73 more students join College of Pharmacy,
to don white coats in Aug. 2 ceremony

News release (July 29, 2013)

More than 70 students from 21 states embark on a four-year professional pharmacy doctorate this week on Manchester University’s north Fort Wayne campus. Northern Indiana’s only Pharm.D. program is stepping strongly into its second school year and to serving Hoosiers: More than 32 percent of the new students are from Indiana.

On Aug. 5, they will join the 62 second-year students to begin a new year of classes in a building designed for pharmacy education and community interaction. To celebrate their transition from undergraduate classrooms and laboratories to the clinical study of pharmacy, the 73 newcomers will receive white coats and sign a pledge of professionalism on Friday, Aug. 2.

Seating for the White Coat Ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. The ceremony begins promptly at 5 p.m. Keynote speaker is Jenelle L. Sobotka, immediate past president of the American Pharmacists Association and endowed chair of pharmacy practice for Ohio Northern University.

The ceremony culminates a week of orientation on both MU campuses for the Class of 2017.

This week, members of the Class of 2017 are meeting their faculty mentors and mentor groups who will share their four-year journey to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. They’ll learn about the experiential program that will place them in pharmacies with mentors in every niche of the profession. They’ll bond with new laptops installed with programs and applications designed for pharmacy education.

And they’ll find connections to success programs that undergird the Manchester University experience, from health services to intercultural awareness to counseling and career services. They’ll also join their new friends and colleagues at an afternoon Fort Wayne Tin Caps professional baseball game on Wednesday, July 31.

More than 450 qualified students from across the nation applied for the 73 seats in the Class of 2017. After filling the class, Manchester still had more than 100 students on the waiting list, McFadden said.

The College of Pharmacy recently earned candidate accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. That means ACPE expects graduates of the Class of 2016 will qualify to take state board exams for licensing. To continue to fulfill curriculum needs for the next level of classes, six new faculty members have joined the College of Pharmacy.

For more about the Manchester University College of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne, visit the website at www.manchester.edu/pharmacy or call 260-470-2700.

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