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Top Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician - Best College Rankings

Schools of pharmacy are generally categorized as quasi-medical schools along with dental schools and schools of nursing. The top pharmacy schools are included in the US News & World Report annual survey of colleges, universities and graduate schools.

Pharmacy students must complete a four-year course of study at an accredited pharmacy school. Graduates are then awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and are eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the United States. Below is a list of the top pharmacy schools in the U.S. as featured in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 rankings.

  • University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of California -- San Francisco
  • University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor
  • University of Texas -- Austin
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Illinois -- Chicago
  • University of Kentucky

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists. Unlike the years of education typically needed to become a pharmacist, pharmacy tech programs can take up to a year to complete and may be offered at community colleges in addition to a number of vocational and online schools. Pharmacy technician schools offer an education program that can lead to certification by either the Institute of Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Certification is a relatively recent development, but many employers may look for certification when hiring for a pharmacy technician job.  Below are some of the schools that offer pharmacy technician training:

  • Kaplan University
  • Ivy Tech College
  • Sanford Brown College
  • California State University (Cal State) Fullerton
  • Rio Solado College
  • Cal State San Diego
  • Columbus State College
  • Altierus Career College
  • Cal State/Los Angeles
  • Cal State/East Bay

Source: Best Pharmacy Programs 2016, U.S. News & World Report, https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-pharmacy-schools/pharmacy-rankings/sort+rank_sort/sortdir+desc

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