Fort Valley State Students Get Clear Pathway to Pharmacy Doctorate at the University of Georgia

Historically Black Fort Valley State University and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy signed an agreement allowing undergraduate chemistry students at Fort Valley State to have a streamlined path for admission into the doctor of pharmacy program at the University of Georgia.

The initiative, coined the “3 + 4” program, allows students to gain an earlier start in graduate programs in this critical healthcare field, resulting in overall cost savings. Specifically, FVSU students in their junior year who maintain certain academic criteria and successfully fulfill all admissions requirements into UGA will receive a guaranteed interview at the College of Pharmacy. Those admitted will then complete the articulated pharmacy doctorate courses. In turn, the course credits will be transferred back to FVSU to fulfill the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

“There is no better time to forge this unique relationship,” said Kelly Smith, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia. “Georgia communities are projected to need more pharmacists now and in the future. The value of pharmacists in helping people address their healthcare concerns is becoming extraordinarily apparent, especially since the pandemic. Pharmacists are being recognized for their leadership and the value they bring to an integrated healthcare team.”

“This momentous signing represents the convergence of visionary minds and the promise of transforming lives,” added Fares Howari, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fort Valley State University. “Together, we will script a new chapter in healthcare and empower the next generation of healthcare leaders. Let this agreement be a beacon of hope, illuminating the path to a healthier and brighter future for the people of Georgia and beyond.”

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