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Midway College Announces Plans to Open School of Pharmacy in Eastern Kentucky

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Kentucky – like much of the nation – is experiencing a shortage of pharmacists. With the aging baby boomer population, the situation is expected to become even more acute.

Midway College has announced that it will open a school of pharmacy in Paintsville, Ky. Midway College President Dr. William B. Drake Jr. said the pharmacy school will be temporarily located on the Mayo Campus of Big Sandy Regional and Technical Center in Paintsville until a permanent campus location has been established.

“Some will ask why Midway College? Why Paintsville? And why now? The answers to those questions are simple,” Drake said. “First, it fits our college’s mission and fits into the growth of our health curriculum. Second, this community is supportive of this type of project. They understand the value of education. And it is an incredibly attractive place to work, live and earn your professional degree. We say, why not Paintsville? And why now? Because there is a need for pharmacists all across the nation. Based on industry information there are approximately five applications for each opening at pharmacy schools in the U.S.”
The new school will offer a fully accredited doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree. The school will enroll up to 80 students per year (a maximum of 320 students once it is fully operational) and will begin accepting students in January 2011 for the school year beginning August 2011. The program’s tuition will run $31,000 per year.

The school will employ approximately 100 full- and part-time faculty and staff members. Dr. Lanny Foss has been hired as the founding dean of the Midway College School of Pharmacy.

The Midway School of Pharmacy will be the third such program in the state; the others are operated by the University of Kentucky and Sullivan University.