A new agreement between Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay gives students the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a PharmD degree, and save a year of studies in the process.

Concordia University is excited to announce the signing of a 3+4 Dual Degree agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UW-GB). In the agreement, students complete three years of undergraduate coursework at UW-GB and, after admittance into CUW’s School of Pharmacy, use coursework from their first year of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) studies to apply toward a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (health science emphasis) from the UW-GB College of Science, Engineering and Technology as they continue to work toward their Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Concordia. “We are extremely excited to officially partner with Concordia University and to offer our pre-pharmacy students a streamlined process to degree,” says Dr. Julie Wondergem, Associate Professor of Chemistry at UW-GB.

“We are excited to advance our partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay through this agreement,” says Dr. Mike Brown, School of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “Students from UW-GB have already had tremendous success in our Doctor of Pharmacy program, and this agreement bolsters the opportunities for students both in their studies at UW-GB and upon admission into Concordia’s PharmD program.”

A strength of Concordia’s PharmD program is its holistic approach to student success. While some pharmacy schools throughout the nation have moved to an accelerated, three-year model, Concordia remains committed to its four-year structure, which includes summer and winter breaks from classes.

“UW-GB is committed to developing students holistically,” says Brown. “Concordia advances this holistic development in our student pharmacist, enabling them to be servant leaders as future pharmacists while maintaining balance and flexibility.”

Concordia has partnered with other institutions of higher learning throughout the state to offer even more students the same opportunity as UW-GB. In December, Concordia signed an agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to that, Concordia inked its commitment with Alverno College, Concordia University St. Paul, Edgewood College, and Lakeland University.

Concordia also offers CUW undergraduates the same opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree and PharmD degree in a shorter amount of time than it would otherwise take. Students who take advantage of Concordia’s own 3+4 program would earn a Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical sciences after completion of undergraduate coursework, core requirements and general elective requirements, as well as the first year of pharmacy school.

To learn more about Concordia’s 3+4 programs, or to apply to the CUW School of Pharmacy, visit www.cuw.edu/pharmacy.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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