Memorandum agreement signed by Appalachian College of Pharmacy and University of Pikeville

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) and the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) signed a memorandum of agreement Wednesday morning.

This means students will be able to earn a Master of Business Administration while completing their Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

UPIKE President Burton Webb says this is an important step for students looking to manage their own practice.

"So the more cooperative agreements we can sign, and the ways in which we can partner together will enhance education for students throughout all of Central Appalachia," explained President Webb.

“UPIKE’s Coleman College of Business (CCOB) strives to meet needs in the region with appropriate academic programs,” said Howard Roberts, Ed.D., MBA, CCOB dean. “The delivery of healthcare is becoming increasingly complex and, therefore, healthcare providers must increase their business acumen. Pharmacists who have developed skills in areas such as accounting, finance, strategic planning, and cost-effectiveness are in high demand.”

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Agreement, beginning in the 2019 spring semester, ACP students will be able to enroll in UPIKE-Coleman College of Business’s MBA program, which transitioned to a fully-online format in August 2018. The program also offers classes year-round.

“The ability for our students to be able to simultaneously earn their MBA’s from UPIKE while they are completing their PharmD degrees here at ACP is a significant enhancement to the education students will be able to obtain while studying at ACP,” said ACP Dean Susan Mayhew. “Possessing business skills is important in any business, but it is increasingly important for today’s pharmacists, many of whom chose to open their own pharmacy businesses, or whose business skills serve as an additional reason for an employer to consider hiring them.”

Students are able to enroll in both programs right now as the spring semester begins.

To learn more about the partnership between UPIKE and ACP or to apply to the university’s online MBA program, call 606-218-5020.

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