Pharmacy program to expand to Western N.C.

Expansion part of commitment to meet need for future pharmacists

WINGATE, NC, -- Wingate University has announced plans to expand its Doctor of Pharmacy Program to serve the Asheville/Hendersonville area of Western North Carolina. The expanded program is expected to begin in fall 2011 and employ 13 full-time faculty and staff. The first of its kind in the area, the four-year doctoral program will enroll 72 students.

The expansion underscores the University's commitment to pharmacy education in North Carolina to meet the increasing need for future pharmacists. "When we started our program we made a commitment to serve the people of the Piedmont and Western Carolina areas," said Dr. Jerry E. McGee, president of Wingate University. "Now that we have launched a successful program on our main campus, we look forward to fulfilling our promise to serve the healthcare needs in the western part of the state."
The University is already training some of its fourth-year pharmacy students in clinical sites in the Asheville area.

McGee cited the innovative nature of the patient-care experiences in all four years of the curriculum and the superior national licensing exam achievement of the graduating classes at Wingate as testaments to the quality of its program. Graduates from the Wingate University School of Pharmacy have scored above the national average on licensing exams in each of the past three years. One-hundred percent of the 2008 graduates passed the national licensing exam (NAPLEX) on their initial attempt.

In the highly competitive field of pharmacy education, Wingate offers the Pharmacy Advantage Program which guarantees Wingate students entrance into the School of Pharmacy provided certain academic requirements are met.

Students in the Asheville/Hendersonville program will practice their clinical education in affiliated community pharmacies, long-term care facilities, clinics, Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher and the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.

"A unique aspect of the Wingate University pharmacy program is our practice-based cooperative education philosophy which requires strong support from our clinical education partners,” said Dr. Robert Supernaw, dean of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy. "We are grateful to our partners for their commitment to our students' success."

In addition to establishing clinical education sites, the University will offer doctoral-level classes and labs in a centrally located facility in the Asheville/Hendersonville area.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers 34 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Doctor of Education degrees.

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Dean Robert Supernaw
Wingate University School of Pharmacy