Idaho, Alaska educators partner for pharmacy program

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's first doctoral pharmacy program is near its debut at the University of Alaska Anchorage through a partnership with Idaho State University.

    KTUU-TV reports the program launching Monday allows students pursuing doctorates in pharmacy to stay in Alaska to finish their degrees.

    Assistant dean Tom Wadsworth said the program will help bridge a gap in rural areas where communities have trouble finding enough pharmacists.

    He said that students who want a degree in pharmacy will no longer have to leave Alaska for all or part of their studies.

    The two universities have 80 students enrolled, with seven in Anchorage.

    Long-distance learning will keep students connected from state to state.

    Wadsworth said the tuition-funded expansion will not be impacted by university budget cuts.

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