East Tennessee State University

Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

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

Website:

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
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.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:ETSU offers an articulated degree program in pharmacy studies. A student who begins the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program without an existing baccalaureate degree can earn a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies. Courses from the first year of pharmacy school apply toward the credits for both the undergraduate and the professional degree. These credits serve as the major for the undergraduate degree. Students applying for the articulated program must be accepted for admission and matriculate into Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.
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

    Details

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:

Program Description (back to top)

Why Choose Gatton College of Pharmacy?

Because your success is our priority. At other schools, you might call those around you classmates or faculty. Here, you will call them family. Tailor your pharmacy training to your ideal outcomes and explore different career paths as soon as you start. Earn your degree and go where you want with our nationally recognized program. We prepare you for your pharmacy career.

Gatton Community

Situated in picturesque Northeast Tennessee, Johnson City has a lot to offer. Take advantage of our bustling downtown with breweries, live music, parks, and close proximity to the Smoky Mountains, Asheville, NC, and a variety of outdoor activities. Your professors will know your name, greet you in the hallways, and be actively invested in your success.

Training + Outcomes

Our PharmD program prepares you to explore a variety of pharmacy career options and tailor your studies to your dream path. Gatton students have the opportunity to pursue a dual degree and earn a PharmD/MPH or PharmD/MBA, in addition to a BS in Pharmacy Studies through our degree completion program. Participate in research projects ranging from cancer studies to examining prescription opioid abuse. Practice patient care in our brand new interprofessional education and research center and learn how to take care of patients in any setting.

Make an Impact

Care for the needs of underserved communities and provide the healthcare they need to improve their lives. Our focus on the need for care in rural areas allows you to see firsthand the positive difference you make in pharmacy. Outside of experiential learning opportunities, we offer 100+ opportunities for student leadership. Participate in a national award-winning organization or co-ed fraternity.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 75 - 80
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
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: 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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40 - 45%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55 - 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19 - 38
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 8:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 (science and math)
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 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.)   
Biology Elective (Course must count toward any science degree or be a course for a Biology major. Examples: Biology 2, 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 1, 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

*Applicants who have or will earn a baccalaureate degree by the end of the spring 2019 term are considered to have met the general education requirements and only the math and science prerequisites are required.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of C- or higher and prior to enrollment. The College expects applicants to complete all math and science prerequisite courses by the end of the spring 2019 term. Permission must be granted by the Admissions Office to complete math and science prerequisite courses in the summer 2019 term.

Applicants who are in the process of completing prerequisites at the time of application should note these on their PharmCAS application as in progress or planned courses. 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.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

No

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

No

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:

Proof of degree from an accredited U.S. institution; OR

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score must be at least 79 on the internet-based examination or 550 on the paper-based examination; OR
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score must be at least 6.5; OR
  • Document showing the successful completion of the ELS Language Centers level 112 course or an equivalent ELS program.


TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid within two years of the testing date and must be submitted directly to PharmCAS (code 8246). Documentation of the ELS program should be submitted to the Admissions Office.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

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? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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 19, 2019; Received by deadline

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
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
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
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.
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
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.

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interview Dates:
  • September - 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 two interviews with one member of the Admissions Committee per interview.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Generally within 1 week following the interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? $200 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: $200
Due: No later than 14 days from the date of the offer.
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 8/5/2019 - 8/9/2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/12/2019; subject to change
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes