Pacific University’s School of Pharmacy in Hillsboro has implemented a 3:3 double degree program in environmental science and pharmacy.  In this pathway Pacific students can earn a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate of pharmacy in six years rather than the average seven or eight years.

According to Jeff Fortner, associate professor in the Pacific University School of Pharmacy, under this program students enter the university in their freshman year planning to major in environmental toxicology and chemistry and take other prerequisites. After the first year, students complete the bridge application and get interviewed. If the interview is successful, students are conditionally accepted into the program.

In the program students finish their bachelor’s degree in three years and their PharmD in pharmacy in three years, completing their education in just six years.  

Students will be able to attend workshops to prepare them for submitting their pharmacy school application, work with pharmacy student mentors to learn about the program, and graduate with a doctorate in pharmacy two years earlier than usual,” said Fortner.

Students interested in the new program or in the school of pharmacy can attend the School of Pharmacy Open House Oct. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Hillsboro campus at 222 SE Eighth Ave. At the open house, students can speak to admission counselors, faculty, and graduate students about the program.


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