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What is Pharmacy?

Pharmacy is a field of medicine involved in providing patients medication needed to treat ailments and diseases as outlined by a physicians prescription. Pharmacists see to the operations of a pharmacy and work from a variety of locations including dedicated pharmacies, hospitals and clinics. Pharmacists are responsible for providing education to customers regarding maintaining good health and inform them of possible reactions and side effects of medications dispensed.

Educational Requirements

A doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD) allows an individual to become a practicing pharmacist. PharmD programs are typically four years long (or three continuous) with the final year reserved for practical experience. Most pharmacy programs require two years of prerequisite courses prior to admission or a bachelor's degree. For individuals pursuing a degree directly out of high school there are pre-pharmacy programs available, as well as “0-6 programs” which are six year programs that begin with the prerequisite courses and end with required pharmacy graduate level courses. Additionally, most programs will require a score of at least 50% on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Pharmacy programs are highly selective due to the nature of the career and limited amount of space. Therefore students looking to enter the field should be prepared for a high amount of competition.

Pre-requisite courses necessary for admission may include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Anatomy
  • Physics

More comprehensive information regarding pharmacy program prerequisites can be found here.

Job Growth and Employment Opportunities

The short supply and high demand for pharmacists has led to increases in salary in recent years. Additionally, many tuition benefits may be gleaned from potential employers who wish to secure pharmacists prior to their graduation. With the increase in population, especially as baby boomers begin to enter the retirement age, the necessity for qualified pharmacists is expected to grow. It is important to note that all states require licensing for pharmacists, which in turn requires a pharmacy degree and a passing score on the North American Pharmaceutical Licensing Exam (NAPLEX)

Possible employers include:

  • Hospitals
  • Chain and Privately Owned Drug Stores
  • Health Insurance Companies
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Public Health Care Agencies

Salary and Related Fields

The average income of a pharmacist is $106,500 per year, with the lowest 10% earning less than $77,000 per year. Individuals working in more densely populated areas tend to earn higher salaried to earn more due to the increase in customers.

Those interested in a career as a pharmacist may also wish to consider a career in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, clinical and industrial drug development, or pharmacoeconomics, pharmaceutical economics.

Colleges that Offer Pharmacy by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have pharmacy programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida is located in Gainsville, Florida and is one of the three largest single campus universities in the US.  It is one of three research flagship universities within the State University System of Florida and is the most prestigious school of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,143
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (352) 392-3261

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration (D)
  • Public Health (D)
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine (D)

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Boston, MA

About Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, located in Boston, Massachusetts, was founded in 1823, and is a private institution. The school was founded by fourteen pharmacists and holds...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $27,440
  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (617) 732-2800

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulatory Affairs (D)
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (D)
  • Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy (D)

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Ohio State University is the largest single campus university in the US. It is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a public research university. History Ohio State University was established as a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,037
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (614) 292-6446

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (B,D)
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (B,D)
  • Public Health (B,D)
  • Physical Therapy (B,D)

St. John's University - New York

Queens, NY

Students at St. John's receive an education that includes both academic study and service to those less fortunate. The curriculum at St. John's includes centers of excellence that provide research opportunities in sustainable global development and social justice....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $35,520
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (718) 990-6161

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulatory Affairs (D)

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private research university that includes graduate and professional schools on its campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. NSU offers over 40 undergraduate degree programs, and many more graduate degree programs at the master's and...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $24,414
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (954) 262-7300

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Public Health (D)
  • Occupational Therapy (D)
  • Physical Therapy (D)

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Albany, NY

Are you interested in a career as a pharmacist? Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers one of the oldest Pharmacy Doctorate's in the country and its Vermont campus is the only Pharmacy program in the state. ACPHS also offers Bachelor's degrees in Microbiology, Chemistry,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $27,595
  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (518) 694-7200

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences (D)

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University was established in 1869 and stands as the flagship campus of the Purdue University System. About 270 programs are offered at the main campus in West Lafayette together with regional campuses located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westville, and Hammond in Indiana....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,900
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (765) 494-4600

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (B,M,D)
  • Public Health (B,M,D)
  • Veterinary Medicine (B,M,D)
  • Veterinary Sciences (B,M,D)

University of the Sciences

Philadelphia, PA

University of the Sciences is a nonprofit private institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and provides a large number of program options for students. Approximately 2,900 students are enrolled annually at University of the Sciences.A list of some of the more popular programs...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $33,406
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (215) 596-8800

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulatory Affairs (D)
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (D)
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (D)

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

University of the Pacific, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Stockton, CA, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Enrollment at UOP exceeds 6,700 yearly.Here is...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $38,320
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (209) 946-2011

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (D)
  • Music Therapy (D)
  • Physical Therapy (D)

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University is the state university of New Jersey.  It is considered one of the top research universities in the nation with a history of scientific innovation. Based on its faculty's productivity, such as number of books published, grants awarded and cited...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,073
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (732) 932-1766

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (D)
  • Public Health (D)

University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

University of Toledo (UT) is a state university in Ohio. UT's main campus is located on the banks of the Ottawa River, and includes many historic buildings, as well as modern facilities in a beautiful setting with lots of green spaces. UT offers more than 230 academic...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,275
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (419) 530-4636

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (B,D)
  • Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulatory Affairs (B,D)
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (B,D)
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration (B,D)

Roseman University of Health Sciences

Henderson, NV

Looking for a healthcare degree program that utilizes an innovating teaching model? Roseman University uses the "block teaching" method; designed to teach students one subject at a time. You will be completely immersed in individual subjects so that you are able to gain mastery and...

School Details

  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (702) 990-4433

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Erie, PA

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, a nonprofit private graduate level school, is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The enrollment at this school is about two thousand students annually. Fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, LECOM offers graduate level degrees...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (814) 866-6641

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is the top-ranking public research university in New England, and is considered one of the best universities in the nation. UConn offers undergraduate degrees in more than 100 majors, graduate degrees in 86 areas of research and...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $11,242
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (860) 486-2000

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (B,D)
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (B,D)
  • Public Health (B,D)
  • Public Health Education and Promotion (B,D)

Midwestern University - Downers Grove

Downers Grove, IL

Midwestern University - Downers Grove, a nonprofit private graduate institution, is located in Downers Grove, Illinois. This school enrolls approximately 2,100 students annually. Midwestern University - Downers Grove is a highly respected healthcare and medical school and is fully accredited by...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (630) 969-4400

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Occupational Therapy (D)
  • Physical Therapy (D)

The University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

The University of Tennessee (UT) is considered a "research-intensive" institution of higher learning that promotes excellent education, research and public service.  The university co-manages the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy's largest science...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,092
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (865) 974-1000

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (D)
  • Public Health (D)
  • Behavioral Aspects of Health (D)

St Louis College of Pharmacy

Saint Louis, MO

St Louis College of Pharmacy, a nonprofit private graduate institution, is located in Saint Louis, Missouri. This school enrolls approximately 1,200 students annually. St Louis College of Pharmacy is a greatly respected health sciences school and is fully accredited by the North Central...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $25,127
  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (314) 367-8700

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $44,463
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (213) 740-2311

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulatory Affairs (D)
  • Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmaceutical Economics (D)
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences (D)

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

DU, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The Roman Catholic affiliation at the school is an...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $30,034
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (412) 396-6000

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulatory Affairs (D)
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (D)
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (D)

Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus

Brooklyn, NY

Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus is a nonprofit private university that has a large number of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Brooklyn, New York, in a predominately urban area. Approximately 8,600 students are enrolled annually at Long Island...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $32,818
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (718) 488-1000

Programs Offered

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulatory Affairs (D)
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration (D)
  • Public Health (D)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.