Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture are pleased to announce a new dual degree and certificate program for students pursuing their Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Starting fall semester 2020, Doctor of Pharmacy students will have the option to pursue their master’s in Engineering and Technology Management or receive a certificate in six distinct areas. The dual degree program and certificates will prepare students for the growing need in technical management of manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry, health care, and governmental research initiatives, among many other growing fields in health care. The dual track program also allows students to tackle complex problems with a focus on entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to manage a spectrum of job duties, including supervision of technical personnel, design and deployment of pharmaceutical technological systems, project management, production, operations management, evaluation of technology value, and safety and quality control oversight.

“We are so excited to be able to work with the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture to give our students that extra edge as the field of pharmacy continues to expand and evolve,” said Mark Leid, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “Recent scrutiny over medical supply chains amid the COVID-19 pandemic has really reinforced the need to give our students an arsenal of skills as health care and pharmacy advances.”

Recent scrutiny over medical supply chains amid the COVID-19 pandemic has really reinforced the need to give our students an arsenal of skills as health care and pharmacy advances.

“The ETM program is excited to offer this opportunity to WSU Pharmacy students so they may acquire valuable operational management skills that will help them excel in their pharmaceutical careers,” said Todd Vanek, director of the Engineering and Technology Management program.

“When I travel and meet alumni, I often hear about the practical and real-world value of our online Engineering and Technology Management program, said Mary Rezac, dean of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. “I’m excited that this new joint program will produce graduates with both a thorough knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences as well as professional management skills needed to advance in the industry.”

The new dual degree will save students time and money thanks to integrated coursework between the two colleges. Current and prospective students are encouraged to visit the CPPS website to learn more about the new dual degree program.