We know you have big dreams.

Your ambition may be to work in a hospital, working directly with patients who need your help. You may imagine yourself using science to fight for the health of our communities through public initiatives or regulatory work. Others may see you at a bench in a research lab or at a desk in a corner office, helping to discover new drugs and bring them to patients in need.

A pharmacy degree can carry you to any of these places. And yet, you may not always think that a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is in your reach. KGI is partnering with community colleges to make these dreams more accessible. By building a clear path for students and working together, we can help you go from high school to pharmacy careers in as little as six years in our accelerated prgoram.

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Program Details

  • The program is an accelerated six-year comprehensive PharmD degree, with the first two years at community college (providing students take all required coursework on time) and the remaining four as a student in KGI’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS).
  • Students will be recruited and go through an application process as they enter community college.
  • An invitation to interview for the PharmD program will be automatic for selected students, as long as they meet all requirements.
  • Students in the program will have access to additional opportunities for enrichment, including summer courses, industry talks, and access to KGI’s large body of clinical and scientific pharmacy faculty.

Benefits to Students

  • Early decision on admissions
  • Dedicated scholarships for community college applicants
  • Faculty and student mentors from KGI
  • Summer pharmacy prep program
  • Access to summer prerequisite courses at KGI
  • Invitation to KGI’s White Coat Ceremony and other events at KGI
  • Shadowing opportunities with pharmacists in a variety of practice settings
  • Participation in visits to companies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry
  • Opportunity to sit in on a Doctor of Pharmacy class

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"We prepare our students to be at the forefront of industry, technology, and patient care. With experiential education and unique collaboration with other KGI degree programs, our graduates enter impactful careers."
Martin Zdanowicz
Dean, KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences