Experience rigorous academic exploration and research paired with community involvement in UConn’s School of Pharmacy, which prepares you to lead the health industry. During your first two years at UConn, tailored courses and our unique Learning Community introduce you to distinguished faculty and career opportunities in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. Earn a six-year Bachelor’s/Doctor of Pharmacy degree and stand for licensure; more than one-third of our students pursue advanced residency training while the rest are employed within the profession.
During your first two years of study, you develop a solid academic foundation pursuing a pre-pharmacy curriculum under the guidance of the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES), complete with an ACES advisor who will help prepare you for admission to the School of Pharmacy. Students from other majors may apply to the school as well, provided that all application criteria are met. Once accepted into the school, you will complete the additional four-year professional program of study leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. While progressing through the four-year professional curriculum, many enrichment opportunities become available, such as co-curricular learning tracks, dual-degree programs, research opportunities, pharmacy-themed honors and scholar programs, and education abroad programs.
The Pharm.D. is neither an undergraduate degree (B.S.) nor a graduate degree (M.S./Ph.D.), but a professional degree, much like an MD, that allows you to take the licensing exam and become a licensed practicing pharmacist.
During the sixth year, you will garner real-world experience in clinical settings offered by community pharmacies, hospitals, and health care facilities affiliated with UConn – and you can undertake specialty rotations with, for example, regional pharmaceutical corporations, national associations, government agencies, or in academia.