Early Assurance Program (EAP)


Early Assurance Program (EAP)

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Are you a high school student who is interested in becoming a pharmacist?

The Early Assurance Program (EAP) is for high achieving, prospective new first-year students interested in becoming licensed pharmacists.

Acceptance to the EAP program guarantees admission to our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program without the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) if EAP requirements are met by graduation. EAP students also have access to a variety of benefits on campus through their residence in Pharmacy House during their first year.

  1. Must submit three letters of recommendation
  2. Must complete the online EAP application by the published deadline
  3. Must be admitted to the Ohio State Columbus campus or Ohio University Athens campus for the upcoming Autumn semester
  4. Must be a high school senior with a 3.5 GPA or above

The 2019-2020 Early Assurance Program application is now closed.

You do not need to be admitted to The Ohio State University in order to apply for the EAP program. However, an offer to join the EAP program is contingent on admission to the university. An EAP application is not an application to Ohio State. Similarly, the Common or Coalition application is not an application to the EAP program.


Completed applications will be reviewed by the College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Selected applicants will be invited to interview on campus, and a final decision will be announced no later than mid-April each year.


This policy describes the requirements which EAP students must meet to be eligible for matriculation into the PharmD program and is subject to changes since it is reviewed on an annual basis.

1. Undergraduate Major: Ohio State EAP students are required to follow the Healthcare Professions Pathway within the Bachelor of Science in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree. Ohio University EAP students are required to complete a bachelor’s of science degree in a science discipline (Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Biology are recommended).

2. Prerequisite Coursework: All EAP students should consult Ohio State’s College of Pharmacy advisors about the prerequisite courses for the PharmD. Ohio State EAP students are required to complete PHR 2510 or PHR 2511H, Introduction to Pharmacy. Ohio University EAP students are required to complete Chemistry 1100, Introduction to Pharmacy.

3. Pharmacy House: Ohio State EAP students are required to live in the Pharmacy House learning community for one academic year and are expected to participate in at least 50% of EAP programming. Exceptions may be granted for students who demonstrate a compelling need to live in a different environment, which may include a medical need to live in another setting, a need to live in another learning community, and students who commute. Students who are granted this approval are still expected to participate in EAP programming. OU EAP students should consult their undergraduate advisors about alternate engagement opportunities.

4. GPA Requirement: EAP students must meet the 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA requirement by the start of the semester for which they intend to matriculate to the PharmD. For EAP students admitted to the university AU 18 and beyond, this calculation includes grades for all coursework taken at other institutions as well as Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) and OSU Academy credits. For EAP students admitted to the university prior to AU 18, the GPA calculation is based off coursework only completed at Ohio State.

5. PCAT: EAP students are not required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

6. Deadline: EAP students intending to matriculate into the PharmD for the upcoming Autumn semester must notify COP-admissions@osu.edu by January 1 of the year of intended matriculation.

7. Ohio State Application: Although EAP students are not required to complete the PharmCAS application, the Ohio State Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions (GP Admissions) application must be submitted by May 1 of the PharmD matriculation year. Students should visit the GP Admissions website for application fees and other information.

8. EAP Admission Deferral: Should the university approve the deferral of an incoming, first-year EAP student due to extenuating circumstances, the student must notify COP-admissions@osu.edu so that the EAP admission may also be deferred.

9. International EAP students: International EAP students must successfully complete a financial review before being able to matriculate into the PharmD program.


Once students are admitted to The Ohio State University and the EAP program, they will be guaranteed a spot in the PharmD program assuming all matriculation criteria is met.

EAP students will have the option of choosing to complete their BSPS degree (four years) prior to beginning their PharmD (four years) on the traditional path, or they may choose to complete the combined BSPS/PharmD program (seven year path). Due to the lock-step nature of the seven year combined degree path, EAP students must decide if they want to opt-in by January 1 of their third year in the BSPS program.

The combined degree program is meant only to serve as an option and not limit a student’s educational experience in any way. For example, if an EAP student prefers to complete their undergraduate degree in the traditional four years in order to take advantage of study abroad, internships, or minor/double major program opportunities, that student would be encouraged to do so.