Centenary College students will have new pathway to University of Louisiana Monroe pharmacy degree

Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman and ULM president Dr. Nick J. Bruno shake hands after signing the new Pharm D. agreement in Monroe. Photo credit: Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services.

SHREVEPORT, LA — A memorandum of understanding with the University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy (ULM COP) is Centenary’s most recent notable partnership with a fellow Louisiana higher education institution. The agreement guarantees Centenary students an interview to ULM COP’s competitive Pharm D. degree program if they have completed the required prerequisite courses and meet the minimum application requirements for the program.

Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman and ULM president Dr. Nick J. Bruno formalized the memorandum of understanding during a signing ceremony in Monroe on Thursday, September 12.

“This partnership reflects a mutual admiration between our institutions for the quality of Centenary students and the ULM Doctor of Pharmacy program,” said Holoman. “It also marks another way in which Centenary is preparing our students for outstanding graduate education and meaningful careers. Our state and region need caring and skilled pharmacists and Centenary is proud to help meet that need.”

Centenary students pursuing the ULM Pharm D. degree will complete all required prerequisite courses during their undergraduate career at Centenary, following a curriculum that includes biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics core courses as well as humanities, fine arts, and social science electives. Students must earn a 3.5 GPA at Centenary for all prerequisite courses outlined in the agreement and must earn a score of at least 50 on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) to proceed to the interview stage of the ULM COP admission cycle.

“It’s always a great day on the bayou when we can forge a partnership with another institution of higher education that is mutually beneficial,” said ULM president Bruno during the ceremony. “Thank you, Dr. Holoman, for your leadership at Centenary, and all those who put this memorandum of understanding together that will provide more opportunities for Centenary students to move toward our College of Pharmacy. We look forward to having Centenary students on ULM’S campus very soon.”

The ULM agreement complements two existing partnerships providing Centenary students with preferred pathways to respected nursing degrees at both Northwestern State University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health and Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Over the past five years, more than 90% of Centenary students applying to medical school have been accepted. The Pharm D. and nursing partnerships build on the strengths of the College’s existing science degree programs while offering students new avenues in the medical field.

For more information about the ULM Pharm D. preferred admission program at Centenary, contact professor of biology Scott Chirhart at schirhar@centenary.edu.


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