Lipscomb University
College of Pharmacy

Lipscomb University has extended the application deadline to June 1. Interviews will be conducted through early summer. New/Spring transcripts can be forwarded to PharmCAS until June 28.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • 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 
      • Email: 

      • 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 
      • Email: 

    • Website:



  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Lipscomb's Pharm.D/Master of Health Care Informatics degree Nationally Ranked No. 11. The PharmD/Master of Management degree strategically chosen for career relevance and advancement over an MBA.

    • 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? Yes
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    • 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 ↑ 

    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.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    TOP 10 in the Nation for 2016 NAPLEX Pass Rate. 100% job placement. 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 175
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 145
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 75
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 45% preferred
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.22
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 4.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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: 99
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 64  99 
      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: 

      The pre-pharmacy education will require a minimum of two years study. 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. If an applicant has not completed all required pre-pharmacy coursework prior to submitting the application, a proposed plan for completion is required as part of the application process.

      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.

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: Five years from the date of intended enrollment
      • Details: 
        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in the fall of the applicatoin year. January and February PCAT scores will be accepted.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        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: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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, 2018 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      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 

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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. In the event that your institution does not have a committee, two academic letters of recommendation will be accepted as a substitution. For details:

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • 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. 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

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

      Competitive applicants will be invited to campus for a scheduled interview with members of the Admissions Committee. Interview candidates meet with two to three members of the admissions committee for a personal interview. Members of the committee will not have access to academic transcripts or test scores at the time of the interview. They will be seeking to get to know each interviewee as an individual to learn the motivations, goals and expectations that influence each candidate. A collective decision is made by the admissions committee regarding each interview candidate. Interview days generally begin at 8:00 a.m. and end by 2:00 p.m. Interviewees should expect to participate in the interview, group activity and campus tour. Additional activities will be planned to broaden candidates knowledge of the program, faculty and student pharmacists.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview 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? Yes
      • Amount: $700.00
      • Due: Approximately, 2 weeks from the date of the acceptance letter.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • May 18, 2018 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 8, 2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: