Expanding Opportunities

Published on 17 February 2016

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) formalized the creation of a dual degree program, allowing students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from HSSU and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the College in seven years.

“We take a lot of pride in making St. Louis College of Pharmacy a supportive and enriching environment for growth,” says Dr. John A. Pieper, president, St. Louis College of Pharmacy. “To live that mission, we are always looking to create as many opportunities as possible for students interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a pharmacist.”

Work on this partnership between two of St. Louis' historic institutions of higher education has been underway for more than a year. Initial conversations between the two presidents centered on ways to grow opportunities for STEM careers.

“This partnership with St. Louis College of Pharmacy will allow our students the chance to enter an exciting health care career with tremendous employment potential,” said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, president, Harris-Stowe State University. “Today’s students realize that pharmacists work alongside physicians on health care teams and play a vital role in improving their patients’ overall health and well-being.”

According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, of the total number of students enrolled in first professional pharmacy degree programs for fall 2014, 61.4 percent were women and 12.4 percent were underrepresented minority students. Administrators at HSSU and the College recognize this collaboration as an inventive and necessary opportunity for the institutions to increase the number of underrepresented students in this field.

Dr. John A. Pieper and Dr. Dwaun J. WarmackCoursework in the first three years of the program will primarily be held on the HSSU campus. Students will take several classes on the College’s campus during their sophomore and junior year. Students then enter the Doctor of Pharmacy program in their fourth year of study.

All along the way, students will be encouraged to become active members of the College’s community by taking part in study groups, getting involved in student organizations, attending guest lectures or professional enrichment activities on campus, and exploring opportunities for undergraduate research work. The campuses are just two miles apart, making an easy trip for students.

Students interested in learning more about the program should contact the Office of Admissions at HSSU.

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