Georgia Southwestern State University and PCOM Georgia partner to graduate pharmacists
sooner leading to cost-savings and early careers.
Aspiring pharmacists who are students at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW)
in Americus will be eligible to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree a year early based on an articulation agreement signed by GSW and PCOM Georgia.
“We are excited about this new partnership and the opportunity it provides for our
students who are interested in obtaining a PharmD Degree,” stated Suzanne Smith, PhD,
GSW provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This PharmD Early Assurance Program gives them early entry into PCOM, allowing them to receive their undergraduate degree
while already working towards their PharmD degree, which gives them a substantial
According to Shawn Spencer, PhD, RPh, dean and chief academic officer of the PCOM School of Pharmacy in Suwanee, Georgia, the agreement will allow eligible students in their first year
at GSW to have a seat reserved three years in advance at the School of Pharmacy so
they may enter after completing their junior year of college. This newly signed agreement
allows students to begin their careers early while saving tuition dollars.
Students who meet the pharmacy school requirements may matriculate into professional school before graduating from GSW, he said, and
will have the opportunity to earn a combined BS-PharmD while at PCOM Georgia. Following
their second year of pharmacy school, these students will be eligible to receive their
bachelor’s degree from GSW having earned the required credits during their first two
years of pharmacy school.
“Our agreement with Georgia Southwestern exemplifies how PCOM is committed to adding
value for our students," Spencer said. "We’re thankful to GSW for partnering with
us in our mission of supporting Georgia residents entering the healthcare workforce
in the region.”
Students enrolled in the doctoral program at PCOM Georgia have the option to enhance
their credentials by pursuing concentrations in three pharmacy practice areas including acute, ambulatory and managed care. In
addition, PharmD students have the opportunity to pursue graduate business degrees, including an MBA and an MS in Healthcare Informatics, offered in partnership with
notable Pennsylvania institutions.
Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, GA, is a public, four-year
unit of the University System of Georgia with more than 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern
offers outstanding professional programs of study as well as degrees in the arts,
humanities, sciences and graduate programs in business, computer science, education,
English and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of
the best value colleges in the South.
For more information about Georgia Southwestern State University, visit www.gsw.edu.
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.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: