New Catholic pharmacy schools seen helping ease national shortage

With a projected national shortage of pharmacists, two U.S. Catholic colleges just inaugurated new pharmacy schools to help fill the gap in meeting the country’s pharmaceutical needs. Seventy students at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore began their first day of classes Aug. 24 at the Catholic institution’s new School of Pharmacy, the first one to be opened at an all-women’s college. Like the other graduate programs at College of Notre Dame, the new pharmacy school is open to both men and women, and 29 of them are men. Jesuit-run Regis University in Denver also began classes Aug. 24 for the 50 students in its new School of Pharmacy. Graduates at both schools will earn a doctor of pharmacy degree.