The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is nationally recognized for its advanced pharmacy education programs that prepare graduates to excel in an evolving health care environment. Multiple areas of pharmacy education are offered for new or advancing students, working pharmacists or other health science students seeking graduate training.
Doctor of Pharmacy
The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) is a program for students seeking an Pharm.D. degree on the path to becoming licensed pharmacists. Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from UF have the foundational knowledge and skills to improve medication therapy in an evidence-based manner. They also are prepared to assume leadership roles in the pharmacy profession and the U.S. health care system.
The Pharm.D. program is taught at three Florida campuses: Gainesville, Jacksonville and Orlando. The program features a three-year didactic curriculum in highly innovative, state-of-the-art classrooms that support team-based learning. Students also gain more than a year of clinical experiences with one-month clinical rotations after their first and second years and year-round clinical rotations for their final year.
UF student pharmacists impact their communities through health care screenings, education about proper medication use, internships in pharmacies and community service. About 45 percent of UF graduates practice in community pharmacy settings, with the remaining graduates choosing a variety of roles, including academia, hospitals, ambulatory clinics, the pharmaceutical industry, the Food and Drug Administration and others. UF ranks as the top pharmacy college in the country in placing students into highly competitive pharmacy residency positions, with 145 graduates securing residency positions in 2020. In addition, Pharm.D. students have the opportunity to extend their research training through entry into M.S. and Ph.D. programs at UF.
Residential M.S. and Ph.D. programs
The College of Pharmacy provides students an opportunity to pursue either a masters or a doctoral degree in a the pharmaceutical sciences in the research specialties of medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, clinical pharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. Under the mentorship of more than 50 graduate faculty, College of Pharmacy M.S. and Ph.D. students have the opportunity to take a leading role in advancing science. Students entering the program will work with faculty who are highly successful in securing research award funding. In 2019, the UF College of Pharmacy received a record $28.3 million in research awards, which ranked UF among the Top 5 funded pharmacy colleges nationally by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Online graduate programs
Online graduate programs in the UF College of Pharmacy are among the largest and most successful in the world, having received three national awards for excellence in distance education. Working professionals everywhere can access high-quality education in many pharmacy disciplines. Our graduate programs include the Working Professional Pharm.D. program and M.S. degree programs in forensic sciences, pharmaceutical chemistry, clinical toxicology, pharmaceutical regulation and policy, pharmacoeconomics and medication therapy management.
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Programs meet the requirements for relicensure in most states, and offer courses for continuous lifelong learning, and Certificate Programs in Pharmacy to help practicing pharmacists develop skills in drug therapy management.