DENMARK – A first-time partnership between Denmark Technical College and the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy was forged on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Dr. Christopher Hall, interim president of Denmark Technical College, signed a memorandum of understanding with Dr. Philip D. Hall, dean and professor of the College of Pharmacy at MUSC, which will allow qualified students from Denmark Tech into the doctoral program in the pharmacological area at MUSC. Megan Theiling Draper, director of development from the College of Pharmacy at MUSC, also attended, among approximately 10 Denmark Tech officials and professors, to witness the signing.
“We are here to introduce to you a brand new partnership between Denmark Technical College and MUSC,” Christopher Hall said.
“We will probably start enrolling for this program in January (2020),” he said.
Philip Hall said, “This is the first time we are doing this (type of agreement) with a technical college.”
“We are excited to be here and to begin to work with DTC. We are excited about this opportunity. We are excited about creating more pharmacy students,” he said.
“Students would do two years here at Denmark Tech and then transfer to MUSC to work on their doctorate.”
“One of the common misconceptions is that you have to complete a four-year degree first,” Christopher Hall said. “We want to get homegrown people to go to MUSC and come back and serve this area.”
Denmark Tech’s primary service area is Bamberg, Barnwell and Allendale counties, with the main campus in Denmark and two off-campus sites in Barnwell and Allendale.
Christopher Hall mentioned having Denmark Tech students visit the campus of MUSC at some point.
Philip Hall said a new building is being built for the pharmacy department there in Charleston and perhaps the Denmark Tech officials, professors, and students could visit it upon completion.
Christopher Hall said they hope to enroll a lot of students into the program.
“I hope we will open the hearts and minds of our students to this program,” he said.