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For students interested in a career in pharmacy, Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) offers a pioneering 3+3 dual-degree program with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Pharmacy School.
“This unique partnership between MCW and WLC will provide a direct pipeline to recruit well-rounded students from a rigorous academic program like those offered at Wisconsin Lutheran College,” says George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, founding dean of MCW's Pharmacy School.
“The program gives the Pharmacy School a chance to connect with prospective students as soon as they begin their undergraduate coursework at WLC. This allows us to foster a strong relationship with them and understand their needs before they enroll in the PharmD program.”
Students enrolled in Wisconsin Lutheran College’s
pre-pharmacy program take classes for three years at WLC, and, having
satisfactorily met the requirements for admission to MCW Pharmacy School, will
take an additional three years of classes at MCW, graduating with both a
Bachelor of Science degree in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry from WLC and
a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from the MCW Pharmacy School.
Getting into a good pharmacy school isn’t easy, but WLC’s
commitment to personal attention from highly-trained faculty, and our
partnership with the MCW Pharmacy School, provide unique opportunities for
students interested in a career in pharmacy.
An arrangement between Wisconsin Lutheran College and
the MCW Pharmacy School provides a direct route for WLC students to occupy up
to 10% of available MCW Pharmacy
School seats for full-time students, allowing WLC pre-pharmacy students who
successfully complete their pharmacy program prerequisites to gain direct
admission into the PharmD program at the MCW Pharmacy School.
WLC Students who express an interest in obtaining a PharmD
degree through the program will be partnered with a faculty mentor from MCW.
They will also have access to career discussions, shadowing opportunities with
the MCW Pharmacy School’s clinical partners, and will potentially have access to
undergraduate research opportunities at MCW.
about the MCW School of Pharmacy
This articulation agreement provides a unique opportunity
for students to gain their PharmD degree in six years from a cutting-edge pharmacy
school located at an academic medical center, nearly one year earlier than most.
The MCW Pharmacy School is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country, and
the only institution in Wisconsin, offering a three-year PharmD degree in an
exceptionally supportive, approachable, and innovative learning environment.
Students interested in the 3+3 dual-degree
program in pharmacy are encouraged to request more information
and schedule a personal
visit to campus to meet with an admissions counselor and health sciences
faculty member. Incoming freshmen will work closely with their admissions
counselor and faculty advisors to ensure an efficient academic progression plan
for earning a PharmD degree. For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Rob Balza.