UNT creates pharmacy program

UNT got the green light during Texas’ 81st Legislative Session to work in conjunction with UNT at Dallas to study the creation of a pharmacy program.

The program would help address the shortage of pharmacists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In addition, the UNT System gained approval to create the UNT at Dallas College of Law and was awarded the funds necessary to get started. It will be the first public law school created in Texas since 1967 and address the needs of the nation’s largest metropolitan center without a public venue for legal education.

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There is no need for additional pharmacists in Texas. Just Google the amount of open full time pharmacist positions open in Texas and North Texas. Envision student with student loans in excess of $120k just for 4 years of professional school on top of any undergraduate debt, defaulting on loans because the job opportunities don't simply don't exist and will not for decades. You can't really blame the economy on this either as there are "x" positions available and far more "y" graduating pharmacist each year. Expansion of hospitals and retail growth simply cannot support the current graduating classes of pharmacy. How do you suppose adding and additional 100 graduates per year will be good for the profession? This is simply a good revenue generating stream for the school as one cannot possibly determine that it makes good sense to further saturate the job market. Furthermore it seems as though according to UNTHSC it doesn't matter how students pay for school or if job prospects even exist for these students upon graduation. I am sick and tired of how pharmacy schools are viewed as a business. New graduates are now in danger of defaulting on loans subsidized by the federal government. Again, did anyone really study the need for pharmacists in Texas and was the data in fact current? I am fortunate enough to have a good position in a hospital but I cannot say the same for new graduating pharmacists. The profession itself is slowly being ruined by the greedy decision making of universities. Why not address real healthcare shortage issues with the aggressive expansion of medical schools and nursing schools? Isn't access to physicians one of the costlier and most difficult aspects of healthcare? Is it more lucrative to open pharmacy schools? Maybe we should try our best and not lose sight of what's right and shortages we really need to remedy. Now more than ever I cannot suggest to anyone the profession of pharmacy.

Comment #1 posted by RPatel (not verified) 2 years 30 weeks ago.

I think that this is a fantastic idea. I have wanted to be a pharmacist for a long time and did not pursue because the only schools were so far away. Now I can achieve my goals!

Comment #2 posted by Lexi (not verified) 2 years 42 weeks ago.

now, when you say 'pharmacy program,' does that mean that it will be a state board recognized school and offer a Pharm.D degree? 'Cause that would be fantastic

Comment #3 posted by Anonymous (not verified) 2 years 46 weeks ago.

Yes, we do need well trained pharmacists who will not make mistake on my prescriptions and will be able to answer my questions on my medications. We do not need a school where the faculty are busy with their research and publishing their books instead of teaching our kids. We do not need another UT Austin or Texas Tech or U. of Houston whose primary concern is research and grant money. I do want want to see my tax money goes to fund their research/salary.
I heard that a faculty of UT Austin or Texas Tech or U. of Houston teaches only about 40 - 50 hours in a year! Rest of the time they are chasing grant money. If that is the case then what the need to have a school? Instead of making a school, make a research center or a drug company.
Teaching is a noble profession. If the faculty and school do not like to teach and train the students, there is no need to have that school. Hence, before the UNT gets my tax money, it must declare that its primary mission will be to teach students to make competent pharmacists. Its faculty may involve with the research, but that must not take their teaching role away from them.

Comment #4 posted by Anonymous (not verified) 3 years 1 week ago.

No

There is no shortage in Dallas. This pharmacy school/program is not needed and will only add to the saturation.

Comment #5 posted by Anonymous (not verified) 3 years 10 weeks ago.

are there plans in the works to establish a working proffesional Pham D. program for current B.Sc holders?

Comment #6 posted by Anonymous (not verified) 3 years 49 weeks ago.

When will we be expecting this Pre-Pharmacy school? I am hoping to enter into a pharmacy school by fall 2011 so hopefully there will be some more news...I would really like to go to a school that is closer to me for in order to get my Pre Pharm Bachelors in BioChem as well as the first comment..

Comment #7 posted by Anonymous (not verified) 3 years 50 weeks ago.

I'm a sophomore in highschool and I am looking into colleges. I have been considering UNT for Pre-Pharm/Bachelors in BioChem and one of my friends went to UNT on a tour and told me that you might get a pharmacy program and it made me very happy! I really hope everything works out for it so I will be able to go there!

Comment #8 posted by Anonymous (not verified) 4 years 17 weeks ago.

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