URI Pharmacy students receive emergency licenses to help fight COVID-19 on the frontlines

KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – More than 100 recent and soon-to-be graduates at the URI College of Pharmacy are receiving emergency licenses to start working on the frontlines.

There is a critical shortage of pharmacists right now during this crisis. So far, 22 students who completed their degree requirements last month are already working in the field.

An additional 122 students will join them next month.

Today we spoke with Rachel Carley, a student who received her license today to work on the frontlines.

“I think it’s an amazing experience, I mean I’m very happy to help. I definitely feel that I am capable and ready to help, especially in this niche type of environment and this experience and I’m looking forward to helping out.” Carley, said.
The students are not at work just yet. They will be called upon if the state has a surge in coronavirus cases and will be assigned to an emergency field hospital.

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