The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will allow first-year pharmacy students to begin their four-year training programs on UT’s Nashville and Knoxville campuses for the first time next year, officials announced this week.
Pharmacy students are now required to spend their first semester on the Memphis campus. After that, they may transfer to the college’s campuses in Nashville or Knoxville to complete their PharmD degrees.
This program change, which is awaiting accreditation approval, would mean that students could spend all of their time training in one location. Assuming this happens, this would begin in the fall of 2023.
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“This new change means that students now can go straight to Nashville or Knoxville and complete all four years, all eight semesters of our program, at either one of those campuses,” said Jennifer Schoelles, PharmD, associate dean for Student Affairs in a news release announcing the program change. “We have removed the requirement of all students relocating to Memphis for coursework.”
The college expanded into Middle Tennessee in 2014 when it opened its campus in Nashville. It moved to its current location in southeast Nashville, at 301 South Perimeter Park Dr., in 2019.
Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort opened in July. The application deadline is Feb. 1.
Frank Gluck is the health care reporter for The Tennessean. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FrankGluck.
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