UMKC ranked in top 25 percent of all U.S. pharmacy schools

UMKC pharmacy students learn by doing.

The UMKC School of Pharmacy tied for 31st in U.S. News and World Report Best Grad Schools rankings released in March. That put the school in the top one-quarter of the 134 U.S. pharmacy schools that were rated.

“This is a testament to the quality and resilience of our hard-working students, and to the dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Dean Russell Melchert, Ph.D. “It’s great to be recognized nationally as we pursue our mission to improve health throughout our state and region through education, research and community engagement.”

The U.S. News pharmacy rankings are based solely on surveys of academics at peer institutions. The UMKC School of Pharmacy ranking was up from 36th in 2016, when U.S. News last surveyed for pharmacy programs.

The school also has had great success matching its graduates. The Class of 2020 had an 81 percent initial match rate, the program’s best ever. In addition, “pharmacist” tops a CNBC list of top-paying professions right out of school, with a median annual salary of $123,670.

Registration underway for 2020 UMKC Summer Pharmacy Camp

Each summer, the UMKC School of Pharmacy offers students preparing for college a closer look at the opportunities that abound in the field of pharmacy.

The annual Summer Pharmacy Camp provides a unique opportunity to learn about pharmacy and the opportunities UMKC offers through hands-on activities, panel discussions with pharmacists and interactions with current Pharm.D. students and faculty.

These one-day camps are offered on each of the School of Pharmacy’s three campuses. Sessions will take place on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus on June 5, the Missouri State University campus in Springfield on June 19 and the UMKC campus on June 26. Registration is now open for the 2020 Pharmacy Camp at


I am a hospital trauma team member

UMKC School of Pharmacy: Where Opportunities Abound

As the world becomes more aware of the growing skill sets of today’s pharmacists, the roles they play in health care will continue to evolve and expand. Our UMKC School of Pharmacy graduates reflect this, working in a vast array of health care fields.

A 2007 graduate, Jeremy Hampton works as a member of the trauma team at Truman Medical Center UMKC Health Sciences District.

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