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New Spanish Concentration In Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Gives Students Career Edge

Pharmacy students seeking an advantage in their careers can gain it through a Spanish concentration from Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. It is the nation’s only Spanish concentration specifically for pharmacy students.

The number of Spanish speakers in America continues to grow every year, up 233 percent from 1980 to 2013, according to the Pew Research Center. Bilingual pharmacists are better equipped to meet the modern demands of the market and communicate with an increasingly diverse spectrum of patients both domestically and abroad.

Pharmacy students at Wilkes can earn the concentration even if they already have a minor or major in Spanish. While a minor requires more credits, the concentration has a required experiential and health-care focus in which students apply using the language skills in a clinical setting. The focus makes it a unique credential. Students are also required to choose either a four- or six-week summer study-abroad course in Spain.

Jennifer Malinowski, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and Paola Bianco, professor of Spanish, are co-directors of the new concentration.

For more information on the Spanish concentration, visit http://wilkes.edu/pharmspanish .