The Benefits of the Manchester College of Pharmacy;
A two-year pre-pharmacy undergraduate program at Manchester
will prepare students for the four-year graduate program, and
will likely attract even more high-quality students to the North
A third pharmacy school in Indiana will keep talented Hoosiers
close to home and draw strong students from many other states.
Manchester will become better known on a national scale.
Manchester will help meet the high demand for pharmacists,
improving the quality and delivery of health care to people
throughout northeast Indiana. Research shows that pharmacists
tend to settle and work in the areas where they went to school.
The pharmacy school will expand the scope of higher education in
northeast Indiana and establish Fort Wayne as a hub for
graduate medical education. Manchester pharmacy students
will work in collaborative teams with students at Indiana University
School of Medicine at IPFW.
An economic ripple effect will stimulate the regional economy. The school, expected to enroll about 265 students and employ 30 faculty and 10 administrators, will attract people who need housing, and who purchase vehicles, clothing, food, household goods an array of other products and services. With an annual payroll of about $5.5 million, the school will create permanent, high-paying jobs.
Ties between Manchester and Fort Wayne will be strengthened, growing the potential for partnerships with business, research opportunities, and internships and service-learning projects. A bricks-and-mortar presence in the city also provides a venue for Manchester to expand other academic programs in the future.
Manchester will be on the leading edge of major shifts in the health-care industry. Pharmacists’ roles are expanding as they have increased authority to manage medication therapy and accountability for patients’ therapeutic outcomes.
The need for another pharmacy school in Indiana is clear. In northeast Indiana, demand for pharmacists is growing faster than supply. Statewide, demand is expected to grow faster than supply in the coming years. And as baby boomers age, national demand for pharmacists is expected to far exceed supply for many years.
With its new school of pharmacy in Fort Wayne, Manchester will answer