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Accelerated Special Consideration Programs
Exceptional Mercer undergraduate students can accelerate their undergraduate experience and receive special consideration as they apply to professional programs in Athletic Training, Clinical Psychology, Law, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Public Health:
Athletic Training
College of Health Professions/Master of Athletic Training and the College of Health Professions/Bachelor of Science in Public Health
College of Health Professions/Master of Athletic Training and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences/Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Clinical Psychology
College of Health Professions/Doctor of Clinical Psychology and the College of Health Professions/Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Law
School of Law and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Law and School of Business
Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Physical Therapy
College of Health Professions/Doctor of Physical Therapy and the College of Health Professions/Bachelor of Science in Public Health
College of Health Professions/Doctor of Physical Therapy and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences/ Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Physician Assistant
College of Health Professions/Master of Medical Science and the College of Health Professions Bachelor of Science in Public Health
College of Health Professions/Master of Medical Science and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences/ Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Public Health
College of Health Professions/Master of Public Health and the College of Health Professions Bachelor of Science in Public Health
 
Accelerated Special Consideration Programs for Athletic Training at the Mercer University College of Health Professions
Mercer University’s Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) for Athletic (AT) offer high-achieving, first-time students with a (Math Index of 980 or higher), enrolled in either the CLAS or the CHP, the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree (CLAS) or the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree (CHP) and the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree in a five-year time frame. Students who meet all ASCP criteria will be offered an interview with the professional MAT program offered by the College of Health Professions on the Macon campus.
To be eligible for an ASCP, students must apply to enter their college (CLAS or CHP) as first-time undergraduate students and adhere to the specific ASCP requirements for the duration of their time at Mercer. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
1. Completion of the admission prerequisites for the CHP’s MAT Program and the requirements for their bachelor’s degree, with coursework totaling 90 credit hours (CLAS ASCP) or 106 hours (CHP ASCP) by August of year 3; transfer hours are not allowed after high school graduation. With the approval of the CHP Director of Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the pre-AT requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the respective program.
2. Declaration of a major within the college of enrollment prior to completion of 60 credit hours of coursework.
3. Declaration of intent to participate in an ASCP at the end of the fall semester of year 2.
4. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and a natural science GPA of 3.2 or higher for the first 90 hours (CLAS) or 106 hours (CHP). If accepted, students must adhere to the academic standards of the MAT Program beginning year 4.
5. Completion of successful pre-professional advisement with representatives of the MAT Program during year 2.
6. Documentation of at least 50 hours of clinical observation supervised by an athletic trainer; a signed observation form is required upon application to the MAT program.
7. Application to the MAT program no later than January 1 of year 3. Application requires a primary application through ATCAS to include a GRE score and documentation of 50 hours of observation under the supervision of an athletic trainer.
8. Completion of a successful interview with representatives of the MAT program during year 3.
9. Application for May graduation (year 4) from the CLAS to claim the BS in Health Sciences degree (CLAS ASCP) or application for December graduation (year 4) from CHP to claim the BS in Public Health.
 
The Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Clinical Psychology at the College of Health Professions
Mercer University’s Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) for Clinical Psychology offer high achieving, first-time students with a Math Index of 980 or higher, enrolled in either the CLAS or the CHP, the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree (BSHS) from the CLAS or the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree (BSPH) from the CHP and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in an eight-year time frame. Students who meet all ASCP criteria will be offered an interview with the PsyD program offered by the College of Health Professions on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta.
To be eligible for an ASCP, students must apply to enter their college (CLAS or CHP) as first-time undergraduate students (transfer students are not eligible for these programs) and adhere to the specific ASCP requirements for the duration of their time at Mercer. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
1. Completion of the requirements for their bachelor’s degree, with coursework totaling 92 credit hours (CLAS ASCP) or 106 hours (CHP ASCP) by May of year 3; transfer hours are not allowed after high school graduation. With the approval of the CHP Director of Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill program requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the respective program.
2. Declaration of a major (Neuroscience or Psychology – CLAS; Public Health – CHP) prior to completion of 60 credit hours of coursework.
3. Declaration of intent to participate in an ASCP for Clinical Psychology at the end of fall semester, year 2.
4. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher for the first 92 credit hours (CLAS) or 106 credit hours (CHP). If accepted, students will adhere to the academic standards of the PsyD program beginning year 4.
5. 4Atendance of Macon campus visits by the PsyD program representatives every fall.
6. Application to the PsyD program no later than October 1 of year 3. Application requires a primary application through PsyCAS that includes a GRE score.
7. Achievement of a 300 or higher combined GRE score (Verbal and Quantitative scores) and 3.5 minimum Analytical Writing score. The last date to submit updated GRE scores to PsyCAS is November 1 of year 3.
8. Completion of a successful interview with representatives of the PsyD program during year 3.
9. Application for May graduation in year 4 from the CLAS to claim the BS in Health Sciences degree (CLAS ASCP) or from the CHP to claim the BS in Public Health degree (CHP ASCP). The PsyD degree will be awarded at the completion of the professional program.
 
Mercer University’s School of Law 3+3 Accelerated Special Consideration Program with Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts
Mercer University’s School of Law offers a special program for exceptional students in Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), which permits them to complete an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years rather than the traditional seven years. Through this program, student complete three years of full-time undergraduate study, then use law school courses to meet the balance of required undergraduate credits, and receive the bachelor degree after successful completion of the first year of law school.
To qualify for acceptance to the School of Law through this program, Mercer undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements:
1. Completion of 90 credit hours to include all requirements for general education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and all the requirements of their chosen major in residence at Mercer University by the end of the second semester of the student’s third year;
2. Achievement of a cumulative 3.5 GPA at the time of law school application, as well as at the end of the applicant’s third year;
3. Achievement of a score at or above the median Law School Admission Test score of the preceding year’s entering class;
4. Application for this program by completing the form prescribed by the CLAS pre-law advisor;
5. Demonstration of the character, fitness, and capability of satisfactorily completing the law school program and being admitted to the bar; and
6. Submission of a complete law school application through the Law School Admissions Council no later than January 15 of the year for which the applicant is applying to law school. The application process includes providing at least two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the chair of the applicant’s department and one letter must be from another Mercer faculty member, and these letters should address the maturity of the student and his or her ability to meet the rigors of the law school environment and curriculum. The law school may require the applicant to interview with its representatives during the application process.
Note that for the CLAS curriculum, a minimum of 30 credit hours from the Water F. George School of Law will be credited as meeting the College’s Additional Depth Requirement and accepted as elective credit toward the BA or BS degree.
 
Mercer University’s School of Law 3+3 Accelerated Special Consideration Program with Mercer’s School of Business
Mercer University’s School of Law offers a special program for exceptional students in Mercer’s School of Business, which permits them to complete an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years rather than the traditional seven years. Through this program, student complete three years of full-time undergraduate study, and then uses law school courses to meet the balance of required undergraduate credits. The student can receive the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree after successful completion of 30 law school credit hours during the first year of law school.
To qualify for acceptance to the Walter F. George School of Law through this program, Mercer undergraduates in the School of Business must meet the following requirements:
1. Completion of 90 hours to include all requirements of general education, all requirements of the business core, and all the requirements of their chosen major in residence at Mercer University by the end of the second semester of the student’s third year;
2. Achievement of a cumulative 3.5 GPA at the time of law school application, as well as at the end of the applicant’s third year;
3. Achievement of a score at or above the median Law School Admission Test score of the preceding year’s entering law school class;
4. Application for this program by completing the form prescribed by the SHSB pre-law advisor;
5. Demonstration of the character, fitness, and capability of satisfactorily completing the law school program and being admitted to the bar; and
6. Submission of a complete law school application through the Law School Admissions Council no later than January 15 of the year for which the applicant is applying to law school. The application process includes providing at least two letters of recommendation from Mercer faculty. One letter must be from a faculty member in the student’s business major discipline. Both letters should address the maturity of the student and his or her ability to meet the rigors of the law school environment and curriculum. The law school may require the applicant to interview with its representatives during the application process.
 
Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Pharmacy at the Mercer University College of Pharmacy
Mercer University’s Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP) for Pharmacy offers high-achieving, first-time students with a Math Index of 980 or higher, enrolled in the CLAS, the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree (BSHS) and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) in a seven-year time frame. Students who meet all ASCP criteria will be guaranteed an interview with the professional PharmD program offered by the COP on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta.
To be eligible for the ASCP, students must apply to enter the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as first-time undergraduate students (transfer students are not eligible for this program) and adhere to the specific ASCP requirements for the duration of their time at Mercer. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
1. Completion of the required ASCP pre-pharmacy courses in the CLAS by May of year 3, with coursework totaling 90 credit hours; transfer hours are not allowed after high school graduation. With the approval of the COP Director of Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the pre-pharmacy requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the program.
2. Declaration of the Biology major prior to completion of 60 credit hours of coursework.
3. Declaration of intent to participate in the ASCP at the end of fall semester of year 2.
4. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a math-science GPA of 3.0 or higher. If accepted, students must adhere to the academic standards of the PharmD program beginning in fall of year 4.
5. Attendance of Macon campus visits by representatives from the COP PharmD degree program every fall.
6. Application to the COP through the centralized application service, PharmCAS, as an Early Decision Program applicant by August 1 (between year 2 and 3); letters of recommendation must be included in the PharmCAS application.
7. Completion of a successful interview with representatives of the COP PharmD program during year 3.
8. Application for May graduation from the CLAS to claim the BS in Health Sciences degree in May of year 4.
 
Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Physical Therapy at the Mercer University College of Health Professions
Mercer University’s Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) for Physical Therapy (PT) offer high-achieving, first-time students with a Math Index of 980 or higher, enrolled in either the CLAS or the CHP, the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree (BSHS) from the CLAS or the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree (BSPH) from the CHP and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in a six-year time frame. Students who meet all of the ASCP criteria will be offered an interview with the professional DPT Program offered by the College of Health Professions on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta.
To be eligible for an ASCP, students must apply to enter their college (CLAS or CHP) as first-time undergraduate students (transfer students are not eligible for these programs) and adhere to the specific ASCP requirements for the duration of their time at Mercer. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
1. Completion of the required ASCP pre-PT courses in the required college with coursework totaling 90 credit hours (CLAS) or 110 hours (CHP); transfer hours are not allowed after high school graduation. With the approval of the CHP Director of Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the pre-PT requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the respective program.
2. Declaration of a major (CLAS: Biology, Psychology, or Global Health; CHP: Public Health) prior to completion of 60 credit hours of coursework.
3. Declaration of intent to participate in an ASCP at the end of fall semester of year 2.
4. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and a natural science GPA of 3.2 or higher. If accepted, students must adhere to the academic standards of the DPT Program offered by the CHP beginning in fall of year 4.
5. Attendance of the Macon campus visits by representatives of the Atlanta-based DPT Program every fall.
6. Documentation of at least 60 hours of acceptable physical therapy experience and community service hours before matriculation into the DPT program. Forty of those hours should be experience in at least two types of PT clinical practice settings, and at least 20 hours must be spent as an active participant in a community service project. Documentation of at least 40 of the 60 hours must be submitted with the secondary application.
7. Application to the DPT program no later than October 1 of year 3. Application requires a primary application through PTCAS and a secondary application sent directly to the CHP that includes a GRE score, documentation of PT experience, and the essay.
8. Achievement of minimum scores on the GRE (300 combined, with 150+ in the Verbal Reasoning section and 3.5 in the Analytical Writing section), and submission of those scores to the CHP by October 1 of year 3.
9. Completion of a successful interview with representatives of the CHP DPT program during year 3.
10. Application for May graduation (year 4) from the CLAS to claim the BS in Health Sciences degree or from CHP to claim the BS in Public Health.
 
Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Physician Assistant at the Mercer University College of Health Professions
Mercer University’s Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) for Physician Assistant (PA) offer high-achieving, first-time students with a Math Index of 980 or higher, enrolled in either the CLAS or the CHP, the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree (BSHS) from the CLAS or the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree (BSPH) from the CHP and the Master of Medical Science (MMSc) degree in a six-year time frame. Students who meet all of the ASCP criteria will be offered an interview with the Master of Medical Sciences program offered by the College of Health Professions on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta.
To be eligible for an ASCP, students must apply to enter their college (CLAS or CHP) as first-time undergraduate students (transfer students are not eligible for these programs) and adhere to the specific ASCP requirements for the duration of their time at Mercer. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
1. Completion of the required ASCP pre-PA courses in the required college, with coursework totaling 90 credit hours (CLAS) or 111 hours (CHP); transfer hours are not allowed after high school graduation. With the approval of the CHP Director of Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the pre-PA requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the respective program.
2. Declaration of the Biology major (CLAS) or Public Health major (CHP) prior to completion of 60 credit hours of coursework.
3. Declaration of intent to participate in an ASCP at the end of fall semester of year 2.
4. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and a natural science GPA of 3.2 or higher. If accepted, students must adhere to the academic standards of the MMSc Program offered by the CHP beginning in spring of year 4.
5. Attendance of the Macon campus visits by representatives of the Atlanta-based PA Program every fall.
6. Documentation of at least 1,000 hours of acceptable direct patient care experience (PCE) before matriculation, with at least 300 hours of documented hours provided with the application to the MMSc program (in January of year 3), along with a reasonable plan for completion of the remainder. Documentation of the balance of the required PCE must be submitted by December 1 before matriculation. Examples of acceptable patient care experience include, but are not limited to medical assisting, emergency medical technician, nurse assisting, physical therapy assisting, and hospice volunteering in which direct patient care is involved (see full list of acceptable experience at https://chp.mercer.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements/physician-assistant/).
7. Application to the CHP no later than January 1 of year 3. This requires a primary application through CASPA and a secondary application sent directly to the CHP; a GRE score and letters of recommendation must be included.
8. Achievement of a minimum combined score of 300 on the GRE (minimum 150 Verbal Reasoning; 3.5 Analytical Writing). A score must be submitted with the CASPA application in January of year 3.
9. Completion of a successful interview with representatives of the CHP MMSc program during year 3.
10. Application for August graduation from the CLAS (year 4) to claim the BS in Health Sciences degree (CLAS participants may apply to participate in May commencement ceremony); CHP-ASCP participants must apply for May graduation from the CHP (year 4) to claim the BS in Public Health in May of year 4.
 
Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Public Health at the College of Health Professions
Mercer University’s Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP) for Public Health offers high-achieving students in the College of Health Professions (CHP) the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in a five-year time frame.
To be eligible for the ASCP, students must apply to enter the CHP as first-time undergraduate students (transfer students are not eligible for these programs) and adhere to the specific ASCP requirements for the duration of their time at Mercer. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
1. Completion of BIO 211 and 212, CHM 111 and 112, PBH 101, PBH 202, PBH 305, and PBH 307, as well as all 30 clock hours of undergraduate public health service, and required courses for the public health major by the end of summer semester of year 3. Ninety credit hours must be completed in residence at Mercer‘s Macon campus. With the approval of the CHP Director of Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the pre-PH requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the program.
2. Declaration of the Public Health major prior to completion of fall semester, year 2, and declaration of intent to participate in the Accelerated Special Consideration Program for Public Health prior to completion of fall semester, year 2.
3. Declaration of intent to participate in the ASCP at the end of fall semester of year 2.
4. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a BSPH GPA of 3.0 or higher for the first 90 credits. If accepted, students must adhere to the academic standards of the MPH program beginning in fall of year 4.
5. Meet with the BSPH coordinator during spring semester of year 3. Once the BSPH coordinator determines that the student has met the requirements, the student is directed to complete an application for admittance into the Master of Public Health Program.
6. Application to the MPH program during spring semester of year 3. Application requires a primary application through the Schools and Programs of Public Health Application Program (SOPHAS), and includes a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, documentation of 30 hours of public health service, and three letters of recommendation.
7. Application for graduation in May of year 4 from the College of Health Professions for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Graduation will occur in May of year 4 after completing the first 12 credit hours of the MPH program. The MPH degree will be awarded at the completion of the graduate program.