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College Offers New Programs

Published on 30 January 2019

Today, the needs and expectations of students applying to college are changing. Students are looking for a well-rounded college experience that offers choices. Students want a place to explore and discover with access to expanded opportunities and real-world experiences that will make them competitive wherever their next step takes them, whether that be professional school, graduate studies or the job market.

The College is dedicated to its students and believes these four new programs, tailored to the demands of the health professions market, will provide future students with the ability to find themselves within the context of health care.

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry will be immersed in chemistry and biology, gaining an understanding of how they can be leveraged to improve patient outcomes. The program provides a background in mathematics and the basic sciences, as well as a broad, general education in the liberal arts and social sciences. The curriculum will provide the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for health care scientists and professionals to understand the chemistry associated with drug design and synthesis.

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

The biomedical sciences program prepares students for a changing world by giving them a strong academic foundation in the sciences, as well as the skills required to be successful in a wide variety of health professions careers, including in industry and research environments. In addition to developing the skills required for a successful career in health care, students will complete a rigorous core curriculum, building a strong foundation for graduate and professional study.

Bachelor of Arts in Global Health

The global health program brings together scientific and humanistic disciplines to form unique perspectives on international health systems. Through academic research and a senior capstone experience, students will take a deeper look at the health issues that impact people around the world. The degree prepares students for careers as policy analysts and researchers and for leadership positions in governmental and private sector organizations.

Bachelor of Arts in Medical Humanities

The medical humanities program provides students two areas of emphasis — Interdisciplinary Studies or Health Care Communication. Both emphases prepare students to be interdisciplinary thinkers able to adapt to a rapidly growing, complex, diverse and globally focused world. Students will be equipped with the critical thinking and research skills necessary for graduate and professional programs, as well as careers in health care.

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Designed for students to gain a strong foundation in the basic sciences and liberal arts, the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences combines the College’s existing undergraduate degrees. Students will tailor their education through one of two emphases — Health Sciences or Health Humanities. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to engage in research and other hands-on learning experiences to expand their skills beyond the classroom, developing the hard- and soft-skills ideal for graduate programs in the sciences and health care, as well as professional programs in pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, podiatry and more.

Partnerships to Maximize Academic Opportunities

In addition to its new academic programs, the College is pursuing new partnerships that provide students with opportunities to pursue advanced education and foster the growth of an interprofessional campus community.

Through a partnership with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, students may apply for admission to integrated graduate-level occupational therapy and physical therapy programs.

Students interested in occupational therapy may pursue an integrated master’s or doctoral degree:

  • Integrated “3+2” bachelor’s degree and Master of Science (M.S.) in Occupational Therapy
  • Integrated “3+3” bachelor’s degree and Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Students interested in physical therapy may pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) through a “4+3” pathway in which students enter the DPT program after completing a bachelor’s degree. The School of Medicine reserves three spaces in the DPT program each year for students applying from the College who meet admission criteria and prerequisites.

Future nurses can take advantage of a new partnership between the College and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Through a “2+2” pathway, students can complete two years of undergraduate coursework at the College, then two years in the Goldfarb Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Upper Division Option program. Students may also follow a “4+1” pathway in which they can complete a bachelor’s degree at the College, then transition to the one-year Goldfarb BSN Accelerated Option program.

The College also offers students the opportunity to integrate a Doctor of Pharmacy with a Master of Business Administration from University of Missouri-St. Louis, a powerful pairing that prepares students to be leaders and entrepreneurs in industries ranging from biotechnology to community pharmacy.

Building on Our Strengths

The College’s legacy of providing a world-class pharmacy education to its students has allowed for innovation and expansion to reach more diverse populations of students. Current and past students have already proved that the high-caliber education at the College is excellent preparation for many professional programs.

“It is not surprising that our current curriculum that prepares you to enter a Doctor of Pharmacy program also prepares you to enter medical school, dental school or any number of health-related professions,” said Jeramia Ory, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and undergraduate health professions advisor. “We currently have eight applicants to medical school and two applicants to dental school who have performed above the national averages on the MCAT and Dental Admission Test and — because they took advantage of the many opportunities nearby to shadow, volunteer and to work in a health setting — they are garnishing a number of interviews.”

Building on this proven success, the addition of these new programs will allow the College to connect with students interested in health care that may have never considered pharmacy previously. By creating an environment where students can explore their passions, the College will have new opportunities to promote the profession of pharmacy and cultivate a community of future pharmacists comprising the best and brightest students.

“Diversifying our programs allows us to attract a broader range of students,” said Kim Kilgore, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “One of the things we understand that is important to this new generation of students is to have choices. By adding new programs, we can provide our students the opportunity to explore the full breadth of health care.”

 

This story was first published in the fall 2018 issue of Script. Visit stlcop.edu/script to read more and access previous issues.

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