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School of Pharmacy

Direct Entry Path

Direct Entry Admission Path: 0+6 or 0+7

Students may be admitted to the School of Pharmacy from high school based on strong academic performance. If the required academic, professional, and other standards are met, each student should expect to continue through our Pharmacy program until graduation. Both a six-year and a seven-year pathway to the Pharm.D. are available.

There is no firm application deadline. Applicants using the direct entry path are considered as long as there are still seats available in the class. If you do not initially qualify for direct entry, you may enroll at the University as a pharmaceutical science student, taking the recommended prepharmacy curriculum. Working with a pharmacy faculty advisor, you may develop a plan to pursue admission to the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy. Typically and depending upon space in the class, you will be considered for direct entry to the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy when your spring semester cumulative Cedarville grade point average exceeds 3.0.

Students who receive a direct entry invitation are eligible to receive a renewable scholarship up to $5,000. The award amount is determined by academic performance and the results of your scholarship interview. This scholarship will be added on top of any other undergraduate scholarships you may receive.

Application Process

  1. Gain admittance to Cedarville University
    Complete and submit the undergraduate application for admission. You may begin this process as soon as your high school posts your final junior year grades. The undergraduate application opens on June 1.
  2. Indicate your program of interest as "Pharmaceutical Sciences" on your application.​
  3. Participate in an interview with the School of Pharmacy to be considered for scholarships.
  4. Accept your seat in the pharmacy program.​

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

For freshmen students accepted at Cedarville University directly from high school, direct entry invitations are based on:

  • Declared major on application: Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • High school curriculum.
  • Cumulative high school weighted grade point average of at least a 3.25.
  • Recommended: ACT composite of at least 23 or SAT composite of at least 1130 (Due to limited availability of standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cedarville will not require a standardized test score as a requirement for admission for students entering any term through spring 2023. For more information, visit the Test Optional FAQs page.

Advantages of Direct Entry

  • By achieving direct entry to the Pharm.D. program, you can plan with confidence for pharmacy school, as long as you meet the program continuation requirements.
  • You can focus on learning, not competing for a place in pharmacy school. We screen students in the admission process, not as a part of the academic experience. Consequently, your professors will focus on helping you learn and realize your full potential, not on weeding you out. Cedarville University has achieved national recognition for providing a supportive learning environment and a focus on undergraduate teaching. We want you to succeed!

Continuation Requirements

To continue as a prepharmacy student and move into the Doctor of Pharmacy program, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Grade point average of at least 3.00 at the end of each prepharmacy year
  • "C" grade or higher in all courses
  • Completion of all prepharmacy curriculum
  • Successful interview with School of Pharmacy faculty during fall semester of final prepharmacy year