How to Get Into Pharmacy School Through the Early Assurance Program
PCOM School of Pharmacy
The PCOM School of Pharmacy Early Assurance Program is designed for undergraduates
and high school students interested in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, providing a clear roadmap to admission. The Early Assurance Pharmacy Program does
not guarantee admission to any specific applicant; all academic and other eligibility
requirements must be met as determined by PCOM in its sole discretion.
What is the Early Assurance Pharmacy Program?
An Early Assurance Program provides eligible current college and high school students
with the opportunity to secure a spot in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program before
completing their bachelor's degree. As an Early Assurance Program participant, you
are assured of the availability of a seat within the PharmD program as long as admissions
requirements are met. Additionally, program participants may take part in events and
activities prior to matriculation which will help them prepare for pharmacy school
and be successful in the program upon matriculation.
What are the benefits of the Early Assurance Pharmacy Program?
Students who meet the requirements and are accepted under the Early Assurance Pharmacy
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 can apply for conditional acceptance through the Early Assurance Pharmacy Program?
The Early Assurance Pharmacy Program is available for undergraduate students and high
To apply as an undergraduate, you must:
- Be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year community college or four-year undergraduate
college or university.
- Intend to matriculate to the PharmD program at a date beyond the immediate PharmCAS
- Meet the admissions requirements for the program.
To apply as a high school student, you must:
- Have completed your junior year of high school or the equivalent.
- Meet the admissions requirements for the program.
How to Get Into Pharmacy School
PCOM School of Pharmacy's Early Assurance Pharmacy Program provides high school and
undergraduate students with a clear roadmap for securing a seat in pharmacy school.
To participate, prospective pharmacy students should complete the following steps.
Step 1: Meet the Early Assurance Pharmacy Program applicant criteria
Undergraduate applicants must 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.
High school applicants must have completed their junior year of high school (11th
grade) or equivalent.
Step 2: Fulfill the specified academic requirements
All applications undergo a holistic review process whereby careful consideration is
given to all the credentials presented by applicants. Undergraduate and high school
students are expected to meet certain academic requirements.
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-
- Must have completed three (3) credits of English Composition with a grade of B- or
- Maintain good academic and disciplinary standing in school for the duration of time
High school students
- Have a high school GPA of 3.0 and/or submit SAT or ACT scores with a minimum 1100
SAT or 23 ACT.
- Be in good academic and disciplinary standing in high school at the time of application
as well as maintain good standing throughout the remainder of the senior year.
Step 3: Obtain Letters of Recommendation and Prepare a Personal Statement
Undergraduate and high school students interested in applying to the Early Assurance
Pharmacy Program must meet additional criteria for eligibility and evaluation.
Undergraduate applicants must provide:
- 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.
High school student applicants must provide:
- One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor through the PharmDirect
Step 4: Complete the PharmDirect Online Application
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. Undergraduates and high school students may submit
their application through PharmDirect.
Undergraduates should complete the PharmDirect online application prior to the annual
deadline. High school students should complete and submit the PharmDirect online application
prior to the deadline during the senior year of high school (12th grade).
For questions regarding submission of the PharmDirect application, contact PharmDirect
directly at email@example.com 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 Early Assurance Pharmacy
Program by the PCOM Office of Admissions.
Program participants are required to apply directly to PharmDirect. The PharmDirect
application will serve to confirm that all conditional provisions for admissions are
met and will include an in-person interview.
Step 5: Review Other Factors and Considerations for Early Assurance Pharmacy Program
Applicants for the Early Assurance Pharmacy Program should be aware of the following:
- Program acceptance is good for up to three (3) years.
- 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. Note: Live labs are not required for those classes
taken during spring/summer/fall 2020 and spring/summer 2021 semesters for the 2020-21
PharmDirect application cycle.
- Pharmacy-related work experience or healthcare-related volunteer work is not required,
but strongly encouraged.
Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at PharmDadmissions@pcom.edu.
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