Shenandoah signs pharmacy agreement

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Shenandoah University Vice President for Academic Affairs Adrienne Bloss, left, and Richard Bland College Provost and Chief Academic Officer Kenneth LaTessa signed an articulation agreement that allows two-year RBC students to transfer to the university’s four-year Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

WINCHESTER, Va. — Shenandoah University and Richard Bland College of William & Mary signed an articulation agreement that allows two-year RBC students to transfer to the university’s four-year doctor of pharmacy curriculum.

According to Shenandoah University Vice President for Academic Affairs Adrienne Bloss, as the institutions work together, students will have a mechanism to transfer their knowledge and their skills from one institution to the other. They will also begin their careers more quickly.

“Relationships are really important for institutions, but mostly they are important for students,” Bloss said in a news release. “In this case, it means that students entering Richard Bland College will get to look ahead and see what their future is going to hold. Those who are interested in pharmacy will know, before they start, where they are going for graduate school, and they’ll have a clear preparation path.”

According to the agreement, Shenandoah will give priority admission to RBC students who score in the 50th percentile or greater on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), earn a GPA of 3.2 (overall and in prerequisite courses) and complete a successful interview along with all other admission requirements.

“RBC students may matriculate directly into the program and, in a total of six years, they can earn a Pharm.D.,” Robert DiCenzo, dean of Shenandoah University’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, said in the release. “Whether a student wants to practice in industry, serve as a community or hospital pharmacist or work for the government, the career opportunities in pharmacy are truly limitless. We’re proud to prepare students for pharmacy’s future.”

Incoming pharmacy students may choose to study at one of two Shenandoah locations, on the campus of Valley Health’s Winchester Medical Center or at the Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax, Va.

“At Richard Bland, we believe in the goal of 100 percent student success,” RBC Provost and Chief Academic Officer Kenneth LaTessa, said in the release. “Our students are well-prepared in the liberal arts core to transfer to the institution that they want to attend, where their dreams can come true and their career goals can be met. We provide a highway to that success through our transfer agreements. I know our president, Debbie Sydow, is as equally excited about this partnership as I am.”