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Pharmacy Schools in San Diego, CA with Degree Program Overviews

The San Diego area has one school that offers a pharmacy program. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for this school, less than 20 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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San Diego Pharmacy School

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), about 16 miles from downtown San Diego, is the only school in the area that offers pharmacy degree programs. Students there can enroll in a 7-year Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Pharmacy program or, if they already have a bachelor's degree, they can train to become pharmacists through the university's Doctor of Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. This article looks at the school and its pharmacy programs and also includes a table of pertinent information about the university, such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rate.

University of California, San Diego

Applicants to the University of California, San Diego's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program must have a bachelor's degree in order to be one of the 60 students admitted to the program each year. The bachelor's degree must include eight semester units each of biology with labs, general chemistry with labs and organic chemistry with labs. Students must also have six semester units of physics with at least one lab. Candidates are also required to have six semester units each of calculus and English and three semester units in each of economics, public speaking and human behavior. The school prefers applicants who have taken the most demanding pre-pharmacy course of study. The UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences only accepts students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents upon submission on their application.

7-Year Bachelor of Science (B.S.)/Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program

UCSD offers an accelerated B.S./Pharm.D. program that can be completed in seven years. Before applying to the program, students should complete courses in general chemistry, calculus, physics, organic chemistry and biology, along with a 1-unit undergraduate pharmacology seminar. Only undergraduate freshmen are eligible to apply for the program and they must declare a major in pharmacological chemistry. After the student has completed the first two years as a pharmacological chemistry major in the 7-year program, the student can apply for acceptance to the Pharm.D. program.

Doctor of Pharmacy

Courses for the Pharm.D. degree program include increasingly complex courses in chemistry, pharmacy practice and ethics, anatomy, biochemistry, human biology, physiology, hematology, microbiology/immunology, neurology, therapeutics and pharmaceutics. Students attend three quarters per year and one summer quarter obtaining practical experience. The fourth-year curriculum is devoted to advanced pharmacy practice experiences, which are clinical rotations at local university-affiliated teaching centers.

Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The combined Pharm.D. and Ph.D. program prepares graduates for pharmaceutical, governmental and academia roles. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to conduct original research in the pharmaceutical sciences in hopes of applying the findings to clinical observations. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic practices and the drug development process.

The program is offered jointly between the pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences school and various Ph.D. programs offered at the University of California, San Diego. After completing the 3-year Pharm.D. curriculum, students are required to complete a Ph.D. thesis project. After Ph.D. requirements are met, students complete the advanced pharmacy practice experiences offered during the final year of the Pharm.D. program. The entire process takes approximately eight years to complete.

School Information

The following table presents statistics about this school in a format that can help prospective students get information quickly.

University of California, San Diego
Total Enrollment (2011) 28,593*
Campus Setting Large city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $13,200 in-state; $36,078 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2010-2011) 75%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 38%*
Retention Rate (2011) 96% for full time students; 60% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 85%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report.

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