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Agreement makes it easier for students at West Virginia State to pursue doctorate in pharmacy at Marshall

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A new partnership with Marshall University will make it easier for students at West Virginia State University to pursue their doctorate in pharmacy at Marshall.

The agreement, signed June 16, defines a plan of study that will allow WVSU students to fulfill prerequisite requirements for Marshall's School of Pharmacy.

Students in good standing and who meet the admissions requirements to enroll in Marshall's pharmacy program will receive full credit for up to 72 hours of college-level coursework. Once they satisfactorily complete two years of pharmacy coursework at Marshall, they'll be eligible to receive their bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology from West Virginia State.

“We are very pleased to offer this option to students at West Virginia State,” said Gayle Ormiston said, senior vice president and provost at Marshall. “This collaboration helps streamline the process for students to pursue (a doctorate in pharmacy), which ultimately helps us meet our goal of educating pharmacists for West Virginia and the Appalachian region.”

Under the agreement, Marshall will guarantee admission each academic year to two WVSU students, provided the students meet all admission requirements spelled out in the memorandum of understanding.

“We are excited for the new opportunity that this agreement creates for our students," said R. Charles Byers, provost and vice president for academic affairs at WVSU. “The close proximity of our two universities, and the seamless transition into the Pharmacy School will create even more educational and career options for our graduates.”

Signing the memorandum of understanding were Ormiston and Kevin W. Yingling, dean of School of Pharmacy from Marshall; Byers and Katherine L. Harper, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at WVSU.

The signing ceremony took place at Marshall’s School of Pharmacy located on the campus of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington. Following the signing, Yingling accompanied guests from West Virginia State on a tour of the School of Pharmacy.