In Georgia, there are two not-for-profit schools offering 4-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees. Doctor of Pharmacy students learn to assist patients, dispense medications and navigate pharmacy systems. In the last year of study, Doctor of Pharmacy students are able to participate in practical work experiences, and depending on the school, these can be local or international. One of the universities listed in this article also offers a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences for students who have related bachelor's or master's degrees and are interested in research or academia.
Mercer University is located in Macon and offers a Doctor of Pharmacy program within its College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This four-year program provides students with all of the scholarly expertise and clinical experience necessary to become pharmacists in the state of Georgia. Graduates may find work in a number of pharmacy environments, including pharmacy practices, hospital pharmacies, psychiatric pharmacies and pediatric pharmacies. The PharmD program provides unique experiences for experiential learning during the fourth year. Students may participate in global medical missions in Africa and Southeast Asia, or they may choose an international pharmacy experience that features placements in Australia, the Bahamas, England, Fiji, Japan, Kenya and Scotland.
This school also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree program for students who hold undergraduate or graduate degrees in pharmacy, biology, chemistry or related fields and are interested in pharmacy research and academics. The doctoral degree program is interdisciplinary in nature, exposing students to several academic fields related to pharmacy, such as pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry.
University of Georgia
Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia in Athens is the oldest of the state's universities and colleges. The school offers a PharmD degree program. The program includes four years of study beyond the required two years of pre-professional coursework. The first and second years of the program cover pharmacy systems and drugs, while the third year allows them to begin applying their knowledge to making decisions for patients. Students participate in on-site learning experiences during their fourth year, which teaches them how to perform the work of a pharmacist.
Individuals who intend to become licensed pharmacists in the state of Georgia are required to complete a degree program at an accredited school of pharmacy. Aspiring pharmacists must also complete an internship and pass a board-approved examination before they can qualify for licensure.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Pharmacy Degree Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Mercer University||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; midsize city|| Doctor of Pharmacy,
Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences
|University of Georgia||Four-year; public; midsize city||Doctor of Pharmacy||$10,982 in-state, $26,970 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator