Department Chair: Steven B. Symington, Ph.D.
Salve Regina University along with the University of Saint Joseph offers a pathway for students to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy in six years. Students complete three years of study in biology or biochemistry at Salve Regina, followed by three years in Saint Joseph’s Pharm.D. program.
Salve Regina University and the University of Saint Joseph have developed a pathway for students either enrolling in the Salve Regina University B.S. in Biology or the B.A. in Biochemistry to earn the Pharm.D. in six years. The pathway, 3+3 Pharm.D., uses courses and curricula in the existing and approved programs. The first three years of the 3+3 program are devoted to undergraduate coursework at Salve Regina University. The student will take courses in the major, core courses and electives that include prerequisite coursework for the pharmacy program.
The requirements for entering the Pharm.D. program are satisfied by some of the undergraduate major courses, many of the core courses and a few of the electives needed for students to have the 120 credits for an undergraduate degree at the University of Saint Joseph. Students prepared in Biology or Biochemistry who pursue training as pharmacists from the University’s 3+3 Pharm.D. program will not only have an excellent foundation for Pharmacy School, but will begin their career early, filling the need for highly qualified pharmacists.
Students will apply for the Pharm.D. program in the third year of their undergraduate program. Students would graduate with their BS degree in Biology or B.A. degree in Biochemistry in their 4th year and take part in commencement with the Salve Regina University community. In the first 3 years, students would complete all Salve Regina University core requirements and complete 61 of the 75 credits required for the BS in Biology, or 47 of the 55 credits required for the BA in Biochemistry.