Huntingdon Continues 100% Acceptance to Pharmacy Programs
Montgomery, Ala.—Four Huntingdon College students and alumni have been notified of acceptance to Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs around the region, beginning in the fall. The latest group of acceptances continues Huntingdon’s streak of 100% acceptance to pharmacy doctorate programs since 1997, according to Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy, of Prattville, professor of chemistry and pre-pharmacy advisor at Huntingdon since 1997. “The acceptance rate is significant, especially because the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s last published national rate of acceptance, covering the years 2002 through 2006, was only 17%,” says Murphy. She adds that, since 1997, 13 Huntingdon students have applied, interviewed, and been accepted to Pharm.D. programs.
This year, student Gary Frazier, a sophomore chemistry major from Wetumpka, was accepted to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University; Megan Long, a senior cell biology major from Cottondale, Fla., was accepted to Florida A & M University School of Pharmacy; and Fe Gulledge, a senior biochemistry major from Trussville, was accepted to the University of Louisiana-Monroe School of Pharmacy. At the same time, Class of 2006 graduate and Birmingham native Bethany Gaydosh decided to change her career path and was admitted to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, as well. Gaydosh joins her sister, Brittany Gaydosh, a 2008 Huntingdon graduate in chemistry, who was admitted to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy last year.
Pharmacy school admission interest has increased among Huntingdon students since 2002. Only one of Huntingdon’s 13 Pharm.D. admissions counted in the current statistics occurred prior to 2002. Normally, pharmacy programs are four years in length and require 83 undergraduate semester hours for admission. Murphy attributes the increase in interest to economics and a sustainable lifestyle. “Most pharmacists have comparatively good salaries and can work according to schedules, rather than having to be ‘on call,’ if the student’s interest is in serving humankind through health care and/or medicine,” says Murphy.
As to the reason for Huntingdon’s success in placing graduates in Pharm.D. program, Murphy attributes the high percentage of acceptance to the attention to values received in Huntingdon’s liberal arts core curriculum. “Our students who have interviewed report that many of the questions they are asked concern ethical decisions, and our students grapple with those types of questions and decisions extensively in their core course work,” says Murphy.
The Class of 2009 is the largest class in nearly four decades at Huntingdon. Commencement Exercises will be held this Saturday, May 9, beginning with the traditional day ceremony at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Adult Degree Completion Program ceremony at 6:00 p.m. The festivities are scheduled to be held on the College Green, but may be moved into Delchamps Student Center’s Catherine Dixon Roland Arena because of recent rainstorms. A decision about graduation location will be announced Friday afternoon.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service,” is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Celebrating its centennial year in Montgomery this year, the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.