New partnership brings pharmacy track to Yakima Valley College

YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima Valley College students no longer have to leave the area to pursue a career in pharmacy. 

Washington State University's College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrated its new partnership with the Yakima Valley College, formalizing a pre-pharmacy track at the local college on Friday. Qualified students will soon be able to take all required prerequisite coursework and apply for pharmacy school all while staying at YVC. 

Damianne Brand, an assistant professor at the WSU pharmacy school helped develop the streamlined path.

"The big mission for why we're even here is to ensure that rural folks have access to healthcare," said Brand. "Bringing in pharmacists and bringing our own population that lives here and allowing them access to become those leaders."

Those students can then apply for WSU's pharmacy program at Pacific Northwest University-Health Sciences campus in Yakima. 

The new  partnership will put students on a fast track to help meet community needs, while saving the student time and money on their way to a pharmacy degree.  

"So allowing students to be able to stay in the valley, go to school in the local community college, transition to a doctorate program and then become a provider while staying in their own community is huge because we're a healthcare desert," said Brand.

All prerequisite coursework will be offered at YVC next fall. 

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