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Georgia Southwestern Partnership Helps Pharmacists Graduate Sooner


September 21, 2020
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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 advantage.”

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.

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  • About Georgia Southwestern State University

    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 which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences 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. 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 pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.

    For more information, contact:

    Barbara Myers
    Public Relations Manager
    Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu
    Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: 770-309-0613

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