For the second straight year, the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy has reached a record-high enrollment as part of its work to meet the serious need for pharmacists in Kansas.
The School of Pharmacy has an enrollment of 655 students, up from 586 students in the fall of 2010. Thanks to an expansion plan passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2008, the School of Pharmacy is poised to continue to grow through 2013.
In the fall of 2010, the School of Pharmacy increased enrollment in its doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program from 105 to 150 students. This year, an additional 20 students were added on the school’s new Wichita campus.
State support for expanded facilities and increased enrollment will allow the School of Pharmacy to address a severe shortage of pharmacists in rural and western Kansas. Today, six Kansas counties are without a pharmacy, and an additional 30 counties have just one.
“The new building in Lawrence and the new facilities here in Wichita not only allow us to increase our incoming class size from 105 to 170 students, they also make a pharmacy education accessible to a more diverse group of students,” Dean Ken Audus said. “Many of the 20 students in this year’s first Wichita class plan to return and work in their home communities in central and western Kansas.”
As the state’s only pharmacy school, the KU School of Pharmacy has a strong tradition of returning graduates to the Kansas workforce. Currently, at least one KU School of Pharmacy alumnus is practicing pharmacy in 95 of the state’s 105 counties.