Wingate University to expand pharmacy program in Hendersonville

Wingate, N.C. -- Wingate University has announced plans to expand its educational programs to serve Western North Carolina. The University will initially offer the Doctor of Pharmacy program to start in fall 2011 in Hendersonville, pending accreditation approval. The program will be housed in an 11,000 square-foot facility in the heart of downtown Hendersonville.

Plans are moving forward to serve the Western North Carolina area with a Master of Business Administration program and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies, pending approvals by their respective accrediting agencies. These programs will be housed in the Hendersonville facility.

The expansion of its pharmacy program next year underscores the University's commitment to pharmacy education in North Carolina to meet the increasing need for future pharmacists. "Since the other two pharmacy schools in North Carolina are located in the eastern part of the state, Wingate University has always viewed the Western and Piedmont regions as our service area," said Dr. Jerry E. McGee, president of Wingate University.

"When we started our program we made a commitment to serve the people of the Piedmont and Western Carolina areas," McGee said. "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 area. The new program would partner with Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher, Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville for clinical sites, as well as several community pharmacies.

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 averages on licensing exams in each of the past four years.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.

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