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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.
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)

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