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Partnerships Expand Transfer Opportunities
A t first Josh Stamps didn’t believe that he could earn a two- year Pre-Pharmacy degree from Tri-Count , and with an acceptable GPA and good entrance exam scores, he could have the same shot at being accepted to pharmacy school as his friends with bachelor’s degrees.
Like man , he says he always assumed a four-year degree was needed to apply to pharmacy school until he learned of Tri-County’s program that gives students the same opportunities to apply to enter a school of pharmacy that a four-year college or university would—at a fraction of the time and cost.
Now, when the 27-year-old Pre-Pharmacy major tells his friends that he will graduate from pharmacy school in six years instead of eight, they ask how. “I tell them it’s because I’m starting at Tri-County. It makes an impression on them.”
It’s a widespread misconception that individuals who want to become pharmacists, veterinarians, and chiropractors must earn a four- year degree before being eligible to apply for entrance to post-graduate institutions.
Not so, says Science Department Head Dr. Suzanne Ellenberger, who, for the past year and a half, has been seeing Tri-County’s Pre-Pharmacy majors complete their core course requirements and go on to be accepted at the Schools of Pharmacy at major colleges and universities like Presbyterian College, USC, Wingate Universit , the College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Mercer University in Atlanta. Often times, students have multiple acceptance