Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy is recognized nationally for its outstanding contributions to pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in the areas of patient care, teaching, service, and research. The College is located on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. With an enrollment of over 600 students, the College attracts students from throughout the nation, as well as from countries around the world. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report's latest pharmacy program rankings placed Mercer’s program as one of the nation’s top 5 private pharmacy programs. A distinguished faculty provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning in didactic and experiential settings.
The College also offers a PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and two combined degree programs (PharmD/MBA and PharmD/PhD). Mercer also offers unique programs for fourth year students through the Indian Health Service, the International Pharmacy Program, Global Missions, an Advanced Clinical Track, and Certificates in Academic Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy Ownership, Compounding, Diabetes Care, Geriatrics, Leadership, Medication Therapy Management, and Immunization Delivery.
The College of Pharmacy prepares its graduates to effectively contribute to and improve health care through excellence in patient-centered care and research. Caring and responsive faculty and administrators provide an environment that fosters innovation, creativity, the pursuit of intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Please visit the College of Pharmacy's web site at: http://pharmacy.mercer.edu for additional details.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Chemistry (two courses with labs)|
|Organic Chemistry (two courses with labs)|
|Biochemistry (one course, lab optional)|
|General Biology (two courses with labs)|
|Anatomy and Physiology (two courses with labs)|
|Microbiology (one course with lab)|
|Physics (one course with lab)|
|Calculus (one course)|
|Statistics (one course)|
|English Composition (two courses)|
|Economics (one course, macro or micro)|
|Speech (one course)|
|Humanities electives (two courses)|
|Social / Behavioral Science electives (two courses)|
|Cultural Diversity elective (one course)|
|Other electives to total 90 semester hours|
All pre-pharmacy course requirements must be completed successfully with grades of C or better and in a timely manner that allows for a final official transcript to be received prior to Orientation (mid-August). The following information is provided to assist you with identifying courses at your college/university that will fulfill the prerequisites.
All science courses (except Biochemistry), must include a laboratory with each lecture and must be majors courses. Non-majors courses will not fulfill the requirement. General Biology courses can be fulfilled with courses in genetics, cellular biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, or zoology.
English Composition requirements can be fulfilled with courses designated as Writing Intensive.
The Speech requirement can be fulfilled with a course in public speaking, interpersonal communication, or intercultural communication; it cannot be fulfilled by journalism/media, debate, or seminar courses.
The Economics requirement must be fulfilled with either a macroeconomics or microeconomics course. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take both macroeconomics and microeconomics courses (at least one course is required).
Humanities courses may be chosen from one or more of these areas: art, foreign language, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, or theatre.
Social / Behavioral Science electives may be chosen from one or more of the following areas: anthropology, business, geography, history, management, political science, psychology, or sociology.
At least one elective course must focus on cultural diversity. Examples of courses that fulfill this prerequisite are: sociology, cultural anthropology, cultural geography, intercultural communications, world literature, world religions, gender studies, cultural studies in specific languages (e.g., Spanish).
Applicants are encouraged to take the following courses to further prepare them for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program: Behavioral Psychology, Ethics, Genetics, Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Medical Terminology.
Please contact Mrs. Jordana Berry (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Student Affairs and Admissions Office if you need assistance identifying courses at your college/university that fulfill these prerequisites for Mercer's PharmD Program.
Applicants who are selected for interview will be required to electronically submit a Supplemental Application and Fee ($25) and will be sent the links in their interview invitation email. No paper copies will be accepted.
Applicants are advised to take the PCAT early in the admissions cycle (July, September) to allow sufficient time for scores to be received by PharmCAS (and to have additional dates available for a retake if needed). Scores are accepted from all dates in the admissions cycle (July 2015 - January 2016); however, applications are not considered complete until PCAT scores are received by PharmCAS. Early Decision applicants must have PCAT scores submitted prior to the Early Decision deadline.
Please make sure you enter your PCAT CID in the 'Account Information' section of the PharmCAS application or your scores will not be received.
Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency by submitting TOEFL scores to PharmCAS as part of their application. Non-native English speakers can also provide proof of English language proficiency by providing proof via English Composition / Writing Intensive and Public Speaking courses they have successfully completed at a regionally-accredited college/university in the U.S.
Applicants are encoruaged to seek experiences prior to applying that provide them insight into the pharmacy profession generally and the role of a pharmacist specifically. Shadowing, volunteering, or work experience in pharmacy and in other health care areas is acceptable and should be noted in the PharmCAS application if completed prior to submission.
All students with credentials from outside the U.S. must have their foreign academic credentials evaluated by an international transcripts evaluator. Mercer University accepts course-by-course evaluation reports from the following evaluator services: World Educational Services, Josef Silny & Associates. International students need to understand that credit will be given only for applicable courses that can be used to fulfill prerequisites and they may be required to complete additional courses prior to enrollment in order to fulfill any remaining prerequisites.
Two letters of reference are required, with preference for letters that attest to the applicant's academic and professional attributes (e.g., college-level professors/advisors and pharmacists/supervisors).
Interview process takes three hours to complete and provides an overview of the University, College, and Doctor of Pharmacy degree program; as well as information about curriculum, financial aid, housing, special programs, internships. Tours are included. For more information on interview preparation, please use this link: http://pharmacy.mercer.edu/admissions/interview.cfm.