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Pharmacy, 3+4 Partnership with Duquesne University

Pharmacy, 3+4 Partnership with Duquesne University

Your path to the Doctor of Pharmacy runs through Ursuline.

If you’re dreaming of a career as a Pharmacist, but don’t want to give up the advantages that come from attending Ursuline, you’ll love the accelerated degree program you can now pursue with Ursuline and Duquesne University. As a part of this program, you’ll experience the best of both worlds – a small, private liberal arts college for women and a large urban university – and earn your Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree at the accelerated pace of six or seven years.

After three years of majoring in chemistry at Ursuline you’ll make your move to Duquesne, a co-educational university in Pittsburgh, where your first year of pharmacy school will fulfill the requirements for your undergraduate degree, earning you a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ursuline College. You’ll then spend another three years in Duquesne’s Pharm.D. program. You also have the option to apply to Duquesne’s Pharm.D. program after just two years at Ursuline, but this path won’t earn you a bachelor’s degree from Ursuline – just the Pharm.D. from Duquesne.

The Duquesne University School of Pharmacy is nationally recognized and has had a 99% job placement rate for the past 25 years. The program received a 2015 Pinnacle Award from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation; is ranked third in research funding among private schools of pharmacy by the National Institutes of Health; and is ranked second among Catholic schools of pharmacy by the U.S. News and World Report.

Your path to the Doctor of Pharmacy runs through Ursuline.

If you’re dreaming of a career as a Pharmacist, but don’t want to give up the advantages that come from attending Ursuline, you’ll love the accelerated degree program you can now pursue with Ursuline and Duquesne University. As a part of this program, you’ll experience the best of both worlds – a small, private liberal arts college for women and a large urban university – and earn your Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree at the accelerated pace of six or seven years.

After three years of majoring in chemistry at Ursuline you’ll make your move to Duquesne, a co-educational university in Pittsburgh, where your first year of pharmacy school will fulfill the requirements for your undergraduate degree, earning you a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ursuline College. You’ll then spend another three years in Duquesne’s Pharm.D. program. You also have the option to apply to Duquesne’s Pharm.D. program after just two years at Ursuline, but this path won’t earn you a bachelor’s degree from Ursuline – just the Pharm.D. from Duquesne.

The Duquesne University School of Pharmacy is nationally recognized and has had a 99% job placement rate for the past 25 years. The program received a 2015 Pinnacle Award from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation; is ranked third in research funding among private schools of pharmacy by the National Institutes of Health; and is ranked second among Catholic schools of pharmacy by the U.S. News and World Report.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2016 median pay for pharmacists was $122,230. With a 99% job placement rate, and excellent national reputation, Ursuline has partnered up with one of the best Pharmacy programs in the US to position you successfully for employment after completing your course of study. You’ll find thriving healthcare markets in both Cleveland and Pittsburgh led by the Cleveland Clinic and UPMC. You’ll learn from hands on experience, which will be a key element to your success.

For the 2+4 path leading to the Pharm.D. from Duquesne University,  you’ll take the following courses at Ursuline:

  • Chemistry 105/L – Principles of Chemistry I
  • Math 221 – Calculus I
  • UC 101 – First-Year Seminar
  • Biology 200/L – General Biology
  • Chemistry 106/L – Principles of Chemistry II
  • Psychology 101 – General Psychology
  • English 125 – College Composition/Research
  • Biology 205/L – Principles of Cell Biology
  • Philosophy 260 – Bioethics
  • Chemistry 221/L – Organic Chemistry I
  • Physics 201/L – General Physics I
  • Philosophy elective of your choice
  • Two religious studies electives of your choice
  • Math 212 – Introduction to Statistics
  • Chemistry 222/L Organic Chemistry II
  • An Art or Music course of your choice
  • A world culture or history course of your choice
  • An English literature course of your choice

For the 3+4 path leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Ursuline College and the Pharm.D. from Duquesne University, you’ll take the following courses at Ursuline:

  • Chemistry 105/L – Principles of Chemistry I
  • Math 221 – Calculus I
  • UC 101 – First-Year Seminar
  • Biology 200/L – General Biology
  • Chemistry 106/L – Principles of Chemistry II
  • Psychology 101 – General Psychology
  • Math 222 – Calculus II
  • English 125 – College Composition/Research
  • Biology 205/L – Principles of Cell Biology
  • Philosophy 260 – Bioethics
  • Math 212 – Introduction to Statistics
  • Chemistry 221/L – Organic Chemistry I
  • Physics 201/L – General Physics I
  • Math 223 – Calculus III
  • UC 201 – Identity, Diversity, and Community
  • Physics 203 – Physics with Calculus
  • Chemistry 222/L – Organic Chemistry II
  • Physics 202/L – General Physics II
  • Physics 204 – Physics with Calculus
  • Chemistry 310/315 – Survey of Analytical Chemistry with Lab
  • Economics 103 – Microeconomics
  • Chemistry 320 – Survey of Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry 487 or 475 – Undergraduate research or internship
  • Philosophy elective of your choice
  • Two religious studies electives of your choice
  • An Art or Music course of your choice
  • A world, western, or American culture course of your choice
  • An English literature course of your choice
  • UC 401 – Capstone seminar

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Learn more about the courses required for the Chemistry degree.

Sarah Preston Ph.D.
Mary Kay Deley, M.S.

To gain admission to the pre-pharmacy phase of this partnership program, applicants to Ursuline must demonstrate:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and
  • A minimum SAT (old) of 1050 or 1130 (new) or a 24 on ACT Critical Reading and Math sections
  • Evidence of leadership potential, community service, and involvement in co-curricular activities.

Applicants to this program are required to provide a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor.

For admission to the professional phase (Pharm.D) at Duquesne, you’ll need to apply for admission by January 15 of your sophomore year at Ursuline. You’ll need to do the following to apply for the professional program:

  • Have completed two years of pre-pharmacy curriculum including core curriculum requirements, having earned at least a C in all courses, with preference for a 3.0 GPA
  • Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and earn a preferred score of 375+.
  • Interview with the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy faculty
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from Ursuline’s pre-pharmacy selection committee
  • Provide evidence of leadership potential and commitment to the profession

Duquesne reserves space for up to four Ursuline students in the Pharm.D. program each year.

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