Our partnership with the University of Saint Joseph offers a pathway for students to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy in six years. Students complete three years of study in biology or biochemistry at Salve Regina, followed by three years in Saint Joseph’s Pharm.D. program.
The growing demand for pharmacy services has resulted in a dramatic increase in salaries in all sectors of pharmacy, with starting salaries now averaging $100,000. Our partnership combines a solid liberal arts degree with a strong pharmacy program, allowing students to begin their careers early and fill the need for highly qualified pharmacists.
The first three years of the program are devoted to undergraduate coursework at Salve Regina. Students complete Core Curriculum courses, requirements for the major in biology or biochemistry, and electives that include prerequisites for the pharmacy program. At Saint Joseph, students move through the program as part of a cohort, completing one course at a time in order to master the subject material.
Students who successfully complete both programs earn a B.S. in biology or B.A. in biochemistry from Salve Regina and a Pharm.D. from Saint Joseph.
To be eligible for the Pharm.D. program at Saint Joseph, students must maintain a 2.8 GPA and complete the PharmCAS application and Pharmacy College Admission Test. Students apply for the Pharm.D. program during the third year of their undergraduate program.
Life After Salve
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 314,000 pharmacy jobs in 2018, with a median annual wage of $126,000. Pharmacy is No. 1 on Kiplinger's list of "Ten Best University Majors for a Lucrative Career."
Possible career paths include:
- Community pharmacist: Working in retail stores or independently owned pharmacies, community pharmacists dispense medications to patients; answer questions about prescriptions, over-the-counter medications or health concerns; and provide some primary care services, such as giving flu shots.
- Clinical pharmacist: Working in hospitals, clinics and other health care settings, clinical pharmacists recommend medications to give to patients and oversee the dosage and delivery of those medications. They also may conduct some medical tests and offer advice to patients.
- Consultant pharmacist: Working in health care facilities or with insurance providers, consultant pharmacists offer advice on patient medication use or improving pharmacy services, and give advice directly to patients, such as helping seniors manage their prescriptions.
- Pharmaceutical industry pharmacist: Working in marketing, sales or research and development, pharmaceutical industry pharmacists may design or conduct clinical drug trials, help to develop new drugs, or establish safety regulations and ensure quality control for drugs.
Until 2022, maybe a little beyond, there is expected to be about 14 percent growth in the pharmacy industry. There are so many different career options for a pharmacist – with the way our health system is structured, we’re always going to have that need for pharmacists.
Dr. Susan Meschwitz, associate professor and chairwoman, Department of Chemistry
For each major listed below, students will take additional electives at Saint Joseph to complete their required coursework. Further details are available from the program liaison upon request.