STORRS, CT. — A unique new partnership between the University of Connecticut and the University of Bridgeport will qualify more students from Fairfield County for UConn’s highly competitive School of Pharmacy.
“This unique partnership between UConn and UB – a public and a private university – opens the doors for a broad range of students to prepare for one of the finest pharmacy programs in the nation so they can obtain jobs in the expanding field of health care,” says University of Bridgeport President Neil Albert Salonen.
Beginning in the fall of 2010, UB will offer a two-year pre-pharmacy program that complies with the rigid curriculum standards for UConn’s Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
Students who complete their pre-pharmacy requirements in Bridgeport, regardless of their permanent residency status, will be eligible to apply to the UConn doctoral program in pharmacy as part of the new partnership agreement.
“We are very excited about this partnership with our colleagues from the University of Bridgeport and having a UConn presence in the city of Bridgeport,” says Robert L. McCarthy, dean of the UConn School of Pharmacy. “UB attracts a diverse group of students, many of whom are first-generation college students, and we look forward to providing these students with an opportunity to pursue a career in pharmacy.”
The UConn School of Pharmacy, with its Doctor of Pharmacy degree and research-intensive graduate programs in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and pharmacology/toxicology, has a reputation as one of the best pharmacy education programs in the nation and attracts some of the best and brightest national and international students.
“This collaboration will expand pre-pharmacy education in the state of Connecticut and allow new opportunities for a wide diversity of well-qualified students to pursue pharmacy as a career,” says David M. Brady, vice provost for the health sciences division at UB. “The UConn School of Pharmacy has been wonderful and enthusiastic in supporting the University of Bridgeport’s desire to include expanded quality pre-pharmacy education as part of its offerings in the health sciences.”