Pre-Pharmacy

pre-pharmacy

With more Americans projected to need healthcare and clinical services, the expertise in patient counseling and drug therapeutics provided by pharmacists will remain in demand, according to U.S. News & World Report. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 6% employment growth rate for pharmacists by 2026.

Mercer University, a leader in healthcare education, has designed a non-degree Pre-Pharmacy program for professionals seeking to qualify for and apply to pharmacy school. The curriculum for this program consists of prerequisite courses that most pharmacy schools require of their applicants. Various foundation courses include but are not limited to: applied statistical methods, biological sciences, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, and organic chemistry.

The non-degree Pre-Pharmacy program is offered at Mercer’s Atlanta campus and students are admitted five times per year in August, October, January, March and May.  This program will begin enrolling students for the Spring 2019 (January) term. 

NOTE: Completion of this non-degree program does not guarantee admission to colleges/schools of pharmacy, and students should meet with a pharmacy admissions advisor at the college/university to which the individual intends to apply to learn about any additional requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills using scientific and mathematical knowledge
  • Gain strong interpersonal and communication skills for future patient-centered care
  • Understand the foundational concepts of chemistry, biology, mathematics, and other subjects that are a foundation for future study in a Pharmacy program

Individuals who continue their education through completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy program can work as pharmacists in a variety of pharmacy settings including clinics, long-term care facilities, home healthcare, government agencies, and hospitals.

Admission to Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and other Doctor of Pharmacy programs is highly competitive, and is weighed on a number of factors; one of which includes the prerequisite courses that a student has taken.

It is important to note that successful completion of this non-degree program does not guarantee admission to any college or school of pharmacy. Students should meet with a pharmacy admissions advisor at the college/university to which the individual intends to apply to learn more about specific requirements

View the Pre-Pharmacy Program Plan >

The courses included in this curriculum have been approved by faculty of Mercer University's College of Pharmacy.

Applicants for the Pre-Pharmacy program should have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale and must be in good standing with the most recent regionally accredited college or university attended.

Application Checklist

Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:

  • Application for Admission. Begin application now>
  • $25 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
    Submit the required fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not sent cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition.
  • College Transcripts
    Applicants must submit one official transcript from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to enroll@mercer.edu.

    If you are transferring from another institution, you may use the Transfer Equivalency Estimator to measure how your coursework will be credited towards your degree. Mercer will accept 64 credits from a two-year institution and 96 credits from a four-year institution. This tool provides an unofficial report of transferable courses. Upon submission of official college transcripts and acceptance, an official report will be completed by the University Registrar.

  • High School or General Educational Development (GED) Transcript
    An official high school or GED transcript for applicants who have not attempted or have earned less than 30 hours of college credit.

  • Joint Services Transcript
    An official Joint Services Transcript is suggested, but not required, for individuals who have military experience.  Additional information regarding how to request a transcript is available at https://jst.doded.mil/official.html.

Applications are processed in the Office of University Admissions at Mercer University’s Henry County Regional Academic Center. Submit all supporting application materials to:

Mercer University
Office of University Admissions
Post Office Box 2140
McDonough, GA 30253

Official transcript(s) may be sent electronically using one of the following services: EScript, Docufide, or Parchment. They must be emailed to enroll@mercer.edu. (NOTE: The email containing the official transcript must originate from the institution. We cannot accept any other transcript provided through email from the applicant.)

Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.

 
Priority Deadlines
Submit your application with all supporting materials by the following deadlines:

Fall Session I (August): July 15
Fall Session II (October): October 1
Spring Session I (January): November 15
Spring Session II (March): March 1
Summer (May): April 15
 

Instructions for Undergraduate Transient Applicants

To enroll as an undergraduate transient student, applicants need only submit the following as a complete application packet:

  • Application for Admission
  • $25 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Letter of authorization completed by the home institution that certifies good standing, grants permission to take Mercer University courses, and specifies which course(s) may be taken.

If you have an associate degree or course credits from a regionally-accredited community or technical college, you may transfer qualifying credits toward a degree at Mercer University where we offer a comprehensive credit transfer policy. Use the Transfer Equivalency Estimator to measure how your coursework will be credited towards your degree.

PROGRAM NAME 1 credit  3 credits  6 credits  9 credits 
Pre-Pharmacy $448 $1,344 $2,688 $4,032

 

Facilities/Tech Fees
Undergraduate Students:
1-11 Hours - $12.50/hour
12-99 Hours - $150/semester
 
Miscellaneous Fees (subject to change based on individual course requirements)
Internship/Practica - $200
Fieldwork - $150
Lab Fee - $100 - 150/per course
Transcript Fee - $25
Transcript Fax Fee - $5
                                                      
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A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for undergraduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.

B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.
 
C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
 
Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.
 
D. Financial Guarantee International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US $25,000.
 
E. Visa Status International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)