The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has approved UNC-Chapel Hill's plan to expand its pharmacy-education program to UNC Asheville in partnership with Mission Health System.
Approval came during the board's meeting on Friday.
Officials said the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will create a satellite pharmacy program based at UNC Asheville. It is an expansion of the partnership between the pharmacy school and Elizabeth City State University that dates back to 2005. That program will graduate its second class in May.
Like its counterpart at ECSU, the satellite program at UNC Asheville will educate more pharmacists in an area of North Carolina that doesn't have enough health-care providers in general. The satellite program could enroll up to 40 students a year.