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Early Assurance Program
PCOM School of Pharmacy

The PCOM School of Pharmacy Early Assurance (EA) Program is designed for undergraduates interested in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, providing a clear roadmap to admission as early as freshman year in college.

What are the benefits of the Early Assurance Program?

Students who meet the requirements and are accepted under the EA Program receive conditional acceptance to the PCOM School of Pharmacy. Additionally:

  • Students will not have to compete against the traditional pool of PharmCAS applicants.
  • Accepted applicants are eligible for PCOM scholarships to offset the cost of attendance.
  • Applicants have access to and can participate in PCOM School of Pharmacy events and activities prior to matriculation.
Who should apply for conditional acceptance to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program?

Full-time undergraduate college students with an aptitude for chemistry, physiology and biology, strong communication skills, and a solid understanding of the practice and profession of pharmacy.

Admissions Requirements

All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is given to all the credentials presented by applicants.

Early Assurance Program requirements

Applicants must intend to intend to matriculate to the PharmD program at a date beyond the immediate PharmCAS admissions cycle. They must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year community college or four-year undergraduate college or university. Full time is defined as a minimum of 12 semester credits per term.

Requirements related to undergraduate course work

The requirements related to undergraduate course work are:

  • Must not have received any grades of D, F, NP, W/F or any non-passing grade in any courses at the time of acceptance.
  • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Must have completed 10 credits of science and math pre-requisite coursework at C- or higher.
  • Must have completed three (3) credits of English Composition with a grade of B- or higher.
  • Maintain good academic and disciplinary standing in school for the duration of time enrolled.
Additional requirements
  • A personal statement/essay on motivation for pursuing career in pharmacy or letter of interest (LOI) describing the candidate’s interest in pharmacy profession and PCOM.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a department chair or a faculty at the candidate’s primary undergraduate institution. Ideally this would be from a faculty member in the department of the candidates’ major program of study.
  • Complete the PharmDirect online application prior to the annual deadline.
Other considerations

Pharmacy-related work experience or healthcare-related volunteer work is not required, but strongly encouraged.

What other factors are considered for EAP applicants?
  • Good for up to three (3) years after early assurance acceptance.
  • Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits will be accepted if noted on official college transcript.
  • Courses completed in high school as part of a dual credit program will be accepted if noted on official college transcript.
  • Courses may be completed at any U.S. Department of Education (DOE) accredited community college, four-year college, or university. Online course instruction from an accredited college or university is acceptable. Labs must be live (no online lab credit accepted).

Application Process

How to apply to PCOM’s PharmD Early Assurance Program

PCOM School of Pharmacy participates in the centralized application service known as PharmDirect for early assurance candidates applying to direct entry PharmD degree programs in a college or school of pharmacy. College freshman, sophomores and juniors may submit their application through PharmDirect. The PharmDirect application will include all undergraduate course work, official transcripts and one letter of recommendation.


For questions regarding submission of the PharmDirect application, contact PharmDirect directly at or 617-612-2071.

PCOM will review the application, and acceptance into the EA Program will be determined by the PCOM School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee.

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the EA Program by the PCOM Office of Admissions.

EA Program participants are required to apply directly to PharmDirect by June 26, 2020. The PharmDirect application will serve to confirm that all conditional provisions for admissions are met and will include an in-person interview.


Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at

Additional information about the PCOM School of Pharmacy and the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is available on our frequently asked questions page.

All inquiries about admission to the PharmD program should be directed to:

PCOM Georgia Office of Admissions
625 Old Peachtree Road, NW
Suwanee, GA 30024