KGI leverages close biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry ties to prepare doctors of pharmacy to fulfill a wide range of integral healthcare roles. Required and optional industry experiential education provides students with a breadth of hands-on training designed to enhance their skills and knowledge, while increasing their competitiveness in the job market.

pharmd program

PharmD+

KGI prepares student pharmacists for advances at the leading edge of pharmacy practice

certificate programs

Certificate programs

Along with a PharmD degree, KGI graduates receive a certificate in one of four areas

experiential education

Experiential education

Students complete rotations in community pharmacy, health-systems, senior adult chronic care, industry, and more

Professional standards, from the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the Center for the Advancement of Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE) Outcomes and the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) Blueprint, are the basis of the School of Pharmacy Program Outcomes. The program’s curricular outcomes are defined at a more general level by the Global Program Learning Outcomes, and more specifically as the Professional Student Outcomes. To learn more about the nine Global Program Learning Outcomes, visit kgi.edu/pharmd-gplo.

You can also learn more about the PharmD program by visiting our Class Profile page, Curriculum Four-Year Plan, and Curriculum Map.

Licensure Exam Passage Rate

KGI NAPLEX Performance

Graduates
First-time
Pass rate
All Candidates
Pass Rate
2020
69
84.06% 
74
85.14% 
2019
66
78.79%
71
77.46%
2018
57
75.44%
62
75.81%

Source: NAPB.pharmacy

KGI CPJE Performance

Calendar Year
KGI Pass Rate
Candidates
State Average Pass Rate
Candidates
2020
60.34%
116
63.00%
1,742
2019
60.87%
46
76.49%
987
2018
86.67%
60
83.37%
1,311

Source: California Board of Pharmacy

Graduation and Post-Graduation Data

Graduation rates

 
Graduation Rate
Class of 2021
95.1%
Class of 2020
96.3%
Class of 2019
97.0%
Class of 2018
90.3%

Post-graduate plans

Graduating Class
Employed within the profession of Pharmacy
Residency/Fellowship
Employed outside the Profession of Pharmacy
Lost to follow up/Other
2020
46%
21%
4%
29%
2019
51%
25%
0%
24%
2018
55%
26%
6%
13%

Post-graduate destinations (Class of 2021)

  • Pharmaceutical Industry

    • Landos Biopharma- Medical Science Liaison
  • 32 students registered, 27 stayed active and 13 matched for PGY1 residencies (Match rate: 48.14%). The national match rate for 2020 graduates was 64.94%.

    Residencies – PGY1

    • Palomar Health
    • UC San Francisco
    • Adventist Health Glendale
    • St David’s South Austin Medical Center
    • Palomar Health
    • Univ of Arizona COP
    • Sharp Chula Vista MC
    • Kaiser Permanente-Riverside
    • Eisenhower MC
    • Desert Hospital Outpatient-Ambulatory Health
    • Kaiser Permanente -Riverside
    • Kadlec Regional Medical Center
    • Becton Dickinson/IPhO Marketing
    • Kite Pharma/USC Scientific Communications 
    • Merck/Rutgers Late Stage Clinical Development
    • GSK/Northeastern University Global Scientific Communications
    • Rhodes Group/Tricore- Clinical translational care and Outcomes research

Post-graduate destinations (Class of 2020)

  • Retail Pharmacy

    • Albertsons/Sav-On
    • Rite Aid
    • CVS Health/Pharmacy
    • Giant Pharmacy – Greater Washington DC area
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Walgreens
    • Vons
    • Cura Pharmacy
    • Emanate Retail Pharmacy

    Health Systems Pharmacy

    • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
    • Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles
    • Kaiser Permanente

    Ambulatory Care

    • AHF, Ambulatory Care

    Pharmaceutical Industry

    • Gilead Sciences Inc.
    • Freudenberg Medical
    • Avanir Pharmaceuticals

    Other

    • Home infusions
    • United States Public Health Service
    • Specialty/Home Infusion Pharmacy
    • COVID Vaccines
    • Elevare Specialty Services
  • 28 students registered, 25 stayed active and 14 matched for PGY1 residencies ( match rate: 56%). The national match rate for 2020 graduates was 63.12%.

    Residency – PGY1

    • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
    • Multicare Tacoma General Hospital
    • Renown Regional Medical Center
    • Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation
    • Kaiser Permanente – Baldwin Park
    • Loma Linda University Health
    • Riverside University Health System
    • Huntington Hospital Association
    • Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
    • Kaiser Permanente-Greater Southern Alameda Area
    • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
    • Palomar Health
    • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
    • Sharp Grossmont Hospital

    Residency – PGY2

    • UF Health-Shands Hospital
    • Renown Regional Medical Center
    • Novartis
    • Revhealth-marketing

Post-graduate destinations (Class of 2019)

    • Retail Pharmacy
      • Walmart
      • Rite Aid
      • CVS Pharmacy
      • Walgreens
      • Rx Relief, Fresno
      • AUM Pharmacy, Anaheim
      • Citrus Pharmacy, Redlands
    • Health Systems Pharmacy
      • Kaiser Permanente
      • United Indian Health Services
      • Desert Regional Medical Center
      • Desert Valley Hospital
      • Option Care, Riverside
      • AIDS Health Care Foundation
      • Long Beach Health Care System
    • Pharmaceutical Industry
      • Gilead Sciences
      • Acala Pharmaceuticals
    • CVS/Cedars-Sinai (CA)
    • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center / MCPHS (MA)
    • Indian Health Services, Northern Sound Health Corporation (AK)
    • Kaiser Permanente-West Los Angeles (CA)
    • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (CA)
    • Presbyterian Healthcare Services (NM)
    • Sharp Healthcare / Touro University (CA)
    • VA Loma Linda Healthcare System (CA)
    • VA Long Beach Healthcare System (CA)
    • ECIR Consultancy (FL)
    • Allergan (CA)
    • Biogen (MA)
    • Sanofi (NJ)
    • UCB (GA)
    • Amgen (CA)
    • Mannkind (CA)

Post-graduate destinations (Class of 2018)

    • Pharmacy chains
      • CVS (10)
      • Walgreens (9)
      • Rite Aid (3)
      • Target (1)
    • Health systems pharmacy
      • Kaiser Permanente
      • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
      • Eisenhower Health
    • Pharmaceutical industry
      • Amgen
      • ECIR
    • APhA Executive Residency (DC)
    • Kaiser Fontana (CA)
    • Good Samaritan (OR)
    • Glendale Adventist (CA)
    • VA Long Beach (CA)
    • University of Chicago Health System (IL)
    • Palomar Health (CA)
    • Arrowhead Regional (CA)
    • Sharp Rees Stealy (CA)
    • Marshfield Clinic Acute Care (WI)
    • USC Norris Cancer Center (CA)
    • Glaxo Smith Kline Rutgers (NJ)
    • Scientific and Medical Communication (FL)
    • Glaxo Smith Kline Global Regulatory Affairs (NC)
    • Rutgers Novartis (NJ)
    • Gilead (CA)

Post-graduate plans (Class of 2019)

At Commencement 2019, there were 75 PharmD graduates.  Nearly all of the graduates indicated that they are pursuing registered pharmacist (RPh) licensure. Of the 75 graduates, 10 (13.3%) went on to pharmacy residency sites, and 8 (10.6%) were awarded fellowships.  The remainder are looking for work pending licensure.