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Why UTHSC

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.

Distinctions
  • Since its founding in 1898, UTHSC 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 17th 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
Campuses
  • UTSC 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
  • New, innovative, experience-based curriculum introduced for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Dual degree and certificate programs offered in conjunction with curriculum
  • The UTHSC College of Pharmacy students can participate in International Exchange Program, which currently has affiliations in Spain, Ireland, England, Scotland, Hungary, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, France, Turkey, and Thailand
  • 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
  • All students receive certifications in Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery and Medication Therapy Management through American Pharmacist Association
Faculty
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1.
  • 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
  • Extensive research opportunities in numerous labs within the College of Pharmacy Building, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Cancer Research Center
  • Our faculty publish an average of 4.4 manuscripts per year
  • Current PhD candidates represent 10 countries including China, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, and New Zealand.
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
  • Students who reside within 200 miles of our Memphis, Nashville or Knoxville campus qualify for a regional 75% tuition differential reduction
Graduates
  • Largest alumni base of all pharamcy 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: Nov 17, 2017