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January 20, 2020

USJ offers 6-year pharmacy doctoral program

HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper University of St. Joseph in West Hartford is one of Connecticut's 15 independent nonprofit colleges and universities.

The University of St. Joseph will offer a program that allows students to earn their bachelor’s and doctoral degree in pharmacy in six years.

USJ said it is currently accepting applications for its new “3+3 Bachelor’s and Pharm.D. Program.” It will allow students enrolled in biology or biochemistry bachelor’s-degree programs to apply in their third year to the pharmacy program for the next three years, eventually earning a doctoral degree in pharmacy, or "PharmD."

The program will also be open to students at Salve Regina University -- a Rhode Island school that is a Sisters of Mercy institution like USJ -- and all other colleges and universities that have articulation agreements with USJ.

“We are excited to welcome qualified… students to this 3+3 program that offers them the ability to complete two degrees seamlessly and access professional opportunities more quickly,” said Joseph Ofosu, dean of USJ’s School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies.

USJ establishing the new program is the latest shake-up at the university, which went co-ed in 2018 after about 85 years as a women’s college, and consolidated five schools within the university the same year.

Other schools that have articulation agreements with USJ include:

  • Sacred Heart University
  • University of Hartford
  • Johnson and Wales University, RI
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Anna Maria College
  • Iona College
  • Hunter College
  • Georgian Court University
  • Albertus Magnus University
  • The University of Detroit Mercy, MI
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent

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