Doctor of Pharmacy


Whether they choose to pursue a residency program, a research opportunity, or to begin their pharmacy practice careers, 100 percent of our graduates find placement upon graduation. The demand for pharmacists is high, and our graduates have a 100 percent placement rate upon graduation and an average starting salary of more than $100,000 a year.

The pharmacy field is full of exciting and challenging career paths. Here is a quick overview.

Community retail practice

In many communities, the local pharmacist is the most accessible healthcare professional. Retail pharmacists serve as an adviser and medication expert to their customers as well as to physicians and other healthcare professionals in the community.

Hospital pharmacy practice

Historically, pharmacists prepare orders from a central location inside the hospital, however an increasing number of hospitals now include satellite pharmacies in key locations throughout the hospital, including surgery, cardiology care units, oncology units, and nursery-pediatrics.

Pharmaceutical industry

Opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry include research, product development, clinical research administration, regulatory affairs, marketing, sales, drug information, and product packaging and distribution.

Government pharmacy services

Employing agencies include U.S. Public Health Service, Medicare and Medicaid, The Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Centers for Disease Control, and U.S. Armed Services.

Specialty and other pharmacy practice opportunities: Additional career pathways include long-term care, nuclear pharmacy, hospice, home infusion services, compounding, managed care, health maintenance organizations, academia, and professional association management.

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