Dec 10, 2018  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
    
2018-2019 University Catalog

Dual Degree in Chemistry and Pharmacy, B.A./Pharm.D


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Three-Plus-Four Chemistry-PharmD Dual Degree Program

Roger Williams University has partnered with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS Vermont Campus) to provide a dual Chemistry-PharmD degree program. Outstanding students who qualify for this special program may be able to complete all requirements for a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry (B.S. or B.A.) or Biochemistry (B.S.) and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in seven years, as opposed to the traditional eight-year period of study. The program requires students to declare Chemistry or Biochemistry as their primary undergraduate major, and to take the pre-pharmacy courses at Roger Williams University, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences. Chemistry or Biochemistry majors must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements, the College speech requirement, and complete a total of at least 120 credits including transfer credits from ACPHS. Students successfully completing the dual degree program will be eligible to participate in the commencement exercises of each institution.

Students are required to indicate their intent to pursue the Chemistry-PharmD dual degree program on their college application form. The student’s application must be evaluated by the office of admissions at ACPHS for acceptance into the program as well. Full-time students who matriculate into the program in their freshman year and who maintain superior academic records with outstanding academic averages must formally declare at the beginning of their junior year to the Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department their intent to apply to ACPHS. Students would complete the PCAT examination and the PharmCAS application to ACPHS by March 1 of their junior year. ACPHS Doctor of Pharmacy program is a full-time, four year program. Courses taken during the first year at ACPHS Vermont campus will transfer for credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry or an American Chemical Society approved Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Students who matriculate at ACPHS must meet the following conditions:

  • A student must have earned at least 90 credits in three years of study at Roger Williams University before beginning at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus).
  • A student must successfully complete the required Pre-pharmacy courses at Roger Williams University, as specified in this catalog.
  • All Core Curriculum requirements and pre-pharmacy course requirements must be met within those 90 credits.
  • The student’s cumulative grade-point average must be at least 3.0. No grade lower than a C (2.0) will count toward the 90 credits.
  • The student must meet or exceed Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus) PCAT entry requirements.
  • The student must successfully interview and complete a writing assessment as determined by the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus).

Program Requirements


Note:

* MATH 213 , PHYS 201 , and PHYS 202  are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry

As Part of the Dual Degree Program


Students who have been admitted to ACPHS will be candidates for an American Chemical Society approved Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Roger Williams University once they have met the following additional requirements:

  • Completion of the Chemistry or Biochemistry major degree requirements at Roger Williams University. (Details of the major degree requirements are found in this catalog.)
    and
  • Completion of the first year of the Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus).

Such candidates for the baccalaureate degree must file an application for degree with the University Registrar before registering for their fourth-year courses (first year ACPHS courses).

In completing the first year of coursework at ACPHS, a student in the Chemistry-PharmD dual degree program must pass all courses noted by an asterisk with a grade of C or better. These courses are those completed during the first year at ACPHS are:

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
* Pharmaceutics I 3 * Pharmaceutics II 3
* Physiology/Pathophysiology I 4 * Physiology/Pathophysiology II 4
* Immunology 3 Self Care/OTC 3
Pharmacy Skills Lab I 1 Pharmacy Skills Lab II 1
IPS Workshop I 1 IPS Workshop II 1
Foundations of Pharmacy 1 * Molecular Biology 3

In the event that a student does not successfully matriculate to ACPHS after three years of study at Roger Williams University, the dual degree program has been structured such that the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry or the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry requirements may be completed at Roger Williams University within a fourth year of study.

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