Xavier University Creates Pre-Pharmacy Pathway Program for High School Students

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee has officially approved the Pre-Pharmacy Pathway Program at historically Black Xavier University in New Orleans

The new program is designed to prepare high school students for college-level study of pharmacy, pharmacology, toxicology, medical writing, or scientific product development, or for career-ready jobs such as a pharmacy technician, pharmacy assistant, and medical coder.

The program will begin during the 2019-2020 academic year at the St. John the Baptist STEM Magnet High School. Students who participate in the program are required to complete eight courses from among offerings which include an overview of the pharmacy profession, medical terminology, and several science courses. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a Certificate of Pre-Pharmacy Studies, a Gold Seal on their high school diploma, and preferred admission to the Xavier College of Pharmacy via its Contingent Admissions Program.

“We are excited to collaborate with St. John the Baptist Magnet High School and proud to offer these students an early opportunity to learn more about the profession of pharmacy,” said Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, dean of Xavier’s College of Pharmacy. “We look forward to expanding the reach of the Pre-Pharmacy Pathway Program throughout Louisiana.”


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