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.
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
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.
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.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Biology and Lab (Course must count toward any science degree or be a course for a Biology major.)||4|
|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.)||4|
|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.)||3|
|General Chemistry and Lab (Courses must count toward any science degree or be courses for a Chemistry major.)||8|
|Organic Chemistry and Lab (Courses must count toward any science degree or be courses for a Chemistry major.)||8|
|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.)||4|
|Calculus (Examples: Analytical Geometry and Differential Calculus, Calculus I, Basic Calculus, etc.)||3|
|Statistics (Examples: Probability and Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, etc.)||3|
|Economics (Examples: Principles of Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, etc.)||3|
|Composition (Any writing-intensive course in the English area is acceptable.)||3|
|Oral Communication (Examples: Speech, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications, etc.)||3|
|Additional Writing-Intensive Course or Oral Communication Course||3|
|Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and/or Humanities Electives (Examples: Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Language, Philosophy, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, etc.)||9|
|General Elective (science course recommended)||3|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.