Academic Pharmacy's Vital Statistics

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Institutions and Programs

  • As of January 2021, there are 140 U.S.-based colleges and schools of pharmacy with accredited (full or candidate status) professional degree programs and 2 schools with precandidate status. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits programs.
  • Of the AACP member colleges and schools of pharmacy, seventy-two (72) colleges and schools are in private institutions and seventy (70) are in publicly supported universities.
  • In fall 2020, a total of 6,488 full-time and 242 part-time pharmacy faculty members were reported at 137 colleges and schools of pharmacy.
  • For fiscal year 2019-20, national mean reported pharmacy school revenues were approximately $31 million and median revenues were approximately $19 million.
  • For fiscal year 2019-20, national mean reported pharmacy school expenditures were approximately $20 million and median expenditures were approximately $13.7 million.

Student Pharmacists

  • First professional degree enrollments ranged from 56 to 1,569 students per college or school in fall 2020. 
  • Total first professional degree enrollment was 60,594 in fall 2020.
  • The number of students already holding a professional B.S. in pharmacy and enrolled in Pharm.D. programs was 640 in fall 2020.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in first professional degree pro­grams for fall 2020, 64.6 percent were women and 18.4 percent were underrepresented minority students. 
  • First professional student pharmacist enrollments (in all professional years) were down 5.1 percent compared to fall 2019. 
  • Attrition estimates (tracking enrol­lees through to graduation) over the past five years have averaged 12.3 percent per class. 
  • Total fall 2020 full‑time graduate student enrollment was 4,577 (3,139 students in Ph.D. programs and 1,438 in M.S. pro­grams).
  • In 2019-20, 14,320 first professional de­grees in pharmacy were awarded: 63.0 percent to females, 36.9 percent to males, and 0.1 percent to unknown/other gender. In addition, 175 post-B.S. Pharm.D. degrees were awarded.
  • In 2019-20, 529 Ph.D. degrees were awarded (54.1 percent to males, 45.9 percent to females). 1,130 M.S. degrees were awarded (34.7 percent to males, 65.1 percent to females).

Sources: AACP's institutional, faculty and student databases track on an annual basis the status of pharmacy's academic enterprise. Data in "Academic Pharmacy's Vital Statistics" are reflective of the Association's Profile of Pharmacy Faculty and Profile of Pharmacy Students.

Programs in Pharmacy

The Pharmacy School Locator represents accredited programs that have student enrollments. To ascertain the current accreditation status of each program, contact the individual college or school, or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60603. Telephone: 312-664‑3575.