UAA launches Alaska’s first pharmacy program

The University of Alaska Anchorage is launching the state’s first entirely local pharmacy program in partnership with Idaho State University.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that UAA announced Tuesday that students can apply for the joint pharmacy program, with classes to begin next year.

ISU Assistant Dean of Alaska Programs Tom Wadsworth says the program is part of UAA’s effort to produce graduates with specific job training to stay in Alaska’s workforce.

Pharmacy program students will graduate with doctor of pharmacy degrees from ISU but attend classes at the Anchorage campus. Students will attend Idaho-based classes via video conference, while Idaho-based students will watch some Anchorage-based lectures.

Students will have to pay out-of-state tuition and fees to attend the program, which Wadsworth says will total $18,000 per semester.