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Tennessee's highest ranked college of pharmacy, advancing excellence in pharmacy education, practice, and research for more than a century.

What an exciting time to be a part of UTHSC College of Pharmacy! With the implementation of a new Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, the $36.7 million multidisciplinary simulation center, and continuous growth of our Nashville campus, the advancement of our clinical and research-intensive education programs continue to exemplify why UTHSC remains one of the top 20 colleges of pharmacy in the nation. The UTHSC College of Pharmacy is a leader in training the profession’s next generation of top-tier educators, practitioners, and pharmaceutical scientists. Explore our innovative and dynamic curricular programs designed to produce knowledgeable, skilled and caring pharmacists prepared to serve in all areas of medication management and research.

Top 20 among more than 140 US doctor of pharmacy programs
#14 in NIH funding among over 140 US doctor of pharmacy programs
Affordable tuition for in-state and out-of-state students
60 students entered postgraduate training (Class of 2021)
$1 million+ awarded annually in scholarships
International rotation program offered 
On-time graduation rate 86.21% (Class of 2021)
First-time NAPLEX pass rate 93.24% (Class of 2020)
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Academic Programs

The Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares pharmacists to become part of today’s patient-centered health care team. As the entry level degree into the profession, students are provided a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to enter a variety pharmacy practice settings as experts in the safe and effective use of medications.

The Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences program offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in medicinal chemistry, bioanaylsis, pharmaceutics, and phamacometrics.


The PharmD/PhD Dual Degree program combines the existing PharmD and PhD programs currently based in the College of Pharmacy and the College of Graduate Health Sciences. Students accepted into the program may choose to pursue a PharmD degree and a PhD in either Health Outcomes and Policy Research or Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

This innovative program for highly qualified applicants is designed to reduce the total time needed for completion while maintaining the high standards for both programs individually. It is intended to increase the number of highly trained clinician-researchers that can operate at the interface of basic research and clinical care to facilitate a faster translation of medical innovations into benefits for patients.

Become competitive in today’s healthcare arena by combining your clinical pharmacy knowledge with a professional business education. Together, the UTHSC College of Pharmacy and University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics give students the opportunity to gain a competitive edge through the PharmD/MBA program.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy and The University of Memphis School of Public Health have established a dual degree program that allows students to jointly earn the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Masters of Public Health (MPH).
Health Informatics and Information Management is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. The UTHSC Colleges of Pharmacy and Health Professions have partnered to offer a dual degree to prepare students to work in this rapidly expanding area.
The UTHSC College of Pharmacy and the University of Memphis have formed a cooperative program that will enable professional students enrolled in the PharmD program at UTHSC to simultaneously earn a Master of Science (MS) degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis. 
Certificate in Nuclear Pharmacy
This certificate program provides 200 of the 700 hours required for certification by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The remaining 500 hours of experiential training can be acquired during nuclear pharmacy advanced practice experiences or by working as a pharmacy intern, enrolled in the PharmD program. 
LEAD Certificate
The Leadership Exploration and Ability Development (LEAD) certificate is a 16-credit hour, four-course certificate program in pharmacy health science leadership. The program includes specialty coursework in leadership; lean 6-sigma certification training; project development, design, implementation, and evaluation; entrepreneurship; finances; and education. Throughout the program, students will learn, practice, and refine their leadership, management, and entrepreneurial skills.
Certificate in HIIM

Student pharmacists interested in a Health Informatics and Information Management foundation can pursue a certificate rather than a degree. This certificate, offered in partnership with the UTHSC College of Health Professions, provides student pharmacists with the basic skills needed to practice in an electronic healthcare environment. 

Last Published: Oct 12, 2021