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Top 10 Pharmacy Schools in the U.S.

Read about the top ten pharmacy schools in the U.S. which prepare students for work as pharmacists or researchers in hospitals, clinics, research organizations or public health agencies. Learn about the programs at three universities, and find a list of ten of the top pharmacy schools in the country.

School Overview

Three of the top ten pharmacy schools in the U.S. include the University of California, Ohio State University and Purdue University, all three of which have received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for the quality of their pharmacy colleges. Each of the three schools offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), required of all practicing pharmacists in the U.S., as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in a specialized area. Additional programs, available at the individual schools, can lead to a bachelor's, master's or combined degree.

Top Ten Pharmacy Schools in the U.S.

1. University of California - San Francisco

The University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) is a public institution that had the best pharmacy school in the country for 2008, according to U.S. News & World Report. The UCSF School of Pharmacy offers a Pharm.D., a Ph.D. and several combined degree programs. The Pharm.D. program allows for concentrations in pharmacy sciences and health policy, pharmaceutical care and management. Students in the Ph.D. program can study biophysics, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry or medical informatics. The combined degree programs include a dual Pharm.D./Master of Public Health (MPH), Pharm.D./Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Research and Pharm.D./Ph.D.

2. Ohio State University in Columbus

As of 2008, Ohio State University's College of Pharmacy ranked the fifth-best in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 2011, the university was also named a 'Best Midwestern College' by The Princeton Review. Ohio State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) and an M.S. in Health-System Pharmacy Administration. Students interested in business administration or public health coursework can pursue a combined degree program. The university also offers additional learning opportunities in conjunction with Ohio State University Medical Center.

Ohio State's Pharm.D. program, which requires four years of study, provides students with advanced research-based courses and one year of clinical pharmacy experience. Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program can focus on medicinal chemistry, translational science, pharmacology, pharmaceutics or pharmacy administration.

3. Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN

The Purdue College of Pharmacy at this public research institution placed ninth on U.S. News & World Report's list of top pharmacy schools in 2008. Two professional degrees are offered, including a BSPS and a Pharm.D. Additional programs can lead to a M.S. or Ph.D.; continuing education courses are also available.

List of Ten Good Pharmacy Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University Professional Experience Program in Pharmacy Columbus, OH
Purdue University Graduate Certificate Program in Regulatory and Quality Compliance West Lafayette, IN
University of Arizona History of Pharmacy Museum Tucson, AZ
University of California - San Francisco Receives more National Institutes of Health research funding than any other pharmacy school in the U.S. San Francisco, CA
University of Illinois - Chicago College of Pharmacy offers extensive international research collaborations Chicago, IL
University of Iowa Professional Outreach and Development Societies (PODS) provide pharmacy students with education and networking opportunities Iowa City, IA
University of Kentucky Produces the most students that pass the national pharmacy licensing exam the first time Lexington, KY
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Vahlteich Medicinal Chemistry Core facility Ann Arbor, MI
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dual Pharm.D./Master of Business Administration (MBA) program Chapel Hill, NC
University of Southern California Dual Pharm.D. and master's in gerontology program Los Angeles, CA

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