The Benefits of the Manchester College of Pharmacy;
A two-year pre-pharmacy undergraduate program at Manchester
prepares students for the four-year professional program, and
is attracting even more academically strong students to the North
A third pharmacy school in Indiana will help keep talented Hoosiers
close to home and is drawing students from many other states.
Manchester is becoming better known on a national scale.
Manchester is helping to meet the high demand for pharmacists, and
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 expands the scope of higher education in
northeast Indiana and establishes Fort Wayne as a hub for
professional medical education. Manchester pharmacy students
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 at full capacity and employ 30 faculty and 10 administrators, is attracting 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 has created permanent, high-paying jobs.
Ties between Manchester and Fort Wayne are stronger, 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.
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 College of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne, Manchester is answering the call.