Messenger-Inquirer on February 22, 2018
UK to KWC: ‘Welcome to the Pharmily’
School will partner with University of Kentucky’s College of Pharmacy
Kentucky Wesleyan College announced Thursday the school will begin a partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy that will both save students money and shorten the amount of time it will take to receive a degree.
This is the fifth collaborative partnership of this kind the school has introduced in the past year and follows in the footsteps of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine that KWC partnered with last summer.
Through this accelerated partnership with UK’s College of Pharmacy, students will be enrolled in a three-plus-four program that allows them to spend three years studying pre-pharmacy at KWC and then transfer to UK for four years while they complete their doctor of pharmacy degree. After they complete their first year at UK, they will have earned a bachelor of chemistry degree from KWC, according to a Wesleyan news release.
Qualifying students will also “receive priority applicant status during the admissions process,” the release said.
KWC President Bart Darrell said during a news conference Thursday in the school’s Winchester Center that the school’s leaders understand the importance of keeping the cost of higher education as low as possible, and the importance of speeding up the process to enter the workplace.
“This new collaboration with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is the latest extension of our work together to most efficiently and economically produce pharmacists for the benefit of the commonwealth of Kentucky and people in other states where our students may choose to reside,” he said.
Jason Mitchell, director of enrollment management for the UK College of Pharmacy, said this partnership will be win-win for both schools, and that it “marks a pivotal moment.”
“Today is bigger than either institution,” he said. “Today we mark the beginning of impacting health care throughout our great commonwealth, the region, the nation and the world because our students at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy make big impacts in the world of pharmacy.”
He said the UK College of Pharmacy refers to itself and the students who attend as “pharmily,” and that he is excited for the collaboration between schools because they already “have a longstanding relationship” with KWC students.
“It is with great pride that I say thank you and welcome to the pharmily,” he said.
Bobbie Hayse, [email protected], 270-691-7315, Twitter: @BobbieHayseMI
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