Lipscomb University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Laura Ward
Director of Admissions and Student Affairs

Student Affairs

1 University Park Dr.
Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3901

Phone (Work): 888-587-4276


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application Deadline for Program? July 1, 2020

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Satellite/Branch Campuses:
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 (2 terms per academic year)
Total # of PharmD seats filled in the last entering class: 75
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • Pharm.D./M.H.A. (Healthcare Administration)
  • Other dual degrees
  • If Other dual degrees, please list:Pharm.D/MHCI (Pharm.D. + Master of Health Care Informatics)
Structure of your PharmD program: 4
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Not Required
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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No

Program Description (back to top)

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.

Through a combination of educational experiences ranging from basic science coursework to direct patient interactions, 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.



Program Statistics (back to top)

Total entering class size for current calendar year including early assurance advancing to the P1 year: 75
Number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the current calendar year:

Program Criteria (back to top)

Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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: 97
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 64  97 
  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

All students must complete the math and science core curriculum. Students enrolling with a bachelors degree may be given special consideration for the substitution of courses toward requirements, which are outside the math and science core. Proof of the bachelors degree earned must be provided prior to enrollment.


Required pre-pharmacy courses should be completed by the end of the summer semester prior to desired enrollment.

Applicants must achieve 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, please visit the Admissions Requirements tab of the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy website.">

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Link to Supplemental Instructions:
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Not Required or Considered

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores:


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.
Do you accept or require other admission tests:


Do you require accepted applicants to have CPR certification prior to matriculation: No

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Are foreign citizens considered (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Eligible citizenship type for admission:
  • US Citizens
  • US Permanent Residents
  • US Temporary Residents
  • Canadian Citizens
  • Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa
  • Foreign (non-US) Citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., DACA students)
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.

Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy only considers international students who have been enrolled at an accredited US college or university for the completion of the math and science core pre-requisites prior to the planned enrollment date. Credits from international pharmacy programs are not accepted toward the PharmD degree or toward the math and science core pre-requisites. The College accepts evaluations from WES or ECE.  Applicants are urged to review additional details for international student admission at

Evaluations (Letters of Reference) (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) required by your institution? Yes
Number of LORs required: Three (3)
Institution Specific Details:

One letter of recommendation is required from your pre-health committee.  If your school does not have a committee, two academic letters will be accepted as a substitution. All applicants will also need to submit one letter from a supervisor in a work or volunteer setting and one letter that serves as a character reference.

Please indicate your LOR type requirements.

  • Clergy: Recommended but not required

  • Co-Worker: Other

  • Employer: Recommended but not required

  • Faculty Advisor: Recommended but not required

  • Family Member: Not accepted

  • Friend: Conditionally Accepted

  • Health Care Professional: Recommended but not required

  • Pharmacist: Recommended but not required

  • Politician: Conditionally Accepted

  • Pre-Health Advisor: Conditionally Required

  • Professor (Liberal Arts): Conditionally Required

  • Professor (Math): Conditionally Required

  • Professor (Science): Conditionally Required

  • Supervisor: Required

  • Teaching Assistant: Conditionally Required

What is your college/school policy on committee letters? Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers

Qualified applicants are invited to campus to interview with two members of the Admissions Committee. Interviewers will seek to get to know you as an individual and learn the motivations, goals & expectations influencing your career choice. Interviews generally from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Expect to participate in the interview, group activity & a campus tour. Additional activities will be included to allow you to meet student pharmacists and experience Lipscomb's unique culture.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $700.00
Refundable? No
Details: Arrangements can be made on a case by case basis to help you in making the enrollment deposit. Typically, this is managed through a payment plan over several weeks.