The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has a rich and successful tradition as one of the premier pharmacy schools in the country. Established in 1870, the College has been ranked among the top 10 programs for more than 30 years and is currently ranked 5th in the nation among colleges of pharmacy by U.S. News and World Report. UK COP boasts a higher than 95% graduation rate over the last five years. Graduates of the College rank among the best in the nation in first-time pass rates on the national licensing exam (NAPLEX).
The College of Pharmacy building, completed in 2010, is the largest pharmacy education building in the world. The $160 million, 286,000 sq. ft. facility is home to academic and research space, state-of-the-art laboratories, and the most technologically advanced classrooms on campus.
The UK College of Pharmacy offers a four-year professional curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. If admitted into the program, students will spend three years on the UK campus and their fourth year gaining extensive, supervised, on-the-job training. While on campus, students immerse themselves in the varied roles of a professional pharmacist through classroom instruction, compounding and sterile lab experiences, mock patient-care encounters, and introductory practice in actual pharmacy settings. The 4th year consists of seven 6-week rotations taking place at various pharmacy sites available throughout the state, country, and even in select international settings!
Our mission is to make a difference in the health and well-being of society by advancing pharmaceutical education, research, service and patient care. We achieve this by providing the highest quality education to the best and brightest yound men and women from Kentucky and from around the world to make them excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.
Why PharmD At The UK College Of Pharmacy?
The UK College of Pharmacy (UK COP) offers its students the opportunity to become differentiated graduates. Through innovations in education and a patient-centered approach to learning, UK Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students develop unique skills that truly set them apart. Admitted professional students have the option to pursue a concurrent master's degree in competitive fields such as Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physician Assistant Studies. UK PharmD students learn from faculty who are internationally acclaimed for their innovative research, from discovering promising new drugs, to determining how we can most effectively treat patients, to how best educate students so that they are prepared for their entire career in the pharmacy profession. Our alumni can be found leading the world's top biotech companies and in academic settings, discovering new knowledge and training the next generations of healthcare innovators. With a nationally-recognized tradition of excellence, the UK COP continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing the most advanced PharmD preparation to the practitioners of tomorrow.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|English I and II||6||9 (for 3 quarters of English)|
|General Chemistry and Laboratory||8||12-15|
|Organic Chemistry and Laboratory||8||12-15|
|Animal Biology and Laboratory||4||8-10 (for 2 quarters of Biology)|
|Microbiology and Laboratory||4||5|
|Physics I and II||8||12-15|
*New prerequisites have been implemented for first-time freshmen entering College Fall 2014 or after. See UKCOP for more information at http://go.uky.edu/Courses
**Students not prepared to take calculus may take college algebra and elementary calculus for 6 total hours. The UKCOP prefers the college algebra/elementary calculus option over the calculus option for pharmacy school preparation.
*The Supplemental Fee may be waived for students who are granted a PharmCAS Fee Waiver. Please contact Danielle Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Students are encouraged to complete the PCAT in July or September to be considered for the Fall 2015 entering class. Due to rolling admissions, the Admissions Committee will begin filling class seats in October. January scores are encouraged to strengthen an application once a July or September test date is completed.
Applicants accepted for admissions must undergo and pass a criminal background check/drug screen and provide documentation that they have also completed all required immunizations and CPR certification prior to matriculation.
Applicants are required to provide 1 letter from a professor or pharmacist, if possible.
The interview assesses the applicant's communication skills, confidence, maturity, knowledge of and commitment to the field of pharmacy, motivation, character and ability to interact with others. Students selected to interview can expect to spend about 3 hours at the College of Pharmacy. The interview generally includes interview sessions with faculty members, practitioners, and current students.