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

The PharmD program is driven by the professional standards from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) Outcomes, and the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) Blueprint. KGI PharmD program adopted the CAPE Educational Outcomes as its Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). CAPE outcomes were developed based on evolving pharmacy curriculum by a team of educators and practitioners nominated by practitioner organizations. Click here to learn more about the PLOs.

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

Licensure Exam Passage Rate

KGI NAPLEX Performance

Graduates
First-time
Pass rate
All Candidates
Pass Rate
2021
51
84% 
55
76% 
2020
74
80% 
83
78% 
2019
70
76%
89
69%
2018
57
75.44%
62
75.81%

Source: NAPB.pharmacy

Graduation and Post-Graduation Data

Graduation rates

 
Graduation Rate
Class of 2022
91%
Class of 2021
95.1%
Class of 2020
96.3%
Class of 2019
97.0%
Class of 2018
90.3%

Post-graduation plans

Employment statistics below were based on the gainful employment survey and other inquiries that KGI conducted annually during May-June to the prior year PharmD graduates.

Graduating Class
Employed within the profession of Pharmacy
Residency/Fellowship
Employed outside the Profession of Pharmacy
Lost to follow up/Other
2021
43%
37%
0%
20%
2020
46%
21%
4%
29%
2019
51%
25%
0%
24%
2018
55%
26%
6%
13%

Post-graduation 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-graduation 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-graduation 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-graduation 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)