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Two colleges in the Louisville area have joined forces to help fast-track a degree program for pharmacy students.

Indiana University Southeast in New Albany has partnered with Sullivan University in Louisville to create a program that will enable students to emerge from college as licensed pharmacists five years after graduating high school, saving students both time and money, according to a news release.
A new collaboration between Indiana University Southeast in New Albany and Sullivan University in Louisville will create a fast-track degree program for licensed pharmacists.

A new collaboration between Indiana University Southeast in New Albany and Sullivan… more

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Through the partnership, a pre-pharmacy track will be created at IUS that will prepare students for the doctor of pharmacy program at Sullivan. The program also allows credits earned at Sullivan to be applied toward a bachelor's degree at IUS
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Valeria Aramburu, an academic adviser in the IUS School of Natural Sciences, said the pre-pharmacy track will include more than 90 credit hours that can be completed in two years, which could be split up across six semesters, including two summer semesters. She said the pre-pharmacy track will be rigorous, as students will have to take as many as 19 credits some semesters to meet the requirements. But she said it will shave as much as a year off of their coursework to be a licensed pharmacist — a program that typically takes at least six years to complete.

“This accelerated year-round program offers the fastest path to a career,” Stacy Rowe, associate professor and director of student affairs at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, said in the release.

The pre-pharmacy track created at IU Southeast will meet Sullivan's pre-requisites for its doctor of pharmacy program, which include a minimum 72 semester hours of biology, chemistry, physiology, anatomy, English, economics and general education, according to the release.

To ensure students are on track in the program, advisers will be assigned to students to help them understand and meet the requirements to enroll in Sullivan's College of Pharmacy.

To be eligible for the pre-pharmacy track, students must meet all IUS requirements and be accepted for for the B.A. in chemistry-biochemistry track or the B.S. in biology, according to the release. It was not immediately known how much the program will cost students.
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