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New Pharmacy School Slated for North Carolina

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Pharmacy School Slated for North Carolina

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Thanks to the pharmacist shortage, North Carolina will be getting its third pharmacy school when Wingate University opens its halls of ivy to the first class in the fall of 2003.

Located near Charlotte on a 390acre campus, the 106-year-old private liberal arts university plans to offer the entry-level Pharm.D. The fouryear program will require two years of pre-pharmacy classes. Each entering class will have 60 students, for a total 240 enrollees. The cost of the pharmacy school will be $1 million for start-up costs and $5 million for a new building. The annual operating budget is pegged at $5 million.

Wingate is actively seeking a dean to oversee development of the pharmacy school and to lead recruitment of both faculty and students. The school estimates that the pharmacy school will require 30 faculty members to teach the scientific, clinical, and professional pharmacy practice courses. The school has also applied for accreditation to the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

The two existing pharmacy schools in North Carolina cannot meet the demand for more pharmacists, said Jerry McGee, Wingate president. "Our desire to serve the citizens of this region is our motivation for getting involved in pharmacy education," he added. …

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