The School of Pharmacy welcomed a new site in Springfield, Mo., joining with Missouri State University (MSU) to expand its program.
Last Friday, Governor Jay Nixon was joined by administrative leaders from both schools to announce the completion of an agreement that would allow students from MSU to enroll in UMKC’s Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.
The announcement was part of a special ceremony at the MSU Brick City Gallery where representatives from both universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding to make the program available to students at the MSU campus.
UM System Interim President Stephen J. Owens and UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton attended the ceremony, alongside MSU Interim President Clif Smart.
MSU students could begin enrollment as early as the fall semester of 2014, pending approval of the MSU campus by the accrediting body for pharmacy education and the Higher Learning Commission.
The program’s expansion was formed in response to the demand for trained pharmacy professionals in the state, particularly in rural areas such as those near Springfield.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the demand for pharmacy specialists has increased with the growth of the healthcare industry. It expects a shortfall of nearly 157,000 pharmacists by 2020.
Faculty and student researchers at the School of Pharmacy are experiencing even more exciting activity this semester in the lab of Dr. Simon Friedman, associate professor in the division of pharmaceutical sciences.
Friedman recently received a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research the refinement of a technique for controlling gene expression with light.
The technique, known as Light Activated RNA Interference (LARI), is expected to address a range of subjects in biological systems once it is fully refined.