UMKC and MSU Collaborate to Provide Doctor of Pharmacy Program in Springfield
Program designed to increase numbers of pharmacy professionals in southern Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was joined by leaders from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and Missouri State University (MSU) today in Springfield to announce the signing of an agreement that will allow students on the MSU campus to enroll in UMKC’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program. The announcement was made at a special ceremony at the MSU Brick City Gallery in downtown Springfield, where representatives from the two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the program to the MSU campus.
“From small towns to big cities, Missouri needs more pharmacists,” said Gov. Nixon. “When we launched the Caring for Missourians program in 2009, this was exactly the sort of collaboration and innovation we had in mind. This initiative is helping prepare our students with the education and skills they need to have a successful career in a health care field that is in demand. Working together with our universities and colleges, we’re continuing to invest in our workforce to grow our economy and move Missouri in the right direction.”
The UMKC Pharm.D. program expansion to MSU was developed in response to current and projected shortages of pharmacy professionals in the state, particularly in underserved rural areas. With support from Gov. Nixon’s Caring for Missourians initiative, this collaboration will train pharmacy professionals to serve pharmacy healthcare needs in the southern region of Missouri. The location of the program in Springfield at MSU makes the UMKC pharmacy program more accessible for students living in the southwest region of Missouri