Heritage University’s Laurie Fathe, left, and WSU’s Jennifer Robinson sign two agreements last week to launch a pharmacy program partnership.
TOPPENISH The local university is partnering with Washington State University for a new pharmacy program.
WSU’s College of Pharmacy and Heritage University signed two agreements to streamline the path for students to become pharmacists, starting with the class entering in the fall.
“This new partnership between Heritage University and Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy offers students a wonderful opportunity to establish connections with their graduate institution early in their college career,” Heritage Provost Laurie Fathe said.
The first agreement extends the WSU doctor of pharmacy Save-A-Seat program to up to seven Heritage freshmen per year, essentially allowing them to reserve a spot while they completing undergraduate course requirements.
If students maintain good academic standing, they can go straight into the Pharm.D. program at the Spokane campus or extension program on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima.
The second guarantees graduates of Heritage’s master of arts in medical sciences program an admission interview for the Pharm.D. program in Yakima as long as they meet WSU admission requirements.
“Access to health education within the state is part of the land-grant mission of WSU and the College of Pharmacy,” college Dean Gary Pollack said. “These agreements provide another avenue for students in eastern Washington to obtain a doctor of pharmacy degree.”
Call Heritage University’s Tyson Miller at 509-865-0421 for details on the program.