Invitations to complete the required UCSF Supplemental Application will NOT be sent. Please visit our web page http://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/pharmd/admissions/ for information.
The UCSF School of Pharmacy offers the top-ranked Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the United States. Our faculty members are known worldwide as leaders in pharmacy professional education and research. We, in turn, educate our PharmD students to be leaders and innovators in pharmacy practice, policy, and science. We teach them to be lifelong experts in the safe and effective use of medicines and to be effective members of health care teams alongside physicians, nurses, and others. Because of the growth and change in the pharmacy profession and the quality of our program, the expertise of our graduates is highly prized.
The UCSF Doctor of pharmacy curriculum is a 12 quarter, full-time course of study designed to graduate pharmacists who think critically, advocate for patient-centered care; work collaboratively alongside physicians, nurses, and other healthcare colleagues; and lead the profession in assuming new responsibilities related to the management of medicines.
The UCSF PharmD curriculum offers a science-focused curriculum to prepare graduates to be medication experts. The curriculum provides extensive direct patient care experiences that allow students to apply their clinical knowledge and skills to deliver pharmacy services that improve medication safety and patient health outcomes. At UCSF, students learn from renowned scientists and clinicians who are leaders and innovators in science and healthcare.
PharmD students benefit from learning alongside students from UCSF's programs in Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Physical Therapy through programs sponsored by the UCSF Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education.
Opportunities abound at UCSF for students to focus their PharmD education on their specific professional interests. Whether it is a focus on patient populations and policy development, global health, or expanded scientific and clinical research, UCSF offers students the chance to engage with faculty and students committed to advancing scientific discovery, solving complex health problems and advancing new frontiers in patient care.
All students are eligible for licensure as a registered pharmacist upon graduation and more than 99% pass the licensure examinations. The highly personal and individual attention we offer our students has resulted in exceptional retention and graduation rates. About 60% to 70% of our students pursue, and are highly competitive for, postgraduate training or education in the form of residencies, fellowships, or advanced degrees. Out of a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants, we admit 122 students each year.
For more information on UCSF’s PharmD program, visit http://pharmacy.ucsf.edu
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Chemistry with Laboratory (See website for more detailed information: http://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/pharmd/admissions/steps/1/academic)||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with Laboratory||8||12|
|Biology with Laboratory||8||12|
|Physics with Laboratory in Electricity and Magnetism||6||8|
|Calculus (Calculus I and II)||5||8|
|Humanities and/or Social Sciences (must include particular courses. See website for more detailed information: http://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/pharmd/admissions/steps/1/academic)||19||28|
Tips on applying to our program:
Important specific information for foreign students is available online: http://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/pharmd/admissions/residency/intl/
Students with non-US coursework must submit a World Educational Services (WES) evaluation along with original transcripts from non-US institution. WES evaluations should be submitted to PharmCAS; non-US transcripts should be sent directly to our office. We will only accept evaluations completed by WES. We will not accept other evaluation services.
UCSF requires at least 3 letters of reference. If a 4th letter is submitted, we will accept it. Although not a requirement, we would like to receive a letter from an individual who could speak about your academic abilities.
Interviews are by invitation only and are held in January/February on the UCSF campus. Details about the interview process are available on the web: