The School of Pharmacy has worked with several area universities to establish 3:4 dual degree programs. Under these agreements, students are able to fulfill the requirements for the Bachelor's of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees in a shorter amount of time.
Students complete three years of their undergraduate education at one of these institutions. They then apply for admission to the School of Pharmacy. If they are admitted to the pharmacy program, they start the Doctor of Pharmacy and credits they earn during the first year of the PharmD curriculum are recognized by the student's undergraduate institution and are applied toward completion of their bachelor's degree. Thus, instead of taking four years to complete the BS degree and another four years to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students complete both programs in seven years.
Students who elect this option are not given preferential treatment for admission to the School of Pharmacy. However, participation in the 3:4 program has indirect benefits to the students since they will learn more about pharmacy by participating in these programs; and the School of Pharmacy will keep in contact with them during their three years of undergraduate work. Currently, 3:4 programs have been established with:
- Frostburg University
- Salisbury University
- Washington College
- Stevenson University
- University of Maryland, College Park Public Health