A&M Applies for Pharmacy School Branch in B/CSFeatured Stories, News Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
The Texas A&M school of pharmacy has applied to expand to Bryan/College Station from its base in Kingsville.
Pending accreditation approval, the local branch will start in August.
Vice-Dean in charge of the branch, Dr. Allison Ficht, says recruitment is underway for the first class of 30 to 35 students along with four faculty to start, a number Sicht says will grow to a dozen.
Ficht says pharmacy students will be able to participate in research based in the biocorridor.
The Kingsville campus can only accept one in every eight who apply.
Click below for comments from Allison Ficht, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.AllisonFicht012214.mp3
News release courtesy of the A&M Health Science Center:
The Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy today announced plans for expansion of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) program to the Bryan-College Station campus.
“By adding pharmacy to the health science center’s existing Bryan-College Station-based professional programs in medicine, nursing and public health, all of our students across the disciplines will have enhanced opportunities to develop their knowledge and technical skills in a team environment that characterizes modern health care delivery” said Brett Giroir, M.D., interim executive vice president and CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center. “Learning to function as a team will, at the end of the day, result in improved quality health care to patients throughout Texas and the nation.”
With 647 applicants vying for a position in the Kingsville campus’s 87-member Class of 2017, additional capacity was needed beyond Kingsville due to the limited number of clinical training settings within driving distance of that campus. Pending approval of the expansion plan from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the college will accept an additional 30 to 35 students per class in August 2014.
“I take so much pride in seeing the tremendous growth of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy,” said state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., who represents District 27. “When the school was dedicated, it was the first professional school in South Texas, created to address gaps in the health-related workforce in our historically underserved area. In only a few short years, the school, under the careful administration of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, has surpassed that vision, attracting a diverse group of exemplary faculty and students from South Texas and across the nation. The overwhelming number of interested applicants to the college speaks for itself. The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is changing the health care landscape across Texas. I congratulate the college on its success.”
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