If Not for the Springfield Campus, Robert Hopkins Wouldn’t Be Able to Pursue PharmD

The UMKC School of Pharmacy‘s new campus in Springfield is enrolling students who otherwise might not be able to pursue their Pharm.D. Among the 30 students in the first cohort are Robert Hopkins, 32, who says the new facility has made it possible for him to advance his pharmacy career.

Congratulations on being a member of the inaugural class in Springfield! How did that happen?

I grew up in Springfield and went to the University of Missouri for two semesters. While I was living in Columbia, I started working at the Wal-Mart pharmacy, sort of as a fluke. I had applied to be a cashier, but my brother was quitting his job in the pharmacy and so they asked if I wanted to work over there instead. I became a pharmacy technician and loved the work.


Top 10 Again!

UMKC PharmD Students Place in Clinical Skills Competition

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy once again brought home top honors in a national competition.

Lori Rio and Lauren Titterington placed in the top 10 of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition held in December. The two made the UMKC School of Pharmacy stand out among the 127 schools there.

It was the fifth time in the last eight years that a UMKC School of Pharmacy team has placed in the top 10 at the competition.


A Grand Opening

Celebrating the UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU

Students, state officials and university administrators and faculty celebrated the grand opening of one of the newest additions to the University of Missouri-Kansas City – three hours south in Springfield.

The UMKC School of Pharmacy at Missouri State University opened this semester in a transformed historic Brick City building. This is the third site for the school’s PharmD program, the practice-level degree for pharmacists. UMKC School of Pharmacy Dean Russell Melchert said the expansion is a targeted effort to address a shortage of healthcare providers, including pharmacists, in rural Missouri.