Academic Pharmacy's Vital Statistics

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Institutions and Programs

  • As of December 2022, there are 142 U.S.-based colleges and schools of pharmacy with accredited (full or candidate status) professional degree programs. 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 2022, a total of 6,392 full-time and 297 part-time pharmacy faculty members were reported at 130 colleges and schools of pharmacy.
  • For fiscal year 2021–22, national mean reported pharmacy school revenues were approximately $30 million and median revenues were approximately $17 million.
  • For fiscal year 2021–22, national mean reported pharmacy school expenditures were approximately $17.6 million and median expenditures were approximately $11.1 million.

Student Pharmacists

  • First professional degree enrollments ranged from 15 to 1,234 students per college or school in fall 2022. 
  • Total first professional degree enrollment was 47,592 in fall 2022.
  • The number of students already holding a professional B.S. in pharmacy and enrolled in Pharm.D. programs was 571 in fall 2022.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in first professional degree pro­grams for fall 2022, 67.3 percent were women and 20.5 percent were underrepresented minority students. 
  • First professional student pharmacist enrollments (in all professional years) were down 16.3 percent compared to fall 2021. 
  • Attrition estimates (tracking enrol­lees through to graduation) over the past five years have averaged 12.7 percent per class. 
  • Total fall 2022 full‑time graduate student enrollment was 5,349 (3,411 students in Ph.D. programs and 1,938 in M.S. pro­grams).
  • In 2021–22, 13,323 first professional de­grees in pharmacy were awarded: 64.4 percent to females, 35.4 percent to males, and 0.2 percent to unknown/other gender. In addition, 203 post-B.S. Pharm.D. degrees were awarded.
  • In 2021–22, 623 Ph.D. degrees were awarded (55.2 percent to females, 44.6 percent to males, and 0.2 percent to unknown/other gender). 1,552 M.S. degrees were awarded (70.2 percent to females, 28.7 percent to males, and 1.1 percent to unknown/other gender).

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.