Milligan, Mercer announce affiliation agreement

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Oct. 4, 2010) — Milligan College and Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have announced a new agreement that expedites the admission process for qualified Milligan students who want to pursue the doctor of pharmacy degree at Mercer.

The affiliation agreement allows Milligan students who meet specific criteria to receive a guaranteed admission interview at Mercer.

“This agreement is a very positive step and a great opportunity for our students,” said Milligan Academic Dean Mark Matson. “Mercer is widely respected and has a reputation for producing outstanding leaders in pharmacy.”

Milligan students also have done well at Mercer’s pharmacy college, which attracts academically and professionally talented students from throughout the world.

“Milligan has had two recent pharmacy graduates from Mercer within the last year and a half, and they have been well prepared for the program,” said Dr. Diane Junker, chair of Milligan’s scientific learning area.

To receive a guaranteed interview to Mercer, Milligan’s allied health science students must meet the conditions of the agreement, including prerequisite coursework, as well as GPA and PCAT requirements. They must also submit their PharmCas application and supporting documents on deadline.

Milligan has a similar guaranteed admissions interview agreement with the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. That agreement was announced in December of 2009. So far, three Milligan students will receive a guaranteed interview at ETSU this year, Junker said.

Milligan’s allied health science major also offers students the opportunity to pursue a dual degree from Milligan and Mercer, ETSU or any other accredited pharmacy program in the United States.

“Milligan students can complete three years of the allied health science course work and then, if accepted, begin pharmacy school,” Matson said. “Successful completion of one year of the pharmacy program would in turn satisfy the requirements for a bachelor of science degree from Milligan, allowing students to complete a bachelor’s degree at Milligan and a doctorate (Pharm.D.) in as few as seven years.”

For more information about Milligan’s allied health science degree, contact the Office of Admissions Office at 423.461.8730, or email For more information about the Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, visit

Posted by on October 4, 2010.