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Colleges of Pharmacy

The Iowa Pharmacy Association works closely with the two colleges of pharmacy in Iowa, Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Together, IPA and the colleges work to advance the future of the pharmacy profession in Iowa by providing tremendous patient care opportunities for pharmacists, enhancing the level of care provided to Iowa patients, and furthering pharmacy education for both student pharmacists and pharmacists.

Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will prepare future pharmacists for success and leadership in professional fields that offer enormous opportunity and have a tremendous impact on people's lives. At Drake, we are teaching innovative practices for the future of pharmacy—in and out of the classroom. Our emphasis on patient care, team-based learning, creative thinking, and communication skills helps you become leaders, and the hands-on experiences you'll gain in the many different fields of pharmacy—both in the United States and around the world—prepare you for a successful pharmacy career.  Plus, you can enhance your future opportunities with a dual-degree or concentration to develop your expertise.  Whatever path you choose to pursue, you will find excellent and accessible faculty ready to guide you toward professional success. You will also find many chances to gain practical experience through research projects with professors and exposure to hands-on practice settings around the world.
Graduates of the College's PharmD program go on to success in all pharmacy practice settings, with higher than national average board of pharmacy licensure scores, placement rates, and residency placement. Since 1984, nearly 100 percent of our Pharmacy graduates have found professional employment or entered residency or graduate programs within six months of graduating.
Renae Chestnut
Dean Renae Chesnut, RPh, EdD, MBA
University of Iowa College of Pharmacy The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy is the 4th oldest college of pharmacy in a state-supported university, with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program that is consistently ranked as one of the finest in the nation. In addition to the outstanding academic programs offered, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy enhances human health by creating and disseminating knowledge through discovery, and develops and translates new advances in pharmaceutical science.

Steeped in rich tradition and a strong spirit of community, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest and most highly esteemed institutions of its kind in the country. Our students are challenged to develop a foundation of professionalism and dedication that is crucial to the role of the pharmacist. Among those skills and values which make up this foundation are a tireless dedication to the pursuit of professional excellence, a thirst for new knowledge and discovery, a sense of civic responsibility through engagement and outreach, and persistence in attaining the highest level of patient care.
Donald Letendre
Dean Donald E. Letendre, PharmD