ETSU gains approval to offer PharmD-MBA degree option


JOHNSON CITY (July 9, 2013) – East Tennessee State University has received approval to offer a degree optionthat includes the doctor of pharmacy and master of business administration (PharmD-MBA), putting ETSU in a select group of universities nationwide that offer this option to student pharmacists.

The Tennessee Board of Regents granted approval for the articulated curriculum, developed between ETSU’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and the ETSU College of Business and Technology, which enables pharmacy students to pursue concurrently the PharmD and MBA degrees beginning in fall 2013. According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Gatton College of Pharmacy is one of only 14 institutions nationwide that offers students the PharmD-MBA and another degree option, the doctor of pharmacy and master of public health (PharmD-MPH). ETSU began offering the PharmD-MPH in 2012.

Dr. Michael Crouch, executive associate dean for the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Martha Pointer, associate dean for the College of Business and Technology, led the development of the program.

“The two colleges worked extensively on the articulated curriculum so that students can complete both degrees in four years,” Crouch said. “I am very pleased to see this degree option come to fruition as it puts ETSU among a select group of institutions.”

Crouch said the PharmD-MBA should be especially appealing for students who want to gain a broader perspective on business that will strengthen graduates’ ability to conduct and interpret pharmacy management issues. Members of the Gatton College of Pharmacy Class of 2017 will be the first ETSU students eligible for enrollment in the program.

“We mentioned to current and prospective students that we were considering this degree option, and students expressed a high level of interest in the opportunity,” Crouch said. “The PharmD-MBA opens up opportunities for leadership, and it will give our graduates a better appreciation of the business side of pharmacy within various health care settings.”

The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy is online at The College of Business and Technology is online at

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