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University of the Sciences and Bucks County Community College signed a professional bridge articulation agreement allowing students who graduate from Bucks with specified associate degrees to enter into USciences pre-professional programs in physical therapy and pharmacy. USciences President Dr. Paul Katz and Bucks President Dr. Stephanie Shanblat signed the agreements in a ceremony on November 13, 2017.
The agreement expands upon an existing transfer agreement between the institutions and offers students an opportunity to advance their education from an associate degree at Bucks to bachelor’s and doctoral degrees at USciences.
Under the terms of the agreement, students who graduate from Bucks with an associate degree in biomedical sciences and meet the transfer requirements will be assured junior status in the pre-professional phase of the Professional Bridge Programs, designed for students interested in USciences’ doctor of physical therapy and doctor of pharmacy programs. This will generally allow a full-time student to complete the requirements for entering the professional years of the doctor of physical therapy or pharmacy program with in two semesters.
Students must meet the minimum cumulative GPA during the transitional year to be assured admission to the professional phase of the program and a maximum of three students per academic year will be admitted to each of the professional bridge programs. A similar agreement was signed in October for students graduating from Montgomery County Community College who are pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree.
Founded in 1964, Bucks County Community College is a two-year, public institution that offers nearly 80 programs of study that lead to either an associate degree or certificate. Successful graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete a bachelor’s degree, or directly launch a career, depending on the major. Classes are held at the original campus in Newtown, the Lower Bucks Campus in Bristol, the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie, and online. The college serves more than 9,000 credit-seeking students and more than 70,000 students in noncredit programs each year. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu.