The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) and the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) are working together to decrease the pharmacist shortage in the state. Missouri has the fifth highest demand for pharmacists in the nation, according to the Pharmacy Manpower Project.
UMKC is the only public pharmacy school in Missouri. Students can now take classes on the MU-Columbia campus and earn their pharmacy degree from UMKC. The first 28 students accepted into the satellite program should graduate in 5 years with their doctorate of pharmacy. The program is a combination of classes already available at MU and courses offered via satellite from UMKC.
"A pharmacist must be very knowledgeable; it is certainly far more than counting pills," said Kevin Rudeen, assistant dean of MU's School of Health Professions. "People are taking more and more medications, and in many cases the physicians are not aware of every medication a patient has been prescribed to take. A pharmacist must review all the latest information in order to prevent serious drug interactions."
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