GGC and PCOM Georgia agreement will save students time and money

Aspiring pharmacists who are students at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) in Lawrenceville will be eligible to earn doctoral degrees a year early based on an articulation agreement signed by GGC and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Georgia, located in Suwanee.

“We have seen a steady pipeline of students who major in biology or chemistry with the intent to pursue a career in pharmacy or pharmacological research,” said Dr. Joseph Sloop, interim dean of the GGC School of Science and Technology. “This agreement with PCOM Georgia will enable them to achieve their career goals more quickly and with less cost.”

According to Shawn Spencer, PhD, RPh, dean of the PCOM Georgia School of Pharmacy, the agreement will allow eligible students at GGC to enter the school of pharmacy after completing their junior year of college. Students who meet the pharmacy school’s requirements may enter the program before graduating from GGC, he said, and will have the opportunity to earn a combined bachelor’s - doctorate (PharmD) degree while at PCOM Georgia.

Following their second year of pharmacy school, Spencer said, these students will be eligible to receive their bachelor’s degree from GGC having earned the required credits during their first two years of pharmacy school.

A win-win arrangement for all, this agreement allows students to begin their careers early while saving tuition dollars.

“Our agreement with Georgia Gwinnett College is another example of how PCOM is committed to adding value for our students. We’re thankful to GGC for partnering with us in our mission of supporting Georgia residents entering the health care workforce in the region,” Spencer said.

An articulation agreement similar to the agreement with GGC also is in effect at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Middle Georgia State University in Macon, and Valdosta State University in Valdosta. 

Students enrolled in the doctoral program at PCOM Georgia have the option to enhance their credentials by pursuing concentrations in the pharmacy practice areas of acute, ambulatory and managed care. In addition, PharmD students have the opportunity to pursue one of three graduate business programs offered in partnership with Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“This is an important development as we look to opportunities that provide expanded career opportunities for GGC students,” said GGC President Jann L. Joseph. “We are delighted to partner with PCOM Georgia to offer a program that benefits our students, aligns with GGC’s mission and vision, and meets the health care needs of Gwinnett and beyond.”

PCOM President and CEO, Jay S. Feldstein, DO, ’81, said, “Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine  is working hard to make an impact on all regions of Georgia. By partnering with Georgia Gwinnett College, we will save our students both time and money in hopes that they will stay in Georgia to practice pharmacy.”

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