Roseman University and Nevada State College Partner to Create First-of-its-kind Dual Degree Program in Nevada

July 29, 2021
Tuesday was an exciting day as Nevada State College and Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy came together on the beautiful NSC campus to officially launch a new Fast-Track BS/PharmD Program.
Officials from both institutions gathered to celebrate the program and its impending impact on the local community, allowing for qualified students to earn both Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees in as few as six years, two years shorter than the traditional curriculum.

“I would like to thank everyone who contributed,”
said Vickie Shields, PhD, acting president at NSC. “This is the type of partnership that benefits our entire community, rewarding students with two degrees from top-quality higher education institutions, that happen to both be located in Henderson. Everybody wins!”

“We are delighted and honored to join Nevada State College to further strengthen our shared mission to educate future generations of healthcare professionals. Further, NSC’s students bring rich diversity to the pharmacy profession in our region,”
said Renee Coffman, PhD, president and co-founder of Roseman University.

Through the Fast-Track BS/PharmD program, students enrolled in the BS in Biology program who complete three years of study at NSC will have the opportunity to combine the fourth year of their BS and first year of Roseman’s accelerated three-year PharmD curriculum, effectively eliminating one year of study as they pursue both their BS and (PharmD) degrees. After successful completion of their first year of study at Roseman University, students will be granted their BS in Biology and continue their PharmD education at Roseman COP.

Starting at the beginning of their first year in the PharmD program, students apply their learning from the classroom to real-world scenarios through Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) – developing professional knowledge and skills in a variety of clinical practice settings.

Roseman COP teaches students using its Six-Point Mastery Learning Model®, an education system that promotes high levels of achievement, with a focus on mastery of content. The model consists of Block Curriculum, Active and Collaborative Learning, Competency-based Education, Assessment Learning, Early Experiential Learning, and a Classroom Design that facilitates learning. All these components reinforce one another and contribute to an unparalleled educational environment.

“Through this first-of-its-kind partnership in Nevada, NSC students will get a head start on their professional careers, enabling them to obtain bachelors and doctoral degrees in less time and for less money than if each degree was taken separately,” said Larry Fannin, PharmD, dean of Roseman University’s College of Pharmacy. “We are delighted and honored to join with Nevada State College to further strengthen our shared mission to educate future generations of healthcare professionals. Further, upon graduation from both programs, NSC’s students bring rich diversity to the pharmacy profession in our region.”

Students graduating with their BS and PharmD can seek additional training in a pharmacy residency program or employment in community pharmacies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, educational institutions, laboratories, clinical, and long-term care facilities.

For questions or advising needs regarding this program, please contact Ms. Lisa Stone (, Admissions Specialist. Click here to visit the Fast Track BS/PharmD Program on NSC’s Web site.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate-level health care professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson and Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada and South Jordan, Utah, Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.