Greetings Future Students:
I am pleased you are interested in learning about the School of Pharmacy at High Point University. My name is Ronald Ragan and I am the Founding Dean of the School. I am excited to be leading the development of this school and am confident that our administration, faculty, students and staff will be an outstanding source of knowledge and care for residents of North Carolina, the Nation and the World. Our goal is to train future pharmacists to practice in a way that you and I, as healthcare consumers, will feel comfortable while receiving exceptional care!
I would like to tell you a little about the University and the new School of Pharmacy projected to accept the first professional class in 2016. High Point University was founded as a Liberal Arts College in 1924. In the intervening years, the campus has grown physically and its educational mission has been broadened to include a variety of professional and graduate programs. Currently the School of Pharmacy is seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). Accreditation by both organizations is necessary for us to develop a school that is recognized by all State Boards of Pharmacy in the United States. Completion of both accreditation processes typically takes several years and requires multiple visits by the accrediting bodies, a process that we believe strengthens our program and helps us prepare to offer the most rigorous, advanced training possible for future pharmacists.
Our graduates will be trained in both the basic and clinical science disciplines of pharmacy and will have numerous opportunities to gain clinical experience, through direct engagement in patient care, during their time at High Point University. I feel strongly that good clinical pharmacy decisions can only be made if a practitioner has a broad basic pharmaceutical science foundation and a clear understanding of the clinical science defining drug therapy options and expectations. At High Point University we anticipate that our graduates will be able to use their knowledge of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, combined with experiences and knowledge in the Clinical Sciences, to formulate the most appropriate care plans and provide the most advanced pharmacy care possible.
We are currently designing a state-of-the-art building that will be constructed to house the pharmacy program. The plans contain space for large and small class meetings, teaching laboratories, assessment suites, and research laboratories. This facility will be consistent with the remarkable style and design of the other buildings on our campus.
I am confident you will find that High Point University will provide a value unmatched in education today! I know that you have choices on where you seek educational opportunities, so I thank you for your interest in our program. I suggest that you consider visiting our beautiful campus and meeting with one of our pre-professional or professional advisors to see for yourself how we prepare students with life skills in addition to professional knowledge and skills.
Ronald E. Ragan, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Professor and Dean