Guaranteed Admission Program
The Guaranteed Admission Program to VCU’s School of Pharmacy prepares highly qualified individuals in the doctoral program to engage in the responsible provision of drug therapy for the purpose of improving a patient’s quality of life. The educational program is designed to provide a sound scientific and professional background for those who will enter the practice of pharmacy and those who wish to continue graduate education in the pharmaceutical sciences.
All guaranteed admission students must meet the following eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in the pharmacy program.
- Graduate with University Honors
- Submit the honors dossier by the stated deadline (Oct. 1 for May graduation, April 1 for August graduation and Aug. 1 for December graduation).
- Complete all prerequisites for admission to the pharmacy professional program.
- 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.
- If you wish to take required course work 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.
- 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.
For students entering the Guaranteed Admission Program (Pharmacy) in fall 2012 and onwards, you must complete a minimum of 90 hours in health care experience each academic year. Consult with your honors advisor regarding acceptable activities; exposure to pharmacy settings is strongly encouraged. Students may not earn health care-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your health care-related experiences. [PDF]
Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-health care related.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete a Pharmacy Technician Certification program; likewise, students are strongly encouraged to complete PHAR 201 (offered in the spring semester).
- Attend all meetings of guaranteed admission students as directed by the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs and meet with the director upon request.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 consecutive days, you must notify the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of alternative ways of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
- Student records will be reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. If students fail to complete the requirements, this will result in dismissal from The Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Pharmacy).
- Students entering through the Preferred Applicant Track must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) by August 1st prior to the year of matriculation to Pharmacy School and attain a score at the 70th percentile (or higher) in each section.