Lipscomb University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Laura Ward
Director of Admissions and Student Affairs

Student Affairs

1 University Park Dr.
Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3901

Phone (Work): 888-LU-PHARM

Phone (Fax): 615-966-7163

JD Atkinson
Admissions Recruiter

Office of Student Affairs

1 University Park Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3951

Phone (Work): 615-966-7181

Phone (Fax): 615-966-7163


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:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Pharm.D/M.M (Pharm.D + Master of Management) Pharm.D/MHCI (Pharm.D. + Master of Health Care Informatics)
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    As Requested


    Interested students may contact the college directly for personalized, individual visits to campus. Your visit can be personalized by your admissions recruiter address specific questions, tour facilities, meet with students or faculty and even observe classes. To schedule a personal visit reach us directly at

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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy embraces our mission to provide an educational environment characterized by academic excellence and Christian faith, where students are prepared to optimize patient medication outcomes in an ethical and compassionate practice. The College of Pharmacy is dedicated to educating student pharmacists who demonstrate values consistent with our mission through their compassion, care, trust and research.

The goal of the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy curriculum supports the College’s mission to provide an educational experience that demands academic excellence in the classroom and the practice setting coupled with an ongoing demonstration of Christian values. Through a combination of educational experiences ranging from basic science coursework to direct patient interactions, these curricular experiences will prepare student pharmacists to:


  • Optimize medication outcomes in an ethical and compassionate manner;
  • Satisfy pre-licensure requirements of Boards of Pharmacy;
  • Develop student pharmacists into effective practitioners with excellent patient care skills;
  • Manage ethical, cultural, and socioeconomic challenges the student pharmacist will encounter throughout everyday practice.


In supporting the College’s mission, we envision our graduates:


  • Demonstrating their professional skills in patient medication management and safety, patient education and communications, business acumen, and scholarly activities;
  • Demonstrating attitudes and values that are consistent with the values of our College;
  • Displaying a commitment to life-long learning; professionalism in their daily activities; integrity in their walk of life; respect for their patients, peers, and the profession;
  • Providing service back to the community locally, regionally, and internationally.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 125
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 75
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: 2.5
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: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.20
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-40
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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: 97
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 64  97 
General Chemistry I with lab  
General Chemistry II with lab  
Speech Communication   4.5 
Economics (micro or macro)   4.5 
Social Science and Humanities Electives (i.e. psychology, sociology, political science, geography, history, foreign language, literature, philosophy)  12  18 
General Electives: These courses may come from any discipline. Electives taken in Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics improve candidate competitiveness.  10 
Organic Chemistry I with lab  
Organic Chemistry II with lab  
Microbiology with Lab 
Biology with lab (i.e. cell and genetics, diversity and ecology, cell biology and/or immunology)  12 
Statistics  4.5 
Calculus (business based calculus not accepted)  4.5 
English Composition I   4.5 
English Composition II   4.5 

Additional Information

All students must complete the math and science core curriculum. Students enrolling with a bachelors degree may be given special consideration for the substitution of courses toward requirements, which are outside the math and science core. Proof of the bachelors degree earned must be provided prior to enrollment.


Required pre-pharmacy courses should be completed by the end of the summer semester prior to desired enrollment; however, coursework may be in progress or planned at the time of application without it negatively impacting the application. 

Applicants must achieve of a grade of “C-” or higher for each required pre-pharmacy course. A cumulative academic grade point average (GPA) of not less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required for all coursework.

To learn more about the prerequisite requirements and see details for preferred courses and course content, please visit the Admissions Requirements page of the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy website.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Obtaining the Supplemental Application:


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


The TOEFL is required for all international students and is recommended for any student who has English as a second language regardless of residency status.
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

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: June 3, 2018 Received by deadline

Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy only considers international students who have been enrolled at an accredited US college or university for a minimum of two years prior to the planned enrollment date. The College accepts evaluations from WES or ECE. Applicants are urged to review additional details for international student admission at 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

One letter of recommendation is required from your pre-health committee.  If your school does not have a committee, two academic letters will be accepted as a substitution. For more details:

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor



Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • One letter of recommendation is required from your pre-health committee. In the event that your institution does not have a committee, two academic letters of recommendation will be accepted as a substitution for the committee letter. These two letters should be written by faculty members and/or advisors. For details:

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • Monthly from September through June

Qualified applicants are invited to campus for a scheduled interview with members of the Admissions Committee. At your interview you will meet with two to three members of the admissions committee for a personal interview. They will be seeking to get to know you as an individual to learn the motivations, goals and expectations that have influenced your career choice. Interview days generally begin at 8:00 a.m. and end by 2:00 p.m. You should expect to participate in the interview, group activity and campus tour. Additional activities may be planned to broaden our knowledge of you while you get to know our faculty and other student pharmacists.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Your acceptance letter is mailed as quickly as possible following your interview! Acceptances are offered on a continual basis throughout the admissions cycle.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Approximately, 2 weeks from the date of the acceptance letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $700.00
Due: Approximately, 2 weeks from the date of the acceptance letter.
Refundable? No
Details: Arrangements can be made on a case by case basis to help you in making the enrollment deposit. Typically, this is managed through a payment plan over several weeks.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • May 17, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 7, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No