Richmond Community College in Hamlet has partnered with Wingate University to create a pathway to the Wingate University School of Pharmacy (WU-SOP), in Wingate, N.C.
The new agreement spells out a course of study that will give students all the prerequisites for application to the School of Pharmacy. Completion of the pre-requisite courses will also earn a student an Associate in Science degree from RCC.
“Admission to an accredited pharmacy school is extremely competitive,” said Robert B. Supernaw, Dean of the WU-SOP. “This year, the school received approximately seven applications for each seat available. Therefore, it is very important that all pre-pharmacy requisite courses be completed in order to enhance the applicant’s chances of admission.”
“This articulation agreement … assures the RCC student that the requisite pre-pharmacy courses taken at RCC are exactly what will fulfill the WU-SOP requirements,” he said.
While it does not guarantee admission into the School of Pharmacy, RCC President Dale McInnis believes the Wingate agreement adds greater value and quality to the programs offered at the college.
“Pharmacy is a growing field right now and Wingate is one of the top schools in the Southeast,” said McInnis. “This agreement will open up greater opportunities for students from Richmond, Scotland and surrounding counties to take advantage of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy and enter into high-demand, high-wage careers in the industry.”
According to McInnis, the agreement fits into RCC’s strategy to add to the rigor of its course offerings and increase the transfer options for RCC students.
“Our faculty have gone the extra mile so that our students will have all the courses and resources they need to be successful at the university level, and it is paying off,” said McInnis. “Last year, 94 percent of our students who transferred from RCC to a four-year institution were successful in their third year of college.”
The Wingate University agreement is the third new partnership with four-year institutions announced by RCC in the past month.
In May, the college entered into a first-of-its-kind dual enrollment agreement with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Just last week, RCC announced an expanded agreement with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University that added seven majors students can begin at the college.
“The need for a successful transfer program gets more critical every year, and we want our students to have as many options as possible to continue their educations after they complete their degree at RCC,” said McInnis.
For more information on the Wingate University School of Pharmacy partnership, or any of the college’s 60-plus degree, diploma or certificate programs, contact RCC at 910-410-1700 or visit online at www.richmondcc.edu.