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About the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


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At CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences we're proud of our program. We are a top tier school (ranked #22 out of 143 pharmacy schools in the country), our faculty are invited to write the textbook that all students learn from, our students consistently outperform other schools by winning national competitions and surpassing national licensing pass rates, faculty are lauded nationally with education and clinical awards, and the school is recognized as a #6 NIH-funded research school. 

Nationwide school rankings, licensing pass rates and on-time graduation rates show that our school is exceptional.

2018

  • 93% of students from the Class of 2018 completed the curriculum within four years
  • 98.47% of recent graduates from our program who took the NAPLEX for the first time passed, the national pass rate is 91.64%
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (AACP)  Award for Excellence in Assessment 
  • ​​​Faculty member 
  • Dr. Joel Marrs was recognized by the Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS) as Pharmacist of the Year
  • Faculty member Dr. Cathy Jarvis was recognized by the Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS) with the Bowl of Hygeia Award
  • Alum Dr. Jeremy Vandiver was recognized by the Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS) with the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award
  • Alum Dr. Michelle Anderson was recognized by the Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association with the Leadership Award and McKesson Leadership Award
2017

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (AACP) Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award for commitment to our community through innovative programs that go above and beyond the traditional role of academic pharmacy
  • Faculty member and Department of Clinical Pharmacy Department Chair Dr. Doug Fish was recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) with the Education Award
  • 96% of students from the Class of 2017 completed the curriculum within four years; 97% graduated within five academic years
  • 90.32% of recent graduates from our program who took the NAPLEX for the first time passed
  • 95% of the Class of 2017 were employed in a full-time or part-time pharmacy position, or in a residency/fellowship program after graduation. (100% of all graduates were contacted and the remaining 5% could not be contacted, did not respond or confirmed unemployed)
  • Ranked 6th in the nation for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among pharmacy schools
  • The school's Applied Biological Chemistry course was selected as one of the best in the nation among all schools of dentistry, medicine and pharmacy by the Association of Biochemistry Educators
  • Faculty member James Roede, PhD, was selected by NIEHS (National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences) as an Outstanding Environmental Health Science "ONES" award recipient
  • Reuters names the University of Colorado among world's top 100 innovative institutions.  The University of Colorado system ranked 29th, up from 45th in 2016

2016

  • Ranked 22nd on U.S. News & World Report's most recent list of best pharmacy schools in the country (moving up 2 spots in the rankings)
  • For nine years, our school has surpassed the licensing national pass rates. In 2016, 85.23% of recent graduates from our program who took the NAPLEX for the first time passed the exam
  • 96% of the Class of 2016 were employed in a full-time or part-time pharmacy position, or in a residency/fellowship program after graduation
  • Ranked 5th in the nation for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among pharmacy schools

  • Competing against teams from more than 130 schools of pharmacy, fourth-year students Jillian Bishop and Chelsea Mitchell took home first place in the 2016 American Society of Health System Pharmacist (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition 

  • Students placed third in the Clinical Skills Competition during the SNPhA national conference in Atlanta where they competed against 64 pairs of participants from pharmacy schools throughout the country
  • 91.7% of students from the Class of 2016 completed the curriculum within four years; 93.6% graduated within 5 years
  • Eight students were awarded with Kent M. Nelson Scholarships from Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO). Congratulations Jillian Bishop, Lindsay Case, Michelle Gaynor, Aubrey Jones, Chelsea Mitchell, Kyle Troksa, Rachel Visage and Anna Zhou. The scholarship is awarded annually to deserving pharmacy students from Regis University and the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy

2015
  • According to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, our school ranked 4th in the nation for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding of all U.S. pharmacy schools (2015)
  • Fourth-year students Jillian Dann and Kailynn DeRonde received silver in the 2015 American Society of Health System Pharmacist (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition
  • A team of students won the national Student Compounding Competition in 2014, followed by a second place finish in 2015
  • 92% of students from the class of 2015 completed the curriculum within 4 years; 97% graduated within 5 academic years
  • 100% of the students from the class of 2015 passed the Clinical Capstone
  • In 2015, 94.8% of our recent graduates who took the NAPLEX for the first time passed the exam, making 2014 the 8th year in a row that our graduates have surpassed the national pass rate for the NAPLEX licensing exam

2014

  • 4th in the nation for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among pharmacy schools and 5th in the nation for grant funding from all sources among pharmacy schools (fiscal year 2013-2014)
  • Faculty member Dr. Joseph Saseen was recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) as the Educator of the Year (Dec. 2014)
  • NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) pass rates show that our graduates are some of the best in the nation. In 2014, 96% of our recent graduates who took the NAPLEX for the first time passed the exam, making 2014 the 7th year in a row that our graduates have surpassed the national pass rate for both the NAPLEX and MPJE (Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination) licensing exams.
  • 90% of the students from the class of 2014 completed the curriculum within 4 years; 97% are anticipated to graduate within 5 academic years
  • Ranked 24th on U.S. News & World Report's most recent list of best pharmacy schools in the country
  • Over past three years, an average of 70% of students who applied for PGY1 residency matched
  • 100% of the students from the class of 2014 passed the Comprehensive Patient Care capstone
  • Fourth-year students Joselyn Benabe and Ashley Huntsberry captured the 2014 American Society of Health System Pharmacist (ASHP) Clinical Skills Award
2013
  • 5th in the nation for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among pharmacy schools and 5th in the nation for grant funding from all sources among pharmacy schools (fiscal year 2012-2013)
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