East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy was founded in 2005 as a result of a community uniting in a common purpose to establish a college of pharmacy to serve the education and healthcare needs of the rural Southern Appalachian region of the United States. Over the last decade, Gatton College of Pharmacy has grown and matured from a regional to a national presence. Its licensure pass rates, postgraduate residency match rates, and employment rates consistently are above the national average. Students and faculty are proud recipients of numerous national awards for service, scholastic achievement and clinical training, including two-time National Champions at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. It is important to note these achievements rise from a student body at the ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy made up of 49% first generation college students with 31% hailing from rural zip codes.
Today, the college is part of the ETSU Academic Health Sciences Center – including the colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. ETSU serves as the anchor and health sciences nexus for east Tennessee. The richness and diversity of the academic offerings in the health sciences gives ETSU the advantage of being a leader in interprofessional healthcare education and practice. International partnerships include the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Cork in Ireland, Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom, and Debrecen University in Hungary. A Gatton College of Pharmacy faculty member, recently was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to collaborate with colleagues at RCSI to further interprofessional healthcare education and practice.
The mission of Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy is to train progressive pharmacists that improve healthcare, focusing on rural and under-served communities. Graduates have the tools and skills to practice anywhere in the country, ranging from large metropolitan areas to rural America. The curriculum is well integrated between the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences and produces graduates who are highly competent and competitive in the marketplace in securing jobs, pharmacy residencies, and postgraduate positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy quickly has become a highly respected academic institution, and at the center of our education mission is our students. Hailing from 33 states, our students choose Gatton in order to learn in a challenging and engaging environment, to connect with caring faculty and staff, and to grow professionally through pharmacy organizations.
Last update 25 February 2021