Biology and chemistry majors at Franciscan University now have the added option of studying for a doctor of pharmacy degree through a new cooperative venture between Franciscan and the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy in Buffalo, New York as well as Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students can earn their doctor of pharmacy degree in as little as six years. These opportunites comes at a time when the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy projects an increased demand for pharmacy professionals as both the health care and pharmaceutical industries continue to grow along with the elderly population. Additionally, the Pharmacy Workforce Center has predicted a shortage of 157,000 pharmacists by 2020. Trained pharmacists, says the AACP, can expect opportunities for advancement and competitive salaries.
In our joint pharmacy programs, you will begin your studies at Franciscan in either biology or chemistry, immersing yourself in our dynamic campus environment while benefiting from small class sizes, research opportunities, and a dedicated faculty. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to enter into either our 2+4 program (offered with Duquesne) or 3+4 program (offered with D’Youville and Duquesne).
If you’re interested in attending Duquesne for our 2+4 or 3+4 programs, your journey will begin before you set foot on campus. If accepted into our pre-pharmacy early-entry program, you’ll enroll at Franciscan and take courses in both the natural sciences and Franciscan’s core curriculum, which includes philosophy, theology, English, and more. Then, at the start of your sophomore year, you’ll apply to the Duquesne School of Pharmacy, where you’ll be given preferential consideration to the program provided you achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all your science and math courses at Franciscan, in addition to scoring a 375 or better composite score on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).
If you wish to enter the 3+4 program, also offered at Duquesne, you’ll need to meet the same criteria, but instead of transferring after your sophomore year, you’ll study a third year at Franciscan before transferring to work on your Pharm.D. at Duquesne. After completing your first year, you’ll then transfer credits back from Duquesne to earn your bachelor’s in biology or chemistry from Franciscan.
If you choose our 3+4 program with D’Youville, you’ll complete three years at Franciscan and then spend four years in residence at D’Youville College. Provisional approval for admission to the 3+4 program will be granted at the end of the sophomore year to candidates who have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (with no grade lower than a B in pharmacy prerequisite courses and none lower than a C in other coursework). Your final admission to the D’Youville program is contingent upon your earning a composite score in the 65th percentile on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), which must be completed by October of the junior year.
The 3+4 program makes it possible for you to receive two degrees in seven years: a bachelor of science in biology or chemistry from Franciscan and the doctor of pharmacy from D’Youville or Duquesne. As a student in the joint degree program at Franciscan, you will not only be working toward a bachelor’s degree but meeting doctor of pharmacy prerequisite requirements for D’Youville or Duquesne. Upon successful completion of the first year of studies at D’Youville or Duquesne, 34 credit hours will be transferred toward completion of your bachelor’s degree at Franciscan.
Additionally, students who enter the 2+4 program at Duquesne will graduate with an associate of arts in general studies at Franciscan before finishing their doctor of pharmacy in the remaining four years at Duquesne.
Today’s pharmacy graduates will enter their profession as key members of a health care team working with patients, physicians, other health professionals, and insurance companies in retail stores, hospitals, clinics, and the pharmaceutical industry. You will dispense medications and provide vaccinations, help patients understand the use of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and evaluate prescriptions for possible drug interactions and effects on certain conditions.
At D’Youville’s and Duquesne’s pharmacy schools, you will learn the skills and knowledge you need to make a difference in today’s health care environment. In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in treating patients as part of a team by working with students majoring in other health care specialties. Graduates of the D’Youville School of Pharmacy score well on national and state licensing exams and report a 100 percent job-placement rate within six months of receiving their degrees. Meanwhile, 99 percent of Duquesne School of Pharmacy students find employment, averaging a starting salary of $110,000.
Like the partnerships Franciscan has in engineering and canon law with other schools, the joint pharmacy programs with D’Youville College and Duquesne University allow you to receive your core education and formation on the Steubenville campus while gaining a degree Franciscan does not offer. You can continue your studies at another Catholic school with the advantages of state-of-the-art facilities and a modern, progressive approach to the field of pharmacy.
*Students will take CHM 321/324, Physical Chemistry I, EVEN years Fall, and CHM 322/325, Physical Chemistry II, ODD years Spring
**Students will take BIO 333 or BIO 133 to satisfy the D'Youville prerequisite
***Students will take MTH 265, Differential Equations, ODD years Spring