Academic Pharmacy's Vital Statistics

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Institutions and Programs

  • As of January 2018, there are 138 U.S.-based colleges and schools of pharmacy with accredited (full or candidate status) professional degree programs and 4 schools with precandidate status. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits programs.
  • Seventy-three (73) colleges and schools of pharmacy are in private institutions and sixty-nine (69) are in publicly supported universities.
  • One hundred and forty-two (142) colleges and schools will offer the Pharm.D. as a first professional degree and seven (7) colleges and schools will offer the Pharm.D. as a post-B.S. degree in fall 2017.
  • Seventy-nine (79) colleges and schools will offer graduate programs in the pharmaceutical sciences at the M.S. and/or Ph.D. level in fall 2017.
  • In fall 2017, there were 6,373 full time and 270 part-time pharmacy faculty members at 135 colleges and schools of pharmacy.
  • For fiscal year 2016-17, national mean reported pharmacy school revenues were $29.2 million and median revenues were $20.1 million.
  • For fiscal year 2016-17, national mean reported pharmacy school expenditures were $20.6 million and median expenditures were $13.7 million.  

Student Pharmacists

  • First professional degree enrollments ranged from 29 to 1,901 students per college or school in fall 2017. 
  • Total first professional degree enrollment was 63,087 in fall 2017.
  • The number of students already holding a B.S. in pharmacy and enrolled in Pharm.D. programs was 773 in fall 2017.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in first professional degree pro­grams for fall 2017, 62.5 percent were women and 15.3 percent were underrepresented minority students.
  •  First professional student pharmacist enrollments were down 0.6 percent compared to fall 2016.  
  • Attrition estimates (tracking enrol­lees through to graduation) over the past five years have averaged 11.4 percent per class. 
  • Total fall 2017 full‑time graduate student enrollment was 4,354 (3,098 students in Ph.D. programs and 1,256 in M.S. pro­grams). Women accounted for 52.6 percent of full‑time gradu­ate students. 
  • In 2016-17, 14,502 first professional de­grees in pharmacy were awarded: 61.9 percent to females, 38.1 percent to males, and 0.1 percent to unknown/other gender. In addition, 217 post-B.S. Pharm.D. degrees were awarded. 
  • In 2016-17, 537 Ph.D. degrees were awarded (55.1 percent to males, 44.9 percent to females), representing a 1.8 percent decrease from 2015-2016. M.S. degrees awarded decreased 6.0 percent from 1,023 in 2015-16 to 962 (37.6 percent to males, 62.6 percent to fe­males, 0.2 percent to unknown/other gender) in 2016-2017.

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 142 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, 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60603. Telephone: 312-664‑3575.