The partnership program between the UNC School of Pharmacy and Elizabeth City State University has received an honorable mention in the 2007 North Carolina Distance Learning Association Program Award.

The NCDLA is a nonprofit organization that promotes development and application of distance learning in education and training. Award recipients will be recognized at the North Carolina Distance Learning Alliance Conference on May 25 at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Launched in fall 2005, the Elizabeth City State University Doctor of Pharmacy Partnership Program enrolls ten to fifteen UNC Pharmacy students each year at ECSU. Admission and curriculum requirements are the same for PharmD students enrolled at either campus. Students are taught through synchronous and asynchronous video-teleconferencing, Web-based instruction, and ECSU-based faculty instruction. Students can consult with faculty and advisers on both campuses. ECSU students complete the practice-experience component of the program through a network of nine Area Health Education Centers, as do students at the Chapel Hill campus.

The long-term goal of the program is to increase the number of graduates each year and to encourage more pharmacists to practice in northeastern North Carolina and other underserved areas.

Graduates of the program receive a doctor of pharmacy degree from UNC-Chapel Hill with acknowledgment of the partnership with ECSU.

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