Lake Erie College (LEC) and The University of Findlay have entered into an “early assurance agreement.” This educational collaboration will enable LEC students to further their educations at UF as they work toward their doctor of pharmacy degrees.
Starting in the 2015-2016 academic year, students who start at LEC as freshmen and who expect to earn a bachelor’s degree in its three-year accelerated chemistry program will be eligible to apply for transfer into the first professional year of UF’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program. As many as seven LEC students will be accepted annually, with the possibility of more acceptances if there are additional openings.
“We are pleased to join with The University of Findlay in this exciting partnership,” said Michael T. Victor, president of Lake Erie College. “As medicine becomes more advanced, the need for pharmacists will be greater than ever. Through this program, Lake Erie College chemistry majors have a unique opportunity to enter this in-demand field.”
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Lake Erie College, and are looking forward to providing this additional educational opportunity to some of their outstanding graduates,” said The University of Findlay President Katherine Fell, Ph.D.
As transfer students, LEC students will spend four additional years earning their doctor of pharmacy degrees. Through this agreement, UF hopes to attract superior students to their program who have acquired a solid scientific knowledge base from LEC.
Degree earners will enjoy career flexibility and high income potential, said Patrick Malone, Pharm.D., Associate Dean for UF’s College of Pharmacy. Malone is a pharmacy professor and a fellow in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
“A doctor of pharmacy degree also can be valuable to people who want to go into research,” Malone said.
“Lake Erie College students who enter The University of Findlay’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program will benefit from a challenging, but highly successful curriculum, provided by top faculty, that heavily relies on experiential learning,” said Malone. “Doctoral candidates complete 50 hours of unpaid, supervised experience with pharmacist practitioner each semester for the first three years, and participate in UF’s Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences curriculum in their final year of study by completing nine one-month rotations.”
Additionally, students take part in academic service learning by using their knowledge and skills related to patient assessment, therapeutic plan creation and drug therapy evaluation to help those within the City of Findlay and the surrounding community.
This year, The University of Findlay’s Pharmacy Program is celebrating its 10th anniversary of admitting its first students. It is one of only 10 programs in the country that offer a six-year course of study for doctoral students who are accepted as freshmen.
Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in the liberal arts. It empowers students to deal with the diversity, complexity and change necessary to excel in the 21st century. It offers 32 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Our students compete in 21 NCAA Division II varsity sports.
The University of Findlay is a comprehensive university with a hands-on approach to learning located in Findlay, Ohio, approximately 45 miles south of Toledo. The University is noted for its innovative, career-oriented programs in nearly 60 majors and 12 graduate and professional degrees. For more information, visit www.findlay.edu or call 1-800-472-9502.