Pharmacists provide care to patients in clinical settings in many of the same ways that medical doctors and nurses do. Pharmacists now have active roles in clinics, hospitals and even home care.

Learn more about how pharmacists make an impact in top-tier clinical settings:

Pharmacists have active roles in hospitals, in addition to dispensing medications and managing a complex supply chain, hospital pharmacist working alongside doctors and other healthcare providers as members of medication management teams. Doctors and nurses rely on pharmacists as the medication experts keeping up to date on cutting edge medications and drug therapies.

Learn more about our pharmacists who care for patients in hospital settings and on pandemic front lines.

Community pharmacists in today’s healthcare system are more involved in patient care than ever before. These pharmacists have larger roles as clinicians and are often responsible for vaccinating patients. In Colorado, they can even prescribe birth control and consult patients on smoking cessation.

Learn more about how community pharmacists are making a difference in the opioid epidemic:

Working as a researcher in a lab is a path may pharmacists take once they leave school. Pharmaceutical sciences is an exciting area with a demand for trained pharmacists.

Learn about how our researchers are personalizing cancer treatment:

Another exciting option for pharmacists is working for a drug company. The pharmaceutical industry is a lucrative sector that allows pharmacists to work on the front lines by developing new pharmaceuticals.

Read about graduates who found the right fit in the pharmaceutical industry.


Who says you have to leave school once you earn your PharmD degree? Academia is another possibility for pharmacists to grow their careers — and those of a new generation of pharmacists.

Read about how faculty members make a difference in clinical settings.

What is a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)?

A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is a professional doctorate degree in pharmacy.

Just like physicians who attend four years of medical school, pharmacists attend four years of pharmacy school before becoming licensed healthcare professionals. The PharmD program prepares individuals for a variety of careers within the pharmacy profession.

Being a PharmD means a whole lot more than you might think. By being the expert in medications, you’re the specialist other healthcare professionals come to for advice on drugs and potential interactions. As a pharmacist, you’ll form one-on-one connections with patients that help improve their health. You’ll be part of the team that makes patients’ lives better.

Our school consistently ranks in the top 15 percent for pharmacy programs in the country. We’re fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and have more than a century of experience.

Learn from the best. The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is ranked in the top 15 percent of U.S. pharmacy schools, #13 in NIH funded research, and is recognized for having top-performing professors and students.

Don’t take our word for it. Hear from students on why they chose our pharmacy school.