offers and have to make hard decisions on where to pursue their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees.
“Most don’t realize that a bachelor’s degree is not required to go to pharmacy or veterinary school,” she said. “What is required for both are a good GPA in core classes and a good score on the program’s entrance exams,” she explained. The Pharmacy College Admission Test or PCAT is the specialized test that helps to identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. The Veterinary College Admission Test or VCAT is a measurement device which helps to evaluate the knowledge and achievement of the students applying to veterinary colleges.
For example, the agreement between Tri-County and Clemson’s Biological Sciences department, signed in 2010, allows students to take 66 credit hours of specific classes at Tri-Count , with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be accepted to Clemson’s Biological Sciences program without further review of credentials and with junior standing. Currently there are 15 students enrolled in the program and four have transferred to Clemson.
The College has four 2 + 2 agreements with Southern Wesleyan Universit , whereby students can pursue bachelor of science degrees in Biolog , Biology Education, Chemistr , and Forensic Science.
A major benefit of taking two years of classes at Tri-County is the substantial tuition savings while maintaining the same quality of instruction as surrounding four-year colleges and universities, added Dr. Ellenberger.
Our relationship with area four-year colleges continues to grow and build,” said Dr. Ellenberger. “It’s an affirmation of confidence in Tri-County and our students.”
Building on the program’s success, Dr. Ellenberger says there is a new addition to the pre-health profession cluster this fall. The Pre-Veterinary Medicine degree gives students the core courses necessary to apply to the 23 veterinary schools in the United States. Applicants must have a strong GPA and a good score on the VCAT.
“As with pre-pharmac , no preference is given between applicants with a bachelor’s degree versus an associate degree,” she said.
“We’re also developing a 2 + 2 articulation agreement with Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg. It fits so well with our pre-health classes. We’ve had good success with Pre-Pharmacy so there is no reason why we will not have continued success with veterinary medicine and chiropractic,” she said.
Pre-PharmacymajorEvanBrysonwaso eredoneoffiveinternsh ppositions last summer at Presbyterian College’s School of Pharmacy. During the full-time paidinternsh p,Evanandotherinternsspente ghtweeksengagedin acul y- mentored pharmacy research projects. As part of this intensive research experienc ,theinternsalsopartic patedinweek yjournalclubandscient fic writingseminar ,andvolunteeredwithHabitatforHumani y,paintingthe inside of the current Habitat House in Laurens.
Other 2 + 2 articulation agreements are getting students’ attention as a pathway to successful admission to Clemson and other Upstate colleges, she said. Agreements between higher education institutions facilitate the transfer of course credits from one school to another.
For those who complete the Pre-Pharmacy degre , a new articulation agreement withPresbyterianCollegeallows ri-Coun ystudentswhohaveaminimumGPA of 3.0 to be guaranteed an interview.
“Our relationsh p with area four- year colleges continues to grow and build. It’s an affirmation of confidence in ri-County and our students.”
~Dr. Suzanne Ellenbe ge , Science Department Head
In addition to majors specifically designed for transfer, Tri-County has agreements with the following colleges and universities allowing career program graduates with specific degrees to seamlessly transfer into select majors.
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