science degree or be courses for a Chemistry major.)    
      Organic Chemistry and Lab (Courses must count toward any science degree or be courses for a Chemistry major.)    
      General Physics and Lab (Course must count toward any science degree or be a course for a Physics major. Either a calculus based course or a non-calculus based course is acceptable.)   
      Calculus (Examples: Analytical Geometry and Differential Calculus, Calculus I, Basic Calculus, etc.)   
      Statistics (Examples: Probability and Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, etc.)   
      Economics (Examples: Principles of Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, etc.)   
      Composition (Any writing-intensive course in the English area is acceptable.)   
      Oral Communication (Examples: Speech, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications, etc.)   
      Additional Writing-Intensive Course or Oral Communication Course   
      Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and/or Humanities Electives (Examples: Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Language, Philosophy, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, etc.)   
      General Elective (science course recommended)   
    • Additional Information: 

      Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of First Summer Session/Summer Session I. Exceptions may be granted. Prerequisite coursework must total a minimum of 61 semester hours and be completed with a grade of C- or higher. Prerequisite coursework must be completed at an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the equivalent authority in a foreign country.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2012
      • Details: 

        A Preliminary Score Report will be conditionally accepted from applicants who took the PCAT in July 2014 or later. The applicant will receive information about how to submit this report once their PharmCAS application is received by ETSU. The applicant's official score must be reported directly to PharmCAS by March 23, 2015. An offer made to an applicant to join the Fall 2015 entering class will be contingent upon receipt of the official score by the deadline.

      • 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 submit one of the following to certify English language proficiency:

        1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score must be at least 213 on the computer-based examination, or 550 on the paper-based examination, or 79 on the internet-based examination.

        2. Document showing the successful completion of the English Language Services Program at Level 112.

        TOEFL scores are valid within two years of the testing date and must be submitted directly to PharmCAS. Documentation of the ELS Program should be submitted to the Admissions Office.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: Residents from the Appalachian region of GA, KY, NC, SC, VA, and WV.

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • 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 23, 2015; Received by deadline

  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
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      One letter must be from a science faculty member (natural sciences) who has taught the applicant or from the pre-health advising office at the applicant's academic institution. This letter should address the applicant's academic performance and academic potential as a future Student Pharmacist.

      The second letter may be from a source of the applicant's choosing; however, a letter from a pharmacist or other source who can attest to the applicant's potential as a future health care professional is highly recommended.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • A reference from a pre-health adviser who can attest to the applicant's academic performance and academic potential as a future Student Pharmacist will be accepted as the required academic letter of reference.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: A letter from the pre-health advising office at the applicant's academic institution will be accepted in lieu of a letter from a science faculty member (natural sciences) who has taught the applicant. This letter should address the applicant's academic performance and academic potential as a future Student Pharmacist.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: A letter from the pre-health advising office at the applicant's academic institution will be accepted in lieu of a letter from a science faculty member (natural sciences) who has taught the applicant. This letter should address the applicant's academic performance and academic potential as a future Student Pharmacist.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October - April 
    • Details: 

      An in-person interview is required and is by invitation only. International applicants may be given the option of an in-person or an online interview. The interview day is a half day of activities including interviews with two members of the Admissions Committee.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Generally within 2 weeks following the interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? $500 deposit is due no later than 14 days from the date of the offer.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: No later than 14 days from the date of the offer.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 8/10/2015 - 8/14/2015 
      • Details: subject to change
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/17/2015; subject to change
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered only in extenuating circumstances. Requests must be made in writing no later than June 30, 2015.