April 1, 2005
Purdue pharmacy doctorate among nations top 5, says U.S. News
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. U.S.News & World Report has ranked Purdue University's doctoral program in pharmacy fourth in the nation.
The ratings, which will appear in the magazine's "Americas Best Graduate Schools" on Monday (April 4), are based on survey results of pharmacists in accredited pharmacy programs across the country. This is the first time pharmacy doctoral programs have been ranked in the magazines annual survey of academic programs, which it has published since 1987.
"Purdue pharmacy graduates are consistently held in high regard by industry, academia and the profession because they come out of our program with a top-notch education from a unique environment," said John Pezzuto, dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences. "This high ranking by our peers shows that our graduates continue to meet the demands of whatever branch of the pharmaceutical field they work in."
The Purdue pharmacy program has three main divisions: industrial and physical pharmacy, pharmacy practice, and medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology. It is the breadth of educational opportunities at the school, Pezzuto said, that will continue to give students the edge in years to come.
"Because we provide our students with opportunities to learn the science of fundamental research, the business of drug manufacture and the art of patient care, they enter the work force with the skills to succeed," Pezzuto said. "We also have the advantage of being located at a university respected for such programs as nursing, management, veterinary medicine and engineering, with which our school is strengthening its ties.
"Brand-new facilities at Purdue, such as the Chao Center for Industrial Pharmacy, the Bindley Biosciences Center and the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, will offer us more places to interact with engineering experts, and we intend for this to improve our academic program even further."
The report ranked the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ahead of Purdue. Three other universities tied with Purdue for fourth place: the University of Arizona, the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan.
Purdues School of Pharmacy has 634 students enrolled in the Pharm.D. (doctoral) program, as well as 100 students in the bachelors degree program in pharmaceutical sciences. About 700 students are also enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program. May 2004 Pharm. D. graduates had an average of 4.5 job offers each and an average starting salary of about $87,000.
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Note to Journalists: U.S. News & World Report's complete rankings in "America's Best Graduate Schools" will be available on newsstands Monday (4/4).
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