Mercer University
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  March 1, 2017


  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
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • 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 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 650 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 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 three combined degree programs (PharmD/MPH, 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. 


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 200
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 150
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 3-5
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 75
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 75
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0 preferred
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0 preferred
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: a percentile rank of 50 preferred
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.30
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 20-50 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 5:1

  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 2017 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, labs recommended)     
      Microbiology (one course with lab)     
      Physics (one course with lab)     
      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)     
      Other electives to total 90 semester hours     
    • 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 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. 

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: 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.
      • Deadline: 48 hour prior to interview; Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $25
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        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.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2012
      • Details: 

        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 2016 - January 2017); 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. 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? No
      • 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: 

      Accepted applicants are required to submit documentation on specific immunizations, blood titers, and health tests (MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Tdap, Tetanus, and Tuberculosis) and complete a background check and drug screening process. These items must be submitted by deadlines provided in acceptance materlals. 


  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  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? 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: 3/1/17 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. Mercer University accepts course-by-course evaluation reports from the following evaluator services: World Educational Services or 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. 


  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: 

      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
      • 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.
      • 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 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.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
      • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
    • 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 overview of the University, College, and Doctor of Pharmacy degree program including curriculum, financial aid, housing, special programs, and internship. Tours are included.

      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/interview.cfm. 


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Applicants are notified of acceptance typically within a few days after interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Accepted applicants are required to submit an online Enrollment Form and first tuition deposit of $500 within two weeks of acceptance. A second tuition deposit of $250 is due by May 1, 2017. Applicants accepted after April 1, 2017 will be required to submit a tuition deposit of $750 within two weeks of acceptance.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $750
      • Due: Within two weeks of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: A first tuition deposit of $500 is due within two weeks of acceptance and a second tuition deposit of $250 is due by May 1, 2017. Applicants accepted after April 1, 2017 will be required to submit a tuition deposit of $750 within two weeks of acceptance. This deposit is non-refundable; $725 of the deposit is credited to the first semester's deposit and $25 satisfies the University's matriculation fee.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • mid-August 2017 
      • Details: Attendance is mandatory at both New Student Orientation and White Coat Ceremony. More details on the dates and times are provided post-acceptance and posted on the College of Pharmacy calendar: http://pharmacy.mercer.edu/calendar/.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: mid-August 2017
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred entrance are considered on a case-by-case basis.