UNMC is building a new College of Pharmacy.
A groundbreaking Thursday marked the start of construction on the $35 million facility. It’ll feature simulation areas, new technology, and 15 research labs in addition to classroom space.
Dr. Courtney Fletcher, Dean of UNMC’s College of Pharmacy, says they’re the smallest college on the UNMC campus, with fewer than 40 full-time faculty.
“We admit 60 students a year, more than 85 percent are from Nebraska. For 20 plus years our students have passed the National Licensing Exam with scores higher than the national average. For the past five years, our students have passed that exam with a 100 percent first-time pass rate. Approximately 60 percent of our graduates practice pharmacy in Nebraska, fulfilling a commitment to healthcare for Nebraskans and to workforce development for the state.”
The new facility will be named the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education and Center for Drug Discovery.
It’ll open in 2015, which is the 100th anniversary of UNMC’s pharmacy program.