The nation’s pioneer in expanding the scope and impact of pharmacy education and the profession, USC also is renowned for attracting and preparing future leaders for the field.
At the USC School of Pharmacy, we attract students who share our commitment to innovation and our desire to solve intractable health issues, shape the future of the profession, and improve lives of people everywhere.
The USC School of Pharmacy is exceptional in numerous ways, and we’ve outlined a few of those below.
Top-Ranked School of Pharmacy
The USC School of Pharmacy is:
- The top private school of pharmacy in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- The top-ranked school of pharmacy in Southern California, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- Ranked #1 by Pharmacy Technician Guide, which cited the School’s high NAPLEX pass rates, research activity, high graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio and faculty credentials.
- Ranked #1 in the nation for PharmD degrees by Higher Learning Today, which cited the school’s long history, vibrant student life, high NAPLEX pass rates and emphasis on clinical training.
- Ranked #2 in the nation for PharmD degrees by College Magazine, which cited the school’s vast and supportive alumni network, high first-time NAPLEX pass rates, wide range of degrees and experiential opportunities.
These rankings mean that the USC School of Pharmacy is attracting world-class teaching and research faculty. Those rankings also mean that we will continue to attract that caliber of leaders into the future. Those internationally renowned educators are training the next generation of pharmacy leaders.
How will my choice of graduate school ultimately benefit me? Beyond ensuring that the pharmacy program is accredited through the American Council for Pharmacy Education (which USC has through 2023), look at the outcomes of our Trojan pharmacy graduates:
Earned a pass rate of 95.7% for 161 first-time test takers of the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) (Jan. – Dec. 2021)
Results like these are evidence that USC pharmacists are successful and more prepared to take the next step in their career.
Many factors make the USC School of Pharmacy a vibrant, exciting place, but it all starts with the students. USC PharmD students – all of whom have already completed a four-year undergraduate degree — come from all over the country and many parts of the world to be part of this historic institution.
The USC PharmD Class of 2025:
Our students are among the best and brightest in the field of pharmacy, studying with world-class faculty to create a dynamic future.
At USC, you will be taught by acknowledged leaders in pharmacy education, research and service. The faculty at the USC School of Pharmacy includes:
Steven W. Chen, a national leader on expanding the scope of pharmacy practice to improve patient outcomes and save healthcare dollars
Lisa W. Goldstone, the immediate past president of College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, the nation’s leading organization of psychiatric pharmacists
Cardiology expert Tien M.H. Ng, a nationally recognized expert in heart failure management who has been awarded Professor of the Year 13 times
The size and breadth of our faculty – 80+ full-time and hundreds of clinical professors – make it easier for you to find a mentor (or several mentors) whose interests complement and support your professional goals.
The PharmD student experience at the USC School of Pharmacy is truly unique. We have:
Dozens of student organizations helping to build community connections, communications skills and leadership abilities
A dedicated student success team including a director for student success and engagement and an assistant director for career and academic counseling
A robust Project Wellness initiative working to lead, shape and foster a culture of well-being for students, staff and faculty
The diversity of backgrounds, people and ideas at USC prepares students to participate and lead in an increasingly multicultural work environment.
The USC School of Pharmacy has a 115-year history of advancing the practice of pharmacy. With one of the largest and most comprehensive clinical pharmacy programs in the nation, it provides student experience not available elsewhere.
- operates five School-run pharmacies, with a sixth in the active planning stages
- has over 300 experiential sites in Southern California.
- is located on a major health sciences campus near downtown Los Angeles, with three adjacent medical centers
- maintains research and teaching collaborations at Keck Hospital of USC, Cedars-Sinai Health System, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, LAC+USC Medical Center, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and more
The clinical and practice experience that students gain at USC enables them to pursue many different career options.
Extensive Alumni Network
The USC School of Pharmacy has been graduating top-tier pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists since 1905, and currently boasts a living alumni base of over 10,000 PharmDs, residents, fellows, and post-doctoral trainees. That includes alumni:
- in all 50 states.
- in 30 countries on 6 continents.
- in leadership positions in all major pharmacy, health care and pharmaceutical companies and in academia.
The School’s alumni, along with current students and faculty, are part of a strong, connected community known for professional achievement, community outreach and innovative curricular and care models that meet the needs of students and the evolving healthcare environment.
This gives graduates access to an unparalleled network of alumni in all facets of the pharmacy industry.
Hear from some of our successful alumni below.
What inspired your career choices after USC?
“I became interested in finding innovative ways to improve health outcomes for patients because I spent nearly a decade leading advocacy efforts in California to change pharmacy laws to improve patient access to care. I became interested in improving access to patient care, because I was looking for ways for pharmacists to create next-gen business models. The possibilities truly are endless.”