Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Pharmacy Early Assurance Program

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 you’ll receive priority status when it comes time for admittance into Manchester’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, along with extra, structured guidance to help keep you on track.

Early Assurance Benefits

Students who are admitted into the Early Assurance Program will receive benefits setting them apart from other pre-health students:

  • A press release to their high school, indicating their acceptance into Early Assurance
  • Priority advising appointments with both undergraduate and doctoral academic advisor
  • Special networking opportunities with pharmacy program faculty, students and alumni
  • Additional 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 guaranteed Doctor of Pharmacy Program interview with a 3.3 cumulative GPA
Eligibility
To qualify for Early Assurance, students must:
  • Meet all Manchester University undergraduate admission requirements
  • Have at least a 3.3 GPA at the end of junior year or at time of application and maintain it until high school graduation
  • Demonstrate ACT composite and sub-scores of at least 23 or SAT sub-scores of at least 570 (Note: Manchester no longer requires ACT or SAT scores; however, Early Assurance candidates are required to submit test scores and meet the minimum criteria)

Students already admitted to Manchester University can be eligible for the Early Assurance Program. Ask your admissions counselor about applying.

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 earn a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA 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 earn a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA 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 earn a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA 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.


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.
From Pre-pharmacy to Pharmacy

To maintain eligibility and transition into 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
  • Maintain a 3.3 GPA at the time of application 
  • 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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