Doctor of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree

A Pharm.D Degree prepares students to become pharmacy practitioners in a wide variety of settings, including community and retail pharmacies, hospitals, managed care facilities, and many more. See a more comprehensive list of pharmacy career options.

Students enter the Pharm.D Program after they complete the two-year pre-pharmacy requirements. The pre-pharmacy classes may be taken at any accredited university or community college. Admitted students spend four years in the Pharm.D Program, including one year of clinical rotations.

The KU School of Pharmacy is among the nation's top 20 schools of pharmacy according to US News and World Reports and 2nd in the nation in the amount of National Institutes of Health funding. The collaborative relationship between our Pharm.D. and research programs is one of the many things that sets us apart. Our students learn from world-renowned researchers as well as from practicing pharmacists. With a solid foundation in the sciences, our students graduate with a broad understanding of pharmacy, from bench to bedside.

Award-winning facilities

Our new facilities are also among the nation's best. The 100,000-square-foot building opened in the fall of 2010 and was designed with students as a top priority. Classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, a clinical skills lab with as much floor space as Allen Fieldhouse, private study rooms throughout the building, a cafe, coffee shop and dining area, and a student locker room and lounge are among the many features KU School of Pharmacy students can enjoy. Currently enrolled pharmacy students have 24-hour access to the building.

The School of Pharmacy is located on three campuses: the main campus in Lawrence and the Medical Center campuses in Kansas City and Wichita. Pharm.D. students complete their programs on either the Lawrence or Wichita campus.

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU