UMKC Pharmacy School opens site in Springfield

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has opened a satellite space in Springfield to attract students to its pharmacy program.

At the new site in a transformed historic building, students can register in the UMKC School of Pharmacy program. They can complete coursework for a degree on the Missouri State University campus. While they are registered as UMKC students, they will have access to MSU’s student health facility, library, fitness center and more.

In a statement, School of Pharmacy Dean Russell Melchert said the expansion is an effort to address the shortage of healthcare providers, particularly pharmacists, in rural Missouri.

UMKC offers the only public pharmacy program in Missouri. The pharmacy school opened a similar satellite location in Columbia at the University of Missouri in 2005.

Mará Rose Williams, mdwilliams@kcstar.com.