What is Pharmacy?

Pharmacists have the goal of making sure their patients use medication safely and effectively, whether they practice in community pharmacies or hospitals, perform research, or work at pharmaceutical and health care companies. As one of the nation's most trusted professions, pharmacy involves drug preparation, patient counseling, disease state management and research. The need for pharmacists has increased due to the tremendous advances in knowledge about diseases, medications and factors that enhance or diminish the safety and effectiveness of drugs.

Why Pharmacy at UT?

The $33 million pharmacy, chemistry and life sciences building known as Wolfe Hall is one of the most advanced science facilities in the nation. Pharmacy students enjoy the personal attention of a small college while having the resources and opportunities of a large university available to them. Graduates of the College of Pharmacy consistently score above both the state and national average on the Pharmacy Board Licensure Exam. Upon passage of the licensure exam, UT Pharmacy students have had a 100 percent job placement rate for three decades.

Employment Opportunities

Practice opportunities and starting salaries remain strong for pharmacists. Graduates receive multiple job offers encompassing all aspects of pharmacy practice, the pharmaceutical industry and advanced post-graduate training opportunities. Starting salary offers for 1999-2000 range from $60,000 to $80,000.

Additional Opportunities at UT

More than 200 pharmacies, hospitals and clinics throughout Ohio are affiliated with the College of Pharmacy to provide experimental training to complement the instruction on campus. Their professional experience programs, which give licensure-track students practical pharmacy experience, have been rated among the top in the United States. You may work in a pharmacy in Toledo, your hometown, or even Alaska!

High School Preparation for Admission To prepare for college at UT, high school students should have the following coursework:

4 units of English
3 units of math (algebra I, II, and geometry)
2 units of a single Foreign language
3 units of natural sciences are strongly recommended
3 units of social sciences are strongly recommended

The College of Pharmacy recommends students successfully complete high school chemistry and biology, and have a high school cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Requirements for Admittance

All new students admitted to the College of Pharmacy begin their studies in the pre-professional division. Students apply for admission to the professional division of the Pharm.D. program or the upper division of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program after completing prerequisite course work in the College of Pharmacy. Admission to the professional and upper divisions is selective.

Program of Study

The six-year, entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares and qualifies graduates for state board licensure to practice pharmacy. The Pharm.D. program includes professional practice development coursework and specialized experimental rotations to prepare students for practice. Opportunities to work directly with faculty on research projects also are available.

The College of Pharmacy

One of only 81 U.S. accredited pharmacy schools, the UT college of Pharmacy offers the personal attention of a small college with the resources and opportunities of a large university. Their state-of-the-art facility, includes classrooms, research laboratories, instructional laboratories including a 6400 square foot professional development laboratory, an animal facility, a greenhouse/plant science facility and faculty offices. Pharmacy students have access to computer laboratories within the building as well as campus-wide and dormitory access to the University's computer system. College of Pharmacy professors are nationally recognized teachers and researchers. For 1999 the external research funding for the College was more than $613,000 from the National Institute of Health.

Campus Visit Opportunities

UT offers the best of both worlds - a campus rich in history and tradition combined with some of the most advanced facilities you'll find anywhere. Their educational programs, labs, recreational center and residence halls have received national attention from the Princeton Review, USA Today and The Today Show. Progress and expansion are part of the landscape at UT. Within the past few years, UT has updated and constructed several state-of-the-art buildings to continue offering the best in technology, educational resources and learning facilities.

To get the full picture of all that The University of Toledo has to offer, make plans to visit their campus. You'll have the opportunity to tour their beautiful campus, learn more about their majors, and see the facilities that make UT one of the most advanced campuses. They care about your success and want you to see for yourself just how promising your collegiate career can be at UT. Come and speak with an admission counselor and academic advisers. They'll make sure you also have a chance to meet faculty and students in your field of interest.

The daily campus visit schedule begins each morning at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. The schedule is subject to change.