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Early Assurance Program

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 in as few as six years.

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 to the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s Early Assurance Program:

• Have a 3.2 or higher unweighted GPA at the end of the fall semester of their senior year
• Achieve a score of 26 on the ACT or 1250 on the SAT
• 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

 

High School Seniors who meet the minimum requirements should:

• Apply online through PharmDIRECT by May 1, 2021 (application opens August 31, 2020)
• Submit qualifying ACT/SAT scores to enrollment management; ACT scores to school code 6440 and SAT scores to school code 5407
• Submit three letters of recommendation through PharmDirect application
• Submit an essay on why they are pursuing pharmacy as a career through PharmDirect application
• Meet with the MUSC College of Pharmacy admissions office
• Meet the MUSC College of Pharmacy Technical Standards

High School Seniors who are not admitted to the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s Early Assurance Program are eligible to apply to the Pharm.D. program through the standard Pharm.D. application process.

 

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)
• Opportunity to apply for MUSC College of Pharmacy scholarships
• Early access to career mentors throughout the state and the southeast
• Participation in PREP+ summer program after first year of prerequisites
• Earn doctorate-level education in six years
• Formal press release announcing acceptance into MUSC College of Pharmacy Early Assurance Program

 

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 in two (2) academic years* with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
• Successfully attend the MUSC College of Pharmacy PREP+ program the summer following the first year of college
• Work/shadow a minimum of 20 hours in pharmacy or interview at least five pharmacists - Sample Interview with a Pharmacist Questions (PDF)
• 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 Course of Study (PDF)

Pharmacy Technical Standards (PDF)

Contact Us:

Jenny S. Bagg
Admission Manager, Dean's Office
baggjs@musc.edu