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University of the Cumberlands enters agreement for students to attend Midway College School of Pharmacy

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Officials at University of the Cumberlands have announced that the University has entered a four-year agreement that will guarantee the admission of Cumberlands graduates to the new Midway College School of Pharmacy in Paintsville.

The guaranteed acceptance program (GAP) articulation agreement ensures that five Cumberlands pre-pharmacy graduates who meet the minimum requirements will be guaranteed acceptance into Midway’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. The agreement can be extended beyond the first four years, and although only five slots are guaranteed, all Cumberlands students are welcome to apply, and other students may be admitted.

“As Cumberlands has always sought ways to meet the educational and professional needs of the Appalachian region, we are honored to participate in this GAP agreement with another fine institution like Midway,” said Dr. Jim Taylor, president of University of the Cumberlands. “We know that the success of our graduates will justify the faith that Midway has shown in them through this agreement.”

Cumberlands will offer its pre-pharmacy majors all the required courses, as well as certain electives necessary for students to complete Midway’s PharmD admission requirements.

“We strongly believe that this collaboration will be mutually beneficial for our students, our institutions and the region as we set forth to prepare students for rural pharmacy practice,” said Dr. William B. Drake, Jr., president of Midway College.

Expecting its inaugural class in the fall of 2011, Midway is currently moving through the accreditation process with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).