Guaranteed Admission Program for Pharmacy: Requirements
In order to retain membership in the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Pharmacy, all Guaranteed Admission students MUST:
- Graduate with University Honors.
- Submit their Honors dossier by the stated deadline (October 1 for May graduation, April 1 for an August graduation and August 1 for a December graduation).
- Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA at VCU with no grade below a “C”. Transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used in the GPA calculation.
- Complete all prerequisites for admission to the doctor of pharmacy program.
- Successfully complete PHAR 201 (offered in the spring semester).
- Students are strongly encouraged to complete a Pharmacy Technician Certification program.
- If you wish to take required coursework from either an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, then you must obtain advance permission from the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs. This includes the summer session between high school and college.
- Complete a minimum of 90 hours in healthcare experience each year. Consult with your Honors advisor regarding acceptable activities; exposure to pharmacy settings is strongly encouraged.
- Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-healthcare related.
- Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
- Monitor your vcu.edu email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be (or anticipate being) without email access for more than seven (7) consecutive days, you must notify the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternate ways of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
- Register with AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) for an AMCAS ID number by May 15 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin medical school. This number must be reported to the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs within five (5) business days of the registration.
- Complete an electronic application using PharmCAS and submit it by January 1 of the year you plan to begin the pharmacy program. Complete a supplemental application, available from the Admissions Office of the School of Pharmacy.
- Meet with the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising from the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs prior to the beginning of Honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
- Attend all meetings of Guaranteed Admission students as directed by the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs, and meet with the Director upon request.
- Occasionally, students have asked about entering the School of Pharmacy prior to completion of four years of undergraduate study. To do that, you must take the PCAT and apply in the regular applicant pool.
Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If a student fails to complete the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program for Pharmacy, this will result in dismissal from the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Pharmacy.
Students entering through the Preferred Applicant Track must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) by August 1 prior to the year of matriculation to pharmacy school and attain a score at the 70th percentile (or higher) in each section.