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Triple Degree Program At LSU Serves The Growing Biomedical Industry In Louisiana

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A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study.

A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study. 

LSU is partnering with the Health Sciences Center in New Orleans to launch the program. It’s called “Fast Path” because students would receive three degrees  - a bachelor of science, an MD, and a PhD — in one-to-three years less than the traditional path.

As the program grows, LSU envisions the creation of a Biomedical Engineering Research Institute which would focus on practical applications for scientific discoveries, a critical resource for the developing biomedical industry in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

The program will admit up to 10 students every year with ACT scores of 30 or higher and advanced placement credits.

Dr. Steve Nelson is the dean of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. He said in a statement that the program will forge together two of the strengths of LSU — engineering and medicine — and create jobs in Louisiana.

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