The Affordable Care Act has created a significant need for medical professionals across the board, including pharmacy professionals. For those who were wondering how and where to get started in the Pharmaceutical industry, here are five of the top Pharmacy colleges in the U.S.:
- University of California – San Francisco has three pharmaceutical disciplines to choose from. Pharmaceutical Chemistry takes a deeper look at answering biological questions using sophisticated techniques such as mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance. Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences combines pharmacy and medicine in creating innovative tools for intelligent therapeutics while clinical pharmacy deals with the safe and effective use of medications.
- The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill requires at least two years of pre-pharmacy study courses with grades of C minus or better as well as a PCAT score in the 80 to 85 percentile in order to be considered for admission to the Phar.D. program. Students can combine their Phar.D. program with an MBA, MPH (Master of Public Health), or PhD in any subject.
- University of Minnesota – Twin Cities has a variety of Pharmacy programs to choose from. The Phar.D. professional program prepares students to become generalist practitioners to assist with drug related problems. The school also has Masters Programs in Biological Sciences, Administrative Pharmacy as well as a combined Pharmacy Residency Program. In addition to obtaining a Dual Degree, there are also five Ph.D. Programs to choose from. As a way of exposing students to different schools of thought and practice, there are international opportunities in Germany, Tanzania, Italy, Mexico and Haiti.
- The University of Texas at Austin’s Phar.D. Program has prerequisites that include: nine hours of Biology, sixteen hours of Chemistry, four hours of Microbiology, six hours each of English and Mathematics, four hours of Physics and a foreign language. PCAT scores must be no older than three years and students must have at least two letters of reference for consideration. As one of the top universities, UT accepts approximately one-third of applicants with preference given to Texas residents. In 2012, UT had four students out the 42 selected for the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education pre-doctoral fellowship.
- University of Wisconsin – Madison rounded out the top five list of Pharmacy schools. Wisconsin is one of few schools to offer a B.S. Pharmacology-Toxicology Program, which studies the effects of chemicals on animals and humans using cutting-edge biotechnology. Students with this degree can pursue entry level biomedical and biotechnology research in the public and private sectors. They can also pursue advanced degrees in any medical field including veterinary medicine, toxicology and other related fields. In addition to degree seeking programs, they even offer continuing education for professionals.