Best Pharmaceutical Colleges: List of Top Schools
A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is required to become a licensed pharmacist in the U.S. Applicants to a pharmaceutical program often have two or three years of pre-pharmacy study at the undergraduate level. Most professional pharmaceutical degree programs take four years to complete. Pharmacists dispense medications prescribed by doctors and other health practitioners and can work in hospitals, clinics and retail pharmacies.
Top Pharmaceutical Programs
1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy offers three degrees for those interested in pharmaceutical study. Students in the 4-year Pharm.D. program complete coursework in pharmaceutical therapy, pharmacy law and immunization, and perform ten months of residency work at the end of their study.
Graduates of a pre-pharmacy or similar program may opt for a Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmacy, which is ideal for those who wish to go into pharmaceutical administration careers; the degree does not qualify graduates to become a pharmacist. A Pharm.D. combined with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program is available for students who wish to pursue pharmaceutical research.
U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC's Eshelman School of Pharmacy the 2nd best pharmacy school in 2008.
- Address: 103 S. Bldg. Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
- Phone Number: (919) 962-2211
2. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota (U of M) has the is the only pharmacy school in the state and offers a Pharm.D., as well as five graduate Ph.D. programs in pharmacy. The University of Minnesota was named the 3rd best school for pharmacy by U.S. News & World Report in 2008.
Students at the school's Twin Cities Pharm.D. program take classes in five areas of pharmaceutical study, including pharmaceutical care and health systems, experimental and clinical pharmacology, medical chemistry and pharmaceutics. Future pharmacists interested in higher levels of administration can combine a Pharm.D. with a Master's of Business Administration (MBA).
A Ph.D. program offers degrees concentrating on pharmaceutics, social and administrative pharmacy, experimental and clinical pharmacy, and medicinal chemistry. Those planning a career in pharmaceutical leadership can pursue an M.S. degree in social and administrative pharmacy or experimental and clinical pharmacy.
- Address: 100 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455
- Phone Number: (612) 625-5000
Good Schools with a Pharmaceutical Program
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||51,659||100 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455||(612) 625-5000|
|The University of Texas at Austin||50,995||Austin, TX 78712||(512) 471-3434|
|University of Florida||50,691||355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611||(352) 392-3261|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||45,943||1400 N.E. Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195||(206) 543-2100|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||41,674||Ann Arbor, MI 48109||(734) 764-1817|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||41,654||500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706||(608) 262-1234|
|University of Arizona||38,767||1401 E. University, Tucson, AZ 85721||(520) 621-2211|
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick||37,366||83 Somerset St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901||(732) 932-1766|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||32,172||910 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23284||(804) 828-0100|
|University of Kansas||29,242||Lawrence, KS 66045||(785) 864-2700|
|University of Iowa||28,987||101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242||(319) 335-3500|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||28,916||103 S. Bldg. Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599||(919) 962-2211|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||26,840||601 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607||(312) 996-7000|
|University of Colorado Denver||23,715||Denver, CO 80217||(303) 556-5600|
|Oregon State University||21,950||Corvallis, OR 97331||(541) 737-0123|
|University of Mississippi Main Campus||15,932||Oxford, MS 38677||(662) 915-7211|
|Mercer University||8,072||1400 Coleman Ave., Macon, GA 31207||(478) 301-2700|
|University of Maryland - Baltimore||6,382||520 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201||(410) 706-3100|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||3,237||987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr., Omaha, NE 68198||(402) 559-3937|
|Medical University of South Carolina||2,513||179 Ashley Ave., Charleston, SC 29425||(843) 792-2300|
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