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. Graduates of the College have the highest passing rate on the national licensing exam compared to all other Colleges of Pharmacy in the country. Recently the Kentucky Pharmacy Practice Residency program was selected as the number one program in the nation. Academics and Analytics ranked the research program as fourth in the country in pharmacy research productivity. These national measures point to the quality of the College’s programs and its faculty, students and staff.
The UK College of Pharmacy (UK COP) offers its students the opportunity to become differentiated graduates. Our world-class faculty, curriculum, and facilities prepare students to become leaders in the pharmacy profession not only upon graduation, but in the future of an ever-evolving healthcare system. 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, and Physician Assistant Studies. To set the foundation for their next stage of professional development, UK PharmD students and faculty members regularly serve as officers and representatives of esteemed pharmacy organizations not only in Lexington, but at state, regional, and national levels. Our students are advancing the field of pharmacy, discovering new and different ways to deliver care to patients in community pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care settings across the globe. 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 to 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 generation 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.
The College moved into the new University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Building that is the largest pharmacy education building in the world. The five-story building, completed in January 2010, includes state-of-the-art academic and research facilities for educating future pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and provides laboratory space for faculty's pharmaceutical and clinical research programs. The building includes two 220-seat auditoriums, a 110-seat classroom, a 54-seat classroom, a teaching laboratory with compounding lab and patient assessment rooms, 10 small group/study rooms. The new UK College of Pharmacy building includes innovative research facilities created to foster collaboration among researchers in chemistry, biology and pharmaceutical lab areas.
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 young men and women from Kentucky and from around the world to make them excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Our responsibility is to prepare them to take on vital roles in today’s rapidly changing health care system and to have them act as agents of change for the betterment of health care.
The UK College of Pharmacy offers a four-year professional curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.); a graduate program in the pharmaceutical sciences leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.), a postdoctoral scholars program; and in collaboration with UK Chandler Hospital, postgraduate year one (PGY1) and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs. The College also collaborates with the Kroger Company and the American Pharmacy Services Corporation to offer PGY1 community pharmacy residencies.
The College is home to several centers designed to improve health care. The College’s Institute for Pharmacy Outcomes and Policy is a multidisciplinary research center that seeks to develop research focused on pharmaceutical health policy, pharmaceutical health outcomes, economic evaluation, and decision analysis. IPOP research is driven by policy changes regulating the delivery of health care, changes in the role of pharmacy, and changes in the demographics of the US population. The Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice (CAPP) was established by the College to transform pharmacy practice within the state and the nation. CAPP, through research, education, engagement, and scholarship, will facilitate the creation and translation of novel care delivery models within pharmacy practice that improve medication use and health outcomes. The Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation (CPRI) was created to stimulate and enhance UK-based translational research along the drug discovery-drug development paradigm by uniting the University's state-of-the-art facilities, expertise and resources. The CPRI possesses core facilities that broadly facilitate UK translational research irrespective of a disease focus. CPRI scientists look to engage life science investigators across the University community and beyond to create synergistic opportunities in research and economic development.
The UK College of Pharmacy is a vital force in the advancement of research and health care programs that extend far beyond the Commonwealth from the first development stages of new drugs for killer diseases such as cancer, AIDS and cardiovascular disease to more patient-centered initiatives created to improve the lives of people with chronic illnesses. Ongoing research at the college involves a wide array of health innovations including treatments for nicotine addiction, potential treatments for lung cancer, nanoengineering of drug delivery systems and the evaluation of drugs for transdermal therapy.
To date, more than 5,700 individuals have graduated from the UK College of Pharmacy and now serve as company presidents, industry executives, community leaders, health care administrators, scientists, professors, deans and valued health professionals. Their achievements and success reflect our dedication to making a difference in the health care of Kentuckian citizens and beyond.
|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|
* Students not prepared to take calculus may take college algebra and elementary calculus for 6 total hours. The UK COP prefers the college algebra/elementary calculus option over the calculus option for pharmacy school preparation.
Students are encouraged to complete the PCAT in July or September to be considered for the Fall 2014 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 admission 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.
Health care-related experience is not required but highly recommended.
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 for an 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.