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University of Virginia Division


Located in the heart of Charlottesville – about 70 miles northwest of Richmond – the U.Va. Division offers third- and fourth-year students a first-rate VCU School of Pharmacy education combined with the practical experience provided by precepting faculty active in the field. 

In 2011-12, the University of Virginia Medical Center expanded to 604 beds and admitted nearly 29,000 patients. Ten of the health system’s specialties were recognized in the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” guide. Accredited by the Joint Commission, the health system, with 40 preceptors specializing in everything from pediatrics to infectious diseases, offers firsthand experience within the practicing world of pharmacy services.

More than 20 pharmacists currently practicing with the U.Va. Health System graduated from VCU.   Several of them also completed their PGY1 or PGY2 residencies here. By joining the U.Va. Division, you'll be able to make connections that last within the department.

The U.Va. satellite campus uses state-of-the-art equipment to keep you connected to the School of Pharmacy for classes and meetings. All classes in Charlottesville include a view of the lecturer, other sites and media displayed across two 80-inch screens. In-table microphones ensure that students can ask the presenter any questions they might have. One classroom is set up for labs, with two smaller screens at each table that can mirror a laptop for group activities.

It’s easy to connect to student organization meetings using our classroom equipment, providing you the same convenience you’d have on the MCV Campus in Richmond. Outside of class, you have access to desktop workstations as well as a wireless connection that will work with your personal laptop, allowing you to print from afar. Our staff is happy to help students with troubleshooting on their personal laptops; we also are on site during all classes and meetings to ensure proper connectivity.

Whether connecting to class or working with a practicing hospital pharmacist, the VCU School of Pharmacy’s U.Va. Division can offer what you need to take the next step in your education.

The U.Va. Division, which opened in 2012, is headed by VCU School of Pharmacy alumnus Rafael Saenz (Pharm.D. ’03). Saenz also serves as administrator of pharmacy services for the University of Virginia Health System.