A model for other leading pharmacy programs, the USC School of Pharmacy has initiated many innovations in the education of pharmacy students and in the profession’s role in society. This section highlights what distinguishes the School from its peers and also includes recent faculty and student awards.

The School has won numerous awards including:

  • Inaugural Award for Transformative Community Service, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2008-09
  • 10th annual Best Practices Award, American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, 2009
  • Pinnacle Award, American Pharmacists Association, 2007 (group), 2011 (individual), 2013 (individual), 2016 (group)


Recognized as one of the most innovative schools of pharmacy in the nation, the USC School of Pharmacy remains a model for other progressive pharmacy schools throughout the country.

Our leadership in pharmacy education includes being the:

  • First PharmD program in the nation, 1950
  • First clinical pharmacy program in the nation, 1968
  • First pharmacy school to offer clinical clerkships, 1970
  • First PharmD/MBA dual-degree program in the nation, 1988
  • First pharmacy school to establish PhD in pharmaceutical economics, 1990
  • First pharmacy school with endowed chair in community pharmacy, 2002
  • First professional doctorate in regulatory science, 2008
  • First and only school of pharmacy nationwide to win 4 APhA Foundation Pinnacle Awards, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2016

The School also is the:

  • Top-ranked private pharmacy school (US News and World Report)
  • Top-ranked private pharmacy school in total external research funding
  • Only private pharmacy school on a major health sciences campus
  • Only school of pharmacy that owns and operates four pharmacies