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 2016, there were 6,346 full-time and 279 part-time pharmacy faculty members at 135 colleges and schools of pharmacy.
  • For fiscal year 2015-16, national mean reported pharmacy school revenues were $27.5 million and median revenues were $19.0 million.
  • For fiscal year 2015-16, national mean reported pharmacy school expenditures were $19.3 million and median expenditures were $13.0 million.

Student Pharmacists

  • First professional degree enrollment ranged from 31 to 1,942 students per college or school in fall 2016.
  • Total first professional degree enrollment was 63,464 in fall 2016.
  • The number of students already holding a B.S. in pharmacy and enrolled in Pharm.D. programs was 840 in fall 2016.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in first professional degree programs for fall 2016, 61.9 percent were women and 14.4 percent were underrepresented minority students.
  • First professional student pharmacist enrollments remained flat compared to fall 2015.
  • Attrition estimates (tracking enrollees through to graduation) over the past five years have averaged 11.0 percent per class.
  • Total fall 2016 full-time graduate student enrollment was 4,591 (3,350 students in Ph.D. programs and 1,241 in M.S. programs). Women accounted for 51.5 percent of full-time graduate students.
  • In 2015-16, 14,556 first professional degrees in pharmacy were awarded: 61.3 percent to females and 38.7 percent to males. In addition, 326 post-B.S. Pharm.D. degrees were awarded.
  • In 2015-16, 547 Ph.D. degrees were awarded (54.3 percent to males, 45.7 percent to females), representing a 2.5 percent decrease from 2014-2015. M.S. degrees awarded increased 42.1 percent from 720 in 2014-15 to 1,023 (40.2 percent to males, 59.8 percent to females) in 2015-2016.

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.