Enter the exciting and rapidly changing world of health care with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (B.S.) degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Both programs offer practical, hands-on experiences designed to prepare you for your career goals. 

B.S. in Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Drake is designed with your future success in mind.  The Health Sciences program is an interdisciplinary curriculum, which will allow you will take courses across a variety of subject areas to ensure you are not only getting a strong science based education, but an introduction to other important subject areas as well.  During your first semester at Drake, you will select either the Clinical and Applied Science track or the Health Service Management trackto help you focus your education.  By selecting a track, you can personalize your curriculum to your future career goals.  Whether you intent to pursue graduate and professional programs in health care, positions in administrative health care, or a career in innovative research, the tracks within the Health Sciences program can guide you to success.  

Drake offers several program options to add value to your Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.  While pursuing a degree in Health Sciences you may also pursue a minor or concentration that allows you to gain specialized skills and differentiate yourself in your health care career.  You can choose to add a minor or concentration in many areas, including Global and Comparative Public Health, Leadership or Entrepreneurship

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree is a clinical entry-level doctorate degree that allows graduates to sit for the national licensing exam and become a licensed pharmacist.  Earning a PharmD from Drake will help you develop into a confident, reflective practitioner who takes an active role in the health care of those you serve.  By emphasizing patient care, team-based learning, creative thinking, and communication skills, we go beyond the textbook to help you become a leader in the field. 

Drake offers joint-degree programs for pharmacy students who are interested in pursuing an additional masters level or law degree while obtaining their PharmD.  Students can enroll in our PharmD/MBA (Masters in Business Administration), PharmD/MPA (Masters in Public Administration), PharmD/MPH (Masters in Public Health) or PharmD/JD (Law) programs.  Students can also focus their degree by adding our unique Diabetes Concentration.

Our on-campus labs give you hands-on experience with advanced science and pharmacy practice.  In our Pharmacogenomics Lab, you can participate in cutting-edge research focused on personalized medicine and the future of medication therapy management.  You can also explore patient wellness and care in our innovative Disease Prevention Lab and finesse your pharmacy practice skills in a licensed practice pharmacy, complete with the latest automation and technology. 

Practitioner programs, like DELTA Rx, allow pharmacy students to embrace innovation in the field and develop creative solutions to health care issues.  You will be ahead of the competition upon graduation and ready to take on issues in the constantly evolving world of health care. 

For more information about what distinguishes Drake as a leader in pharmacy education, please visit our Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) InfoGraph.

July 17, 2015
Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of Experiential Education Cheryl Clarke, PH’86, was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
June 30, 2015