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UMES Saves Pharmacy Program Accreditation With New Building On Campus

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore nearly lost its pharmacy program accreditation back in 2016, but it will be saved by its new Pharmacy and Health Professions building on campus.

Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy James Bresette says it's an exciting time. 

"With the new building it's not just the space, but everything that comes with it that enhances our graduate and doctoral education," Bresette said. 

The new building will take the program from being stretched across six buildings on campus, down to one cohesive center.  Bresette says that will give the health professions community more positive energy for students. 

UMES is planning partnerships with the College of Southern Maryland so students can complete two years there before transferring directly into the pharmacy program, as long as requirements align. 

The School of Pharmacy is going to also partner with Salisbury University for the same type of program, with students able to transfer after three years. 

The accelerated program at UMES is completed in three years, while other colleges offer four-year programs.  So while it is already attractive to students to get done faster, Bresette says the program will now be filled with amazing resources as well. 

"I can't wait for the simulated drug labs, so it's always good as a pharmacist to know what you'll be working with and that is an advantage for people who have not had a background in pharmacy," Community Pharmacy resident and alumni Careen-Joan Franklin said. 

As of right now the site for the new pharmacy school is just a pile of rubble, but the university is hoping to break ground by this fall.  The new Pharmacy and Health Professions building is expected to be completed by fall of 2021. 

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