Pharmacy schools prepare students to work as pharmacists or researchers in hospitals, clinics, research organizations and public health agencies. Read on for more information on the best schools that offer degrees in this field.
1. Ohio State University in Columbus
Ohio State University is the largest postsecondary school in Ohio, serving more than 64,000 students annually. In 2011, Ohio State University was named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review. The university offers nearly 1,200 courses and over 400 degree programs, including two pharmacy graduate degree programs.
Ohio State University's College of Pharmacy was ranked the fifth best in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2008. The college offers a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS), a Master of Science (M.S.) in Health-System Pharmacy Administration, a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and several Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs. Students in the Ph.D. program can choose to focus on medicinal chemistry, translational science, pharmacology, pharmaceutics and pharmacy administration. Combined degree programs are also available for students interested in business administration or public health coursework.
The Pharm.D. program, which requires four years of study, provides students with advanced research-based courses and one year of clinical pharmacy experience. The university offers additional learning opportunities in conjunction with Ohio State University Medical Center.
2. Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN
Founded in 1869, Purdue University is a large, research-intense public university, with five campuses across Indiana, separated by region including Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westville and Hammond. The main campus in West Lafayette offers over 270 degrees to its 40,000 students, graduate and undergraduate alike.
The Purdue College of Pharmacy is well-regarded, having placed ninth on U.S. News and World Report's 2008 list of top pharmacy schools in the country. It is separated into three distinct academic departments: the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Two professional degrees are offered through these departments that include a BSPS and a Pharm.D., but M.S. and Ph.D. programs are also offered, as well as continuing education courses
3. University of California - San Francisco
The University of California - San Francisco (UCSF) is a 4-year public school dedicated to the study of health sciences and research. The university's School of Pharmacy is the oldest in the western U.S. and was ranked the best pharmacy school in 2008 by U.S. News and World Report. It is separated into three departments that include the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.
The UCSF School of Pharmacy offers a Pharm.D., a Ph.D. and several combined degree programs. The Pharm.D. program offers concentrations in pharmaceutical care, pharmacy sciences and health policy and management. Students in the Ph.D. program can study biophysics, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry or medical informatics. The combined degree programs include a dual Pharm.D./Master of Public Health (MPH), a Pharm.D./M.S. in Clinical Research and a Pharm.D./Ph.D.
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