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LHU announces affiliation with Duquesne University School of Pharmacy

Lock Haven University now has a pre-pharmacy affiliation with Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. The affiliation is a three-plus-four-year program for up to four students per year. The students will complete three years of an approved program of study at LHU and begin a four-year program of pharmacy at Duquesne University.

After a successful first year of pharmacy study, credits will be transferred back to LHU and the students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in their original degree track. After four years in pharmacy school, students will be awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.).

The approved three-year modified programs at LHU are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry track
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, biomedical sciences track
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, cell and organismal track
  • Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, pre-professional track

“This affiliation with Duquesne University is a tremendous bargain for students because it allows them to graduate as a pharmacist just seven years after high school instead of eight,” said Dr. Ted Nuttall, premed advising coordinator. “Additionally, there are many exciting avenues of work for a pharmacist — not just behind-the-counter pharmacy — and there is nearly 100 percent employment for pharmacists, with a starting salary of over $110,000.”

Students must apply to Duquesne University by January 15 of their junior year at LHU as an entrance requirement into the program. Students also need to complete a three-year undergraduate pre-pharmacy curriculum at LHU, earn a minimum grade of a C in all LHU courses, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 or better, participate in an interview with faculty from Duquesne, submit a letter of recommendation from the LHU selection committee, and provide evidence of leadership potential and commitment to the pharmacy profession.

Preference by Duquesne will be given to students who achieve a composite Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) score of 375 or better, a GPA of 3.00 or higher for all science and math courses at LHU, and-or a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in a pre-pharmacy program.

Students interested in the program can attend a presentation by Jason Stack, director of recruitment at Duquesne, from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 in the East Campus Science Center room 215. He also will be available to speak with students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the same day during the graduate school and career fair in the Parsons Union Building Multipurpose Room.

For more information or to enroll, contact Nuttall at 570-484-2058 or email

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit, email, or call 570-484-2011.

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Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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