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Accelerated 3+3 Dual-Degree Pharmacy Program for Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree

For students interested in a career in pharmacy, Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) offers a pioneering 3+3 dual-degree program with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Pharmacy School.

  • Students enrolled in Wisconsin Lutheran College’s pre-pharmacy program take classes for three years at WLC, and, having satisfactorily met the requirements for admission to MCW Pharmacy School, will take an additional three years of classes at MCW, graduating with both a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry from WLC and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from the MCW Pharmacy School.

    Early Assurance Direct Admission to the MCW Pharmacy School

    Getting into a good pharmacy school isn’t easy, but WLC’s commitment to personal attention from highly-trained faculty, and our partnership with the MCW Pharmacy School, provide unique opportunities for students interested in a career in pharmacy.

    An arrangement between Wisconsin Lutheran College and the MCW Pharmacy School provides a direct route for WLC students to occupy up to 10% of available MCW Pharmacy School seats for full-time students, allowing WLC pre-pharmacy students who successfully complete their pharmacy program prerequisites to gain direct admission into the PharmD program at the MCW Pharmacy School.

    WLC Students who express an interest in obtaining a PharmD degree through the program will be partnered with a faculty mentor from MCW. They will also have access to career discussions, shadowing opportunities with the MCW Pharmacy School’s clinical partners, and will potentially have access to undergraduate research opportunities at MCW.

    Learn more about the MCW School of Pharmacy

    This articulation agreement provides a unique opportunity for students to gain their PharmD degree in six years from a cutting-edge pharmacy school located at an academic medical center, nearly one year earlier than most. The MCW Pharmacy School is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country, and the only institution in Wisconsin, offering a three-year PharmD degree in an exceptionally supportive, approachable, and innovative learning environment.

    MCW Pharmacy School students recently achieved a 97 percent first-time pass rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). At the time, the average first-time pass rate was 92.1 percent in Wisconsin and 91.7 percent nationally on NAPLEX.

    The Doctor of Pharmacy program at MCW Pharmacy School has been granted Full Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The ACPE is the national agency for accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education.

    Get Started!

    Students interested in the 3+3 dual-degree program in pharmacy are encouraged to request more information and schedule a personal visit to campus to meet with an admissions counselor and health sciences faculty member. Incoming freshmen will work closely with their admissions counselor and faculty advisors to ensure an efficient academic progression plan for earning a PharmD degree. For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Rob Balza.