ETSU pharmacy school creates Early Admission Pathway for aspiring pharmacists

Published 8:37 am Wednesday, March 4, 2020

JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy has created an Early Admission Pathway for aspiring pharmacists to get started on their pharmacy career now.

High-achieving high school seniors choosing to attend ETSU or current ETSU freshmen can apply to be accepted directly into Gatton College of Pharmacy through the Early Admission Pathway, which provides students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) in six years.

Currently, the pharmacy school is waiving application fees to apply for the Early Admission Pathway. Students can learn more and apply at

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This pathway can be combined with a new 3+1 degree completion in chemistry and biology, which allows ETSU biology and chemistry majors to matriculate after three years to Gatton College of Pharmacy, if accepted, and complete their Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Biology after successful completion of their first year in the PharmD program.

ETSU students also have the option to complete their Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies at the pharmacy school after three years as an undergraduate.

“We are so excited to expand the pathway for students who wish to pursue a career in pharmacy,” said Dr. Debbie Byrd, dean. “The Early Admission Pathway is the perfect way for aspiring pharmacists at ETSU to get a head start on their career and secure their spot in a future class, becoming part of the Gatton family.”

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