Lincoln Memorial University and the University of Appalachia School of Pharmacy formally signed a collaborative educational attainment agreement Tuesday on the LMU campus.
The agreement allows students to enter LMU's pre-pharmacy track - with roughly 90 undergraduate credit hours it will take three years to complete.
The students would then go to the University of Appalachia, located in Grundy, Va., for an additional three years. The students would graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from LMU and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UACP.
LMU hopes to have 25 to 30 students in the pre-pharmacy track with in the first year. The track will be listed in the school's catalogue beginning this fall.
LMU president Nancy B. Moody said the agreement should ultimately improve access to healthcare in the region.
"This agreement is an example of how schools can collaborate and for partnerships that benefit students and make them more marketable in the workplace," she said. "The hope is that these students will go back to the rural area of their choice or back here and promote better access to healthcare for the people of Appalachia."
Dr. Edgar Gonzalez, the Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Appalachia, also praised the agreement and spoke off future intellectual exchange between the schools.
"We can take on the responsibility to combine our intellect and put together some really strong health-economic studies," he said.