USJ partners with Sacred Heart to offer pharmacy doctoral program


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University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph Ofosu.
The University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy in Hartford is teaming up with Sacred Heart University in Fairfield to offer a new bachelor's and doctor of pharmacy program that can be completed in six years.

Under the agreement between the two universities, pre-pharmacy students studying biology or chemistry at Sacred Heart can earn their bachelor's degree in three years. They will complete their remaining undergraduate credits during their first year at the University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy, earning their doctoral degree in three more calendar years.

The program is designed to accelerate pre-pharmacy students' transition to graduate studies in a high-salary field, said Joseph Ofosu, dean of USJ's School of Pharmacy. Pharmacists earn a median annual income of $122,000, according to the United States Department of Labor.

To qualify for the program, students must achieve a competitive score on the pharmacy school admissions test by October of their third year and attain pharmacy-related experience.

"Pharmacy is a desirable field for students, with excellent salary, job stability, flexible hours, a variety of practice settings and the ability to be a valued member of the health-care team," said Nicole M. Roy, associate professor of biology and director of the pre-health advisement program at Sacred Heart. "Pharmacists continue to play an important role in the patient health care team."