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 programs have evolved into some of the most prestigious in the nation. We encourage you to explore Tucson and Phoenix and consider applying to one of our competitive university-sponsored or university-affiliated programs.

New for 2023-2024: Canyon Vista Medical Center PGY1 Residency (pre-candidate status)

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy-affiliated residency programs 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 have extensive experience in assisting with visa issues for incoming pharmacy residents. 

If you are eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) under your student F-1 visa, you should submit your application for OPT as early as possible, 90 days before your graduation date. OPT is not tied to a specific employer. DO NOT wait until the Match! With the increasing processing times for OPT applications, any delay in submitting your application may result in a delay in your ability to start your residency. Make sure you are in touch with your university or school’s international office to arrange the OPT application and to have your questions answered.

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