Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Path
Exceptional high school seniors who aspire to the pharmacy profession may apply to the Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program at PC. This option is for high school seniors who have investigated pharmacy careers and are determined to pursue a career in pharmacy.
If you choose this path, you can earn a PharmD in six years, and you’re not required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
To apply, you must first be accepted as an undergraduate student at PC. As an Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy student, you’ll complete a rigorous two-year curriculum, including:
- professional exploration
- service in the community
A seat will be reserved for you at the PC School of Pharmacy if you comply with the following requirements:
- You must complete all courses required in the two-year Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at PC before matriculation in the PharmD program. Since the program requires specific courses, registration is guaranteed into required coursework as long as you register during the Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy registration window.Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or incoming college-level credits may be used to satisfy up to two required science or math courses. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or incoming college-level credits may be used to satisfy unlimited non-science or non-math required courses as well as elective courses.
You must enroll in at least 15 credit hours per semester, unless otherwise approved, earn a cumulative total GPA of 2.75 or better at the time of pharmacy school matriculation, and achieve a grade of C- or better on all coursework. You must receive prior approval if you wish to take summer school courses at institutions other than PC.
- You must complete at least five hours per year of community service activities. You’re encouraged to participate in Student Volunteer Services, community, church, and/or student organization activities to complete the volunteerism requirement.
- You must complete at least five hours per year of professional exploration, most of which will be incorporated within the curriculum. An introduction to careers in pharmacy will be provided during the required First-year Experience class.
- To comply with our contracts with healthcare institutions, you must complete a criminal background check and drug screen before matriculation into pharmacy school.
- You must submit a matriculation confirmation form by the deadline provided by the Office of Admission.