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POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 5:27pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 5:48pm

The bill to add a pharmacy school to University of Texas at Tyler passed the Texas house and senate.

Senate bill 566 is now heading to Gov. Rick Perry's desk for final approval.

UT Tyler will possibly have a new pharmacy school by 2015.

Senator Kevin Eltife authored this bill.

Eltife says the medical industry expressed the shortage of pharmacists in East Texas.

Eltife says it's a self funded pharmacy school and will be paid for by pharmacy student's tuition and donors.

The school will not require state funding.

"It's a win win for everybody. It doesn't cost the state money, but we get a pharmacy school in East Texas. The businesses win, UT Tyler wins and the economy wins," said Eltife.

Senator Robert Nichols co-authored the bill.

Nichols says he saw this as a great opportunity for the area.

"We're very excited that it's going to the governor's desk. I can't imagine the governor not signing that because it's not just going to help Smith County and the city of Tyler but the whole Northeast Texas Region."

Pharmacist Chuck Eubanks says the new school will give students the opportunity to complete their required internship hours at a Tyler pharmacy.

"Tyler is the medical center for East Texas. We're having a state of the art nursing school being built at the same time so we're going to be the center of East Texas for medical," said Eubanks. 

UT Tyler President Rod Mabry tells KETK there are about 600 Texas students attending pharmacy school out of state.

Mabry says the school will give future pharmacists the option to stay local.

"Having a pharmacy college right here in East Texas will provide those high paying stable jobs and reduce turnover rates and reduce costs," said Mabry.

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