MUSC Pharmacy Students Succeed

Graduating student satisfaction, on-time graduation, and residency placement exceed 90 percent. We are a top academic medical center located in historic Charleston, SC focused on interprofessional education and research.

MUSC College of Pharmacy students in white coats

Early Assurance Program

Students studying

The MUSC College of Pharmacy’s Early Assurance Program is a competitive admission program designed for exceptional high school seniors with a desire to pursue a health care career in pharmacy through an accelerated pathway.

Early Assurance Program students earn conditional acceptance to the MUSC Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program after the successful completion of college-level prerequisite courses at any accredited college or university, and maintenance of certain academic criteria.

High School Seniors with a passion for pursuing a health care career in pharmacy are encouraged to apply.  Students must meet the following requirements for consideration:

• Have a 3.2 or higher unweighted GPA at the end of the fall semester of their senior year 
• By the end of their spring semester, achieve admittance to an accredited undergraduate program of their choice
• Commit to pursuing a career in pharmacy by taking the most demanding science and math courses available

As one of the only College of Pharmacy Early Assurance Programs located on an academic medical center, there are many benefits for candidates accepted into the program:
• Acceptance into the MUSC College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program upon completion of all maintenance requirements/conditional acceptance expectations
• Study prerequisites at any accredited college or university of your choice
• Special networking opportunities with College of Pharmacy faculty, students and alumni
• Ability to use LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarships for the Pharm.D. program (South Carolina residents)
• Early access to career mentors throughout the state and the southeast 
• Reduced Pharm.D. seat fee

• Apply online through PharmDIRECT by May 1, 2025 (application opens August 31, 2024)
• Submit three letters of recommendation through PharmDirect application
• Submit an essay on why you are pursuing pharmacy as a career through PharmDirect application
• Meet the MUSC College of Pharmacy Technical Standards 

The MUSC Admissions office will review and evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive a phone call and/or email after submitting their application with information regarding the next steps in the application process.

Upon acceptance into the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s Early Assurance Program and graduation from high school, students may complete the prerequisite requirements at any accredited undergraduate program of their choice and must:
• Successfully complete all prerequisite requirements within two (2) academic years* with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher 
• Work/shadow a minimum of 20 hours in pharmacy or interview at least five pharmacists - Sample Interview with a Pharmacist Questions (PDF) or complete the Pharmacy Career Pathways  Certificate Program 
• Submit a PharmCAS application by October 1 during the fall semester of their sophomore year
• Successfully interview with the College in the fall semester prior to starting the Pharm.D. program
• Successfully pass the required background check
• Satisfy the MUSC College of Pharmacy established technical standards for the admission, progression and graduation of the Pharm.D. Program

Those who do not meet these requirements may apply for admission under the regular Pharm.D. admission criteria. *Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis for exceptional circumstances

Additional Information

Early Assurance Program Details (PDF)

Early Assurance Program Course of Study (PDF)

Pharmacy Technical Standards (PDF)

Contact Us:

Madison Riley Protzman
Marketing & Recruitment Specialist