Signing the agreement are Ramapo Provost Stefan Becker, (left) and Touro College of Pharmacy Dean Henry Cohen, PharmD. Back row: (L-R) Heidi Fuchs, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management, TCOP; Rena Bacon, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at Ramapo; and Edward Saiff, Ph.D., Dean, School of Theoretical and Applied Science at Ramapo

Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem and Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah have created a new pre-pharmacy program that will allow qualified students to earn both bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees in seven years, rather than the eight usually needed to complete both.

Interested students can apply to the program through Ramapo beginning September 1, 2018.

Students would apply to TCOP between July and June of their third year at Ramapo, at the end of which they will be required to have completed prerequisites in science, math, and economics with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 and science GPAs of 2.75. Favorable recommendations, a personal interview at TCOP, completion of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), and submission of a formal application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) are also required. Admission to the new program does not guarantee admission to the pharmacy school.

“This extraordinary new partnership will offer a unique opportunity to enter the challenging and rewarding pharmacy profession. Outstanding students will get a head start on their professional careers, enabling them to obtain bachelors and doctoral degrees in less time and for less money than if each degree was taken separately,” said TCOP Dean Henry Cohen. “We are delighted and honored to join with New Jersey’s premier public liberal arts college in carrying out TCOP’s vital mission to develop the next generation of pharmacists dedicated to promoting wellness, especially among underserved populations in Harlem and beyond.”

“Ramapo College is thrilled to enter into a partnership with Touro College of Pharmacy,” said Edward Saiff, dean at Ramapo’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science. “Students interested in a career in pharmacy will be able to begin their studies here at Ramapo and then move on to the Touro campus in New York City for their professional studies. Pharmacists are integral to any health care team and this partnership will offer Ramapo College students interested in the many dimensions of pharmacy a path to a wonderful career.”

Under the articulation agreement, Ramapo agrees to provide counseling, advising, and resources to students in the program. Students admitted to TCOP must satisfactorily complete their first year of pharmacy school to obtain their bachelor’s degree from Ramapo.

Learn more about TCOPS’s linkage agreements at–aid/linkage-agreements/.

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college. Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences, and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing, and social work. In addition, the college offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work, and Special Education.

Since opening its Harlem campus in 2008, the Touro College of Pharmacy has offered a truly unique educational experience. The college emphasizes hands-on learning, with extensive rotation practice experience and service to the community. Touro’s exceptional, 2.5+1.5 curriculum-based education sets it apart, providing students 54 weeks of rotations and extended opportunities to put learning into practice. For further information on Touro College of Pharmacy, visit 


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