The University of Southern Indiana and the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Services in Louisville have approved a Doctor of Pharmacy pathway agreement. USI says the agreement allows undergraduate students at USI who have completed three years of prerequisite courses into the Sullivan’s PharmD program.

USI says the goal is to allow students to receive a degree in a more affordable and quicker timeframe than the traditional path.

As part of the agreement, when students finish specific courses, credits will be transferred back to USI for students to be granted a Bachelor of Science degree.

“Under the pathway program, students can complete both their undergraduate degree and Doctor of Pharmacy degree in as few as six years,” says Dr. Dale English, SU COPHS Associate Dean of Student Affairs. “This allows students to enter the workforce as a pharmacist one to two years quicker than traditional Doctor of Pharmacy programs, and the current job market continues to show a demand for the services of a pharmacist throughout most of the United States, including Kentucky, Indiana and surrounding states.” 

USI says it began looking into a partnership with Sullivan due to a larger number of students having chosen the school for PharmD studies.

“These students will follow coursework that allows them to work toward a Bachelor of Science degree at USI while preparing them for application to, and matriculation into, the Pharm.D program,” says Dr. Kenneth Walsh, Chair of the Chemistry Department and Associate Professor of Chemistry. “In the past, these students may have left USI after three years, but now they can complete their Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of the first year of the PharmD program at Sullivan without adding extra coursework or time. This is a perfect example of USI’s value proposition to transform the lives of our students through exceptional learning and intentional innovation.”   

USI says the undergraduate coursework will take place on the USI campus and all professional level courses will happen on the Sullican University COPHS Louisville campus.

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