Aspiring Pharmacy Students Benefit with ABAC, PCOM Georgia AgreementSeptember 13, 2019
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) students seeking careers as pharmacists
can earn their doctoral degrees a year early.
An agreement was recently reached which will allow Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
(ABAC) students seeking careers as pharmacists to earn doctoral degrees a year early
at PCOM Georgia. The Suwanee campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is the home of the College’s PCOM School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Matthew Anderson, dean of the ABAC School of Arts and Sciences, said, “We are
very excited about this new venture with PCOM, which is sure to be of tremendous benefit
to our students and the broader region. This agreement will allow students to complete
their combined bachelor and doctoral level education in a shorter time frame, which
will make this advanced training more accessible and prepare more pharmacists to enter
According to Shawn Spencer, PhD, RPh, dean of the school of pharmacy, the agreement will allow eligible ABAC students
to enter the pharmacy school after completing their junior year of college.
Students who meet the school of pharmacy requirements may matriculate into professional school before graduating from ABAC and will have
the opportunity to earn a combined BS-PharmD while at PCOM Georgia.
Dr. Spencer explained that after completion of the second year of pharmacy school,
these students will be eligible to receive their bachelor’s degree from ABAC having
earned the required credits during their first two years at PCOM Georgia. Therefore,
students can begin their careers early while saving tuition dollars.
Dr. Spencer said, “We continually strive to add value for our students. We’re very
pleased about ABAC’s partnership with us and will continue to support Georgia residents
entering the region’s healthcare workforce.”
An articulation agreement similar to the agreement with ABAC is also in place at Middle
Georgia State University in Macon and Valdosta State University in Valdosta.
Students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at PCOM Georgia may enhance their
credentials by pursuing concentrations in three pharmacy practice areas including acute, ambulatory and managed care. In
addition, PharmD students may pursue one of three graduate business programs offered in partnership with Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
PCOM President and CEO, Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, said, “Now with two campuses in Georgia, PCOM strives to impact all regions of the
state. With this new partnership with ABAC, we will save our students from the South
Georgia region both time and tuition dollars in hopes that they will return to South
Georgia to practice pharmacy.”
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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