Academic Pharmacy's Vital Statistics

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Institutions and Programs

  • As of January 2019, there are 142 U.S.-based colleges and schools of pharmacy with accredited (full or candidate status) professional degree programs and 1 school with precandidate status. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits programs.
  • Seventy-four (74) colleges and schools of pharmacy are in private institutions and sixty-nine (69) are in publicly supported universities.
  • One hundred and forty-three (143) colleges and schools will offer the Pharm.D. as a first professional degree and seven (7) colleges and schools anticipate offering the Pharm.D. as a post-B.S. degree in fall 2019.
  • As of fall 2018, seventy-nine (79) colleges and schools anticipated offering graduate programs in the pharmaceutical sciences at the M.S. and/or Ph.D. level.
  • In fall 2018, there were 6,574 full-time and 250 part-time pharmacy faculty members at 137 colleges and schools of pharmacy.
  • For fiscal year 2017-18, national mean reported pharmacy school revenues were approximately $29.5 million and median revenues were approximately $19.8 million.
  • For fiscal year 2017-18, national mean reported pharmacy school expenditures were approximately $20.8 million and median expenditures were approximately $13.2 million.

Student Pharmacists

  • First professional degree enrollments ranged from 36 to 1,782 students per college or school in fall 2018. 
  • Total first professional degree enrollment was 62,504 in fall 2018.
  • The number of students already holding a B.S. in pharmacy and enrolled in Pharm.D. programs was 764 in fall 2018.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in first professional degree pro­grams for fall 2018, 63.0 percent were women and 16.2 percent were underrepresented minority students. 
  • First professional student pharmacist enrollments were down 0.9 percent compared to fall 2017. 
  • Attrition estimates (tracking enrol­lees through to graduation) over the past five years have averaged 11.6 percent per class. 
  • Total fall 2018 full‑time graduate student enrollment was 4,524 (3,205 students in Ph.D. programs and 1,319 in M.S. pro­grams). Women accounted for 54.4 percent of full‑time gradu­ate students.
  • In 2017-18, 14,905 first professional de­grees in pharmacy were awarded: 62.0 percent to females, 37.8 percent to males, and 0.1 percent to unknown/other gender. In addition, 205 post-B.S. Pharm.D. degrees were awarded.
  • In 2017-18, 600 Ph.D. degrees were awarded (51.0 percent to males, 49.0 percent to females), representing an 11.7 percent increase from 2016-2017. M.S. degrees awarded also increased to 1,047 (36.6 percent to males, 63.4 percent to females) from 2016-17.

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 at 143 U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy. 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.