About PharmD

Pharmacists play a vital role in the health care system, focusing on safe and effective medication use for each patient while working collaboratively with fellow health care providers to help patients get well and stay well. Found in communities around the globe, pharmacists are often the front door to the health care system.  

Lay the Foundation for a Dynamic and Rewarding Career in Pharmacy Practice

As a University of Arizona PharmD student, you will utilize knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in order to understand and monitor the biochemical mechanisms of drug action, drug uses, therapeutic roles, side effects, and potential drug interactions. This knowledge is applied in clinical settings throughout your preparation where you will advance through a variety of experiential education opportunities including working in long-term care facilities, community care settings, hospitals and pharmacies.

Core competencies emphasized throughout your preparation include providing patient-centered care, ensuring patient safety, optimizing community health, facilitating regular team communication and collaboration and quality improvement in all aspects of care.

Learn more about all the career options in Pharmacy

College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony at the University of Arizona marks the completion of the third year of pharmacy school for our PharmD students. During the ceremony, students are presented with their white coats as they prepare to move into their fourth and final year of advanced clinical training. The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes the transition from student to professional, and for pharmacists, it represents the responsibility to be mindful and knowledgeable in the care of patients.