Rated among the nation's top professional graduate programs, the VCU School of Pharmacy is at the scientific forefront in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutics, and Medicinal Chemistry education and research.
Established in 1898, the School has a long history of pioneering changes in the field of Pharmacy. Throughout the past century Pharmacy practice has changed dramatically, from the art and science of compounding and dispensing medicine to a valuable information resource in drug management for patients and health care professionals.
The school saw a need for advanced education to meet the challenges of change and, in the early 1950s, established a graduate program. An increased emphasis was placed on the need for practical experience as part of the education curriculum. In 1971, VCU was one of the first in the nation to provide a 640 hour clerkship program, requiring all pharmacy student to spend their final year in a practice setting under the supervision of faculty preceptors. Over 25 years later, this program has stood the test of time and has served as a model for many schools nationwide.
The development of a comprehensive drug evaluation research program in 1987 and the Pharm.D./Ph.D. program in 1982 has also attracted national attention. A new research facility opened its doors in 1984. Since then extramural funding for research and development has topped $3 million annually.
The professional degree program from the School is the
Doctor of Pharmacy Program (Pharm.D.) which leads to a career as a pharmacist. Further academic options can be sought through the School's graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences. The graduate program leads to an M.S., a Ph.D., and postdoctoral study. Areas of concentration include Pharmacy,
Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry. In addition, the School of Pharmacy provides unique continuing education opportunities.
A history of attracting outstanding faculty combined with a commitment to excellence in education and research has earned the School of Pharmacy a leadership position under the direction of
Dean Victor A. Yanchick, Ph.D.