Graduate student Kiran Deshpande (Pharm' 22) works in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Kagan Lab

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Advancing Human Health and Wellness

The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, a part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a close-knit, mission-driven, and research-intensive school within one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive academic health centers. As one of only a few “0-6” doctor of pharmacy programs in the United States, students may enter the preprofessional phase directly from high school, or transfer into the professional program from college or with an advanced degree. Students and faculty of the pharmacy school are dedicated to excellence in health care and biomedical education, innovative and visionary research and scholarship in the pharmaceutical sciences, exemplary clinical practice, and outreach community services that address the needs of the citizens of New Jersey and society at large.

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Students' first-attempt pass rate on NAPLEX licensure exam

2019 data

On-time graduation rate

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Clinical practice sites in network
Top 10%
National Institutes of Health research funding received by schools of pharmacy

Patient-Centered, Outcomes-Oriented Pharmacy Education

Rutgers pharmacy students are educated for the realities of 21st-century pharmacy practice centered around patients, outcomes, and collaboration in health care. Students get early exposure to the many career pathways in pharmacy, including basic research, public health, health outcomes and economics, pharmaceutical industry management, and more, through the school’s place in the larger Rutgers community, and within the sizable pharmaceutical industry in New Jersey.

A Solid Recommendation

"I would recommend both the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Rutgers to any student interested in the life sciences. For one thing, the pharmacy school is built into Rutgers, so you get a small school feel with the resources of a larger institution. Also, the PharmD degree here is one of the most versatile degrees a student can get, giving you a lot of options once you graduate. You could be a practicing pharmacist in a community or hospital setting; you could go into the pharmaceutical industry, health care policy, or a life science-related finance field. Pretty much anything that you can think of—you have a plethora of paths to choose from with a PharmD degree."

Tin Le
PharmD Candidate

Tin Le

Spotlight: Pharmacy Building Expansion

The pharmacy school expansion, completed in 2017, puts patient-centered, team-based care at the center of pharmacy education. The space features 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, the Mannino Community Pharmacy Simulation Lab, 17 patient assessment suites, a hospital simulation suite, mock IV admixture lab, small-group study rooms, and more.

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy