South College, Chattanooga State announce pharmacy education partnership

February 15, 2018 Written by Knoxville Chamber

Qualified students enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program at Chattanooga State
Community College will be guaranteed an admission interview with South
College to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy under an agreement between the two
institutions of higher education.
The partnership, officially called an articulation agreement, is effective
immediately and will facilitate the process for Chattanooga State students to
seek entry to the PharmD program at South College.
“This articulation agreement is ideal for a community college and its
students because the coursework required before entry into the PharmD program
can be completed in just two years,” said Dr. Walter Fitzgerald, dean of
the South College School of Pharmacy.
South College’s PharmD program is an accelerated three-year program, so
five years after beginning at Chattanooga State, a student could become a
licensed pharmacist. South College is the only institution in the state
offering a three-year PharmD program rather than a traditional four-year
Career options after completing the prerequisites and PharmD program include
licensed pharmacist, community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, outpatient
pharmacy manager, pharmacist in charge (PIC), pharmacy informaticist and
staff pharmacist.
“This agreement facilitates the process of Chattanooga State Community
College students seeking admission to the PharmD program at South College,”
said Steve South, president of South College. “Among other benefits, the
articulation agreement guarantees qualified Chattanooga State students an
admission interview with the School of Pharmacy.”
“Articulation agreements like this one with South College provide pathways
for our students to continue their education after leaving Chattanooga
State,” said Dr. Rebecca Ashford, president of Chattanooga State.
About South College
South College is a private institution accredited by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer programs at
the doctorate, masters, baccalaureate, and associate levels. To learn more
about South College, visit