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College of Pharmacy

About the College of Pharmacy

The Purdue University College of Pharmacy was established in 1884 in response to a demand for a theoretical education and practical training in pharmacy and related subjects. It was renamed the College of Pharmacy, from School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in 2010. This college has served the people of Indiana for more than a century, standing always in the front ranks of institutions preparing men and women for the profession.

More than 8,000 students have graduated from the college and are pursuing the professions of pharmacy, medicine, teaching and science. Among its graduates are many of the nation’s prominent pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and leaders in pharmacy education.

The College of Pharmacy offers two entry-level degrees: the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Bachelor of Science in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Doctor of Pharmacy program qualifies the graduate for licensure examination. The four-year Bachelor of Science program, with a major in the pharmaceutical sciences, provides students with a specialized background to pursue graduate study, a professional degree in medicine or to directly enter a technical career in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Pharm.D. program requires completion of a minimum of two years of preprofessional study before admission to the professional program. Four additional years of professional study are required to complete the Pharm.D. degree.

Majors and minors for the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are offered in the College of Pharmacy under the direction of the Graduate School of the University. Each of the undergraduate degrees opens the way to many advanced fields of study. Qualified graduates find ready acceptance into graduate programs in the pharmaceutical sciences and other disciplines, leading to opportunities to discover or create new drugs, determine how they act, measure their potency and effectiveness, and evaluate professional use and economic impact in the health care system.

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Accreditation and Recognition

The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 S. LaSalle St., Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810; 312- 664-3575, 800-533-3606; fax, 312-664-4652. The college holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. It is registered with the New York Department of Education, and its diploma is recognized by all of the states. It also is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as an approved provider of continuing professional education.

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Mission and Vision

The following statements of vision and mission have been adopted by the faculty of the College of Pharmacy.

The mission of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy is to 1) Educate and train students to become leading pharmacists and scientists, 2) Advance scientific discovery and development, and 3) Maximize global health outcomes through patient care and public service.

The college will accomplish this mission through learning, discovery and engagement by:

  • Attracting and retaining talented and diverse faculty, staff and students;
  • Delivering a contemporary and innovative professional curriculum that empowers students to advance pharmacy’s contribution to health care and to provide excellent patient care;
  • Generating, integrating and applying knowledge across disciplines to advance discovery, learning and engagement in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences;
  • Producing world-class scientists for academia and industry; and
  • Establishing new synergies: partnerships, collaborations and strategic alliances at the local, regional, national and global levels.

The vision for the Purdue University College of Pharmacy is to transform the practice and science of pharmacy to lead advances in human health. Indicators that the vision is being achieved include:

  • The number of discovery-based initiatives with clinical, scientific and/or economic impact has increased;
  • Our faculty, staff, students and alumni are engaged across colleges, health care systems, industrial partners and professional associations to address health care needs;
  • Faculty, staff, students and alumni pursue and achieve positions of leadership that impact education, research, policy and delivery of care related to human health;
  • The education of students incorporates knowledge of cultural differences in health care delivery and effectiveness; and
  • We are providing access for a diverse student population that fosters a culture of inclusiveness and success.

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