The Time for Rural Pharmacy is Now

Of the 46 million Americans who live in rural areas many face health disparities. Healthcare resources are limited and the closest hospitals can be hours away.

That’s where pharmacists come in. Nearly 9 out of 10 Americans live within five miles of a pharmacist. In rural areas, these pharmacists become the first line of healthcare, providing critical services and enhancing public health.

Already live in a rural area and need to stay put? Consider our remote Doctor of Pharmacy option.


Rural Hospital Experience

P2 student Hannah Bracken shares her experience working at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida, CO during her Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience.


Rural Colorado Native

Dr. David Gurule, PharmD, '16, was born and raised in rural Colorado. He is currently a clinical pharmacist for Valley-Wide Health Systems working in 5 different outpatient clinics.


Rural Colorado Rotation

P4 Chase Allen shares his experience, from developing antimicrobial guidelines to all the free hotdogs he could eat, while in Trinidad, Colorado as part of his Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience. 


Rural Colorado Scholarships

The School of Pharmacy offers generous scholarships to individuals committed to practicing in a rural area, such as the $10,000 National Western Stock Show Scholarship.


Colorado Commitment

Every CU pharmacy student completes at least two rural Colorado rotations, between the IPPE Health-System, the advanced IPPE and APPEs, that expose them to the unique challenges and rewards of rural healthcare.


Experiential Opportunities

It’s not just the scenery that attracts pharmacy students to rural locations. A smaller environment allows for unique training and mentoring opportunities.

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