Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program
The Presbyterian College Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program allows select students to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 6 years and is especially designed for exceptional high school students who have investigated pharmacy careers, who are determined to pursue a career in pharmacy, and who are focused on obtaining graduate education. The Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program incorporates required coursework, community service, and opportunities for students to explore the pharmacy profession – everything a student needs to prepare for pharmacy school in just 2 years. Accepted students who complete all requirements of the 2-year Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program at PC will have a seat reserved for them and will start pharmacy school in the fall of 2015. Students in the program can avoid the competitive admissions process of applying to pharmacy school since transition into pharmacy school is seamless, with no additional application for admission or PCAT required.
Interested students should complete an undergraduate PC application for admission as well as an Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program supplemental application by March 15. Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy employs a holistic admissions philosophy and the Admissions Committee considers all application materials submitted by the applicant. Academic rigor of the high school curriculum, performance in those courses, test scores, rank in class, student essays and short answers, student activities, community service, professional exploration, letters of recommendation and interview scores are all considered when making admissions decisions.
High School Courses: Presbyterian College requires the completion of a four-year high school course of study, which includes the following courses:
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of Math
- 2 or more units of the same Foreign Language
- 2 or more units of Laboratory Science
- 3 or more units of History and/or Social Sciences
High School GPA: We recalculate your GPA on a 4.0 scale based on performance in core academic subjects.
Standardized Test Scores: Official scores are required. You may submit SAT or ACT scores or scores from both tests. If they are printed on your official high school transcript, you will not be required to have them sent directly from the testing service.
Professional Exploration: The Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program supplemental application includes questions about ways you have explored the pharmacy profession, including work experience, volunteering in pharmacy settings, and/or shadowing or interviewing pharmacists. You must also write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy, what you’ve done to prepare yourself for college and pharmacy school, and why you are interested in the early entry program
Letters of Recommendation: The Admissions Committee considers letters of recommendation from others regarding your academic ability (e.g. high school teacher or counselor), character (e.g. coach, community leader, work supervisor), and/or professional experience and qualities (e.g. pharmacist). You should ask for at least two letters of recommendation to be submitted on your behalf.
Both applications must be received by March 15, 2013 to be considered for the 2013 Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy program. Accepted students who complete all requirements of the 2-year Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program at PC will have a seat reserved for them and will start pharmacy school in the fall of 2015. A non-refundable $400 advance deposit will be due by May 1, 2013.
A select number of students will be invited for an on-campus interview in April and admissions decisions will be communicated in mid-April. The admissions interview is a structured interview process that is designed to assess core competencies that are difficult to measure via an application alone. These competencies are commitment to the pharmacy profession, communication skills, empathy, ethical and moral reasoning, interpersonal skills, and motivation. Interviewer scores as well as interviewer and staff comments factor prominently in Admissions Committee decisions for admission to PCSP. Admission is competitive and selection for an interview does not guarantee admission.
Students must complete all courses required in the 2-year Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy curriculum. Since the program requires specific courses each semester, registration is guaranteed into required coursework as long as students register during the Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy registration window. Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate credits may be used to satisfy up to 2 required science/math courses and unlimited non-science/math courses. Students must enroll in at least 15 credit hours per semester, maintain a cumulative total GPA of 3.25 or better, and achieve a grade of C – or better on all coursework.
Students must complete at least 5 hours per year of community service activities. Students are encouraged to participate in Student Volunteer Services, community, church, and/or student organization activities to complete the volunteerism requirement. Students are also required to complete at least 5 hours per year of professional exploration, most of which will be incorporated within the curriculum. An introduction to careers in pharmacy, including opportunities for exploring the profession via shadowing pharmacist faculty, will be provided during the required Freshman Seminar class. In addition, Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy students will complete an Exploring Pharmacy experience later in the curriculum. To comply with our contracts with healthcare institutions, all students must successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screen before matriculation into pharmacy school.