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About the College of Pharmacy

Mission Statement

We educate, inspire, discover and serve to advance health.

UTHSC and UT Mission Statements

Vision Statement

To be a preeminent College of Pharmacy through excellence in education, discovery, and service.

Core Values

In pursuing the mission of the College of Pharmacy the faculty, students, and staff are guided by these shared values, which are the foundation of its practices, spirit, and culture. We are dedicated to:

  • Advancing excellence.
  • The profession of pharmacy with an orientation to the future.
  • Our student pharmacists, alumni, citizens of Tennessee and beyond.
  • Professionalism in faculty, staff and students.
  • Mutual trust, respect, honest, integrity and accountability.
  • Interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork.
  • Diversity in our faculty, staff and student body.
  • Continuous quality improvement.
  • Practice that is evidenced-based.

The College of Pharmacy pursues these mission elements by focusing on the four major areas of:

  1. Student Access and Success
  2. Research and Scholarship
  3. Clinical Care and Outreach
  4. Resource Stewardship
Fast Facts
  • Founded in 1898
  • One college with three campuses across the state: Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville


  • Eight-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education until 2023


Degrees Offered

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD) - UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences
  • Dual PharmD/PhD - with UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences
  • Dual PharmD/Master of Health Informatics and Information Management (MHIIM) - with the UTHSC College of Health Professions
  • Dual PharmD/Master of Business Administration (MBA) - with University of Memphis

College Leadership

Leadership Position Name


Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP FASHP, FAST

Associate Dean, 

Peter A. Chyka, PharmD

Associate Dean, 
Academic Affairs

Dawn Havrda, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP

Associate Dean, 
Graduate Programs and Research

Bernd Meibohm, PhD

Associate Dean, 
Continuing Education

Glen Farr, PharmD

Associate Dean, 
Strategic Initiatives and Operations

Brad Boucher, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM

Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Jennifer Williams, PharmD

Assistant Dean, 

Shelia Cooper

Associate Dean, 

Tracy M. Hagemann, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy

Richard A. Helms, PharmD, BCNSP

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Georgi Petkov, PhD


Student Body Profile (incoming PharmD students, Fall 2016)



In-State Students (%)


Out-of-State Students (%)


Female (%)


Male (%)


The class entering in the fall 2016 is comprised of 25.3% minority students, of which 8.6% are African-American students.

A Letter from Dean Chisholm-Burns

dean chisholm-burns

For more than a century, the College has been a leader in pharmacy education, practice, and research. In fact, the U.S. News and World Report magazine recently ranked the College as one of the top 20 pharmacy schools in the nation. We are accredited by the American Council for Pharmacy Education.

The College has successfully recruited and retained a very high quality faculty, that consists of nationally and internationally recognized educators, practitioners, pharmaceutical scientists and leaders in academic pharmacy. Student pharmacists receive an exceptional education because of the excellence of our faculty, staff, student services, curriculum and experiential learning programs. Our students are among the brightest in the nation.  Read more...

Last Published: Oct 26, 2018