BS + PharmD Combined Program (3+4) available at School of Pharmacy
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By Kenna Caprio
Starting in Fall 2013, Fairleigh Dickinson University sophomores and high school seniors can apply to the new BS + PharmD Combined Program (3+4) offered by the School of Pharmacy.
Sophomore applicants studying biology, biochemistry or chemistry and maintaining a 3.3 GPA must also have a B- or better in all prerequisite college courses. The program is even more competitive for high school students seeking admission: students must have an SAT score of 1150 or higher (on the 1600 scale) and a 3.5 GPA.
The program is structured so that students complete three years of undergraduate work in a “feeder” science major through Becton or University College before transitioning to the School of Pharmacy to begin four years of graduate pharmacy work. They ultimately achieve both a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy.
“Having this bachelor’s degree allows you to change careers or go to graduate school,” says Christopher Capuano, University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Students save a year of time and tuition with this option.”
Different than the traditional course of study available at other institutions, in which students complete six years and receive just a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, this program speaks to the holistic educational goals of the School of Pharmacy, preparing well-rounded students for the task of working as part of a healthcare team, alongside doctors, nurses and psychologists.
“The program provides the opportunity for students to explore horizons beyond traditional pharmacy,” says Pharmacy Dean Michael Avaltroni. “We’re trying to promote a very tangible outcome for the students, with growth and employment opportunities that extend well into the future.”
Currently, 18 students — all current freshman — have enrolled in the new program for the fall semester.
All other pharmacy degrees available through the School of Pharmacy begin at the graduate level and are tailored to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree.