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March 7, 2002

UPT signs pact with LECOM

Officials of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy and Pitt's Titusville (UPT) campus have established an affiliation giving qualified UPT students the opportunity to earn a doctor of pharmacy degree in five years.

UPT President Michael A. Worman said,"This agreement assures students that, if they perform well academically, they will be able to complete their degree locally."

├┐According to Margaret H. Peaslee, vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of biology, "This cooperative program will allow students to receive a strong foundation in their basic course work provided by the superior faculty and facilities at UPT, and then complete their professional training at LECOM in the minimum amount of time.It's efficient, effective and will make students exceedingly employable."

Students would attend UPT for two years of pre-pharmacy education and would complete the professional pharmacy program in an accelerated three-year program at LECOM.When the new school of pharmacy opens in September 2002, it will be one of only a few pharmacy schools offering the accelerated three-year professional degree program.The traditional doctor of pharmacy degree takes six years

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