Thanks to a new partnership announced today by Bowling Green State University Firelands College and the University of Findlay, area students will have the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree while taking the initial coursework on the BGSU Firelands campus.
The Early Assurance Program enables at least five qualifying BGSU Firelands students each year to complete the first two years of the University of Findlay’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program at BGSU Firelands, and be guaranteed acceptance into the professional phase of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy as a junior.
Students will complete general education and basic science coursework on the BGSU Firelands campus in the newly constructed Allied Health & Sciences expansion. The remaining four years of the program would be completed on the University of Findlay campus.
In addition to the cost savings associated with attending classes at BGSU Firelands, students would also earn an Associate of Science from BGSU after successful completion of the first two years of the program.
“The partnership provides a unique opportunity for our students and we are excited to offer a direct path into Findlay’s highly-competitive Doctor of Pharmacy Program,” said Dr. Andy Kurtz, dean of BGSU Firelands. “Employment in the field of health care is growing faster than any other industry and the new collaboration between our two universities will prepare students for successful careers in that growing sector.”
Once at the University of Findlay, students will complete an additional three years of coursework, clinical research, and a final year of on-site clinical rotations, ultimately graduating with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Findlay.
“We are extremely pleased to partner with BGSU Firelands to provide their high-quality students with this opportunity,” said Debra Parker, Pharm.D., dean of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy. “I am confident that the strong science foundation provided at BGSU Firelands will be an excellent steppingstone toward a successful career in pharmacy. This partnership truly meets the needs of the aspiring health care professional and allows for a smooth transition for students on their way to achieving their goals.”
BGSU Firelands and the University of Findlay are currently recruiting students who are interested in being a part of this program. Interested students are encouraged to contact the BGSU Firelands Office of Admissions or visit either universities’ website for more information.University of Findlay staff members will also be at the BGSU Firelands campus for the Career and Campus Visit Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. to speak with interested students.
BGSU Firelands is a regional campus and one of eight colleges of Bowling Green State University. Offering 16 associate degrees, nine complete bachelor’s degrees, two master’s degree programs, and a variety of one-year certificate programs and training opportunities, BGSU Firelands puts education within reach for all community members. Located in Huron, Ohio, the scenic regional campus offers the advantages of a personalized education with the resources of a much larger university.
University of Findlay cultivates the potential within each student through academic excellence, transformative experiences and a supportive community. The University is known not only for science, health professions, animal science and equestrian studies programs, but also for cultivating the next generation of business leaders, educators and innovative thinkers through a dedication to experiential learning, both in and outside of the classroom.
Established in 1882 through a joint partnership between the Churches of God, General Conference and the city of Findlay, the University of Findlay has nearly 60 majors leading to baccalaureate degrees and offers 10 master’s degrees, a doctor of pharmacy, a Ed.D. and a doctor of physical therapy. More than 4,200 students from 40+ countries are enrolled at Findlay. With an international student population of nearly 600, Findlay’s campus offers global experiences to students from all over the world. In addition, faculty and staff strive to create a supportive community in which our students grow and find their path to a meaningful life and productive career.
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