2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Pharmacy Admission/Preferred Admission The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree curriculum includes courses in the professional Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree curriculum, which are only accessible to students who have been admitted to the PharmD program (unless an exception is granted by the School of Pharmacy). The BSPS degree curriculum includes all of the courses required for admission to the Cedarville University Doctor of Pharmacy program. BSPS students will apply for the PharmD program the year before starting the professional program. Students are required to complete the PharmD application in PharmCAS and interview for admissions to the School of Pharmacy. The final course in the BSPS degree curriculum is typically completed during the spring semester of the first professional (P1) year in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students intending to pursue a career in pharmacy - thus, pursue a PharmD degree – should choose pharmaceutical sciences as their major. NOTE: Failure to be granted admission to the PharmD program (which would occur during the academic year prior to the 1st professional (P1) year in the PharmD program), or be granted an exception to complete the BSPS by the School of Pharmacy in the absence of such admission, will result in an inability to complete this degree. Undergraduate students at Cedarville University in the pharmaceutical sciences major may be considered for Preferred Admission to the PharmD program as early as their senior year in high school and continuing throughout their undergraduate studies. Preferred Admission is awarded to a select number of students who have demonstrated the aptitudes and skills necessary for successful pursuit of a career in pharmacy. This status reserves a seat for the student in the class size-limited PharmD program, associated with a specific School-established start date in the PharmD program. Students with Preferred Admission status are exempt from competing against other applicants for a seat in the program. The granting of Preferred Admission status involves two steps. First, students obtain admission to the University. Second, students are then considered for preferred admission to the School of Pharmacy. Those students selected for preferred admission based on their academic performance may compete for additional scholarships. Consideration for preferred admission is based upon the following criteria: 1. Declared interest in pharmacy 2. Academic curriculum 3. Cumulative GPA (high school or collegiate) Students who do not qualify for preferred admission as a new student may still take the BSPS curriculum and apply for Preferred Admission, or make direct application to the PharmD program, later in their academic journey. The Admissions Committee considers applications of undergraduate students for Preferred Admission at the end of each academic year. Preferred Admission Continuation Requirements In order to continue with Preferred Admission status, students must meet the following requirements: 1. Maintain a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00. For purposes of Preferred Admission, the School of Pharmacy calculates the GPA using a courserepeat and grade-replacement policy that considers the repeated course grade in place of the original course grade, regardless of when such occurred during the undergraduate experience (i.e., any undergraduate course may be repeated for this purpose). Note, this Preferred Admission policy does not affect the student’s official transcript – the policies for which are established and managed by the Registrar. Students who do not achieve a 3.00 GPA according to these policies will be subject to the following actions related to their Preferred Admission status: • Conditional Status: Applied to student failing to achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA after their first undergraduate semester at Cedarville University. • Probation Status: Applied to student failing to achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA after their first undergraduate year at Cedarville University. • Loss of Preferred Admission Status: Occurs if student fails to achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA after two years of undergraduate study at Cedarville University. Note: All status decisions are at the discretion of the Admissions Committee; students who do not hold Preferred Admission status may continue to enroll in the BSPS degree curriculum with an aim toward regaining Preferred Admission status and/or applying directly to the PharmD program at the appropriate time. 2. Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all courses identified as prerequisites for admission to the PharmD program (see Graduate Academic Catalog). Students may repeat any course for which a “C” was not earned. Exceptions to this requirement are applied to select two-semester sequence courses (General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology) in which students may continue with a C- in either semester of the sequence as long as they earn a grade of at least C+ in the complementary course of the sequence. All prerequisite and application requirements for the PharmD program are found in the Graduate Academic Catalog. Financial Aid BSPS students benefit from all scholarship programs available to other Cedarville University students. For students continuing into the professional PharmD program (completing their BSPS degree as part of their professional studies) after three years of undergraduate study at Cedarville University, the University aid will continue to be available through the first professional year. Career Opportunities The demand for pharmacists appears to be strong for many years to come. Current shortages as well as changes and advances in science and healthcare will create abundant opportunities for pharmacy graduates. These opportunities may include: • Clinical specialist in pediatrics, internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, critical care, infectious disease, psychiatry, etc. • Ambulatory care pharmacist • Industry specialist, including research, medical science liaison, etc. • Hospital pharmacist • Community pharmacist • Emergency medicine pharmacist • Pharmacy leadership and administration • Informatics and analytics pharmacist • Managed care pharmacist • Population health pharmacist • Consultant pharmacist in geriatrics, palliative care, etc. • Long-term care pharmacist • Veterinary pharmacist • Nuclear pharmacist Page 180 2023–24 Undergraduate Academic Catalog School of Pharmacy