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October 31, 2014

Early Assurance

Many students are happy to find that Palm Beach Atlantic University undergrads, who complete our pre-professional requirements, a guaranteed interview to the Gregory School of Pharmacy.We offer our PBA undergrads an Early Assurance option to the School of Pharmacy for full-time PBA students who complete the pre-professional requirements below: 

  • Be accepted and be currently enrolled in the undergraduate program at PBA.
  • Complete the supplemental application and essay for admission to the School of Pharmacy.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Complete the 66-67 hours of pre-professional requirements (see table below) with a minimum grade point average of 3.4 for both cumulative and science courses.
  • All pre-professional course work should be completed by May  of the year seeking admission into the School of Pharmacy. Exceptions to the May deadline will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and score at least 70 percent on the composite score. The PCAT must be taken no later than the January test date.
     


Pre-Professional Course Requirements:

Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program requires 66-67 semester hours of pre-professional education at an accredited college or university. Minimum specific course requirements are:
 

Course Semester Hours Comments
English 6 1 course must be English Composition
Economics 3  
Elementary Statistics 3  
Calculus 3-4  
General Chemistry I & II with Labs

8

 
General Biology I & II w/Labs 8  
Human Anatomy & Physiology I &II with Labs 8  
Microbiology with Lab 4  
Biochemistry 3  
Speech 3  
Humanities 9  

 

Guaranteed Candidates MUST:

  1. Complete at least 33 of the 66-67 hours listed above at PBA.
  2. Grades below “C-” cannot be accepted toward completion of these requirements.
  3. A failed course taken at a previous institution can be retaken at PBA, but cannot count toward your 33 hours.
  4. The minimum cumulative pre-pharmacy and science (Chemistry, Biology and Math) grade point average (GPA) requirement is 3.4.
  5. All science courses (Chemistry, Biology, A&P and Microbiology) must include a laboratory.

 
Pharmacy College Admission Test:
The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) should be taken during September or January, but no later than January of the year prior to application for admission to the School of Pharmacy. Students must score in at least the 70th percentile on the main composite score to qualify for Early Assurance.

Interview/Admissions Committee:
Eligible students will be invited to an Interview Day at the School of Pharmacy. You will interview with a three-member interview team consisting of Pharmacy faculty, current Pharmacy students, alumni and employers. The Admissions Committee must recommend the student for admission.
 



Undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy Admission Program Checklist for PBA Students:

  1. Full-time PBA undergraduate student
  2. Submit supplemental application and essay for admission.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation to the School of Pharmacy.
  4. Interview by a Pharmacy faculty member, receiving an unconditional favorable recommendation from the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee.
  5. Successful completion of all required courses by May of the year seeking admission with minimum cumulative and science grade point averages of 3.4.
  6. Take the PCAT in October or January prior to admission to the School of Pharmacy and receive a composite score in at least the 70th percentile 

PBA students who fulfill the Early Assurance requirements will be required to apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).



Transfer Students:
Students who transfer to PBA to complete their pre-pharmacy undergraduate requirements MAY be eligible for a guaranteed interview.

To qualify, a transfer student MUST: 

  1. Complete at least one full academic year (Fall/Spring semesters) at PBA.
  2. Fulfill all of the requirements for Early Assurance:
    1. Complete a supplemental application and essay.
    2. Submit three letters of recommendation.
    3. Apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
    4. Complete the 67-68 hours of pre-professional courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.4 for both cumulative and science courses.
    5. Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and score in at least the 70th percentile on the composite score. The PCAT must be taken no later than the January test date. 

 Undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy Admission Program Checklist for Transfer Students:
Transfer students must meet the admission requirements for the Undergraduate Admission Office. Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended. For further details, contact our PBA undergraduate admissions office at 888-468-6722 or (561) 803-2100 or via e-mail.

Transfer Students Who Do Not Qualify For a Early Assurance:
Students who transfer to PBA but complete less than one full academic year at PBA or students who attend PBA but do not fulfill Early Assurance requirements are not eligible for the Undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy Program. Under these conditions, students should apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). For further details, contact our PBA undergraduate admissions office at 888-468-6722 or (561) 803-2100 or via e-mail.

 

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West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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