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The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is a college of pharmacy located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is part of the Chandler Medical Center of the University of Kentucky, which is dedicated to providing health care services and education.



The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has its root in the Louisville College of Pharmacy. The Louisville College of Pharmacy was estiblished in 1870 in Louisville, Kentucky. Like other pharmacy schools of that time, it was a free standing institution. In 1947, it merged with the University of Kentucky (abbreviated as "UK" below). However, the school building was still located in Louisville until 1957, when it moved to Lexington. When the Chandler Medical Center was developed within the UK, the UK College of Pharmacy was designated as part of it.

UK College of Pharmacy Deans

  • Earl P. Slone, 1946-1967
  • Joseph V. Swintosky, 1967-1987
  • Jordan L. Cohen, 1988-2000
  • Kenneth B. Roberts, 2000-2009

Academic Programs

The main program offered by the UK College of Pharmacy today is the 4-year professional Pharm.D. program, which consists of 3 years of didactic courses and 1 year of clinical rotations. The school also provides first and second year residency programs. Graduate programs are offered by the UK College of Pharmacy in collaboration with another department of the UK, and they include Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Policy There are also the joint programs Pharm.D./MPA and Pharm.D./MBA that a student accepted to both the Pharm.D. and MPA or MBA programs can elect to take, and which would save one to two years' time to obtain both degrees.

The B.S.Pharm. degree program offered in the past was discontiuned in 1998. The one year non-traditional Pharm.D. program for people who already hold B.S.Pharm. to obtain Pharm.D. was discontinued in 2005.

UK broke ground on a new state of the art College of Pharmacy in 2007. This new facility, opening in 2010, will be the largest pharmacy education building in the world.


The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has a great history of research in the pharmaceutical sciences. The faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and staff of the College of Pharmacy conduct front-line research in areas of pharmaceutics that range from identifying fundamental mechanisms of disease, to designing and developing new drugs, to understanding the impact of policies on health care. Funding for research projects in laboratories at the College of Pharmacy has more than doubled over the past 5 years, and has generated discoveries and innovations that have brought international recognition. The research interests of our faculty members can be organized broadly into 4 major areas: Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Therapeutics, and Pharmaceutical Policy, with each area containing multiple more specific and descriptive sub-categories. The vitality of these research programs is evidenced by the many projects, often in multiple categories, that have been awarded nationally competitive funding and that are underway here in the College of Pharmacy. By clicking on any of the sub-categories you will find a list of the faculty who have an active research project in that particular field, and can access more detailed information on those projects by clicking on the name of the individual faculty member.


  • The UK College of Pharmacy was the first pharmacy school east of the Mississippi River to offer the Pharm.D. program.
  • The College established the first drug information center in the USA, but which was discontinued in 2006.
  • UK student pharmacists rank 1st in the nation in first-time pass rates on the national licensing exam for pharmacists.
  • Currently the College ranks 5th among college of pharmacies based on the U.S. News & World Report poll of pharmacy deans and faculty.
  • The College has received as high as a no. 3 ranking in the same U.S. News & World Report polls of colleges of pharmacy.
  • Pharmacy research faculty rank 4th out of 354 institutions in scholarly activity.
  • The UK Pharmacy Residency Program was recognized as the Nation's Most Outstanding in 2007 by the residency accrediting body, the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).


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