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.

Great Outcomes

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:

Results like these are evidence that USC pharmacists are successful and more prepared to take the next step in their career.

Entering ClassTotal AdmittedGrad-uatedWith-drewAcad. DisqualifiedAcad. DelayedOther
Reasons
(delayed)
Additional
Time to Complete Dual Degree
Leave of AbsenceOn-Time Grad. Rate
2008-1218717833201N/A95.19%
2009-131871832110N/AN/A97.86%
2010-141891754550N/AN/A92.59%
2011-151891761660N/AN/A93.12%
2012-161851714530N/A292.43%
2013-17195171113801187.69%
2014-18201179510501189.05%
2015-1918918141100295.77%
2016-2019018604000097.89%
2017-2118918210400296.30%
2018-2219718930310195.94%

 20182019202020212022
North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)171 first-time candidates 96.49% pass rate173 first-time candidates 95.95% pass rate182 first-time candidates 92.9% pass rate161 first-time candidates 95.7% pass rateResults pending
California Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (CPJE)176 candidates
97.7% pass rate (Apr – Sept 2018)
155 candidates
84.5% pass rate (Apr – Nov 2019)
171 candidates
78.9% pass rate (May -Sept 2020)
159 candidates 71.1% pass rate (Apr – Sept 2021)155 candidates 70.3% pass rate (May – Sept 2022)

Area of Interest2019 Responses2020 Responses2021 Responses2022 Responses
Chain community pharmacy70716456
Independent community pharmacy30414041
Hospital83758577
Clinic-based pharmacy38364234
Consultant12131613
Home care2784
Nursing home/Long-term care facility1311147
Academia98148
Association management0400
Pharmaceutical industry25332338
Managed Care21221818
Government or regulatory agency713107
Other pharmacy related field5866
Non-pharmacy related field1223
No plans for employment in the coming year4374
Lost to follow up01259

Exceptional Students

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.

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 diversity of backgrounds, people and ideas at USC prepares students to participate and lead in an increasingly multicultural work environment.

Advanced Practice

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.

Komal Patel

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.”

Komal Patel

PharmD ’04

Clinical Pharmacist, Product Development, Catalia Health