The NDSU pharmacy program was established in 1902 and has evolved over the years to become a major interprofessional healthcare education program serving our state, region, and nation. The College of Health Professions (CHP) has been a center of excellence at North Dakota State University (NDSU) for more than 100 years. The College, a major academic unit of North Dakota State University, serves the state, region, and nation through its programs in pharmacy, nursing, and allied sciences providing education, research, patient care, and public service. Through its mission, the NDSU College of CHP advances health care through research and scholarship and prepares students to become competent, caring, ethical, professionals and citizens, committed to lifelong learning. In addition, through its people and programs the College places an emphasis and value on people; quality; professionalism and ethics; knowledge, teaching, and learning; research and scholarship; patient-focused care; and interprofessional education. The College of Health Professions is currently the largest health professions training program in North Dakota.
The College is composed of four academic units involving six health professions disciplines: (1) the NDSU School of Pharmacy which has two departments including pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences which are the founding members of the College (established in 1902); (2) the School of Nursing which jointed the College in 1969 as an associate degree program, 1986 as a baccalaureate degree program, 2001 with a master’s program, 2005 with a doctor of nursing practice, and 2014 with NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck; (3) the Department of Allied Sciences (Medical Laboratory Science, Radiologic Sciences, and Respiratory Care) joined the College in 2006; and (4) the Department of Public Health which joined the College in 2012. . The pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The nursing program is approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Allied Sciences is accredited through its various discipline specific agencies. The public health program is currently seeking accreditation from the Council on Education in Public Health. Academic degrees offered by the College include: Doctor of Pharmacy, and Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences; Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice; ; Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care, Medical Laboratory Science, and Radiologic Sciences; Master of Public Health; and several dual degrees including Pharm.D./MBA, Pharm.D./Ph.D., and Pharm.D./MPH. .
The NDSU College of Health Professionshas a total student enrollment of more than 2000 students in pre-professional, professional, and graduate programs in pharmacy ( 700 students), nursing (865 students), allied sciences ( 317 students), and around 113 graduate students. The College annually admits 80-85 students in its pharmacy professional program, and 176 students (96 in Fargo, and 80 in Bismarck) in its nursing professional program. Currently, approximately 50-70 percent of pharmacy students (75-85 percent ND residents) applying to the professional program are admitted, compared to 20-25 percent for other pharmacy schools in the region. Approximately 65 percent of students in the pharmacy professional program and 95 percent of students in the nursing program are women. On the average, between 25-35 percent of pharmacy graduates and 75-85 percent of nursing graduates each year stay in North Dakota to practice in their respective disciplines. Based on an annual survey of graduates, the average salary of NDSU graduates is $95,000-$120,000 for pharmacy, $65,000 – 75,000 for nursing, and $55,000 – 65,000 for allied sciences. Based on 2014-15 rates, students attending NDSU currently pay $14,286/year (pharmacy students), $8,901/year (nursing students), $698/credit (MPH students), and $7,859/year (allied sciences students) in tuition and fees for the professional programs. NDSU remains one of the best values in the United States for degrees in the health sciences compared to its peers.
The NDSU College of Health Professions currently employs approximately 156 employees including 47 staff and 109 full-time and part-time faculty (41 in Pharmacy Practice, 14 in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 52 in the Nursing Program, 23 in MPH, and 3 in Allied Sciences), and 23 other . The College has a highly competitive research program with its basic science researchers obtaining major federally funded grants from a variety of sources including past funding from NIH, DOD, EPA, NSF, and EPSCoR. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences currently has two active NIH R01 grants , and they recently submitted a $11.5 million COBRE NIH grant to establish a Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies in Pancreatic Cancer. The College’s MPH program recently received $2.2M in funding from the Helmsley Foundation and State of North Dakota to support a state approved American Indian Public Health Resource Center. The Department of Nursing currently has a research portfolio of over $4.8 million including a $1.9 million HHS American Indian grant, a $1.1 million HHS High Risk Sexual Behavior Prevention grant, a $939,022 HRSA Advanced Nursing Education grant, and a $500,000 RWJ/ND Partners Investing in Nursing (PIN) grant.
Diversity and Outreach
The College contributes to cultural diversity on campus and offers a Native American Professions Program (NAPP) and an MPH American Indian Public Health Track. The College owns the Family Health Center Pharmacy in Fargo which serves a very culturally diverse population of uninsured and underinsured clients including many minority and underrepresented groups including refugees from third world war torn countries. The College has built a major teaching program at FHCP including placement of faculty and students. The College also provides pharmacy services to the NDSU Athletics/Sports Medicine program and to the NDSU Student Health Service. The College faculty and students also provide flu shots to NDSU student athletes and provide medication therapy management services to the NDSU campus community via its Thrifty White Concept Pharmacy.
The NDSU College of Health Professions facility features the latest advances in technology including the Concept Pharmacy, Nursing Simulation and Skills Labs, state-of-the-art classrooms, Blackboard, interactive clickers, iPad and tablet computers instruction, electronic medical records, lecture capture, and wireless technology.
Since 2002, the College has received a total of $3.3 million federal grant from HRSA/OAT to implement a state-wide telepharmacy program in North Dakota to restore and retain pharmacy services in medically underserved rural communities all across the state. So far, 81 pharmacies (53 retail and 28 hospital) involving 38 counties in North Dakota and two in Minnesota are participating in the North Dakota Telepharmacy Project. Approximately 80,000 rural citizens have had pharmacy services restored, retained or established through the North Dakota Telepharmacy Project since its inception. The project has restored valuable access to health care in remote medically underserved rural communities and has added approximately $26.5 million annually in economic development to the local rural economy. NDSU’s telepharmacy program received the Outstanding Rural Health Program Award at the 2006 Annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. NDSU telepharmacy program has been featured in over 100 national media outlets including CBS news, US News & World Report, USA Today, Modern Medicine, ND Blue Book, AJHP, J Pharm Technol, Telemed J E Health, and The Common Wealth Fund.