Careers

A KU Pharm.D. provides graduates with diverse career options. Many students go directly into pharmacy practice, while others find rewarding work in hospitals, research universities, or pharmaceutical companies. Select from the career paths below to explore your options.

What can you do with a Pharm.D. Degree?

Practice
General
Compounding Pharmacist
Prepares customized dosage forms and prescription mediations to meet the needs of individual patients
Drug Information Specialist
Provides educational services about medication and drug products to pharmacies, other health care professionals, the pharmaceutical industry and consumers.
Industry
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Provides information on drug products to doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, and other potential customers
Pharmaceutical Consulting
Provides specialized information, guidance, or services to industry
Retail
Independent Retail Pharmacist
Through independently owned business, provides pharmacy care services to the general population, can offer medication therapy services
Specialty Practice Pharmacist
Provides pharmacy care services to select patient populations such as prison inmates, home IV services, and individuals in facilities for special needs patients
Chain Retail Pharmacist
Through corporate owned pharmacy operations, provides pharmacy care to the general population, can offer medication therapy management services
Nuclear Pharmacy
Institutional
Hospital Pharmacist
Provides pharmacy care for hospitalized patients, prepares IV mediation, monitors drug therapy
Long Term Care Facility Pharmacist
Provides pharmacy care to patients in long term care facilities
Residency Specialization
Academia
Teaches, trains students, carries out research in clinical or basic science laboratory settings
Clinical Administration
Manages pharmacies for hospitals, long-term care facilities, or other health care organizations
Advanced Practice
Specialist with advanced clinical skills to manage a patient’s pharmacy care in selected or a variety of diseases
Clinical Research
Participates in design and management of clinical trials
Graduate Studies, M.S., Ph.D.
Basic Research in Academia
Performs basic research on design, development, and delivery of new drugs, educates, and trains pharmacy and graduate students
Clinical Research in Industry
Designs or oversees various aspects of clinical trials for new drugs

Pharm.D. Program
Important Dates

Application Deadline:
Feb. 1
Open Application Period:
Oct. 1 - Feb. 1
Applicant Interviews:
Feb. - April
Admission Decisions:
March 1 - April 30
Events
2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU