Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Pharmacy Early Assurance Program

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Be Assured of Success.

If you’re an incoming first-year undergraduate student interested in pursuing a path to becoming a pharmacist, the Pharmacy Early Assurance Program can help you get there more confidently, more assuredly.

Apply for the Early Assurance Program when you enroll in Manchester’s Pre-pharmacy Program and receive structured guidance to help keep you on track. If eligible you can fill your reserved seat when it comes time for admittance into Manchester’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.  

Early Assurance Benefits

All pre-pharmacy students enjoy benefits that connect them with the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. They include:

  • Networking opportunities with pharmacy program faculty, students and alumni
  • Informational sessions to help prepare for the Pharmacy Program and admissions process
  • Invitation into the Pre-Pharmacy Club
  • Strong candidacy for the Early Decision PharmCAS application process
  • A Doctor of Pharmacy Program interview with a 3.3 cumulative college GPA at the time of Pharmacy program application

Students who enter the Early Assurance Program will also be eligible for:

  • A reserved seat in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program during the year for which they apply (pending completion of required steps through their undergraduate experience and admissions process)
  • Priority advising appointments with both undergraduate and doctoral academic advisors
  • Additional opportunities to prepare for entry into the Doctor of Pharmacy program, including a mock interview event and one-on-one appointments with admissions personnel at the time of application.

Eligibility

To qualify for Early Assurance, students must:
  • Meet all Manchester University undergraduate admission requirements
  • Minimum required high school GPA of 3.8 or higher.

Transition Options

Early Assurance students have three options to make a smooth transition from pre-pharmacy into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program:

Pre-Pharmacy Track (at least two years of undergraduate coursework)

  • Candidates would complete the 60 credit hours coursework at Manchester required to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program (does not result in a bachelor’s degree).
  • Successful candidates must meet required college GPA of 3.5 or higher upon application to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

Fast Forward Track (three years of undergraduate coursework)

  • Candidates would complete prerequisite coursework as part of the Biology-Chemistry degree (or related degree completion) in three years through the Fast Forward degree option, earning a bachelor’s degree (NOTE: requires pre-approval and admittance into the Fast Forward program).
  • Successful candidates must meet required college GPA of 3.5 or higher upon application to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

Traditional Degree Track (four years of undergraduate coursework)

  • Candidates would complete a Biology-Chemistry degree (or related degree) in four years, earning a bachelor’s degree.
  • Successful candidates must meet required college GPA of 3.5 or higher upon application to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

Timeline

Once admitted to Early Assurance, students will adhere to a predetermined timeline to provide information to academic advisors, Office of the Registrar, and Pharmacy Program admissions personnel regarding their plans for possible entry into the professional program. Pharmacy Program personnel will work closely with the pre-pharmacy advisor and the Starfish system to track pre-pharmacy students through their undergraduate experience.


Summer after High School:

  • Students will connect with an academic advisor on the North Manchester campus, as well as an advisor from the Fort Wayne campus during Summer Registration Days.
  • Students should notify academic advisors and admissions personnel if they plan to pursue the Fast Forward track
After Fall Semester First Year
  • Students will connect with Pharmacy Program academic advisor
After Spring Semester, First Year:
  • Students will connect with Pharmacy Program academic advisor
  • Students should notify academic advisors and admissions personnel which track they plan to pursue – Pre-Pharmacy or Traditional Degree
  • Regular semester meetings will continue until student transitions into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Undergraduate academic advisors will help students schedule courses and discuss their progress throughout a student’s undergraduate academic experience.

From Pre-pharmacy to Pharmacy

To maintain eligibility and transition into a seat with an incoming class of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, Early Assurance students must:

  • Submit a PharmCAS application by the end of Fall semester prior to their intended entry date to the Manchester University Doctor of Pharmacy Program 
  • Complete prerequisite course requirements with grades of C or higher
  • Successful candidates must meet required college GPA of 3.5 or higher upon application to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.
  • Complete all other admission requirements as outlined by the Doctor of Pharmacy Program
  • Complete the program’s admissions interview process successfully 
  • Pay the required $300 seat deposit at the time of acceptance
  • Complete all required steps for matriculation into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

* Those who opt in to Early Assurance, but do not meet these requirements can still apply for admission under the regular admissions process. 

Questions? Need help?
Contact us at:
Phone: 260-470-2700
Email: pharmacy@manchester.edu

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