Mercer University
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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/P.H.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? 
    • Open House Information:
    • 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:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy is recognized nationally for its outstanding contributions to health sciences in the areas of 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 nearly 600 students, the College attracts students from throughout the nation and state, 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 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 Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and two combined degree programs (Pharm.D./MBA and Pharm.D./Ph.D.). 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 provide excellent pharmaceutical care, assuring the safe and effective use of medications for the patient and society. Caring and responsive faculty and administators 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. 


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 350
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 150
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 4
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 60-70
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 35-40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60-65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.20
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 350
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0 preferred
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0 preferred
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50 preferred
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-51
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 6:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 43
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 135
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 90  135 
      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     
    • Additional Information: 

      All pre-pharmacy course requirements must be completed in a timely manner that allows for a final official transcript to be received prior to Orientation.

      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 should be fulfilled with a public speaking course.

      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: accounting, anthropology, business, computer science, economics, geography, health, 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: cultural anthropology, cultural geography,  world literature, world religions, women and 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 us (pharmd@mercer.edu) if you need assistance identifying courses at your college/university that fulfill these courses.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Required of all applicants. Application files are not considered complete until Supplemental Application is received.
      • Deadline: March 1, 2013 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $25
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Supplemental Application is required from all applicants and must be submitted online (http://pharmacy.mercer.edu/admissions/pharmdsuppapp.cfm). No paper copies will be accepted.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2008
      • Details: 
        Applicants are encouraged to take the PCAT in July or September and use the remaining test dates as retake dates as needed.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

        Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek out and engage in opportunities (shadow, volunteer, or work experiences) that provide them with insight into pharmacy practice. 


  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • 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? 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: 03/01/2013 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Course-by-course evaluation reports must be submitted to PharmCAS from the following agencies: World Education Services (preferred agency), Josef Silney & Associates, Inc., or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. 


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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: 

      At least two letters of reference must be submitted to PharmCAS. 

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • 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
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Committee letters count as one letter of reference. Two letters of reference are required, with preference for letters that attest to your academic and professional qualities. Applicants are encouraged to have letters submitted from college-level faculty/advisors and employers/supervisors. Please note that you are encouraged to e-submit your PharmCAS application before your letters have been received by PharmCAS.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • 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 your academic and professional qualities. Applicants are encouraged to have letters submitted from college-level faculty/advisors and employers/supervisors. Please note that you are encouraged to e-submit your PharmCAS application before your letters have been received by PharmCAS.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • September - May 
    • Details: 
      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 09/2013 - 08/2014
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 10/2013 - 08/2014
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $750
      • Due: $500 due 3-4 weeks after acceptance; $250 due by June 1, 2014
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: First tuition deposit of $500 due 3-4 weeks after acceptance. Second tuition deposit of $250 is due 6/1/2014. $725 is applied to first semester's tuition; $25 satisfies University matriculation fee.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 14 - 15, 2014 
      • Details: Attendance is mandatory at both New Student Orientation and White Coat Ceremony.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 18, 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No