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News release (Aug. 4, 2014)
Seventy-three students from more than 20 states embarked on their four-year professional pharmacy doctorate in a ceremony Friday at Manchester University’s North Manchester campus.
Northern Indiana’s only Pharm.D. program is entering its third academic year, with more than 200 students, and about 40 percent of its new students are from Indiana.
Classes begin at the College of Pharmacy on the Fort Wayne campus today, Aug. 4. To celebrate their new journey, the 73 newcomers received white coats and sign the college’s honor code at the Friday event.
The ceremony was in Cordier Auditorium at the campus in North Manchester. Keynote speaker was Raylene Rospond, the new dean of the College of Pharmacy. She succeeded Dave McFadden, who is the new Manchester University president.
Nearly 600 qualified students from across the nation applied for the 73 seats in the Class of 2018. After filling the class, Manchester still had more than 100 students on the waiting list.
Friday’s White Coat Ceremony emphasizes the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for the patient.
The College of Pharmacy has earned candidate accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. When members of the inaugural Class of 2016 graduate and complete the state board licensing exams, the College will move toward the final step of the accreditation process. The College has added three faculty members this year in addition to the dean, bringing the total to 26.
For more about the Manchester University College of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne, visit the website at www.manchester.edu/pharmacy or call 260-470-2700.