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Trustees approve new degree in pharmacy (Released: 2/9/96)

by Thomas Becher, Office of University Communications.

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees today (Feb. 9) adopted a new, four-year pharmacy degree that will become the School of Pharmacy's sole professional degree program.

The vigorous Pharm.D. degree, to replace the five-year bachelor's degree in pharmacy, will give the University's program an even greater competitive edge, said Michael Gerald, dean of the School of Pharmacy. The degree will bring the University in line with three-quarters of the pharmacy schools in the nation planning to offer the degree and help conform with anticipated guidelines for accreditation by the year 2000, Gerald added.

Unlike the current pharmacy program, entering students will not be admitted as freshmen. Instead, they would be able to enter the school only after completing 64 credits of general education courses, including basic math and science courses. The Pharm.D. curriculum will include substantial clinical experience to prepare students for the changing role of pharmacists in today's health care environment. The degree will take four years to complete in addition to two years of preliminary study.

UConn's pharmacy program is the only one of its kind in Connecticut and one of four in New England. Applications for enrollment in the pharmacy program at UConn exceed class size by four to one.

Trustees unanimously approved the change in a voice vote. The Pharm.D. program will admit students beginning next fall.

To usher in the new degree, trustees also approved a tuition surcharge of $1,250 per semester for each student in the program. The extra charge is needed to pay for additional clinical work.

Virtually all graduates of professional pharmacy programs are successful in finding related jobs, Gerald said.

In other business, trustees, meeting at Champion International Corp., voted to change the name of the Department of Metallurgy to the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. Faculty members, research and courses in the department now cover ceramic and electronic materials, as well as metals and alloys. Adding "materials" to the title is more descriptive of the activities, said Chancellor Mark A. Emmert.

The board also approved the selection of a consulting firm to update the University's facilities master plan. Johnson Johnson & Roy/Svigals Associates of Ann Arbor, Michigan and New Haven won out over 35 other firms. The firm will help the University prepare for the 10-year reconstruction of the Storrs campus under UConn 2000, the $1 billion plan to rebuilt, renew and enhance the University's campuses.

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