Health Science (Direct-Entry Pharmacy), B.S.

Earn admission to USJ’s Pharmacy Program (Pharm. D) through this new major.

USJ’s 3 + 3 Health Science and Pharm.D. program is an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in Health Science that prepares students for post-graduate success in USJ’s Pharmacy Program. The Pharmacy track is open to high school graduates who meet admission requirements specific to the program and then meet the yearly benchmarks through their junior year. Students who meet all the benchmarks and pass an in-person interview are then guaranteed a seat in the USJ Pharmacy program beginning the August after their 6th semester.

The Pharmacy program has a three-year distinctive and innovative modified-block curriculum with a proven record of success; its format will increase your ability to master the material, while also providing an experiential education that prepares graduates for a career as a vital member of the healthcare team in settings such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and community pharmacies. A Pharm.D. also prepares graduates for careers in clinical research, medical sales, pharmacology, product/process development, and many other career paths.

About the Program

Health Science is an interdisciplinary program of study for undergraduate students interested in entering USJ’s Pharmacy program. The six-semester, Direct-Entry Pharmacy Track is open to high school graduates who meet the admission requirements.

Starting in your First-Year at USJ, the 3+3 Health Science to Pharmacy program provides a solid foundation to prepare you for advanced study in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, socio-behavioral, and clinical sciences. It also prepares you to develop lifelong learning skills upon entry into the Pharm.D. program, resulting in your licensure as a pharmacist who is committed to providing quality pharmacist-delivered care and advancing the Pharmacy profession.

Criteria for Program Admission

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (unweighted, core courses)
  • Completion of two semesters each of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra II
  • Essay

Progression Standards

Throughout the curriculum, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a B- or better in all major and supporting courses
  • Take all Pharmacy prerequisite courses at USJ
  • Cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher at the end of your Junior Year
  • No repeat of courses without permission from the major advisor/program director (may delay matriculation into the Pharmacy Program)
  • Absence of disciplinary actions
  • Maintain ability to meet Pharmacy Standards, with or without accommodation
  • Completion of a successful in-person interview for the Pharm.D. Program

The integrated curriculum fosters strong ethical values, intellectual curiosity, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the health and wellbeing of society. The Doctor of Pharmacy program is committed to, and promotes the emergence of, competent and compassionate pharmacists who will advance various pharmacy practice models, engage in community service, and foster the advancement of research and scholarship.

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