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Why UTHSC?

Start your career one year earlier with the new 3-year pathway

Become the pharmacist you envision.

How do you prepare for an extraordinary career in pharmacy? The first step is selecting the college of pharmacy with steadfast focus and distinction for academic excellence. The world is truly your classroom at UTHSC, where an abundance of unique opportunities, hands-on learning, and practical experiences are designed to prepare future pharmacy leaders. UTHSC graduates enter contemporary practice settings with superior practical knowledge and skills combined with the power of national recognition. The answer is clear. Become extraordinary with UTHSC College of Pharmacy.

On-time graduation rate - 86.21% (Class of 2021)
First-time NAPLEX pass rate - 93.24% (Class of 2020)
60 students entered postgraduate training (Class of 2021)

 

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Distinctions
  • Since its founding in 1898, UTHSC College of Pharmacy remains the foremost college of pharmacy in Tennessee, dedicated to innovating and leading the way in educating tomorrow’s practitioners for dynamic practice environments
  • Ranked 20th among the nation's doctor of pharmacy programs in U.S. News & World Report magazine's America's Best Graduate Schools
  • UTHSC associated teaching hospitals include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Methodist University Hospital, Regional One Health, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, UT Medical Center Knoxville, St. Thomas Hospital Nashville, Vanderbilt Hospital, VA Hospitals
  • Eight-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education up to 2023
  • Ranked #14 in annual research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Campuses
  • UTHSC College of Pharmacy’s campuses are located in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville
  • Memphis and Knoxville campuses are situated in the heart of medical communities, providing our students with the highest convenience to access primary UTHSC-affiliated practice facilities
  • With healthcare’s economic contribution exceeding $38 million in the middle Tennessee area, our Nashville campus-based students are poised to join a thriving job market following graduation
  • The UTHSC campus comprises six colleges – Pharmacy, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing
Curriculum
  • Innovative, experience-based curriculum with options to personalize your pathway to the PharmD degree
  • Various dual degree options and certificate programs offered in conjunction with curriculum  
  • UTHSC is home to the Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety Center, one of the largest standalone buildings dedicated to healthcare and pharmacy simulation in the United States
  • Interprofessional Experiences and Clinical Simulation courses begin as early as P1 fall semester and continue through completion of the didactic coursework to prepare students for team-based, patient-centered care
  • All students receive certifications in Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery and Medication Therapy Management through American Pharmacist Association, as well as Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing through the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations
Faculty
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1.
  • The College currently has over 62 full-time faculty, with 45 faculty in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and 17 in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty excellence recognized nationally- Recipients of numerous AACP and ACCP educator, clinical practice, and investigator awards; American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award; Fulbright Teaching and Research Award; Regent’s Research in Education Award; ASHP Pharmacy Practice Research Award, awards for Sustained Contributions to the Literature of Pharmacy Practice, and Award of Excellence; APhA Practice Excellence; ASPEN Rhoads Lecturer Awards; National Academies of Science members; and National Academy of Inventors Fellow; American College of Critical Care Medicine Master of Critical Care 
Research
  • Ranked #14 in research funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) among colleges and schools of pharmacy
  • Extensive research opportunities in numerous labs within the College of Pharmacy and collaborating instructions including the UTHSC College of Medicine and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • Faculty members publish an average of 3.5 scientific manuscripts per year
  • Current PhD candidates represent 13 countries including the United States, China, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Ghana, Eritrea, Jordan, South Korea, and Nigeria
Students
  • The UTHSC College of Pharmacy has more than 700 total students enrolled across three campuses. The entering class size is about 175 per year
  • UTHSC student pharmacist professional organizations have received multiple national Chapter of the Year Awards and patient care and service awards, in addition to UTHSC student pharmacists’ election to regional and national offices
  • The College of Pharmacy's fraternity chapters have been recognized both regionally and nationally for their excellence and commitment to the pharmacy profession
Scholarships
  • Over $1 million awarded to UTHSC College of Pharmacy students annually
  • Merit, need, leadership, and diversity scholarships awarded annually
  • 50% of the student body received scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year
  • As a state institution UTHSC offers students an exceptional value in tuition
Graduates
  • Largest alumni base of all pharmacy colleges in the state of Tennessee
  • More than 70% of alumni of the college live and work in Tennessee
  • Graduates consistently exceed the national average on the National Associations of Boards of Pharmacy licensure exam (NAPLEX)

 

Last Published: Sep 8, 2021