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Special Consideration Programs with the College of Health Professions and College of Pharmacy
Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Doctor of Pharmacy
Mercer University’s Special Consideration Program (SCP) offers high-achieving students in the College of Health Professions (CHP) the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree in CHP followed by the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, offered through the College of Pharmacy (COP). Students who meet all of the criteria of the SCP will be offered an interview with the professional PharmD program on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta. The specific coursework required for the SCP option can be obtained from the Director of Pre-Health Professions Advising on the Macon Campus. Dual-enrollment credit hours earned while the student is still in high school may be accepted to fulfill the pre-PharmD program requirements if approval has been granted by the Director of Admissions of the College of Pharmacy. Note that once a student is enrolled in Mercer as an undergraduate, dual enrollment courses can fulfill academic requirements, but they do not contribute to the credit hours that SCP students are required to earn for SCP programs while in residence.
Program Requirements
Students must apply to enter Mercer University as first-time undergraduate students.
Students must demonstrate a minimum mathematics competency that is equivalent to pre-calculus (MAT 133) or above; this competency may be demonstrated through credit (college, AP, or CLEP) for MAT 133 or its equivalent, or through a score of 15 or higher on the math placement test. Information about the math placement test can be found online here:
Once admitted to Mercer, pre-pharmacy students must declare themselves to be participants in the SCP in the fall of their first year. Additionally, they must adhere to the specific requirements for the SCP for the duration of their time as an undergraduate.
Students must complete the required courses for the public health degree by May of year 4, with 125 credit hours required in residence at Mercer-Macon. Transfer and transient hours are not accepted.
Students must complete all prerequisite courses for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program by the end of year 4.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a math/science GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the undergraduate course of study. Students will adhere to the academic standards of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program upon matriculation into that program.
Students must attend the Macon campus visits by representatives of the Atlanta-based PharmD Program every fall.
Students must obtain 250 hours of acceptable, documented pharmacy practice experience before August 1 following the second year of the undergraduate program. Note that 30 hours of the pharmacy practice experience will serve as the 30 hours of required service for the BSPH degree.
Students must apply to the PharmD program as an early decision applicant no later than August 1 between year 3 and 4. Note that this requires a primary application through PharmCAS, which includes documentation of pharmacy practice, letters of reference including one from a pharmacist, and appropriate fees.
Students must successfully complete an interview with representatives of the COP PharmD program during year 3.
Students must apply for May graduation from the College of Health Professions for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Graduation will occur in May of year 4. The PharmD degree will be awarded by the COP upon successful completion of the professional program.
Participation in the SCP does not guarantee admission in the professional program.