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    Two Kentucky schools offering fast-track pharmacy degree

    Indiana University Southeast (IU Southeast) and Sullivan University’s (SU) College of Pharmacy are collaborating to help students become licensed pharmacists five years after graduating high school.

    The two Louisville-area universities have started a pre-pharmacy track program at IU Southeast where students can apply credits earned at SU toward a Bachelor of Science degree at IU Southeast.

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    “This accelerated year-round program offers the fastest path to a career,” Stacy Rowe, associate professor and director of student affairs at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, stated on the university’s website.

    Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, RPh, executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, said more and more pharmacy schools are creating fast-track programs to PharmD degrees by shifting to calendar-year coursework.

    “Our member schools are always looking for innovative ways to help students pursue pharmacy careers equipped with the necessary scientific and educational training required for this profession,” said Maine. “For some students, an accelerated program can provide a fast track to a rewarding career.” 

    Students enrolled in the pre-pharmacy track are required to complete the prerequisites for SU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, including 72 semester hours in biology, chemistry, physiology, anatomy, English, economics, and general education.

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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    • RayburnVrabel
      A new airline in the US, one that is closely tied with the head of the FAA, is starting a new school for commercial airline pilots that offers the ability to train a commercial pilot in a much shorter period of time. The classroom experience of this new airline pilot school is very similar to the classroom experience of most other airline pilot schools, but the experiential training that the student pilots receive is not nearly the same. It has been difficult for this new school to identify experienced, qualified, in-cockpit, pilot instructors and training sites. Therefore, the new school is offering a lot of simulation to compensate for live flight training. These new pilots will be graduating soon and will immediately start working as commercial pilots for this new airline. Tickets are going on sale now for flights to fantastic destinations. Do you want to be one of the first passengers? As Yogi Berra would say, this is déjà vu all over again. Pharmacists, pilots, what's the difference...? Actually, there is a big difference. Pilots go down with their passengers...
    • Anonymous
      The big question here is how much does it cost? Other accelerated schools (Midwestern, for example) are significantly more expensive. Sure, an earlier graduation will mean an earlier salary start, but does it equal out?