by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH
Cedarville, Ohio—It’s a billion-dollar industry. As of fall 2005, it was the chosen vocation for 210,000 men and women. Due to an aging “baby boomer” population, it is projected there will be a shortage of 150,000 pharmacists by 2020, despite the fact the 89 schools that offer a pharmacy degree in the United States consistently fill to capacity.
With that in mind, Cedarville University announces plans to open a School of Pharmacy, beginning with undergraduate, pre-pharmacy students in 2009. The four-year, professional pharmacy program is scheduled to enroll its first class in 2012.
In addition to increased opportunities in the profession, the job itself is changing. Today’s pharmacists not only fill prescriptions, but they can also have an impact on what medications are used, can participate in research, and may even be called upon to go on rounds with doctors.
“They’re more directly involved with patients now,” says Dr. Andy Runyan, associate vice president for academic administration at Cedarville. “Many pharmacists say they counsel people all day—and some can influence the direction of research on new medications.”
This kind of influential impact—combined with Cedarville’s emphasis on integrating biblical principles—makes the University an ideal arena for a pharmacy degree. And interest is already strong. The school’s reputation for launching successful professional programs is attracting inquiries from parents and prospective students.
The University is pursuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The search for a founding dean is also underway. Learn more!