Doctor of Pharmacy
Alaska needs pharmacists. Pharmacists play a vital role in improving people's lives. Through a partnership between the UAA College of Health and Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, you can earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree while staying in Alaska.
As a student, you’ll train to prepare and dispense medications, advise health professionals on drug decisions, counsel patients on the use of their medications, and perform other essential functions in patient care. The PharmD program prepares you to respond to the unique needs of Alaska’s communities, with special emphasis on rural health and multi-site delivery.
Students are accepted each fall into the traditional four-year program. With classes located on UAA campus, and on-site faculty and staff using state-of-the-art AV technology, you'll be educated by an institution with a 100-year history of creating leaders in pharmacy practice. This program qualifies you to sit for the two standardized tests to become licensed to practice in Alaska: the national North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination.
Graduates pursue a wide range of careers, such as:
- Community practice
- Clinical practice
- Compounding pharmacy
- Research and drug development
- Industry or pharmaceutical business consulting
- Independent pharmacy ownership
- Quality improvement
The Idaho State University College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Get hands-on experience in recently renovated facilities dedicated to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. As a pharmacy graduate student, you’ll have exclusive access to classrooms, a compounding lab, a student lounge, facilities equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, , and dedicated on-site faculty and staff.
Each year, the ISU College of Pharmacy awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to PharmD. students. You may also qualify for financial aid through the ISU Office of Financial Aid.
Participate in leadership activities and community outreach. With a focus on impacting the health care needs of Alaska, the UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy program is highly active in the community, leading engagement efforts related to diabetes, cardiovascular health, poison prevention and immunizations.
Work directly with on-site faculty and staff for all program components, including experts in biomedical sciences and pharmacy practice, as well as practicing clinical pharmacists. Their specialties include infectious disease, psychiatry, oncology, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiology, critical care and nutritional support.
Ready to learn more about the program? Want to explore the curriculum, program costs, application requirements, and general career information? Are you ready to apply to the program? Check out some of these key sources of information on the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy website:
Welcome to Alaska’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, the pharmacy program of the last frontier. There is no better place to receive your pharmacy education. We have opportunity and experiences that no other program in the country can offer. Our students train and practice in the largest hospitials to the smallest remote communities in Alaska, a state rich with opportunity for students to learn and grow in the profession. As you complete all four years of the program in the state, you will network with industry employers, researchers, leaders that will transform into a world class pharmacist.
-Tom Wadsworth PharmD, BCPS
Executive Associate Dean, Associate Professor