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The practice-level degree for pharmacists is the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. In order to become a pharmacist in the United States, a student must graduate from an accredited pharmacy program and successfully complete the national and state licensure exams. The Doctor of Pharmacy program at UMKC is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Pharmacy is an exciting and challenging profession. Please explore our site to learn more about our program and the variety of career options you can pursue with a Pharm.D. degree.

Sites

As UMKC School of Pharmacy student, you can obtain your education at one of three sites – Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia. All sites are connected virtually through live synchronous video conferencing technology. You will interact with professors and other students via classroom microphones, HD cameras and other technology in a real time format. You can complete all programmatic requirements at your home site except for the New Student Orientation, the Professional Dedication (“White Coat”) Ceremony, the Career Fair and Graduation, which occur only in Kansas City. The only exceptions are the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences completed in the senior year of the program. APPE’s are completed at a variety of sites across the state and country and assignments are made based on your interests and site availability. You may complete some or all APPE’s away from the site where you completed your classroom-based work.

Kansas City

Kansas City is a major metropolitan area with a population of more than 2 million people. Students enjoy an urban lifestyle with a thriving arts, entertainment and sports scene. The School of Pharmacy shares 225,000 square feet of space with the School of Nursing in the Health Sciences Building.

Columbia

Columbia, the home of the University of Missouri, is a city of 95,000 people. Columbia is two hours east of Kansas City and three hours from Springfield. MU is the state’s largest public research university. It offers a vibrant student life, NCAA Division I athletics and easy access to hiking and biking trails. MU houses a state of the art Simulation Center.

Springfield

Springfield is 170 miles south of Kansas City and is home to Missouri State University. Pharm.D. students based at the MSU site will study in a newly renovated building in the Brick City district. Springfield has easy access to large recreation areas and nearby lakes and forests. Students in Springfield can train at two of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S.