Mercer University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Mr. McAnthony Foster
Admissions Specialist

Mercer University College of Pharmacy

3001 Mercer University Dr, PAC-121
Atlanta, Georgia 30341

Phone (Work): 678-547-6232

Phone (Fax): 678-547-6518

Mrs. Kaylee King
Admissions Counselor

Mercer University College of Pharmacy

3001 Mercer University Drive, PAC-121
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4155

Phone (Work): 678-547-6232

Phone (Fax): 678-547-6518

Mrs. Jordana Berry, MBA
Director of Admissions

Mercer University College of Pharmacy

3001 Mercer University Drive, PAC-121
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4155

Website:

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? Yes
Institution Type: Private
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/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Pharm.D./M.S. in Health Informatics
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    Details

    Mercer University's College of Pharmacy offers campus visits for prospective students throughout the year. We also participate in the AACP Virtual Pharmacy School Fair (typically held annually in October). Please visit http://pharmacy.mercer.edu/admissions/connect-with-us/ for more information and dates.

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)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

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 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.  U.S. News & World Report's latest pharmacy program rankings placed Mercer’s program as one of the nation’s top 6 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 four combined degree programs (PharmD/MPH, PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MSHI, and PharmD/PhD). Mercer also offers a variety of research and networking opportunities for all students, and unique programs for fourth year students through the Indian Health Service, the International Pharmacy Program, Global Medical 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 website at: http://pharmacy.mercer.edu for additional details. 

Mercer Student Pharmacists


Mercer Pharmacy Clinical Skills Lab

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 140
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 5-10
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.2 preferred; 2.5 minimum
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.2 preferred; 2.5 minimum
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: percentile ranks above 60 preferred
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? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.30
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-50 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
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 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 66  99 
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, labs optional)     
Microbiology (one course, lab optional)     
Calculus (one course)     
Statistics (one course)     
English Composition or Writing Intensive (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)     

Additional Information

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 the Biochemistry, Microbiology, and the two Anatomy and Physiology courses 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.  

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, courses in Business (e.g., Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, Mangement, Marketing, Operations). 

Please contact us (pharmd@mercer.edu) if you need assistance identifying courses at your college/university that fulfill these prerequisites for Mercer's PharmD Program. 

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

No

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: June 2014
Details:

PCAT is preferred. Applicants who have not taken the PCAT may submit the GRE, MCAT, OAT, or DAT instead. Tests must have been taken within five (5) years of the date of application to the PharmD Program.  

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. While preliminary scores can be used in the beginning stages of the admissions process, official scores must be received in PharmCAS prior to enrollment. 

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

Yes

Details:

Applicants whose native language is not English should 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. Verbal communication skills are also assessed through the interview process. 

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? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

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: 3/1/19 Received by deadline
Details:

All students with credentials from outside the U.S. must have their foreign academic credentials evaluated by an international transcripts evaluator (World Educational Services). The evaluation report must include insitution information, course title, credit hours, and grades. 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. All applicants are required to complete all prerequisites regardless of prevous coursework and/or degrees completed. 

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must be able to meet the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy's requirements for intern licensure, and should verify that is the case with the Board prior to enrollment in the PharmD Program (Board website: https://gbp.georgia.gov/). 

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:

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).

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor

LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED:

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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
  • Teaching Assistant
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: Committee letters count as one letter of reference. Two letters of reference are required, with preference for letters that attest to the applicant's academic and professional attributes. Applicants are encouraged to have letters submitted from college-level faculty/advisors and employers/supervisors. Please note that applicants are encouraged to e-submit their PharmCAS application before their letters of reference have been received by PharmCAS.
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Details: Composite letters that contain letters written by multiple individuals can be considered towards the minimum letters of reference requirement. Two letters of reference are required, with preference for letters that attest to the applicant's academic and professional attributes. Applicants are encouraged to have letters submitted from college-level faculty/advisors and employers/supervisors. Please note that applicants are encouraged to e-submit their PharmCAS application before their letters of reference have been received by PharmCAS.

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • September - May
Details:

Competitive applicants will be invited to interview on campus on a rolling basis until the class is filled. The interview provides an informative overview of the University, College, and Doctor of Pharmacy degree program including curriculum, financial aid, housing, and special programs. Tours of the College and campus are also included.

The interview provides applicants the ability to interact with the faculty, student pharmacists, and admissions staff while exposing them to the College's community and learning environment. While it is a time for the College members to get to know the applicant as a potential student and future pharmacist, it is also a time for the applicant to confirm the College fits their needs. 

All interviews are conducted in person on the Atlanta Campus. For more information on interview preparation, please use this link: http://pharmacy.mercer.edu/admissions/pharmd-interview.cfm

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Applicants are notified of acceptance typically within a few days after interview. Applicants are sent an email and hard copy packet (via postal mail) following a phone call to inform them of their acceptance and to confirm their contact information.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? All accepted applicants are required to submit an online Enrollment Form and first tuition deposit of $200 within two weeks of acceptance.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $750 total deposit
Due: See below for details
Refundable? No
Details: The tuition deposit ($750) is waived for Early Decision applicants. Applicants admitted through the regular admissions process are required to submit a first tuition deposit of $200 within two weeks of acceptance. A second tuition deposit of $550 is due by April 1, 2019. Applicants accepted after March 1, 2019 will be required to submit a tuition deposit of $750 within two to three weeks of acceptance. Failure to pay tuition deposits by the due dates results in cancellation of the acceptance.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • mid-August 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: mid-August 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes