(Nov. 2, 2023) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – In a partnership that promises to transform the future of pharmacy education in the region, San Bernardino Valley College’s (SBVC) Pharmacy Technology department has joined forces with Loma Linda University’s (LLU) School of Pharmacy, creating a unique pathway for SBVC students to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.
This collaboration opens doors for aspiring pharmacists by offering unprecedented financial incentives, apprenticeship opportunities and invaluable experiential learning.
Spearheaded by faculty chair Robyn Seraj, the focus of the program is to provide an opportunity for residents east of the campus and for SBVC students to consider an academic pathway toward PharmD. The program is designed to be completed in 12 months, although students are encouraged to obtain their Associate in Science. Twenty-two students are enrolled in the program and are in their first semester courses.
Additionally, CVS Pharmacy Inc. is offering an apprenticeship program for SBVC students that will waive their course fees. While being in the program, students will be able to obtain core skills and shadow professionals. In August, SBVC held informational sessions that provided an overview of the program’s expectations.
“This collaboration between the SBVC Pharm Tech department and LLU’s School of Pharmacy is a game-changer and a testament to the power of collaboration in higher education,” said Interim President Dr. Linda Fontanilla.