Mercer University undergraduates who plan to pursue a career in pharmacy are considered to the on the "pre-pharmacy" track. Pre-pharmacy is not an academic major, but a preparatory track. Pre-pharmacy students enrolled at the College of Liberal Arts declare and work towards an academic major and minor>> as they fulfill the admission requirements for their preferred pharmacy school(s) - at least as a back-up plan.
Pre-pharmacy students may choose one of three paths as they prepare for pharmacy school:
- Students may earn a bachelor’s degree as they fulfill the prerequisites for the pharmacy school of their choice;
- Students may participate in one of the Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP) described in detail on the Special Consideration Programs page>>; or
- Students may fulfill only the minimum requirements for the pharmacy school of their choice before matriculation into a pharmacy program.
Mercer pre-pharmacy students will enroll in the MercerPreHealth Canvas course to start developing their professional school application portfolios, and participate in the workshops and seminars hosted by the professional advisors in the Office of Academic & Advising Services and the Center for Career & Professional Development. The schedule of those events is available on the Mercer Science and Pre-Health Google Calendar>>.
Students who do not have access to the Canvas course may read through the 2017-18 Pre-Pharmacy Track Fundamentals>> handbook.
Information about all of the pre-professional tracks at Mercer-Macon can be found on the web pages of the Office of Academic & Advising Services>>.
Please note that the minimum science coursework required for the pre-pharmacy track is only offered by the College of Liberal Arts on the Macon Campus. Also note that competency in mathematics at or above the calculus level is required to begin the chemistry and biology course sequences at Mercer University. Students planning on following the pre-pharmacy track are therefore advised to take mathematics in high school at least through the pre-calculus level.