Before beginning professional practice, pharmacists must satisfy various licensing requirements, which includes completing a Pharm.D. program. These programs are typically four years in length and include both lecture-based and hands-on training components.
Top 10 Schools with Pharmacy Programs
These schools offer accredited Pharm.D. programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Graduate Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|University of California - San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$12,445 in-state, $27,547 out-of-state|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$11,074 in-state, $28,285 out-of-state|
|University of Minnesota||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$17,289 in-state, $25,953 out-of-state|
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$10,934 in-state, $20,762 out-of-state|
|University of Kentucky||Lexington, KY||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$11,688 in-state, $26,154 out-of-state|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$11,870 in-state, $25,196 out-of-state|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$12,425 in-state, $31,897 out-of-state|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$20,966 in-state, $42,016 out-of-state|
|University of Arizona||Tucson, AZ||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$12,048 in-state, $30,370 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Here are some considerations when searching for schools with pharmacy programs:
- Search for a school accredited by the ACPE.
- Inquire about graduates' success rate on tests administered by the National Association of Board of Pharmacy.
- Students should seek programs that provide clinical experience in a variety of settings.
- Some schools offer dual-degree programs that allow students to earn a Master of Business Administration alongside their Pharm.D.
Pharm. D. Programs
Prospective pharmacists spend four years studying clinical practice, ethics and pharmaceutical law. After graduating, some complete pharmacy residency programs to gain specialty training in various areas of pharmaceutical science, such as psychiatric pharmacy, geriatric pharmacy or nuclear pharmacy.
Applicants to Pharm.D. programs need to fulfill course prerequisites and take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Most programs require 60-90 credits of prerequisite coursework covering chemistry, biology, composition, math and physics. Students that hold bachelor's degrees in a closely related major may be exempt from some course requirements.
Students interested in becoming pharmacists should seek accredited programs that offer clinical experience. Other considerations include the possibility of a dual-degree and graduate success rate on certification exams.