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Brittany Jennings
May 13, 2022

Karpen Hall at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Enrolled and incoming University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) students who express interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmacy may now be eligible for assured admission to the Pharm.D. program at the University of North Carolina’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

An Early Assurance Program (EAP) partnership between the two institutions was signed in March. This will be the fourth early assurance partnership agreement the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has established in North Carolina as it works to prepare the next generation of pharmacy leaders.

This program offers early assurance of admission into the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program after a minimum of two years of undergraduate study at UNCA. Through the partnership, UNCA will identify qualifying candidates and provide processes and resources to support interested students, and the School of Pharmacy will provide qualifying UNCA students an interview with its admissions committee.

“I am thrilled to extend our partnership with UNC Asheville through this assured admissions agreement. Together with UNCA, we have the unique opportunity to enhance pharmacy education in Western North Carolina and positively impact both education and health care for North Carolinians,” said Angela Kashuba, dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Throughout the EAP program, participating students will be required to:

  • participate in pre-pharmacy advising at least once each semester prior to beginning the Pharm.D. program;
  • participate in a program seminar series; and
  • meet prerequisite coursework/grade requirements.

The School of Pharmacy’s admissions committee will be responsible for the final selection and notification of candidates admitted to the School’s Pharm.D. program.

“We are delighted to have established the Early Assurance Program with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. We believe that this program will be beneficial to UNC Asheville students who will express an interest in pharmacy and related fields. UNC Asheville students will have a great opportunity for a streamlined pathway to the Pharm.D. degree. The collaboration will continue the great relationship we have with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and will allow us to build future connections that will positively impact UNC Asheville students and School of Pharmacy. The EAP provides a terrific option for students who want both the breadth of a UNC Asheville undergraduate experience and ESOP’s national reputation for excellence in the specific area of pharmacy. This partnership also creates the possibility for additional programming in support of students interested in a range of pre-health professions at UNC Asheville,” said Garikai “Kai” Campbell, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNC Asheville.

The first class of UNCA EAP students will begin their journey in August 2022. Up to five students will be admitted each year.

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