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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 (IPPE) 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 ambulatory care 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.

With our Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) requirements, students are mentored by our Regional Coordinators and a large cohort of dedicated and experienced adjunct faculty and preceptors to gain more than 1,440 hours of combined practice experience in acute care, ambulatory care, hospital, community and other specialty settings. The APPE program transitions students to become practice ready pharmacists.

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 68 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
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Ambulatory care
  • Specialty pharmacy
  • Managed care
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Academia
  • Public policy/service

Career Outlook

  • The median annual wage for pharmacists was $128,090 nationally and $144,050 in California according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Pharmacists rank #21 in Best Paying Jobs and #27 in Best Healthcare Jobs according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings.