POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:03pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — The University of Texas at Tyler may be adding a pharmacy school in 2015.
UT Tyler became interested in adding a pharmacy school because administrators' knew there is a need for pharmacists in the East Texas region.
Retailers such as Brookshire's and hospitals say there's a need.
"It's really hard sometimes to recruit people to the rural areas to practice medicine and other kinds of ally health fields including pharmacy," said Dr. Alisa White Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. White says there is a growing demand for students seeking access into pharmacy programs.
Dr. White says there are about 600 students from Texas looking for pharmacy schools outside of the state right now because there are none in the East Texas area.
"We want to provide access to students who want to stay in the state of Texas. It is good for us, it's good for them they don't have to travel so far and then we hope they fall in love with East Texas that they would want to practice in the area."
Both Senator Kevin Eltife and Senator Robert Nichols filed a senate bill related to the pharmacy school.
"It would be new for our area and there is a need and the pharmacists in the state would support it," said Sen. Nichols.
A pharmacy school in Tyler would be perfect for students like Tracie Littles.
She has been a pharmaceutical technician for 16 years, but she has two kids and says it would be difficult to travel out of the state for school.
Littles says she would most definitely go back to school at UT Tyler if they added the program.
"I have two children 12 and 8 so it would work out a lot better for me."