WVU School of Pharmacy Enters 92nd Year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Pharmacy has been educating students since 1914, and more than 70 percent of pharmacists in West Virginia are WVU alumni.

The trend continues with this year’s incoming class as 71 of the 82 students entering this fall are West Virginia residents (87%). Students of the Class of 2010 represent 29 of the state’s 55 counties. Twenty-eight students of the class come from homes where neither parent is a college graduate. The incoming class should be familiar with the University, as 63 of them have taken at least one course at WVU. The average age of the incoming class is 21, with four as young as 19 and the oldest is 38. By gender, 58% of the class is female (48) while 42% are male (34).

“The School of Pharmacy provides access to a professional education based on a student’s ability and is open to all who strive to excel,” said Patricia Chase, new dean of the School. “We are committed to constant improvement in all aspects of our program including teaching, service and research as we continue to educate future pharmacists for West Virginia.”

WVU offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, and a graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences. The professional program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and in 2005, was designated a WVU Board of Governors Program of Excellence.

At WVU, the Mylan Center for Pharmaceutical Care Education provides a state-of-the-art teaching facility that includes a model pharmacy, pharmaceutical and computer labs, rooms for case studies and special projects, a hospital pharmacy room and drug information library. A Health Sciences library and learning center addition will be complete in the near future. The addition will provide new classrooms, auditoriums, study rooms, and a commons area for all Health Sciences students.

The graduation rate from the professional program in pharmacy exceeds 95 percent, and graduates perform above the national average on the national licensing exam for pharmacy (NAPLEX).

In addition to academics, students at WVU can develop professional, social and leadership skills by joining one of the seven student organizations available. These organizations are active in the community through a variety of projects. In 2006, WVU’s Academy of Student Pharmacists received three national awards for diabetes, immunization, and heartburn screening and education programs, including a first place award for Operation Diabetes.

Renowned for the quality of its faculty and student research, the graduate Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy Program is one of the largest in the country. The department received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to build the WV Collaborative Health Outcomes Research for Therapies and Services (WV CoHORTS) Center to increase research at WVU.

The School was also one of the first in the country to establish community pharmacy residency programs with the Rite Aid Corporation and Fruth Pharmacies. To date, seven pharmacists have participated in one of these residency programs.

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Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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