UArizona College of Pharmacy Ranked No. 7 by American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has been ranked No. 7 in the nation by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy based on grants and contracts awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for fiscal year 2020.

This ranking represents a consistent effort by the college to center research as a primary component of its mission and strategic plan.  

“We have had a sharp rise in the success of our faculty at obtaining the most competitive NIH grants over the last few years. That success is the direct result of the hard work and ingenuity of our outstanding faculty,” said Nathan Cherrington, PhD, ATS, associate dean of research at the UArizona College of Pharmacy. “What’s even more impressive is the exciting science at the root of new therapeutics, molecular mechanisms, environmental health and clinical outcomes. We are truly fulfilling the mission of our college as a worldwide leader in improving the health of all people.”   

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College of Pharmacy Sees Two-Year Increase in NAPLEX Pass Rates



As spring semesters come to an end, fourth-year PharmD students around the country have begun crossing graduation stages, collecting their diplomas, and beginning the transition from students to pharmacists. But before they can officially enter the workforce, they have one more hurdle to navigate, the NAPLEX.

The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam also known as the NAPLEX was developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to evaluate the general practice knowledge and determine the licensure eligibility of recent Doctor of Pharmacy graduates. This past year, the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy scored a 94.85% for their first-time pass rates. This score demonstrates an increase of more than 10 percentage points from their 2018 score and, most notably, is more than 6 percentage points higher than this year’s national average. This achievement would be remarkable in a normal year, but with a global pandemic compounding everyday interactions in healthcare, this feat has taken on a new level of significance.

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Assessment Tool Helps Future Pharmacists Prepare for Work in the Community


A recent University of Arizona College of Pharmacy study suggests that Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) may be a valuable means of assessing clinical skills while providing learning experiences for pharmacy students in community pharmacy settings. While the OSCEs were designed to assess health care professionals in a clinical setting, there was limited data on its use in testing skills required in community pharmacies, until now.

For pharmacists working in retail, guiding patients on the use of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs is a common part of the job. According to a recent survey from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), pharmacists make an average of 29 OTC recommendations each week, and approximately 81% of consumers purchase an OTC product their pharmacists recommended. As the profession evolves to providing more patient care services, there is a continued need for pharmacy curricula to maintain pace.

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Aging Expert Weighs in on New Interdisciplinary Aging Program


Developed through UArizona Health Sciences Global and Online, new Innovations in Aging graduate programs follow guidance from Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and offer a rare, truly interdisciplinary approach to understanding aging and how to effectively implement positive change in interprofessional settings.

Among the team of experts that developed the Innovations in Aging Graduate Certificate is College of Pharmacy’s Jeannie Lee, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, FASHP. We sat down with Dr. Lee to discuss how this new program will benefit budding pharmacists.

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Metta Lou Henderson, BS ’61, MS ’66, PhD ’78, Recipient of the 2021 AIHP Robert P. Fischelis Award


The College of Pharmacy is pleased to recognize esteemed alum Metta Lou Henderson, BS ’61, MS ’66, PhD ’78, for her reception of the 2021 AIHP Robert P. Fischelis Award. Established by the American Institute of History of Pharmacy (AIHP), the Robert P. Fischelis Award recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the field of the history of pharmacy or to the well-being of the Institute.

Dr. Henderson is a pioneer in the study of pharmacy history, with an emphasis on the way women have shaped the industry. She has written several articles for the journal Pharmacy in History and published the widely acclaimed book, American Women Pharmacists: Contributions to the Profession in 2002. In 2009, Dr. Henderson donated a selection of her extensive archives to the AIHP helping to establish the, "Metta Lou Henderson Women in Pharmacy Collection". The Collection is home to a “treasure trove” of research materials, including biographical material, statistical and census data, information about women in pharmacy organizations, and chronological records of women in pharmacy. Thanks to her groundbreaking research and analysis, the many contributions of women to pharmacy practice are far better understood and documented.

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No matter where you are or where you live, you always have a special connection to the UArizona. That’s the Bear Down Network was born – to make it easier than ever for our alumni to stay connected and engaged. Create your account today at and join our group (College of Pharmacy).


Pharmacology and Toxicology Department Highlights: June 2021


Pharmacy Practice and Science Department Highlights: June 2021



Congratulations to two PharmCAT alumni Jenny Bingham, PharmD '10, and Jake Schwarz, PharmD '10, who both received the AzPA 2021 Fellowship Award! 

Awarding Fellowship in the Arizona Pharmacy Association fosters and rewards demonstrated excellence in pharmacy. Successful candidates for Fellow status have made a sustained contribution to the AzPA and have demonstrated a high level of excellence in pharmacy. 

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