Working Pharmacists Seek Pharm.D. Degree at University of Florida

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Major advancements in pharmaceuticals over the past decade have made the pharmacist's job more important than ever. While current pharmacy students are earning the highest level of education for the challenges ahead, many practicing pharmacists with baccalaureate degrees in pharmacy recognize there is a need for the advanced education and skills to advance their careers. With growing personal and professional demands, finding time to go back to school can be difficult. Fortunately, working pharmacists can find support in the University of Florida's distance learning degree program for licensed pharmacists (http://www.pharmd.distancelearning.ufl.edu) which enables working pharmacists to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Major advancements in pharmaceuticals over the past decade have made the pharmacist's job more important than ever. Consumers depend on pharmacists to counsel them on all the new medications, and to help make informed decisions on drug treatment. Colleges and universities have already recognized the increased challenges facing pharmacists, and now require all future pharmacists to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy, Pharm.D., degree.

While current pharmacy students are earning the highest level of education for the challenges ahead, many practicing pharmacists with baccalaureate degrees in pharmacy recognize there is a need for the advanced education and skills to advance their careers. With growing personal and professional demands, finding time to go back to school can be difficult. Fortunately, working pharmacists can find support in the University of Florida's distance learning degree program for licensed pharmacists (http://www.pharmd.distancelearning.ufl.edu) which enables working pharmacists to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

"The role of pharmacists has changed over the years. More pharmacists are now involved in making decisions regarding drug therapy and patient consultations," said William H. Riffee, Ph.D. Dean, College of Pharmacy University of Florida. "Pharmacists also advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists have a great responsibility, and the need for well educated and competent professionals is growing."

The University of Florida's College of Pharmacy is ranked as one of the top tier schools in the nation by US News and World Report. The Working Professional Pharm.D. (WPPD) program began in 1994 as a partnership with Compass Knowledge Group, Inc. a leader in distance education. Since that time the WPPD program has grown to be the largest and most sought after pharmacy program for employed pharmacists to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

This distance learning program provides all the outcomes and benefits comparable to the University of Florida's campus-based entry-level Pharm.D. program, but with no campus attendance required.

"For more than a decade, the University of Florida's Doctor of Pharmacy program has provided a fantastic opportunity for working pharmacists to gain the knowledge necessary to compete in a very challenging field," said Dr. Gloria Pickar, Compass Knowledge Group's President and Chief Academic Officer. "Since its inception, more than 900 pharmacists have earned their Pharm.D. degree through the program, and we expect to pass the milestone of 1,000 graduates this fall."

For more information about the Working Professional Doctor of Pharmacy distance education program, contact a University of Florida Enrollment Adviser at 1-800-431-6687 or visit the program Web site, http://www.pharmd.distancelearning.ufl.edu.

About Compass Knowledge Group
Founded in 1993, Compass Knowledge Group, Inc. or "Compass" located in Orlando, Florida partners with higher education institutions to create successful distance learning programs. Our industry-leading consultants assess institutional readiness and degree program viability. Using best-in-class marketing, recruitment, and student retention services, Compass Knowledge Group introduces degree programs to the world and enables colleges and universities to succeed in the competitive online education marketplace.

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