3+3 PharmD dual degree pipeline program offered to students at three Wisconsin schools

MCW School of Pharmacy students save money and time through the accelerated dual degree program 

The MCW School of Pharmacy offers 3 + 3 dual degree pipeline programs with three partner institutions – Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa, Carroll University in Waukesha and St. Norbert University in De Pere. The dual degree, six-year program is comprised of three years of undergraduate curriculum at a partner institution followed by three years of study in the PharmD curriculum at MCW. This option alleviates some of the financial burden of tuition for students seeking to obtain both a bachelor's degree and PharmD degree. These pipeline programs also provide students a seamless track for those that desire an expedited entrance into a pharmacy practice.

With an innovative three-year doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, MCW provides students early and extensive exposure to a variety of clinical settings and world-class research in specialties such as precision medicine, pediatrics, pharmacogenomics, primary care, cancer and psychiatry. The MCW Pharmacy School is the only three-year PharmD program in the Midwest located at an academic medical center, providing access to the world-renowned resources at Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

MCW matriculated its inaugural class of PharmD students in August of 2017.

"The MCW School of Pharmacy is one only a few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year PharmD degree, blending 124 years of rich medical education tradition at MCW with cutting-edge educational technologies and team-based learning models found in our 21st century pharmacy school curriculum," said George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, Founding Dean of the MCW School of Pharmacy. "As the founding faculty and staff of this unique program, we all have the exciting opportunity to leave our distinguishing mark as we educate pharmacists to meet the ever-changing healthcare needs of our communities."

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