Pharmacy Schools in San Diego, CA with Degree Program Overviews

The San Diego area has one school that offers a pharmacy program. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for this school to make an informed education decision.

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Pharmacy School Option in San Diego

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has received numerous academic rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The school has six undergraduate colleges and more than 70 graduate departments. It is renowned for its academic excellence in many of its undergraduate and graduate programs.

University of California, San Diego
Pharmacy Programs Offered 7-year Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Pharmacy,
Doctor of Pharmacy,
Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy
School Type 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2011) 28,593*
Campus Setting Large city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $13,200 in-state; $36,078 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2010-2011) 75%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 38%*
Retention Rate (2011) 96% for full time students; 60% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 85%*
Noteworthy Ranked #8 in 'Top Public Schools' (2013) and #23 for best graduate pharmacy program (2012)**
Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Distance from Downtown San Diego (Driving) 15.6 mi (20 min.)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report.


Pharmacy Degrees at the University of California, San Diego

Applicants to the University of California, San Diego's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program must have a bachelor's degree in order to be 1 of the 60 students admitted to the program each year. The bachelor's degree must include 8 semester units each of biology with labs, general chemistry with labs and organic chemistry with labs. Students must also have 6 semester units of physics with at least one lab. Candidates are also required to have 6 semester units each of calculus and English and 3 semester units in each of economics, public speaking and human behavior. The school prefers applicants who have taken the most demanding pre-pharmacy course of study. The UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences only accepts students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents upon submission on their application.

7-Year Bachelor of Science (B.S.)/Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program

UCSD offers an accelerated B.S./Pharm.D. program that can be completed in 7 years. Before applying to the program, students should complete courses in general chemistry, calculus, physics, organic chemistry and biology, along with a 1-unit undergraduate pharmacology seminar. Only undergraduate freshmen are eligible to apply for the program and they must declare a major in pharmacological chemistry. After the student has completed the first two years as a pharmacological chemistry major in the 7-year program, the student can apply for acceptance to the Pharm.D. program.

Doctor of Pharmacy

Courses for the Pharm.D. degree program include increasingly complex courses in chemistry, pharmacy practice and ethics, anatomy, biochemistry, human biology, physiology, hematology, microbiology/immunology, neurology, therapeutics and pharmaceutics. Students attend 3 quarters per year and 1 summer quarter obtaining practical experience. The fourth-year curriculum is devoted to advanced pharmacy practice experiences, which are clinical rotations at local university-affiliated teaching centers.

Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The combined Pharm.D. and Ph.D. program prepares graduates for pharmaceutical, governmental and academia roles. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to conduct original research in the pharmaceutical sciences in hopes of applying the findings to clinical observations. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic practices and the drug development process.

The program is offered jointly between the pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences school and various Ph.D. programs offered at the University of California, San Diego. After completing the 3-year Pharm.D. curriculum, students are required to complete a Ph.D. thesis project. After Ph.D. requirements are met, students complete the advanced pharmacy practice experiences offered during the final year of the Pharm.D. program. The entire process takes approximately eight years to complete.

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