Why UA?

Better science. Better health. At the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, we are contributing to science and advancing health through our world-class scientists, educators and our alumni. 

Home of Top-Ranked Pharmacy and Pharmacology Programs

America's Best Graduate Schools, compiled by U.S. News & World Report, has listed UA's PharmD program at number 16 or above for more than 20 years. We are also ranked 5th in the nation by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy based on grants and contracts awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

World-Renowned Faculty

Our faculty is recognized across the country and internationally for their scholarship in their disciplines and leadership in their professions. Our leaders are also elected leaders of the American Pharmacists Association, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Society of Toxicology and many other organizations. 
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Expanding Opportunites for Professional Growth

We understand that in an increasingly competitive job market, you need to be able to stand out. That's why we developed the PharmD Forward program which offers a variety of PharmD dual degrees and graduate certificates for students and practicing professionals. In partnership with the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, UA Eller College of Management, UA Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, UA College of Nursing and the UA Graduate College, we offer PharmD dual-degrees and graduate certificate programs focused on topics like health law, public health, regulatory science, and health care management that many professionals in either practice or industry will find indispensable. 

More Than 600 Clinical Sites Across Arizona

The sites where our students' complete learning rotations are among the best in Arizona and the country. The Health Sciences Education Building in Phoenix and the Health Sciences Innovation Building in Tucson provide exceptional interdisciplinary and interprofessional education and simulation opportunities.

Two Locations: Tucson and Phoenix

For years students have told us they really like living in Tucson, the home campus for the University of Arizona. They love the sunny weather, especially the mild winters. They like the many recreational and cultural activities at the University and in the city; they describe Tucson as "multicultural," "friendly" and "safe." Many also find it less expensive than other regions.

Prefer a busy metropolis - the sixth largest in the nation? Some UA PharmD students may elect to take all their classes at our Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Folks who thrive in the rush of a big city and come alive amid the wealth of cultural, educational and sporting activities that mark a major population center will find Phoenix an appealing option (even if the average temperature there is slightly higher in the summer).

Alumni Success Stories

Our graduates-nearly 4,000 and counting- go on to significant careers in pharmacy, pharmacy education, business, industry, academia and research. Almost 98 percent of respondents to a survey of 2016 graduates* said they were prepared to enter pharmacy practice.

Persuaded yet? Here are a few more thoughts from students.

From PharmD Students

"The college supports nine professional organizations and three professional fraternities for PharmD students. You can quickly find organizations that match your interests. You can sample and choose those with which you want to make lifelong affiliations. And there are almost boundless leadership opportunities."

"Not only are our student organizations high in quantity, they are high in quality.  It is pretty ordinary for our chapters to be recognized as extraordinary. For example, our International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation has received an Outstanding Activity Award several times."

"There are many opportunities, as well, for community outreach through health fairs, medication reviews and other events. These experiences bring students closer to patients and are an important supplement to classroom education."

"Faculty work closely with students to prepare them for pharmacy residency matches. Our students often do better than those of other schools in obtaining residencies. Most of our students who apply to PGY1 residency programs are successful."

From Graduate Students

"The College of Pharmacy has the most supportive and friendly mentors on campus!" There's a strong support network among students, faculty and project coordinators."

"Students can tailor the program to their interests and needs. There are internships, workshops and other activities for professional development."

"There's a great campus life, with many activities and ways to get involved outside the lab."

"Researchers have access to outstanding core facilities and personnel."

*AACP/ACPE graduating student survey 2016