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Georgian Court University and University of the Sciences Sign Articulation Agreements

Cooperative Agreements Open Doors to Doctor of Pharmacy and Physical Therapy Degrees

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 18, 2010—Georgian Court University and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia have signed formal agreements that will enable qualified GCU students to pursue their educational goals with a smooth transition to USciences’ doctor of pharmacy and doctor of physical therapy programs. The agreements will be in effect for GCU students wishing to enter USciences for the 2011–2012 academic year.

“One of the benefits of these cooperative degree agreements is that they open the doors to attracting qualified students at both universities,” said Dr. Russell J. DiGate, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at USciences. “GCU students seeking a career in pharmacy or physical therapy will be able to do so by transferring into USciences’ PharmD and DPT programs.”

Under the terms of the cooperative degree agreement, qualified Georgian Court students can matriculate into USciences’ doctor of pharmacy or doctor of physical therapy degree programs for their professional education and training. In order to utilize the cooperative agreements, GCU students will need to meet the minimum grade point average and other specific criteria set forth by USciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Samson College of Health Sciences to receive acceptance into the professional degree programs. The agreement offers a clear path for GCU students who want to transfer to University of the Sciences so that they know exactly what courses to take at GCU and how the credits will be applied at USciences.

“Increasingly, students are searching for creative ways to realize their goals—in the classroom and in their future careers,” said Dr. Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, president of Georgian Court University. “This partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for talented students who are focused on earning a terminal degree in physical therapy or pharmacy, and are equally serious about meeting the health needs of our nation.”

For more information about the new program, contact Michael Gross, Ph.D., GCU associate provost for academic affairs, at or John Connors, PharmD, USciences assistant provost, at

About Georgian Court University
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland. 

About University of the Sciences
At University of the Sciences, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the science and healthcare-related fields. A private institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the science and healthcare marketplaces since its founding in 1821. Students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in the lives of people worldwide through such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy. For more information about University of the Sciences, visit

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