Combined Degree - BSPS and PharmD

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Combined Degree - BSPS and PharmD

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The College of Pharmacy offers a seven year combined BSPS/PharmD degree for undergraduate students who are committed to pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio State.

The combined degree program identifies course efficiencies between the BSPS and PharmD curricula in order to provide a seamless, streamlined student learning experience.

Students pursuing this option (typically) complete three years of the BSPS curriculum and then matriculate into the four year PharmD program. Students will receive their bachelors degree at the end of their P1 year (first year of PharmD). As such, the time to both degrees is lessened by one year (compared to the conventional 4+4 layout of the individual BSPS and PharmD degree programs).

* Please note, admission is not guaranteed for all students. EAP students must maintain all program requirements and have course requirements met. Non-EAP students must maintain GPA requirements and go through the competitive admissions process.

Key benefits of combined BSPS/PharmD program:

  • Reduced time to degree
  • Lowered overall cost of pharmacy education
  • Earned salary one year sooner

Admissions

Students who are interested in the combined degree program would enter the BSPS program's Healthcare Professions Pathway. Students do not have to decide between the seven year or eight year option until their third year in the BSPS program.

The combined degree opportunity is meant only to serve as an option and not limit a student’s educational experience in any way. Students must decide if they want to opt-in to the combined seven year program by January 1 of their third year in the BSPS program.

In their third year of the BSPS program (enrolled in PHR 3200), BSPS students will apply for the PharmD program through the traditional pathway mechanism (i.e., PCAT and interview with the PharmD Admissions Committee members). Acceptance for early matriculation at the beginning of their 4th year would be based on a competitive (not guaranteed) process. The college's Office of Student Affairs and Career Services teams will work with any students who are not accepted early to improve their portfolios for the following year’s application cycle.