Tuesday, August 23, 2011
University of North Texas system to get pharmacy school
The doctor of pharmacy program will start by August 2013 with 80 students.
State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, announced Friday that the North Texas region's first pharmacy school will open in 2013 as a result of legislative language she authored during this year's regular session.
"I am pleased that we were able to get this important project moving so that more pharmacists can be trained to serve our growing population," Nelson said. "There will be little cost to the state because the University of North Texas System is raising funds, but Texas and our region will greatly benefit from the pharmacy school."
Nelson added language to a supplemental appropriations bill that establishes the College of Pharmacy. It will be located at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth in partnership with the University of North Texas and the University of North Texas at Dallas. The Legislature appropriated $300,000 for curriculum and accreditation, but required private funds to be raised for construction.
On Thursday, the UNT System Board of Regents approved plans to start the doctor of pharmacy program by August 2013 with 80 students.
"The region has asked for a pharmacy program for over a decade, and our hospitals, pharmacies, and biotechnology companies have asked the UNT System to fill this critical workforce need. Thanks to Senator Nelson's initiative, the North Texas delegation came together in support of a much needed and very collaborative program. It wouldn't have happened without Jane Nelson's strong leadership," said UNT System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson.
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