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Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

International applicants follow the same admissions process as all other applicants, with the additional requirement of submitting a foreign transcript evaluation report and documentation of English language proficiency.

International Coursework

International coursework that does not appear on a U.S. transcript requires a course-by-course evaluation submitted as part of the PharmCAS application. Although international grades do not count towards the PharmCAS GPA calculation, the Admissions Committee does review all international coursework evaluations.

Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy prefers using World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, or Josef Silny & Associates evaluation services for the course-by-course evaluation; however, any evaluation service accepted by PharmCAS will be accepted by the College.

English Language Proficiency

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit one of the following to certify English language proficiency:

  • Proof of degree from an accredited U.S. institution; OR
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score must be at least 79 on the internet-based examination or 550 on the paper-based examination; OR
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score must be at least 6.5; OR
  • Document showing the successful completion of the ELS Language Centers level 112 course or an equivalent ELS program.

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid within two years of the testing date and must be submitted directly to PharmCAS (code 8246). Documentation of the ELS program should be submitted to the Admissions Office.


An interview with members of the Admissions Committee is required. International applicants may be given the option of an in-person or an online interview. Only selected applicants will be invited to interview (all related expenses are the sole responsibility of the applicant). An invitation to interview does not guarantee admission or imply any specific action on the part of the Admissions Committee. Interview dates are scheduled directly with the applicant by the Admissions Office.

Advanced Standing

Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy does not offer advanced standing regardless of academic background or prior training. If offered admission, students must complete the entire four-year, full-time program.

Applicants accepted to Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

The Office of International Programs and Services at ETSU will process immigration forms and serve as a resource for international students accepted to Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.

Immunization requirements for pharmacy students are more extensive than for undergraduate or graduate students at ETSU. The list of immunization requirements will be provided to students after acceptance.

All international students will enroll in annual health insurance coverage contracted by the Tennessee Board of Regents, unless a waiver is granted for comparable or superior coverage.

Upon notification of acceptance to Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, all applicants are required to pay a non-refundable class reservation deposit of $200.

Financing Your Education

International students are not eligible for financial aid and must secure their own funding for their PharmD education. In addition, proof of funding for the first year of the PharmD program must be provided when they are admitted into the program.

All students, including international students, are eligible to apply for Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy scholarships. There are no full-tuition scholarships. 

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