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Pharmacy Partnership With the Medical College of Wisconsin

Qualified St. Norbert College students can gain early-assurance admission to the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy through a partnership between the two institutions. The reverse-transfer program will provide Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) seats for six full-time St. Norbert College students who successfully complete program prerequisites.

The partnership provides an accelerated route for students to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree in natural sciences from St. Norbert College and a Pharm.D. degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

How the Program Works
The dual-degree program takes six years to complete, including three years of undergraduate curriculum at St. Norbert College followed by three years of Pharm.D. curriculum at MCW.

Students who successfully complete their first year in the MCW School of Pharmacy will fulfill final requirements for a bachelor of science degree from St. Norbert College through “reverse transfer” of those credits.

This accelerated program eases some of the tuition burden for students seeking to obtain both a B.S. and Pharm.D. degree.

Program Requirements
  • Minimum ACT score of 26 (test scores required for this program)
  • Minimum 3.75 high school cumulative GPA

Application Timeline

  • Priority deadline is March 1, 2022.
  • Decisions will start being released mid-March.
  • Once admitted, MCW will follow up on next steps.
Benefits of the Program During the Undergraduate Years
Students who are admitted to the program will be invited to participate in a minimum of two School of Pharmacy programs and events each year during their undergraduate study, including career discussions and shadowing opportunities with MCW’s clinical partners.

Additionally, students will be partnered with a faculty mentor from MCW and will potentially have access to undergraduate research opportunities at MCW.

About the MCW School of Pharmacy

The MCW School of Pharmacy is the only three-year Pharm.D. program in the Midwest that is located at an academic medical center, providing access to world-renowned resources at Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for students and faculty alike.

The aim of the MCW School of Pharmacy is not only to educate the pharmacists of the future but to create new and innovative practice models and inter-professional health care teams that leverage the role of the pharmacist to deliver patient-centered care with improved health outcomes. Learn More

Student Perspective

Andrew Yetka, photo courtesy of Medical College of Wisconsin Andrew Yetka ’20 is fast-tracking his career goals, earning early-assurance admission into the Class of 2023 at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Pharmacy as part of a partnership with St. Norbert College.

“I initially wanted to go to medical school but getting out of school in six years as opposed to eight seemed like a smart and easy decision,” Yetka says in an interview with MCW. “I’m most excited about being able to be in an accelerated PharmD program. I will be able to get my education done faster and more efficiently.”

Yetka also is getting valuable research experience early in his college career through the Summer Program for Undergraduate Researchers.

“The thing I like best about pharmacy is that it’s an evolving field,” says Yetka. “There are various routes you can go with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a school like the MCW School of Pharmacy. You’re not limited to just being a retail pharmacist – there are other avenues that you can pursue.”

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Photo courtesy of the Medical College of Wisconsin.
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