Affordable Pharmacy Degrees

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Thanks to an aging population and new drug discoveries, the BLS is predicting pharmacists will have a rosy future. In the next 10 years, more professionals will be filling prescriptions, dispensing medications and researching drug interactions. When they’re not providing immunizations or conducting wellness screenings, pharmacists may be advising patients on healthy living or devising new safety protocols. They can be found in hospitals, drug stores, pharmaceutical companies and medical facilities.

To clear the way to a successful career, we’ve developed this guide to affordable pharmacy programs. In it, you’ll find straightforward advice about job paths, degree choices, accreditation, licensure and more. We explain exactly what steps you need to take to become a pharmacist or a pharmacist technician.

How to Become a Pharmacist

How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacist technicians work in hospitals, online pharmacies and major retail chains such as CVS, Wal-Mart and Rite Aid. Although they are not able to perform the tasks of a licensed pharmacist, they can:

  • Interact with customers
  • Offer advice on over-the-counter (OTC) medications
  • Dispense prescriptions that have been filled by licensed pharmacist
  • Perform administrative tasks such as inventory control, medication tracking and patient profile updates
  • Mix, measure and label medications under a pharmacist’s supervision

To become a pharmacy technician, you will need to:

  1. Earn a high school diploma or GED
  2. Optional: Complete a pharmacy technician training program or associate’s degree from an accredited institution
  3. Gain hands-on experience in a pharmacy or medical setting
  4. Optional: Complete training with your employer for specialized roles (e.g. community pharmacy technician)
  5. Pass the exams required for state certification (some employers and states demand certification, some don’t)
  6. Maintain certification through continuing education
Note: Although you may find job postings that don’t require proof of formal study (Step #2) or certification (Step #5), you will improve your employment opportunities if you invest in higher education. For certification, most states require technicians to complete a formal program and/or pass a licensing exam.

How to Become a Licensed Pharmacist

Licensed pharmacists are able to dispense prescription medications, provide immunizations and oversee pharmacy departments. In their role as savvy health counselors, they counsel patients on appropriate medication use, potential interactions and positive lifestyle choices.To become a licensed pharmacist, you should:

  1. Earn a high school diploma or GED
  2. Complete 2 years of laboratory science coursework in an accelerated program or earn a Bachelor of Science
  3. Pass the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
  4. Earn a 4-year PharmD from an ACPE-accredited institution
  5. Pass the exams required for state licensure
  6. Maintain licensure through continuing education

Types of Pharmacy Degrees

Pharmacy Technician Training Programs

A pharmacy technician training program is a post-secondary, non-degree program designed to prepare students to become a pharmacy technician. Unlike an associate’s degree, these programs usually take 1 year or less to complete. A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required to apply.

You’ll find these programs being offered by community colleges, technical institutions, vocational schools, and even retail drugstore chains. Whichever option you prefer, we recommend you attend an ASHP-accredited program.

Sample Coursework

A typical curriculum will cover the practical and technical aspects of working in a pharmacy. That includes courses in areas such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, pharmacy law, pharmaceutical calculations, recordkeeping and medical ethics.

To give students hands-on, clinical experience (Step #3 in our list), some schools partner with retail drugstores and pharmacies to offer “on-the-job” training/externships. They may also cover the fee for the PTCE or NHA exams required for certification.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work as pharmacist technicians.

Note: To become a Pharmacy Aide – answering phones, stocking shelves and similar tasks – you may only need a high school diploma or GED.

Associate’s Degree in Pharmacy

An associate’s degree in pharmacy is a 2 year undergraduate program often geared towards students interested in becoming a pharmacy technician or earning credits towards a bachelor’s degree. The AAS may provide a more in-depth education experience than a pharmacy technician training program.

Degree Options

  • Associate of Science (AS) in a Pharmacy-Related Subject: Often used as a stepping stone toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Pharmacy Technology: A practice-based degree targeted at aspiring pharmacy technicians.
  • Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) in Pharmacy Technology: Similar to the AAS in outlook.

Sample Coursework

The first year of coursework for the AAS and AOS follows the curriculum for pharmacist technician training programs. In the second year, schools may offer opportunities for students to prepare for managerial roles and learn more about special topics (e.g. computerized drug delivery systems).

Career Opportunities

Graduates typically work as pharmacist technicians, sometimes in leadership roles.

Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy

A bachelor’s degree in pharmacy is a 4 year undergraduate program that can be used as a foundation for a non-medical career in marketing and sales or healthcare research or as preparation for the PharmD.

Unlike an accelerated program, a bachelor’s degree gives students the flexibility to decide whether they really want to become a licensed pharmacist after graduation. A high school diploma or GED is required to apply.

Degree Options

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Prepares students for the PharmD, related careers in healthcare or jobs in drug marketing and pharmaceutical sales.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Healthcare Administration: An option for those interested in a master’s degree in pharmacy or healthcare administration.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science: An option for students interested in effective techniques of laboratory diagnosis in medical research.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marketing: Geared towards those interested in becoming pharmaceutical reps and marketers.

Check with individual schools to see if they have specific degree programs targeted towards the PharmD.

Sample Coursework

The curriculum for a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences initially focuses on pre-pharmacy coursework required for the PharmD, including hardcore courses such as:

  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Calculus
  • Physics

In later years, students may be able to delve into advanced pharmaceutical topics, including areas such as pharmaceutical testing, manufacturing and research.

Career Options

Even if you’re not interested in becoming a licensed pharmacist, you will have other options after graduation. You may wish to pursue a career in drug marketing or pharmaceutical sales. Or you could look into areas such as product testing and pharmaceutical research.

Master’s Degree in Pharmacy

A master’s degree in pharmacy is a 1-3 year graduate program that allows students to explore an advanced topic of pharmaceutical research. A bachelor’s degree with science credits is usually required to apply. Some schools limit their intake to licensed pharmacists who hold a PharmD.

If you’re interested in becoming a pharmacist and specializing in a particular area, look for joint PharmD programs.

Degree Options

  • Master of Science (MS) of Pharmaceutical Science: Prepares students for leadership roles in pharmacy-related careers or doctoral research.
  • Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychopharmacology: Examines of the interplay of pharmacy science and psychology.
  • Master in Clinical Research (MCR): Geared towards professionals interested in advanced clinical drug research and development.
  • Master of Science (MS) in Pharmacology and Toxicology: Provides students with the skills required for technical positions in pharmacological research and testing, clinical trials and/or toxicological assessments.

These are just a few of the options available. To appeal to working professionals, schools also will combine pharmaceutical topics with concentrations in areas such as regulatory affairs or management.

Sample Coursework

Coursework will depend on your choice of degree. Most programs culminate in a research dissertation and/or capstone project. Please consult your school’s syllabus for more information.

Career Opportunities

Because licensed pharmacists are required to earn a PharmD, master’s degrees are often targeted towards students interested in advanced drug/medical research or managerial roles in healthcare.

Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy-Related Subjects

A graduate certificate in pharmacy is a non-degree program that typically takes less than 1 year to complete. They come in many flavors, and coursework is targeted towards a specific area of interest (e.g. regulatory affairs, health policy, etc.). A bachelor’s degree is required to apply.

Pharmacy professionals may wish to pursue a graduate certificate in order to:

  • Widen their career opportunities
  • Earn credits for a master’s degree in the future
  • Complement an existing degree
  • Concentrate on a particular area of research

Earning a graduate certificate is not the same as certification/licensure – that requires specific training and exams. If you’re interested in the possibility of a master’s degree, make sure your academic credits will be transferable.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is a 4 year professional degree that students must earn from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy before they can become licensed pharmacists. It includes advanced coursework, extensive clinical experiences and preparation for licensure exams.

To apply to PharmD programs, you will need to have at least 2 years of approved pre-pharmacy coursework and a passing grade on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). You can cover this coursework by pursuing a traditional bachelor of science or enrolling in an accelerated program.

Degree Options

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD): Required to obtain a pharmacist’s license.
  • Advanced Doctor of Pharmacy (Adv. PharmD): A 3 year degree aimed at students who have completed pre-professional coursework at an accredited college or university.

Sample Coursework

First year work often focuses on pharmaceutical basics, including areas such as pharmacy law, ethics, pathophysiology, physical chemistry and other topics related to patient care.

In the second and third years, the curriculum becomes more advanced. Areas such as biostatistics, pharmacotherapy, immunopharmacology and institutional pharmacy are examined. Students begin clinical work and start concentrating on their chosen specialty.

In the fourth year, students complete a series of supervised rotations (4-6 weeks) in pharmaceutical settings. They learn how to talk to patients, discuss medications and oversee staff. They also have the chance to refine their area of interest (e.g. pharmaceutical sciences, drug research, etc.).

Career Opportunities

Licensed pharmacists work under a number of titles, including:

  • Clinical Pharmacist: Employed in hospitals, clinics and medical facilities.
  • Retail Pharmacist: Employed by large chain pharmacies such as CVS.
  • Pharmacist in Charge: Supervises pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
  • Pharmacy Director: Supervises the staff or pharmacy department at a clinic, store, etc.

Accelerated PharmD Programs

Accelerated PharmD programs combine two years of pharmacy prerequisites (e.g. chemistry, biology, anatomy, etc.) with four years of the PharmD. Some year-round programs even combine 2 years of prerequisites with 3 years of PharmD. That means students can complete their training to become a licensed pharmacist in as little as 5-6 years.

The first two years of an accelerated program are designed to prepare students for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). You cannot pursue a PharmD degree without passing this test.

Joint PharmD Degrees

To expand their career opportunities, some students opt to earn a joint PharmD degree. Examples of these include:

  • PharmD/MBA: Equips students to run their own business or assume management positions in retail pharmacies, hospitals and private pharmaceutical companies.
  • PharmD/MPH: Tailored towards students interested in public health issues such as community behavior, public health policy or epidemiology.
  • PharmD/PhD: Allows students who wish to practice as pharmacists to focus on a particular area of pharmaceutical research.
  • PharmD/JD: Gives students professional training in pharmacy law and policy.

PhD in Pharmacy

Not all pharmacy students choose to become licensed pharmacists. Instead, some decide to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in pharmacology, pharmacy policy, medicinal chemistry or a host of other concentrations. These programs are intended for those who want careers in research.

As a reminder, you cannot work as a licensed pharmacist without a PharmD.

Important Accreditations

Regional Accreditation

We recommend your university or college have regional accreditation. This is a “seal of approval” granted to institutions by one of six regional accrediting bodies (e.g. New England Association of Schools and Colleges).

You can learn more about the difference between national and regional accreditation in: Accreditation: Understanding the Difference Between Real Schools and Diploma Mills.

By attending a regionally accredited school, you will be able to:

  • Qualify for federal financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Transfer credits to other regionally accredited institutions (many universities won’t accept course credits from a nationally accredited school)
  • Demonstrate to employers that you’re serious about your education
  • Have an easier time getting into graduate school

Regional accreditation only applies to the overall institution, not individual degrees or programs. Students interested in pharmacy degrees and the PharmD should also look for ACPE accreditation; those considering pharmacist technician training programs should look for ASHP accreditation.

ACPE Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits undergraduate degrees and the PharmD. The board that sets accreditation standards is composed of professionals from the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges, the American Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

You must earn a PharmD from an ACPE-accredited program before you will be allowed to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). ACPE accreditation will also make it easier for you to transfer credits.

View a list of ACPE-accredited programs.

ASHP Accreditation

The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredits pharmacy technician training programs and pharmacy residencies for the pharmacy profession. To qualify for accreditation, training programs must include at least 600 hours of instruction over a minimum of 15 weeks.

ASHP-accredited programs are offered by community colleges, vocational schools and a few retail chains.

View a directory of ASHP-accredited programs.

Licensure & Certification

Pharmacist Licensure

Each state has its own rules and regulations about becoming a licensed pharmacist. Please check with your state Board of Pharmacy for exact details.

On the whole, most states will expect you:

Pharmacy Technician Certification

Not all states require pharmacy techs to become certified pharmacy technicians (CPhT). However, you’ll increase your job opportunities if you become certified. Some employers will even pay for pharmacy employees to take the certification exam. Please check with your state Board of Pharmacy for exact requirements.

States usually require certified techs to complete a formal training program and pass certification exams offered by independent organizations such as:

Certification has to be maintained by taking continuing education courses and passing recertification exams.

School Rankings

1

University of California-Irvine

UC Irvine's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences that trains students in the latest pharmaceutical technologies such as gene therapy, in-vitro biopharmaceutical techniques, and accelerated chemical synthesis. The Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology (MCP) program offered by the department is an interdepartmental program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in either Chemistry, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, or Pharmacological Sciences. There is also a PhD in Pharmacological Sciences program. Students admitted to a graduate program and who have experienced situations or conditions which were an impediment to advancing their studies, may be eligible for a diversity fellowship.

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,051 Students

2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Students admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at UNC's Enshelman School of Pharmacy have the option of pursuing a dual degree - PharmD/MBA (Master of Business Administration) or PharmD/MPH (Master pf Public Health). The Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD) program allows students to choose a concentration from one of their four academic divisions: Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Students interested in leadership positions in healthcare can apply for admission to the Master of Science (MS) in Pharmaceutical Studies. Enshelman School of Pharmacy graduate students are supported by fellowships and assistantships that provide an annual stipend of up to $27,500, in addition to tuition, fees, and health insurance.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 97.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,135 Students

3

Texas A & M University-College Station

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy offers a Pharm.D. program for individuals who wish to become pharmacists. The college is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and it is ranked number 48 of the best schools of pharmacy by U.S. News & World Report. They also offer a dual Pharm.D./MBA degree. The college has an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which will ensure that all students receive individual attention, and the program provides opportunities for students to gain experience in the pharmacy field as soon as the second year of study.

CAG Score 96.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

61,642 Students

4

CUNY York College

York College's Chemistry Department has introduced a new master's degree, the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science and Business, with the first classes beginning in fall 2016. The program is designed to prepare students for management positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The two-year, 36-credit program covers topics such as pharmaceutical discovery and development, biostatistics, and pharmaceutical ethics. Students can arrange their electives to specialize in pharmaceutical R&D, regulation, or management. The 73-credit B.S. in Pharmaceutical Science prepares undergraduate students for jobs in local industry, graduate studies, or medical school. As part of the undergraduate program, students must perform research or work an internship in pharmaceutical science. Some students intern with the Food and Drug Administration for course credit.

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,493 Students

5

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities was founded in 1892 and is the state's only pharmacy school. The college offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional program. There are two dual degree programs available - Pharm.D./MBA (Master of Business Administration) and Pharm.D./MPH (Master of Public Health). Students who wish to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree can choose from three programs: M.S. in Integrated Biological Sciences, M.S. in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, and a combined M.S. in Social and Administrative Pharmacy and Residency Program. Students admitted to the doctoral program can choose from the following concentration areas: Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology, Integrated Biological Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Social & Administrative Pharmacy.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

51,147 Students

6

University of Florida

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in two programs. One program is for students who are seeking their first professional PharmD degree, while another program, the Working Professional PharmD (WPPD), is for licensed pharmacists seeking to advance their bachelor's degree in pharmacy. The college has joint degree programs with other schools in the university that allow PharmD students to complete dual degree programs such as PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MPH and PharmD/PhD. The College of Pharmacy has five major areas of graduate concentration: Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacodynamics, Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, and Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research. The college is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,459 Students

7

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington in Seattle is ranked as a Top 10 pharmacy school in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2015). It is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The school has three departments (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacy) and a Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP) that conducts research in drug safety, pharmaceutical policy and pharmaceutical economics. The school offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are offered in Medicinal Chemistry and in Pharmaceutics. There are also Residency Programs in Ambulatory Care, Community Pharmacy, Critical Care, General Residency, Oncology, and Pharmacy Management.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

44,784 Students

8

University of California-Los Angeles

At UCLA, the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology (DMMP) is part of the David Geffen School of Medicine. DMMP offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. Students admitted to the program are supported entirely through research and training grants, which provide an annual stipend, full tuition, fees and health insurance. DMMP makes two scholarships available to its top students each year - the Genesis Scholarship and the Shamrock Scholarship. The department also helps fund the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, together with the UCLA Office of the President and the UCLA Graduate Division. This fellowship program supports graduate students who have experienced significant socioeconomic difficulties or overcome major physical disadvantages in pursuit of their higher education goals.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

41,845 Students

9

Presbyterian College

The School of Pharmacy at Presbyterian College offers a traditional pre-pharmacy path, a pre-pharmacy with degree program, and an early entry pre-pharmacy program, which allows exceptional students to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree within six years. The School of Pharmacy also offers a Doctor of Pharmacy program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. In 2014, the school had a 97.4% licensure rate (licensure can be verified with a State Board of Pharmacy) and a 96.1% employment rate. The program offers excellent experiential (practice site) opportunities for students to help them better understand the profession outside of the classroom.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,460 Students

10

Saint Cloud State University

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Saint Cloud State University offers a Pre-Professional Pharmacy program. Students in the program complete 65 to 70 hours of coursework that prepares them for admission into pharmacy school. Pre-pharmacy coursework includes foundational courses in biology, chemistry, social sciences, economics, mathematics, statistics and physics, as well as 30 credits of general education courses. Pre-pharmacy students can also participate in several student organizations, including the Pre-Pharmacy Club, Medical Professions Association (MPA), Students for Health and the Student Health Action and Advisory Committee (SHAAC).

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

16,076 Students

11

Michigan Technological University

The Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University offers a Pre-Pharmacy program that prepares students for pharmacy school. Pre-pharmacy students have the option to complete pharmacy school requirements through two years of study at MTU or to complete their bachelor's degree before entering pharmacy school. Students who choose to earn their bachelor's degree will earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a pre-pharmacy concentration. B.S. students enrolled in the pre-pharmacy concentration are required to complete 58 to 64 major credits, 28 credits of concentration coursework, and a four-course biochemistry intensive sequence.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

7,099 Students

12

University of California-San Diego

At UC San Diego, the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is offered by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), thus qualifying the graduates of the program to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). The school has a joint Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/PharmD degree, a seven-year program offered in cooperation with UC San Diego's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Students can also earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. The school has specialty residency programs and research fellowships in addition to a continuing education program for practicing pharmacists.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,709 Students

13

Michigan State University

Michigan State University's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers a PhD program, two online master's programs and an undergraduate minor. The PhD program includes foundational coursework in medical biology, pharmacology and toxicology, as well as training in research and the scientific method. The program involves a prominent research component that can be tailored to a student's interests. Students are required to present seminars based on their research at various points throughout the program, and must also create and defend a dissertation. All graduate students admitted into the Pharmacology and Toxicology program are provided with financial support in the form of research assistantships that include tuition and fees, a stipend and health insurance.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

50,081 Students

14

Ferris State University

Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a curriculum that develops a foundational knowledge in the areas of biochemistry/biotechnology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics. Once these foundational subjects are covered, students delve into the study of the clinical science of pharmacotherapeutics. Pharmacy PhD students are required to complete approximately 1,700 hours of field experience in professional pharmacy settings over the course of the program. Admission into the PhD program requires completion of a pre-pharmacy professional program, which is also offered by Ferris State through its College of Arts and Sciences. Over 40 scholarships are available to pharmacy students, including the Proctor Family Scholarship and the Brudy Memorial Excellence in Pharmacy Scholarship.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,600 Students

15

University of California-Davis

The Graduate Program in Pharmacology & Toxicology at UC Davis is an interdisciplinary program coordinated by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Students admitted to this program can earn a Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. The program offers four areas of emphases: Biotechnology, Organism-Environment Interaction, Reproductive Biology, and Translational Research. The Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UC Davis offers an MS degree program in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. This is a research-based degree program that prepares graduates for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

34,508 Students

16

University of Wyoming

At the University of Wyoming, the School of Pharmacy is part of the College of Health and Sciences. A two-year pre-professional program is required in order for students to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. The school's PharmD program consists of four academic years plus two summer terms. The school also offers a joint degree program with the College of Business that allows students to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration (PharmD/MBA) in five years. The School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,820 Students

17

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University's Department of Pharmacological Sciences offers a BS in Pharmacology, an MS in Biomedical Science with a pharmacology concentration and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. Undergraduate students majoring in pharmacology focus on cellular, molecular and human pharmacology and have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. Undergraduate students can also choose to participate in a BS Pharmacology/MBA program or a BS Pharmacology/MPH program. The PhD program has an interdisciplinary, research-focused curriculum that provides advanced knowledge in pharmacology, as well as other subjects like biochemistry, molecular genetics and cell biology. All students admitted into the PhD program are fully funded graduate assistants who receive a stipend of $27,000 per year.

CAG Score 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

24,607 Students

18

University of California-Santa Barbara

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at UC Santa Barbara offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pharmacology program. This major focuses on pharmacology as a basic science, rather than on the therapeutic principles of pharmacology. The program is designed to provide students with the skills and training to pursue careers in pharmaceutical research as well as a strong foundation for graduate study in the field. Students pursuing a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology can choose Pharmacology as an area of emphasis.

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,051 Students

19

University of Georgia

The Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences is part of UGA's College of Pharmacy. The department offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, which began in the fall 2013 semester. The College of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Three graduate programs in the following areas of concentrations are available: Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, and Regulatory Affairs & Clinical Trials. The College of Pharmacy collaborates with several practice partners to offer post-graduate residency training opportunities. The Division of Experience Programs handles all introductory and advanced practice experiences offered through the College of Pharmacy. The college is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

35,197 Students

20

West Virginia University

The School of Pharmacy at the West Virginia University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The school consists of three departments: Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy. A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree is available. Students admitted to the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences can choose from two program pathways. The first pathway, Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences (PPS), focuses on basic laboratory research. The second pathway, Health Outcomes (HO), emphasizes population and policy research. Both pathways lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,175 Students

21

University of Illinois at Chicago

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional program at UIC's College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The college offers the following joint degree options: PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), PharmD/MSHI (Master of Science in Health Informatics), PharmD/MBA (Master of Business Administration), and PharmD/MS CTS (Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science). Students have the option of pursuing one of four PhD program available: Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, and Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy. There is also a Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Science program. Through its collaboration with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, UIC's College of Pharmacy is able to offer its students a number of residency and fellowship programs.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,969 Students

22

University at Buffalo

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Buffalo offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. There is also a five-year Pharmaceutical Sciences Accelerated BS/MS Program available. The school offers both a Master of Science (MS) and a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as a Doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Students admitted to the PharmD program have the option of earning the following joint degrees: PharmD/MBA (Master of Business Administration), PharmD/MPH (Master of Public Health), PharmD/MS (Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences), and a PharmD/JD (Juris Doctor). The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,995 Students

23

Rutgers University

Rutgers University's Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, as well as dual PharmD degrees in medicine, public health and business administration. Master's and PhD degrees in medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences are also available. The PharmD program consists of two years of pre-professional study and four-years of professional school, including a full year of practical experience. The graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences is a research-focused program. Students completing a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences must complete 45 credits of original research, including a year-long residency. The School of Pharmacy offers highly competitive scholarships to its students that range from $500 to $2,500 per year.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

48,378 Students

24

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The School of Pharmacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree with concentrations in pharmacy education and pediatrics, as well as a concurrent PharmD/MBA degree program. The PharmD program at SIUE is a 2+4 program, meaning that students first complete two years of pre-pharmacy curriculum and then, if accepted into the PharmD program, complete four-years of professional study. The PharmD program includes three years of classroom study and one year of advanced pharmacy practice, with six credits of concentration courses taken the third year. The School of Pharmacy offers some endowed scholarships, giving out approximately $50,000 in scholarship funds each year.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

13,972 Students

25

University of Colorado Denver

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC Denver offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program that prepares students to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) as well as the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). Skaggs is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The school's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers three fields of graduate research that lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree: Pharmaceutical Sciences, Molecular Toxicology, and Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research. To provide new pharmacy graduates with training and education in the fundamentals of modern pharmacy practice, the school has a post-graduate residency program. This program is administered in conjunction with the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) Department of Pharmacy.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

22,791 Students

26

The University of Texas at Austin

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas in Austin offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program as well as a joint PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree. The college also offers a program of studies leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree through its Pharmacotherapy Division and the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division. The college has a PhD program that allows students to choose from six available tracks: Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Pharmacotherapy, Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice, and an Interdisciplinary track. Students can also pursue a PhD in Translational Science program that is made available in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

51,313 Students

27

Washington State University

The College of Pharmacy at Washington State University offers a Doctor of Pharmacy as well as a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences for students who wish to become pharmacists. Dual degrees are also offered for students who wish to pursue both the Ph.D. and Pharm.D. degrees or students who wish to pursue an MBA and a Pharm.D. degree simultaneously. Dual degrees will give graduates an advantage within the industry. The WSU College of Pharmacy is ranked 38th of all pharmacy schools in the nation by the American Association of Colleges in Pharmacy (AACP) in regards to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The College of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

28,686 Students

28

University of Houston

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Houston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The college offers a Doctor in Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Students also have the option of earning a joint degree by pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in pharmacology or pharmaceutics at the same time as a PharmD program. The College of Pharmacy has the following graduate programs available: Master of Science (MS) in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration, PhD in Pharmacology, PhD in Pharmaceutics, PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy. Through collaboration with different organizations and Texas Medical Center institutions, the College of Pharmacy offers students a number of challenging residency and fellowship opportunities.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

40,914 Students

29

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University offers a PharmD program for students who wish to become pharmacists. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and it is known to be one of the most affordable programs in the country. The SWOAU pharmacy program has an excellent reputation as graduates of the program perform above the country's average on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). The College of Pharmacy at SWOSU has many unique things to offer like the Sims' Leadership Development Program, which is a degree specialization offered to a talented, exclusive group of students in the College of Pharmacy that gives graduates an edge over others in the field, as well as the PharmD/MBA Dual Degree.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,994 Students

30

Arkansas State University-Beebe

The Pharmacy Technician program offered at Arkansas State University in Beebe is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Students can enroll in the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Pharmacy Technology program. Alternately, students can choose to complete a certificate of proficiency or a technical certificate in the field instead of an AAS degree. The pharmacy programs combine classroom learning with hands-on experience to help prepare students for national certification, such as the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technician Exam. Graduates are qualified to work in a variety of settings that include hospitals, compounding centers, and institutional operations. Credit for relevant experience or previous training is possible for qualified students.

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,140 Students

31

Wayne State University

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacology and toxicology, as well as a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree prepares students to become professional pharmacists through a four-year, 124-credit curriculum. Students complete coursework in subjects like pathophysiology, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, patient care, pharmacokinetics and social administrative sciences. During their final year of study, Pharm.D. students complete seven advanced practice rotations. Scholarships available to students studying pharmaceutical sciences include the George Fuller Endowed Scholarship, the Frank O. Taylor Pharmacy Scholarship and the EACPHS Diversity Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 94.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,578 Students

32

University of Utah

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The college offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Graduates of this program are qualified to take the North American Pharmacy Licensing Exam (NAPLEX), as well as Federal and State law examinations. There are four Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs available: PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, PhD in Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology, and PhD in Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research and Health Policy. Students who want to pursue both a PharmD and a PhD can do so through a pathway program developed by the Dean's Office and the Departments of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pharmacotherapy.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 94.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

31,515 Students

33

Oregon State University

Through its College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, a pre-pharmacy undergraduate major and the Early Admission Program (EAP) for high school seniors interested in the PharmD program. The PharmD is a four-year program that includes two years of coursework at the Corvallis campus, one year of coursework at the Portland campus and one year of hands-on practice. The PharmD program prepares students to become pharmacists, while the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences prepares students for careers in research. A dual PharmD/PhD degree is also available for students who want to combine research with pharmacy practice. Pharmacy students are eligible for the $1,000 LCDR Brian Parker Community Service Scholarship, among other awards.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 94.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

28,886 Students

34

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and in a partnership with Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy, CSU also offers a pre-pharmacy program. While this program is not a degree in and of itself, many students apply these courses towards a Bachelor's degree (usually in Biology, Chemistry, or Pharmaceutical Sciences) or to meet the eligibility requirements to apply to a PharmD program. Many students complete the necessary pre-pharmacy courses, apply to the PharmD program at NEOMED, and wait to see if they are accepted. In the event that they are not, they will typically go on to complete a bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical sciences.

CAG Score 94.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

16,936 Students

35

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Through its School of Pharmacy, Notre Dame of Maryland University offers a Doctor of Pharmacy degree that prepares students for careers as professional pharmacists. Students applying to the Pharm.D. program must complete the necessary pre-pharmacy coursework for admission, including 74 credits of required courses. The Pharm.D. program itself requires between 144 and 146 credits and takes four years to complete. At the end of the program, students are required to complete an advanced pharmacy practice course, which acts as the program capstone. NDMU's School of Pharmacy also offers several 3+4 and 4+4 program options. The School's 3+4 programs allow students at Notre Dame of Maryland University Women's College, Millersville University and the University of Hartford to earn both a bachelor's degree and a Pharm.D. degree in seven years.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 94.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,764 Students

36

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson Community College offers a pre-pharmacy associate degree program, as well as a pharmacy technician certificate. The Associate of Science in Pre-Professional Pharmacy is a 64-credit degree program designed for students intending to transfer into the University Of Kansas School Of Pharmacy. Students may be able to transfer into other professional pharmacy programs as well, but should check with their advisor to make sure the program meets all requirements. Students in the A.S. program are required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test their second year. The Pharmacy Technician program is a 33 to 38 credit program designed for students who want to work in pharmacies under the supervision of licensed pharmacists. Students are required to complete an eight-credit practicum and sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

CAG Score 94.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,718 Students

37

The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The university's School of Pharmacy is ranked as the Top 17 pharmacy school in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2015). Students have the option of earning a combined degree in PharmD and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in either Health Outcomes and Policy Research, or Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences offers PhD degrees in four areas: Medicinal Chemistry, Bioanalysis, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacometrics. Students can apply to a number of endowed scholarships set up specifically to benefit the School of Pharmacy, such as the Chattanooga Area Pharmacist Society Scholarship and the Larry and Sherry Hill Community Pharmacy Scholarship Endowment.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,386 Students

38

East Tennessee State University

The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University offers a four-year PhD program that prepares students to become professional pharmacists. Students in the program are matched with pharmacy sites their first year and spend the first three years of the program under the supervision of a professional pharmacist applying their knowledge to a real-world setting. Undergraduate students with an interest in pharmacy studies can enter the Pre-Pharmacy Medical Professions Advisement program, which helps them meet the prerequisite requirements for pharmacy school. Dual graduate pharmacy degrees are also available in business administration and public health. The Gatton College of Pharmacy offers a limited number of institutional scholarships to its students, with amounts varying based on the funds available for the year.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,434 Students

39

New Jersey Institute of Technology

The New Jersey Institute of Technology's Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering offers an MS in Pharmaceutical Engineering, an MS in Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing and a certificate in pharmaceutical technology. The MS in Pharmaceutical Engineering is 30-credit program offered in two tracks of study: a process development and design for drug substance manufacturing track and a process development and design for drug product manufacturing track. The MS in Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing requires 21 credits of core coursework and nine credits of electives, six of which can be fulfilled by doing a master's thesis. A dual BS in Chemical Engineering/MS in Pharmaceutical Engineering is also available.

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

10,646 Students

40

Northwest College

Northwest College offers an Associate of Science degree in pharmacy that requires a minimum of 64 credits for completion. Because the courses required for this program closely parallels courses that are available at larger universities, students who complete the program transfer the credits to a four-year program without much difficulty. In addition, Northwest College has articulation agreements in place with several colleges and universities to facilitate the transfer process. Students are required to take general biology (I & II), chemistry (I & II), and microbiology courses, as well as a capstone course in physical science research or in biological research. In 2015, nearly half (45 percent) of Northwest students qualified for scholarships, with the average financial assistance package amounting to $3,069.

CAG Score 94.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,652 Students

41

University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky's College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). U.S. News & World Report ranked it as the #5 pharmacy school in the country for 2015. The college offers a Doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD) program as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students admitted to the PhD program can choose to concentrate in one of four tracks offered: Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, and Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy. Residency programs are available through the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. All students admitted to the Pharmaceutical Science Graduate Program receive a stipend, fully paid tuition and health insurance.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 94.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,203 Students

42

University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in pharmacology and toxicology. The program includes training in all areas (molecular to whole-organism level) as well as coursework in biochemistry, biostatistics, and pharmacology. Students have access to research facilities that include a computer lab with modeling and pharmacokinetic capabilities, cell culture labs, a cold room, and well-equipped laboratories for biochemical studies. The department's Division of Clinical Pharmacology also participates in various research activities of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Clinical Virology and Infectious Disease Programs. At the current time, there is funding available for four fellows each year. Fellowship stipends are determined by the student's background and experience.

CAG Score 94.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,698 Students

43

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Northeast Mississippi Community College offers an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in pharmacy designed for students who plan to transfer their credits to a related four-year undergraduate program in a university. The AA in Pharmacy degree is comprised of 68 units and can be completed with four semesters of continuous enrollment. Students who need to complete any pre-requisite courses must do so in the summer term before they begin their first year in the program. The curriculum includes different levels of coursework in biology, organic chemistry, statistics, microeconomics, physics, and calculus. Pharmacy majors may be eligible to apply for the Glenn Davis Gray Scholarship, which is a scholarship program designated for students enrolled in a medically-related field at the college.

CAG Score 94.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,538 Students

44

Hibbing Community College-A Technical and Community College

The pharmacy technician program offered at Hibbing Community College is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHSP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This is a 60-credit Associate of Applied Science degree that can be completed in two years (including summer sessions). Students who graduate from the program are eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. The curriculum includes courses such as pharmacy law and ethics, fundamental pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy medication technology, and the pharmacotherapy of disease processes. Students enroll in an experience-based training course during the summer sessions. The first summer session is spent in a retail environment, while the second summer session takes place in a hospital/institution setting.

CAG Score 94.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,302 Students

45

Vernon College

Vernon College offers a 24-credit Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Completion degree. Students accepted to the program are prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technology Certification Board (PTCB) examination for national certification as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). Required coursework includes the following: pharmacy law, pharmaceutical mathematics, community and institutional pharmacy practice, compounding sterile preparations, and pharmacy drug therapy and treatment. Students must complete a practicum or field experience as a pharmacy technician or assistant in an approved establishment in order to graduate from the program. The college also offers a pre-pharmacy Associate in Science (AS) degree. This 60-credit program is designed for students who wish to transfer to a larger institution after graduation and complete a four-year undergraduate degree.

CAG Score 94.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,989 Students

46

South Dakota State University

Students interested in pharmacy studies at South Dakota State University can enter the College of Pharmacy, which provides a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences prepares students for entry into either the PharmD or PhD program or entry-level pharmaceutical research work. The PharmD program prepares students to become licensed pharmacists through a four-year curriculum that includes introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences. The PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences includes core courses and a concentration in a major area of research. Pharmacy students can participate in the student research program and apply for several research-focused scholarships, including the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Summer Research Fellowship.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 94.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,543 Students

47

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

West Kentucky Community and Technical College offers a Pharmacy Technology Program that prepares students to perform technical functions such as compounding, repackaging, and prescription preparation. A pharmacy technician performs these functions under the direction of a registered pharmacist. Coursework for this one-year program includes the following: pharmacy law, medical terminology, pharmaceutical calculations, drug classification, pharmacology, and pharmacy procedures and skills. In addition, students admitted to the program are required to complete a laboratory experience and an externship program under the guidance of a licensed pharmacist in order to earn the degree. Students who complete the program are qualified to sit for the Pharmacy Technology Certification Board (PTCB) examination that leads to national certification as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

CAG Score 94.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

6,402 Students

48

Northland Community and Technical College

Northland Community and Technical College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in pharmacy technology through the Department of Health and Human Services. This 60-credit program is offered at the East Grand Forks campus. The curriculum includes courses that cover a wide range of essential topics including pharmacy calculations, microbiology, fundamental concepts of pharmacy, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and professional practice and pharmacy law. Enrolled pharmacy technology students have access to the state-of-the-art teaching laboratory at the college where they learn aseptic techniques for intravenous drug admixture as well as how to fill prescriptions. The college also offers a 36-credit diploma in pharmacy technology. Both programs are accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHSP).

CAG Score 94.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,641 Students

49

Barton County Community College

Students accepted to the Associate in Science - Liberal Studies program at Barton Community College can choose pharmacy as their area of emphasis. The curriculum incudes coursework in college chemistry (I & II), principles of biology, organic chemistry I, principles of microbiology, and business calculus. Students who complete the program satisfactorily are eligible to transfer to a bachelor program at a four-year institution. Barton also offers a 29-credit-hour Pharmacy Technician Certificate that can be pursued completely online. Students can earn the certificate in two semesters, including an internship experience at an approved pharmacy. The program prepares students for two national certification exams: the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) exam.

CAG Score 94.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,292 Students

50

Indian River State College

Students who complete the Associate in Arts degree in pharmacy at Indian River State College (IRSC) are assured of a facilitated transfer to a four-year undergraduate program at a Florida state university. In addition to taking courses that fulfill the General Education Requirements at IRSC, pharmacy students also enroll in classes in biology, general and organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology, college physics, and pre-calculus algebra. By completing the AA degree, students can transfer to a larger university at the junior level. IRSC also offers a Pharmacy Technician - Quick Job Training program. The program is comprised of 11 courses and can be completed in three semesters. Students are trained to assist licensed pharmacists with technical tasks within a hospital or retail environment.

CAG Score 94.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

17,665 Students

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