Doctor of Pharmacy/Graduate in Gerontology (PharmD/Gerontology Certificate)

The PharmD/Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a unique program for students interested in pursuing geriatric pharmacy practice. Developed in 1990 by the School of Pharmacy and the USC Andrus Gerontology Center, this integrated program prepares students to assume leadership roles in academic, administrative or policy levels in the profession.

Application Process

Application to the School of Gerontology should be made during the first year of attendance in the School of Pharmacy. Admission to the School of Gerontology is based on the following criteria:

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Grade point average
  • Letters of reference
  • Application essay

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required.

Program Requirements

The program requires:

  • The completion of 16 units of core courses in physiology, psychology, sociology and social policy aspects of aging offered by the School of Gerontology, located on the University Park Campus
  • The completion of 8 units of approved elective courses in gerontology or geriatric pharmacy
  • Concurrent completion of PharmD and Gerontology curricula
  • Completion of all course requirements for both schools

This program can be completed successfully during the four years of the PharmD program by taking electives in geriatric pharmacy during the school year and completing one core course in gerontology during each summer.

Contact Information

For more information, please call the USC School of Pharmacy at (323) 442-1469 or the USC Andrus Gerontology Center at (213) 740-5156.