Attributes of colleges and schools of pharmacy in the United States

Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 Aug 28;73(5):96. doi: 10.5688/aj730596.


Objectives: To compare the attributes of US colleges and schools of pharmacy and describe the extent of change to the pharmacy education enterprise associated with the addition of new schools.

Methods: Attributes analyzed included whether the college or school of pharmacy was old or new, public or private, secular or faith-based, and on or not on an academic health center (AHC) campus; had 3- or 4- year programs; and had PhD students enrolled. PharmD student enrollment-to-faculty ratios and junior-to-senior faculty ratios also were examined.

Results: Of the new colleges/schools, 76% were private and 79% were not located on a campus with an AHC; 6% had PhD enrollment compared with 80% of old colleges/schools. Faculty ratios were related to several college/school attributes, including the presence or absence of PhD students and whether the college/school was public or private.

Conclusions: Attributes of new colleges and schools of pharmacy have changed the overall profile of all colleges and schools of pharmacy. For example, smaller percentages of all colleges and schools of pharmacy are public and have PhD enrollees.

Keywords: college/school attributes; faculty-to-student ratio; pharmacy education.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / statistics & numerical data
  • Education, Pharmacy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Education, Pharmacy, Graduate / statistics & numerical data
  • Faculty / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Private Sector / statistics & numerical data
  • Public Sector / statistics & numerical data
  • Religion
  • Schools, Pharmacy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Secularism
  • Students, Pharmacy / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States