Duquesne, Ursuline College Partnership Offers Accelerated Track to Pharm.D.

Duquesne University has partnered with Ursuline College to offer qualified students at Ursuline the opportunity to earn both their bachelor's degree and doctor of pharmacy degree in seven years instead of eight.

After three years of majoring in chemistry at Ursuline, eligible students may enroll at Duquesne's School of Pharmacy, where their first year of pharmacy school will fulfill their bachelor's degree in chemistry from Ursuline College. The Ursuline graduates would continue another three years in Duquesne's doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.

Representatives from the two schools signed an articulation agreement at Duquesne University on June 26.

"We're excited about the relationship between Ursuline College and the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy," said Dr. J. Douglas Bricker, dean of pharmacy at Duquesne. "The articulation agreement provides young women a great opportunity to earn their bachelor's degree in science and a Pharm.D. in less time before continuing on to become successful pharmacists who improve patient outcomes while living the true mission of both universities."

Ursuline President Sister Christine De Vinne, O.S.U., echoed Bricker's sentiment. "We at Ursuline College are delighted to be able to offer future pharmacists this chance to begin their college career with us, in a women-focused, supportive environment," added De Vinne. "After three years at Ursuline, students will be well-prepared to embrace the professional opportunity of the Duquesne doctoral program. They will eliminate one year of college expenses and enter their careers one year sooner."

Established in 1925, the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy continually earns recognition as a top school of pharmacy in the United States because of outstanding academic programs, hands-on training, and nationally recognized research and leadership.

Ranked No. 47 among all American pharmacy schools by U.S. News and World Report, the school is comprised of more than 1,200 students enrolled in its Pharm.D., weekend, post-Pharm.D. fellows and residents, M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The school received a 2015 Pinnacle Award from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, and is ranked third in research funding among private schools of pharmacy by the National Institutes of Health.   For more information about enrolling in the Ursuline-Duquesne program, contact the Ursuline College admissions staff at 440.646.8108 or admission@ursuline.edu.

Ursuline College
Founded in 1871, Ursuline College is an accredited, women-focused, independent college offering rigorous curricula in the liberal arts, nursing, and professional studies. At Ursuline, holistic education transforms students for service, leadership and professional excellence by providing undergraduate and graduate programs that foster lifelong learning and personal wisdom in an environment characterized by the college's Catholic and Ursuline heritage; women-centered learning; values-based curricula; and inclusive, global perspective. www.ursuline.edu.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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