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WNEU signs transfer agreement with BCC

WNEU and BCC sign transfer agreement for health sciences

Western New England University (WNEU) signed an articulation agreement with Berkshire Community College (BCC) to benefit students who earn an associate’s degree in Health Sciences, Pre-Professional Transfer Option at BCC and wish to continue their studies at WNEU’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This signing took place on Monday, June 3, at 1:00 p.m. in the Connector at BCC’s main campus in Pittsfield.

The articulation will allow students who have completed their Associate in Science degree at BCC, and who have met WNEU admissions requirements, to enter their Pharmacy program.  This opportunity is generously supported by WNEU who will be offering accepted BCC students $15,000 per year for two years of their program.

Through this coordinated program of study at both institutions, students may obtain an associate’s degree issued by BCC and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy studies and a doctor of pharmacy degree issued by WNEU. 

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Dr. Jennifer Berne, VP of Academic Affairs at BCC and Dr. Evan T. Robinson, Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at WNEU, signed the agreement Monday, June 3 in the BCC Connector.

Evan T. Robinson, PhD, RPh, Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at WNEU, said he is excited that WNEU will offer an opportunity for BCC students to continue their studies at the University.

“It is important to provide as many opportunities and pathways as possible for students to pursue their academic and career aspirations.  Agreements such as this can facilitate just that.” 

Robinson also noted that “This also offers an opportunity for individuals with western Massachusetts ties to study, and hopefully practice, where they live.”

BCC President Ellen Kennedy agreed, noting the many articulation agreements BCC and WNEU share:

“Western New England is an important partner in helping to guarantee our students graduate from BCC and are afforded junior level status to continue their studies. This agreement reinforces that, as well as out agreements with WNEU for Criminal Justice, Engineering, Human Services, Biological Science, and Business Administration. ”

The Pre-Professional Transfer Option at BCC is designed for students who are tracking toward a career in rapidly expanding professional healthcare fields. BCC students in this program are expected to transfer to a 4-year institution to complete prerequisite curriculum for potential admission into programs such as (but not limited to): Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant Studies, Pharmacy, Chiropractic Medicine, Health Science Research, etc.