Business Journal: New Pharmacy School Opening

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, November 9, 2007
As the boomers retire, a group of local pharmacists aims to target a looming shortage in their industry. The group and other backers have raised $14 million to start a pharmacy school in Rancho Cordova. Called the California Northstate College of Pharmacy, it will be the third for-profit in the nation and the only pharmacy school this far north in the state. Its broader goal is to become a top research and development institute for new drug therapies with its own manufacturing plant. The group leased space last month but is looking for up to 20 acres to build a campus. The school received approval to open from the state in April. It expects formal authorization from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education in January. Then classes can start next fall. California Northstate would be the eighth pharmacy school in California and could teach more than 600 students.