Wisconsin to Get a Second Pharmacy School - Concordia Unveils Plans

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Concordia University Wisconsin officials today announced that the Board of Regents has approved an allocation of funds to begin a pharmacy school at the university starting with the 2009-2010 academic year. This will be the second pharmacy school in Wisconsin. The other is located at UW-Madison

The new school will fit perfectly within our university's focus on the health sciences and with our mission of preparing people for service.

Concordia University Wisconsin officials today announced that the Board of Regents has approved an allocation of funds to begin a pharmacy school at the university starting with the 2010-2011 academic year.

A nationwide search will now begin to hire a dean to oversee the new school. An additional 25-35 full and part-time pharmacy faculty and support staff will also be needed for the new school.

"This is a tremendous step forward for our university which has experienced exceptional growth over the past 5 years," said President Patrick T. Ferry. "The new school will fit perfectly within our university's focus on the health sciences and with our mission of preparing people for service."

Concordia has offered a popular nursing program since 1982 and Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Graduate Nursing programs since 1994. In 2001, the University also established a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program.

The preliminary plan is for the new Pharmacy program to be on a two/four model with students taking a minimum of two years of undergraduate courses before applying to the graduate school of Pharmacy. Upon acceptance, students would then take 4 years of graduate study and graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Concordia is planning to accept approximately 50-75 students per class. Admission requirements and tuition rates are still being finalized.

Currently, the state's only pharmacy school is located at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Annually, the school graduates approximately 130 students; however, between 300 and 400 applicants apply to the program each year.

Nationally, there are approximately 99 accredited pharmacy schools.
Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin's main campus is located on 192 acres of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline at 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon. The university and its 16 adult education centers and classroom locations are home to over 5,500 undergraduate and graduate, traditional as well as non-traditional students from 38 states and two dozen foreign countries. The university offers 55 undergraduate majors, 14 master's degree programs, a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and a variety of adult learning opportunities.

The university is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System, a nationwide network of colleges and universities. For more information on Concordia University Wisconsin, contact the university at (262) 243-4300 or visit their Web site at http://www.cuw.edu.

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