Kentucky Wesleyan College is pleased to announce a new significant partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy; an accelerated 3+4 program which will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy with one less year of coursework, allowing them to enter the workplace sooner. The partnership comes on the heels of the Early Assurance Program launched by Wesleyan with the UK College of Medicine in July of last year.
Qualifying Wesleyan students will receive priority applicant status during the admissions process, and participating students will attend Kentucky Wesleyan in the Pre-Pharmacy Program for three years and transfer to the University of Kentucky for the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program. Students will earn the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Kentucky Wesleyan following completion of their first year of pharmacy school at UK.
“Kentucky Wesleyan College is proud to add yet another high level academic partnership that will give our students opportunities in the professions that students at other schools don’t have and that save our students thousands of dollars,” said Wesleyan President Barton D. Darrell. “Kentucky Wesleyan’s strong academics are recognized across the country and our sciences are entering into yet another partnership with the University of Kentucky because of this strength. We recently announced that the University of Kentucky College of Medicine is reserving slots in its new medical school campus in Bowling Green for our students. Now we are proud to partner with the University of Kentucky’s College of Pharmacy to offer an affordable and nationally recognized pharmacy education for our students.
”Kentucky Wesleyan has a long tradition of excellence in the sciences and preparing our students for medical and professional schools. The University of Kentucky and Kentucky Wesleyan have long worked together to produce great doctors, dentists, physical therapists, pharmacists, and other health care professionals. This new collaboration with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is the latest extension of our work together to most efficiently and economically produce pharmacists for the benefit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and people in other states where our students may choose to reside.”
“This noteworthy agreement is a reflection of the long and successful relationship Wesleyan has enjoyed with the UK College of Pharmacy, and of the excellent reputation of our health sciences programs,” shared Wesleyan Professor of Chemistry Dr. W.L. Magnuson. “I’m very pleased and excited for our students.”
Dr. Jason Mitchell, director of enrollment management for the UK College of Pharmacy, remarked, “The University of Kentucky is pleased to enhance our relationship with Kentucky Wesleyan College in this new partnership, which is a win/win for both institutions, and most importantly, for our students. I’m honored to be on campus today. Kentucky Wesleyan has a superior reputation for academic rigor and excellence. You send us the best, and we look forward to welcoming your well-prepared students into this new program.”
“I received a quality education as a chemistry major at Kentucky Wesleyan College and at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy,” said Sara Collins Rafferty ’11. “Wesleyan provided an intimate classroom setting with challenging coursework that prepared me well for the rigorous program I encountered at the University of Kentucky. Earning my degrees from both institutions prepared me for a successful life. This partnership means success for so many future students, and I’m thrilled.” Rafferty is a pharmacist in Owensboro.
Over the past 12 months, Kentucky Wesleyan College has announced five collaborative partnerships, including:
- University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, 4+3 Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program
- University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, 3+3 Accelerated Law Program
- University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Early Assurance Program at Bowling Green campus
- Western Kentucky University Gordon Ford College of Business, Preferred Partner Program
- Emory University Candler School of Theology, automatic admission and guaranteed scholarships for qualifying students