Pharmacy Residency Programs

The pharmacy residency program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy was established in 1975. With more than 40 years of experience, the residency program has evolved into one of the most prestigious in the nation. We encourage you to explore Tucson and consider applying to our competitive program.

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy-affiliated residency programs (Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center South, Northwest Medical Center, El Rio Health Center, Medication Management Center) welcomes international applicants to our PGY1 and PGY2 programs. We have had residents in our programs from a variety of countries, and we have frequent international visitors with whom our residents can meet and interact.

Some of our affiliated sites have positions that are specifically labeled as “international.” Those positions are for candidates under country-specific sponsorship agreements.  However, for international candidates who do not fall under such sponsorship agreements, we welcome you to apply to our “traditional” PGY1 and PGY2 positions. Please go to the individual site and program pages on our website to obtain more information about individual programs. Each residency is accredited and managed by the specific patient care institution, and each program requires a separate PhORCAS application. In some cases, the positions for sponsored residents have a different match number. International residents are not in a special residency program. Once admitted, residents from other countries will complete the same program as other residents with the same high expectations.

All international applicants must be eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Arizona, either through graduation from an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy or by holding a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Certificate (FPGEC).

International applicants have a variety of immigration situations, and our College of Pharmacy International Programs staff and the University of Arizona Global Initiatives Office has extensive experience in assisting with visa issues for incoming pharmacy residents. We are able to provide sponsorship of H1-B visas when other options are not available.

For international applicant questions, please contact:

Michael Katz, PharmD
Director, International Programs
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
1295 N. Martin Ave.
Tucson AZ  85721
Phone: (520) 626-8774