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PC Trustees Vote to Start New Pharmacy School in S.C.
Date:2/27/2008

acy school builds on the existing strengths of the college - especially the sciences and our commitment to service," he said. "By building a program focused on producing pharmacy practitioners - pharmacists who will serve in communities - we believe we'll have a program whose cornerstone is similar to our undergraduate program and a complement to our motto - 'While we live, we serve.'"

PC graduates have built an impressive reputation for the health sciences - sending top graduates to medical schools, dental schools, pharmacy schools, and veterinary schools. In recent years, PC alumni have been recognized as the top graduates of classes at the Medical University of South Carolina. Three of the 90 first-year students entering the University of Georgia's veterinary medicine program in the fall of 2007 were PC alumni, and a PC alumna has been elected the commencement speaker for the 2008 class of the USC School of Pharmacy. This year thus far, five PC seniors have been accepted to dental school, three into pharmacy school, one into medical school, and one into optometry school.

"We're very proud of our students who go into health-related fields," said Griffith. "They have been outstanding graduate students and, more importantly, outstanding health care providers."

The first study revealed a tremendous need for pharmacists; the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 157,000 shortfall in pharmacists by the year 2020 - especially in the Southeast. School officials agree that a pharmacy school would address the need for highly qualified pharmacists who will serve a rapidly aging population demanding more health care services.

Study co-director Ed Gouge complimented his colleagues on the faculty who voted to endorse the plan this semester, along with members of the college's Administrative Council and the Student Government Association.

"I really appreciate the fact that the faculty, our advisory boards, our staff, and our student
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