Touro and Ramapo create fast track for bachelor and pharmacy degrees
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Touro and Ramapo create fast track for bachelor and pharmacy degrees

Ramapo provost Stefan Becker and Touro College of Pharmacy dean Henry Cohen sign the agreement creating a fast-track pharmacy degree program. Top, from left: the school’s assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management, Heidi Fuchs, is joined by Rena Bacon, Ph.D., a biology professor at Ramapo, and Edward Saiff, Ph.D., the dean of Ramapo’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science. (Courtesy Touro)
Ramapo provost Stefan Becker and Touro College of Pharmacy dean Henry Cohen sign the agreement creating a fast-track pharmacy degree program. Top, from left: the school’s assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management, Heidi Fuchs, is joined by Rena Bacon, Ph.D., a biology professor at Ramapo, and Edward Saiff, Ph.D., the dean of Ramapo’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science. (Courtesy Touro)

Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem and Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah have created a new pre-pharmacy program that will allow qualified students to earn both bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees in seven years; it usually takes eight years to earn both degrees.

Interested students can apply to the program through Ramapo. Applications open on September 1.

After this year, students will apply to the program during their third year at Ramapo; by the end of that year they will have to have completed prerequisites in science, math, and economics and have cumulative GPAs of 3.0 and science GPAs of 2.75. Favorable recommendations, a personal interview at TCOP, the completion of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test, and submission of a formal application through the Pharmacy College Application Service also are required. Admission to the new program does not guarantee admission to the pharmacy school.

“This extraordinary new partnership will offer a unique opportunity to enter the challenging and rewarding pharmacy profession,” the pharmacy school’s dean, Henry Cohen, said. “Outstanding students will get a head start on their professional careers, enabling them to obtain bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in less time and for less money than if each degree was taken separately.

“We are delighted and honored to join with New Jersey’s premier public liberal arts college in carrying out TCOP’s vital mission to develop the next generation of pharmacists dedicated to promoting wellness, especially among underserved populations in Harlem and beyond.”

“Ramapo College is thrilled to enter into a partnership with Touro College of Pharmacy,” Edward Saiff, the dean of Ramapo’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science, said. “Students interested in a career in pharmacy will be able to begin their studies here at Ramapo and then move on to the Touro campus in New York City for their professional studies.

“Pharmacists are integral to any health care team, and this partnership will offer Ramapo College students interested in the many dimensions of pharmacy a path to a wonderful career.”

Under the partnership, Ramapo agrees to provide counseling, advising, and resources to students in the program. Students admitted to TCOP must complete their first year of pharmacy school satisfactorily to obtain their bachelor’s degree from Ramapo.

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