N.Y.—A new partnership between St. John Fisher College and SUNY Erie Community
College (ECC) will offer two qualified students guaranteed acceptance into the
Wegmans School of Pharmacy. While Fisher has partnered with ECC through a 2+2
agreement at the undergraduate level, this initiative marks the first time the
College will offer a direct pathway to a doctoral degree program.
proud to partner with ECC to provide students with an opportunity to pursue a
doctorate at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy,” said Dr. Gerard J. Rooney,
president of the College. “Since the College’s inception, our mission has been
to help students achieve their educational goals as efficiently and affordably
as possible, and this program is a continuation of those efforts.”
the Pharmacy Early Assurance Partnership program, Fisher will offer admission
to two eligible candidates from eight community colleges every academic year,
totaling 16 guaranteed spots. In addition to ECC, participating colleges
include Broome, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, Monroe,
and Onondaga community colleges. Each college will identify students who have
completed the appropriate prerequisite coursework and, based on their ability
to satisfy the standard requirements for admission, the School will select two
students for the guaranteed acceptance offer.
at ECC share the same mission with the leadership of St. John Fisher College,”
said ECC President Jack Quinn. “It’s about our students, their goals, and
putting them in position to eventually ascend to the highest professional
level. We’ve been doing that for Western New York students for decades, and
this partnership will certainly provide another career-focused avenue for our
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.
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.
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.
College 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.
enrolling in our pharmacy degree program coming from community colleges have
been among our brightest, most successful graduates,” said Dr. Christine
Birnie, dean of the School. “Through this initiative, we’re able to strengthen
our partnership with community colleges and bring more students from the
participating schools to campus.”
1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while
contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the
state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and
accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment.
Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and
students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and
partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu
or call (716) 851-1ECC.
John Fisher College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in
Pittsford, N.Y. The campus is situated on 154 park-like acres—a beautiful
setting for 26 modern buildings and a warm, friendly campus community of over
2,600 full-time undergraduates, nearly 200 part-time undergraduates, and over
1,000 graduate students.
in 1948 by the Congregation of St. Basil as a Catholic College for men, St.
John Fisher College became independent in 1968 and coeducational in 1971. As it
moves through the twenty-first century, the College remains true to its
Catholic and Basilian heritage. The College now offers 35 academic majors in
the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, education, and
nursing, as well as 11 pre-professional programs. Fisher also offers a variety
of master’s and doctoral programs.