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PharmD Degree Program
What Do Pharmacists Do?
Pharmacists have the goal of making sure their patients use medication safely and effectively, whether they practice in community pharmacies or hospitals, perform research, or work at pharmaceutical and health care companies. As one of the nation's most trusted professions, pharmacy involves drug preparation, patient counseling, disease state management and research. The demand for pharmacists has increased due to the tremendous advances in knowledge about diseases, medications and factors that enhance or diminish the safety and effectiveness of drugs.
Read Prescription for a Rewarding Career, a publication by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Why Study Pharmacy at UT?
The college's distinction of being located on an academic health science campus makes it unique among other pharmacy colleges in the region and bolsters research and practice opportunities for students. The nationally ranked College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences occupies two state-of-the-art facilities with the latest instructional laboratories, classrooms, and research laboratories featuring advanced equipment and computer technologies. Wolfe Hall on the Main Campus is one of the most advanced science facilities in the nation, and the college's new, $25 million facility on the university's Health Science Campus, The Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center, offers professional division students hands-on experience in an integrated medical community.
Pharmacy students enjoy the personal attention of a small college with the resources and opportunities of a large university. Graduates of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences consistently score above both the state and national average on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX). Upon passage of the licensure exam, UT Pharmacy students had a 100 percent job placement rate for over 50 years!
Practice opportunities and starting salaries remain strong for pharmacists, with an expected need for 70,000 new pharmacists jobs over the next ten years. Graduates receive job offers encompassing all aspects of pharmacy practice, the pharmaceutical industry and advanced post-graduate training opportunities. Starting salary offers range from $70,000 to $100,000. Furthermore, the economic recession has had very little impact on pharmacists, among whom the unemployment rate is around 3%.
Additional Opportunities at UT
More than 200 pharmacies, hospitals and clinics throughout Ohio are affiliated with the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and provide experiential training to complement the instruction on campus. Our professional experience programs, which give Pharm.D. students practical pharmacy experience, have been rated among the best in the United States. You may work in a pharmacy in Toledo, your hometown, or even overseas in Hungary or China!
High School Preparation for Admission
To prepare for college at UT, high school students should have the following coursework:
- 4 units of English
- 3 units of math (algebra I, II, and geometry)
- 2 units of a single Foreign language
- 3 units of natural sciences are strongly recommended
- 3 units of social sciences are strongly recommended
The College of Pharmacy recommends students successfully complete high school chemistry and biology and have a high school cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Requirements for Admission
All new students admitted to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences begin their studies in the pre-professional division. Students apply for admission to the professional division of the Pharm.D. program or the upper division of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program after completing prerequisite course work in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Admission to the professional and upper divisions is selective.
Program of Study
The six-year, entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares and qualifies graduates for licensure to practice pharmacy. The Pharm.D. program includes professional practice development coursework and specialized experiential rotations to prepare students for practice. Opportunities to work directly with faculty on research projects also are available.
Information regarding our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree requirements is available through the link below.
Campus Visit Opportunities
To get the full picture of all that The University of Toledo has to offer, make plans to visit our campus. You'll have the opportunity to tour our beautiful campus, learn more about our majors, and see the facilities that allow UT to prepare our excellent students for success. We'll make sure you also have a chance to meet faculty and students in your field of interest. Come and speak with an admission counselor and academic advisers; see for yourself just how promising your collegiate career can be at UT.
The daily campus visit schedule begins each day at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday and on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. The schedule is subject to change.
For more information about the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, contact:
Office of Student Affairs
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences