The College’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Department of Pharmacology at VU have established a Degree Partnership Program to facilitate and enhance graduate educational experiences in the pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences. The program will address the national need for individuals who possess Pharm.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees. It will expand the pool of outstanding students available to enter the Pharmacology Training Program at VU, and add an additional dimension to the multidisciplinary educational and research teams across institutions.
Specific outcomes of this Degree Partnership Program are to:
- Improve student access and options in graduate level coursework in the pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences at both institutions.
- Enable students at both institutions to be jointly admitted and enrolled concurrently in approved program coursework.
- Use resources at both institutions to more efficiently and effectively enhance student progression though the Degree Partnership Program and increase collaborative interactions among participating faculty and students.
Lipscomb Student Perspective
Students accepted into the Degree Partnership Program will be eligible to have all approved coursework offered at Lipscomb University cross-registered or transferred as graduate course credit through the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. Likewise, students accepted into the program will also be eligible to have all approved coursework offered at Vanderbilt University cross-registered or transferred as elective, honors, or graduate course credit through the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Lipscomb University. Students accepted into the program are eligible to rotate in participating faculty research laboratories at Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University to determine their interest in perusing a graduate degree in the pharmaceutical or pharmacological sciences. Student pharmacists accepted into the Degree Partnership Program and who have decided to pursue a graduate degree in the pharmaceutical or pharmacological sciences may formally apply to the Pharmacology Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University after the second, third or fourth year of the professional pharmacy program. Student pharmacists entering the Pharmacology Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University after the second or third year of the professional pharmacy program will take a leave of absence from Lipscomb University to complete additional required graduate coursework and their research dissertation project full-time at Vanderbilt University. After successfully completing the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program at Vanderbilt University, student pharmacists will reenter the professional pharmacy program and complete the remaining academic requirements for the Pharm.D. degree. Participation in the Degree Partnership Program does not guarantee acceptance in the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program at Vanderbilt University. Acceptance in the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program is determined by the policies, procedures, and criteria established by the department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.