Pharmacy Schools

Learn about the degree options available to you at a pharmacy school and the coursework offered in these programs. Find out tips for selecting a school, as well as how long these programs take to complete. Check the prerequisites for enrollment in pharmacy school. Schools offering Pharmacy Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Pharmacists commonly hold a doctoral degree. To get there, a master's level of study must be completed with coursework in areas of study that include public health, biochemistry and pharmacology. Fellowships and residencies might also be possible.

What Should I Look for in a Pharmacy School?

If you want to become a pharmacist, consider pharmacy schools approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Graduating from one of these schools' Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs is usually a prerequisite for licensure, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you're interested in a pharmaceutical research career, consider schools with centers or institutes that offer specialized courses or research projects in your area of interest. Some programs offer opportunities to conduct pharmaceutical research in fields like neuroscience and public health. If this sounds like your ideal career, attending a school with top-notch research facilities, accomplished faculty or affiliations with national research labs might also appeal to you.

What Will I Need to Get Into a Pharm.D. Program?

Before enrolling in a 4-year Pharm.D. program, you must complete 2-3 years of prerequisite coursework. Necessary chemistry and biology classes can be taken as part of undergraduate or graduate degree programs in a related field. Some schools also offer you the option of enrolling in a combined program where you can complete two years of undergraduate coursework at a pharmacy school before beginning your graduate-level studies.

What Classes Could I Take?

Coursework for a Pharm.D. program covers topics in pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics and biochemistry. You could also take some professional courses in pharmacy law, patient counseling and health care payment systems. The final stage of a Pharm.D. program consists of supervised field experiences in hospitals or clinical pharmacies.

Are There Any Other Program Options Available to Me?

Pharmacy schools also offer graduate-level programs that can lead to academic and clinical research careers. Master's degree programs are available in areas like pharmacy administration and pharmacotherapy. You can also look for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in toxicology, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacotherapy. These programs emphasize pharmaceutical experimentation that could teach you how to develop new drug therapies or study how these therapies affect patients.

Once you earn your Pharm.D., you can enroll in a pharmacy school's fellowship or residency program. These research-intensive programs are usually for pharmacists who'd like to receive specialized training in areas such as community pharmacy practice or drug development. You could also prepare for a university-level teaching career.

What Schools Offer Master's Degrees in Pharmacy?

Studying at the master's degree level in pharmacy entails various options like pharmacy regulation, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences. These programs typically prepare students for further graduate work.

  • The University of Florida offers an online Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacy regulation, pharmacy in medication therapy management, and clinical pharmacy
  • The University of Iowa offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in pharmacy
  • Campbell University offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in pharmaceutical sciences

What Schools Offer Doctoral Degrees in Pharmacy?

Doctoral degrees in pharmacy vary widely. Students can choose from a number of dual degree programs that pair a master's degree with doctoral study.

  • The University of Minnesota offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional program; a Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration (Pharm.D./M.B.A.) dual degree program; a Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (Pharm.D./M.P.H.) dual degree program; and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in experimental and clinical pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and social and administrative pharmacy
  • Purdue University offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in industrial and physical pharmacy, medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology, and pharmacy practice
  • The University of Arizona offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in pharmacy with research tracks in pharmacology and toxicology, drug discovery and development, pharmaceutics and pharmakokinetics, and pharmaceutical economics, policy and outcomes; a Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy (Pharm.D./Ph.D.) dual degree program; a Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration (Pharm.D./M.B.A.) dual degree program; and a Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (Pharm.D./M.P.H.) dual degree program

Students in pursuit of a degree in pharmacy will probably elect for a graduate degree program. A doctoral degree would begin with a master's degree level of coursework.

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