Eastern Mennonite University undergraduate and graduate students who are planning health careers in pharmacy now have an expedited pathway to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University.
A new articulation agreement with Shenandoah University’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy provides annual priority enrollment for up to five undergraduate students and five graduate students in EMU’s Master of Science in Biomedicine program who meet admissions requirements.
We are delighted to be able to provide priority enrollment for these highly qualified EMU students to join the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy. It is critical that institutions work together to give students efficient pathways to careers in high-demand fields such as health care, and EMU and SU are terrific partners.”
Provost Adrienne Bloss, Ph.D.
Criteria include Pharmacy College Admission Test composite score and cumulative GPA requirements, completion of prerequisites required with a specified GPA, two letters of recommendation from EMU program faculty members and a letter from a health care provider.
Undergraduate students must also complete an interview and secure a letter of recommendation with the pharmacy school dean or a designee. Completion of an undergraduate degree program is not required; students who have earned at least 63 credit hours are eligible to apply.
“We believe it’s important to form relationships between EMU and local professional health schools such as the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University,” said Professor Julia Halterman, Ph.D., who directs EMU’s MS in Biomedicine program. “Not only does this provide a direct avenue for our students to enter pharmacy school, but it also benefits the local economy by recruiting and training health care practitioners here in the state of Virginia.”
Shenandoah University’s School of Pharmacy opened in 1996 in the Health Professions Building on the campus of the Winchester Medical Center. In 1998, the school was renamed for pharmacist Bernard J. Dunn. His son, scientist and entrepreneur Bernard J. Dunn Jr., gave a $10 million endowment to honor the elder Dunn, who died when his son was 9 years old.
EMU’s MS in Biomedicine program also holds articulation agreements with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, and Southern College of Optometry, among others.
Shenandoah currently has articulation agreements with several schools, including Lord Fairfax Community College, Shepherd University, Virginia Wesleyan University, University of Mary Washington, and Richard Bland College of William & Mary.