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Early Assurance - PharmD in 6 Years at Belmont

Incoming freshmen who choose pre-pharmacy at Belmont University are eligible for Early Assurance to the PharmD program by meeting program requirements as outlined below.   

Early Assurance Benefits
  • Solid liberal arts program as a pre-pharmacy student at Belmont University
  • Admission to the PharmD program is guaranteed if all Pre-Pharmacy Requirements for Early Assurance are achieved*
  • Academic merit scholarships awarded as an incoming freshman may continue for a total of six years of pre-pharmacy/PharmD study, as long as eligibility requirements are met each year.  Years 5 & 6 provided by the College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is waived for students who apply to Belmont’s PharmD program through Early Decision which excludes application to any other pharmacy school.
  • A faculty member from the College of Pharmacy will serve as academic advisor during the time as a pre-pharmacy student
  • Preferred access to available volunteer/shadowing opportunities with College of Pharmacy faculty, such as medical mission trips and observation in the University Pharmacy
  • Opportunity to join student pharmacy organizations
  • Open invitation to lectures, seminars and other special events sponsored by the College of Pharmacy
* Students who do not achieve all requirements remain eligible to apply for admission to the PharmD program at Belmont University without guaranteed admission.

Early Assurance Requirements
As a high school senior applying to Belmont:
  • Admission to and enrollment at Belmont University as a freshman student with an intended major in Pharmaceutical Studies or other area of science
As a freshman at Belmont:
  • Complete all math and science prerequisites at Belmont* **
  • Complete at least two full semesters with minimum of 8 hours of biology and 8 hours of chemistry
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher during these first two semesters
  • Achieve a math and science GPA of 3.0 or higher as a pre-pharmacy student
* Advanced Placement (AP) credit(s) accepted by Belmont University meet this requirement. Math and science prerequisites completed at other regionally accredited post-secondary institutions may be allowed but must have prior approval from the College of Pharmacy.
** Students who do not meet minimum requirements for placement in math and science prerequisites as freshmen may be delayed up to a full year in qualifying for entry into the PharmD program.

During the summer between the freshman and sophomore years:
  • Apply through PharmCAS between July 15 and September 1 for Early Decision to the PharmD program at Belmont University, one year prior to intended enrollment
Early in the sophomore year:
  • Complete a successful interview for Early Decision to the PharmD program
As a sophomore at Belmont:
  • Continue all math and science prerequisites at Belmont
  • Complete all prerequisites (listed below) for the PharmD program with a minimum grade of “C” or better in each course and a GPA of 3.0 or better in all of these courses combined
  • Achieve a math and science GPA of 3.0 or higher as a pre-pharmacy student
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher as a pre-pharmacy student

PharmD Prerequisites (Courses Recommended for Belmont Undergraduates)
    • 1st Biology (BIO 1150/1155 – 4 credits)
    • 2nd Biology (BIO 1160/1165 or BIO 2120 – 4 credits)
    • General Chemistry I (CEM 1510/1515 – 4 credits)
    • General Chemistry II (CEM 1520/1525 – 4 credits)
    • Organic Chemistry I (CEM 2810 – 4 credits)
    • Organic Chemistry II (CEM 2820 – 4 credits)
    • Physics (PHY 1110 – 3 credits)
    • Calculus (MTH 1210 – 4 credits, Pharmacy requires only 3 credits)
    • Statistics (MTH 1151 – 3 credits)
    • 1st Writing (ENG 1010 – 3 credits)
    • 2nd Writing (GND 1015 – 3 credits)
    • 1st Communication Skills (COM 1100 – 3 credits)
    • 2nd Communication Skills (COM 1930,2020,2200,2230,2340 or ENG 3010 or ENW 2015-3580 or a foreign language skills course – 3 credits)
    • 1st Behavioral or Social Science (from psychology (recommended), economics (recommended), sociology, history political science, communication theory, anthropology, minority studies or global issues – 3 credits)
    • 2nd Behavioral or Social Science (from psychology (recommended), economics (recommended), sociology, history political science, communication theory, anthropology, minority studies or global issues – 3 credits)
    • Humanities (ENL 2000-4380, HUM 1000-3500, or other appropriate course from fine arts, philosophy, ethics or foreign culture – 3 credits)
    • Religion (REL 1010 or 1020 – 3 credits)
    • Elective (may need to be college algebra and/or pre-calculus – 3 credits)
    • Elective (can combine extra credits earned above with 1 credit from CEM 1060 – 3 credits)

Why Pharmacy?
Perhaps you are unsure about your interest in the pharmacy profession.  Here are a few links that will help you learn more about the profession and the variety of career opportunities available to you.

Novel (Unique) Pharmacy Practice Settings

Pharmacy Career Quiz

Internship Opportunities

Pharmacy Myths

Pharmacy is Right for Me


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