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Macy Coward

Getting a Jump-Start on Pharmacy

It’s never too early to consider a career in pharmacy. NEOMED’s College of Pharmacy offers an Early Assurance Program for high school seniors as well as for college freshmen and sophomores.

Macy Coward (pictured on the right), who will begin college at Kent State University in the fall, saw the value of the Early Assurance Program early on.

She originally imagined herself pursuing a career in biology, until Fady Abdlrasul, Pharm.D. (’14), director of pipeline programs and an assistant professor of pharmacy practice (pictured on the left), offered a presentation on the various roles of a pharmacist during her school’s career day.

“I didn’t really know anything other than community pharmacy. Dr. Abdlrasul explained how NEOMED has an Early Assurance Program and I was really interested,” says Coward.

Once she completes her undergraduate prerequisites, Coward will matriculate at NEOMED and work toward a doctorate of pharmacy degree.

“NEOMED is where I really wanted to go. I love the atmosphere and campus — it’s very nice. All of the teachers, professors and even the students here are so welcoming. It seems like one big family — like there’s no person left out. I love that,” says Coward.

Different routes to pharmacy

The provisional admission is offered to high school seniors interested in becoming pharmacists. The program offers flexibility through three different options: 2+4 (two years of undergraduate classes, then four years of pharmacy school), 3+4 (three years of undergraduate, then four years of pharmacy school), or 4+4 (four years each of  undergraduate and pharmacy school).

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply by February 1 of their freshman or sophomore year.

All applications are due February 1, 2020.