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Ramapo College and Touro College of Pharmacy Create New Fast Track Program Path

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)July 23, 2018

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

MAHWAH, N.J. Ramapo College of New Jersey and Touro College of Pharmacy (TCOP) in Harlem have created a new pre-pharmacy program that will allow qualified students to earn both bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees in seven years. The program is designed to put students on a fast track, saving time and cost.

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

“Ramapo College is thrilled to enter into a partnership with Touro College of Pharmacy,” said Edward Saiff, Dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science at Ramapo College. “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.”

Students would apply to TCOP during their third year at Ramapo, at the end of which they will be required to have completed pre-requisites 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, and submission of a formal application through the Pharmacy College Application Service are also required. Successful candidates will complete their studies in seven years rather than the eight years usually needed to complete both. 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.”

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.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, 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 master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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