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BGSU, University of Findlay announce dual pharmacy degree

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University of Findlay President Dr. Katherine Rowe Fell (left) and BGSU President Dr. Rodney K. Rogers (right) signed the dual-admission pharmacy program agreement Nov. 6 at the University of Findlay's Davis Street Building, home to the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy.

Making good on its promise to expand partnerships that foster student success, Bowling Green State University has launched a new dual enrollment degree that expands career options for students.

The University announced an affordable, innovative and flexible path to earning a pharmacy degree with the establishment of a Bachelor of Applied Health Science to Pharm.D. track in partnership with the University of Findlay.

As part of the dual enrollment program, students will earn a Bachelor of Applied Health Science degree from BGSU, then a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Findlay two years later. The new track provides the benefit of a BGSU undergraduate experience and value, while also providing opportunities for students to enter a career field that is predicted to have steady growth in Ohio and in the U.S.

“Now, more than ever, we need to find new and innovative ways to support students interested in careers that drive the health and well-being of our region and state,” said BGSU President Dr. Rodney K. Rogers. “This partnership highlights the shared vision between BGSU and the University of Findlay and leverages strong academic programs to create a new and streamlined path for students to serve the public good.”

The applied health science program at BGSU provides students with a foundation in basic and health-related sciences, featuring a diversified curriculum that establishes an understanding of human diseases, health administration, aging and wellness. Students can choose from various health content areas in preparation for graduate studies.

“We are delighted to announce this new partnership,” said Dr. Jim Ciesla, dean of BGSU’s College of Health and Human Services. “It creates an excellent option for BGSU students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy. Our students now have an accelerated route to earn both a Bachelor of Applied Health Science degree from BGSU, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy.

“The pathway is seamless. It demonstrates the advantages of inter-university partnerships. These partnerships are good for our students, and they are good for the public who depend on health care practitioners.”

Findlay’s College of Pharmacy blends practice, experience and science to create an in-depth knowledge base for pharmacy students to be successful in the field. Students learn through module-based courses, extensive experience in the field and engaging in research with faculty. Furthermore, students in the program benefit from small classes, interactive learning, state-of-the-art facilities and faculty who support their personal growth and professional development.

“The ability to experience the benefits that both institutions have to offer provides participating students a unique training and a broad range of available experiences,” said Dr. Debra Parker, dean of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy. "We are extremely pleased to collaborate with BGSU on this initiative, and we look forward to providing students with this amazing opportunity."

To qualify for the pharmacy dual admission program, students must meet both universities’ admission criteria. To learn more about the pharmacy dual admission program, contact the University of Findlay’s Office of Admissions at 419-434-4732 or admissions@findlay.edu, or contact BGSU’s Office of Admissions at 419-372-2478 or choosebgsu@bgsu.edu.

Media Contact | Colleen Rerucha | rerucha@bgsu.edu