Onondaga Community College and St. John Fisher College have teamed up to create a unique program which will provide students a direct pathway to a doctoral degree. The Pharmacy Early Assurance Program will offer two qualified OCC students each year guaranteed acceptance into Fisher’s Wegmans School of Pharmacy.
Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the School of Pharmacy offers a Doctor of Pharmacy program, and in partnership with Fisher’s School of Business also delivers a Pharm.D./MBA joint degree program.
Since its opening in 2006, the School has graduated more than 550 students, who consistently outperform national averages on statewide licensure exams. In June 2016, students taking the New York State Part III Exam enjoyed a 100 percent pass rate; the only school in the state to do so. Additionally, the 69 Fisher students who took the 2015 North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination for the first time earned a 97.10 percent pass rate, exceeding the national average of 92.64 percent.
In addition to classroom and laboratory learning, 30 percent of the School’s curriculum includes experiential education components. Students participate in clinical rotations in a variety of health care settings in the Rochester area, and also have the opportunity to engage in medical missions and service trips to Montana, El Salvador, and India, among other places.
Fisher currently offers the Pharmacy Early Assurance Program to a select group of incoming freshmen who enter Fisher directly from high school, guaranteeing admission to the program after a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy course work, provided they meet program requirements. The new agreement with community colleges extends that offer to students interested in transferring to the College. About 12 to 15 percent of students enrolling in the School come from community colleges with no prior enrollments at four-year institutions.