What Are the Top Pharmacy Schools?

Read about some important considerations for choosing a school with a strong pharmacy program. Explore three universities with nationally ranked pharmacy schools, and find out what degree options each school offers. Schools offering Pharmacy Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Pharmacy School?

Schools accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) could prepare you for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). You may want to seek out schools whose graduates have a high pass rate on the NAPLEX. Schools with strong overall life sciences programs and research centers could address your interests. Each of the following universities have affiliated hospitals and medical schools nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report (www.usnews.com).

What Are Three Top Pharmacy Schools?

Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

OSU tied for sixth in U.S. News & World Report's most recent evaluation of pharmacy schools in 2016. While enrolled at the school, you might qualify for a paid summer fellowship or the Sidney Pressey Endowment Fund small grants program, or present research at the annual Research Day. You will participate in practice activities beginning the second year of your 4-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. You could live in Pharmacy House, a special residence community. Possible degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in the Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Health-System Pharmacy Administration
  • Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research (MACPR)
  • Master of Science in Community Care with PGY1/PGY2 residency programs (MS)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics
  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology
  • Ph.D. in Translational Science
  • PharmD/Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PharmD/MBA
  • PharmD/MPH

University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

UF's College of Pharmacy ranked 9th in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report evaluation. It hosts centers for drug discovery, food drug interaction research and pharmacogenomics. Undergraduates may be eligible for the University Research Scholars Program. At any degree level, you might win distinction in the competitive Annual Research Showcase. UF offers an entry-level PharmD program and a PharmD program for working professionals. You could have an opportunity for a competitive, 10-week, full-time summer internship as a first-year and second-year student. These degrees are available:

  • M.S. in Pharmacy - Medication Therapy Management
  • PharmD
  • PharmD/B.S. in Nutritional Science
  • PharmD/Master of Business Administration
  • PharmD/Master of Public Health
  • PharmD/Ph.D.

University of Texas - Austin

UT-Austin ranked third in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 pharmacy rankings. The College of Pharmacy hosts research centers for addiction science, infectious diseases and pharmacoeconomic studies. The Drug Information Service in the Briscoe Medical Library is shared with the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. The fourth year of the PharmD 4-year curriculum includes seven 6-week capstone rotations of on-site work. Participation in the Early Practice Experience will give you 200 hours of work experience prior to your fourth year. These degrees are offered:

  • PharmD
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with one of these specializations:
    • Pharmacology and Toxicology
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Pharmaceutics
    • Pharmacotherapy
    • Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Translational Sciences

Ten Top Pharmacy Schools

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
University of California-San Francisco Public, 4 year or above San Francisco, CA$13,000
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Public, 4 year or above Chapel Hill, NC$12,000
University of Minnesota Public, 4 year or above Minneapolis, MN$18,500
University of Kentucky Public, 4 year or above Lexington, KY$13,000
University of Wisconsin-Madison Public, 4 year or above Madison, WI$12,000
Purdue University Public, 4 year or above West Lafayette, IN$10,000
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Public, 4 year or above Ann Arbor, MI$23,000
University of Arizona Public, 4 year or above Tucson, AZ$13,000
University of Southern California Private, not-for-profit, 4 year or above Los Angeles, CA$45,500
University of Utah Public, 4 year or above Salt Lake City, UT$8,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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