University of Oregon PharmD Bridge Program

Pacific UO Campus

Purpose

Why Apply?

How to Apply

When to Apply

Purpose

This program creates a path for University of Oregon undergraduate students to pursue guaranteed admission interviews at Pacific University School of Pharmacy through the UO-Pacific Bridge Program.  For eligible UO students, this UO-Pacific pharmacy track aims to nurture career interests, provide enriching pre-professional development, and pave a way for success in Pacific University’s 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

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Why Apply?

  1. Security of Interview:  Upon successful completion of the program, students in the program will be guaranteed an interview for the School of Pharmacy.
  2. UO Health Professions Advisor:  Students will meet twice a year with a University of Oregon Health Professions Advisor to discuss academic progress and help students stay on track with Pacific University’s PharmD co-curricular goals.  With the guidance of the advisors, students will complete an annual self-assessment that summarizes their pre-professional activities and academic achievements.  Please contact Jenni Van Wyk at jvanwyk@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3226 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
  3. Faculty advisors:  Students will meet with faculty members from the School of Pharmacy to receive in-person coaching on their track to pharmacy school.  Faculty members from the School of Pharmacy will review students' self-assessments, evaluate status in meeting expectations for entering PharmD, and provide guidance on enhancing their portfolios.   The students will also participate in workshops hosted by Pacific University faculty/staff that consist of: practicing interview skills, writing a personal statement, learning about pharmacy careers, understanding criteria for admissions to PharmD programs, and exploring topics in pharmacy.
  4. Mentorship with current students:  Students in the program will be assigned to a current pharmacy student mentor who will give them advice and guidance on completing undergraduate education, applying to pharmacy school, and learning about the field of pharmacy.  Mentors will check on their students occasionally to discuss the student's progress in the program.   
  5. No financial costs or application fee:  There is no monetary cost or application to be registered in this program.  Students only need to meet the requirements of the bridge program to be eligible for enrollment.    

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How to Apply 

UO students may apply to the UO-Pacific Bridge program at any time after receiving their sophomore year’s fall term grades. This allows time to complete sufficient coursework to discuss students' interest in the PharmD program and assess whether they meet initial qualifications for entering the Bridge Program. 

To be admitted to the Bridge Program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete at least 60 quarter credit hours, including the following core courses
  • General Chemistry -- CH 221/227, 222/228, 223/229
  • Organic Chemistry -- CH 331/337
  • Calculus -- Math 251 or 246
  • College Composition -- WR 121 & WR 122 or WR 123 (depending on placement scores)
  1. Complete a graduation plan that includes:
  • Applicant's major, minor, and general education courses that will complete requirements for a University of Oregon bachelor degree
  • Courses that will complete admissions requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program (for information on PharmD requirements, see http://www.pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/areas-study/pharmacy/admissions/prerequisites).  The graduation plan must be approved by UO advisors, including 1) an advisor in the student’s major 2) a Health Professions Advisor and 3) if applicable, an advisor in a program in which the applicant has an advisor (e.g., Clark Honors College, PathwayOregon, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars).
  1. Complete an Application (see online link below).  This application includes:
  • Biographical information
  • School activities/Extra-curricular activities/Work experience
  • Written essays

Further information about the degree and how to apply for Pacific's PharmD program may be obtained from Graduate Admissions (gradadmissions@pacificu.edu).  For more information about the Bridge program, contact Jackson Ross at jackson.ross@pacificu.edu or 503-352-7267.

Link to Bridge Program Application Form

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When to Apply

  • Application deadline (Winter):  Tuesday, January 16th
  • Acceptance announcements made (Winter): Friday, February 9th  
  • Application deadline (Spring):  Monday, April 23rd
  • Acceptance announcements made (Spring):  Friday, May 25th

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