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Doctor of Pharmacy

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Pacific's pharmacy program receives full eight-year accreditation from ACPE.

Following a rigorous review, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) granted Pacific's Doctor of Pharmacy program an eight-year reaccreditation. Pacific's pharmacy school is success-centered, leadership-focused and has one of the most powerful and influential alumni networks. Read more.

Our accelerated, eight-semester doctor of pharmacy curriculum exposes students to the pharmaceutical, administrative, social, behavioral and clinical science aspects of the field. From the very first semester, students develop clinical and patient-care skills - both are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students also gain patient care experience in a wide variety of settings that provide them with a foundation of practical training.

With our Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) requirement, we bridge an important gap for our students regarding practical experience. The IPPE requirements include more than 300 hours of combined experience in hospital, community and geriatric pharmacy settings and community outreach. This IPPE program allows students to apply what they are learning in the classroom and to be better prepared for advanced practice experience during their third year.

Students can earn a doctor of pharmacy degree in three years through our accelerated program. Although a bachelor's degree is not required, applicants to the accelerated program must complete at least 64 units in specific prerequisite courses. All applicants are encouraged, and admitted students are required, to carefully read and agree to the Technical Standards and Graduation Requirements:

Practice Settings

  • Community pharmacy
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Ambulatory care pharmacy
  • Hospitals and other institutional settings
  • Managed care pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Academic pharmacy
  • Specialty pharmacy
  • Geriatric pharmacy
  • Insurance plan management
  • Public policy/service

Career Outlook*

  • Employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 14 percent from 2012-22, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The national median annual wage for pharmacists was $116,670 in May 2012.
  • According to a 2015 U.S. News & World Report article on the best health care jobs, pharmacy was ranked in the top 10 with the top three highest paying metropolitan areas for a pharmacist to work located in California.

* Unless otherwise noted, data reflects United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics released in 2014.