About the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at USJ

Our Pharmacy Program offers students distinctive advantages

While most Doctor of Pharmacy programs follow a four-year plan of study, ours is completed in three calendar years — moving you into the workforce a full year earlier.

Accreditation Message from the Dean Mission & Goals

What Makes USJ’s Pharmacy Program Stand Out?

  • Modified-block curriculum – you move through the program as a group, studying one course at a time and mastering the subject material
  • Experiential education throughout the entire curriculum
  • Faculty and staff highly skilled in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy practice, and administration
  • A state-of-the-art facility in downtown Hartford, Conn.


The University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies’ Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by:

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
190 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.664.3375
Fax: 312.664.4652
Website: www.acpe-accredit.org

The University of Saint Joseph is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies was included in that accreditation in 2013.

The School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies is fully accredited by the state of Connecticut.

Program Quality Indicators

Message from the Dean

I would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to you from the School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Saint Joseph. You are choosing a profession that is among the most trusted professions in the world, if not the most trusted.

Our innovative, modified-block Pharm.D. curriculum has a proven record of increasing students’ ability to master the didactic material along with providing students with a rich experiential education.  Additionally, this format allows students to enjoy the financial benefits of employment sooner, as students complete their Pharm.D in three calendar years rather than in the traditional four years.

We have assembled a world-class faculty and administrative team whose main focus and dedication is to your academic success. The faculty’s diverse experience provides you with a breadth of experiential knowledge, further deepening your educational experience. Moreover, our student services division is dedicated to providing you with all necessary assistance to enhance your educational experience.

In keeping with the University’s founding mission and values of service, the Pharmacy doctorate addresses a demonstrated need in the community and is supported by the University’s core competencies. Specifically, the University’s reputation for offering high-quality programs, especially in health and human services, is well established.

I invite you to visit our new facilities at 229 Trumbull Street, Hartford, CT 06103 or contact us at 860.231.5858 with any questions you may have after exploring our website. Thank you for your interest in our program, and we look forward to welcoming you to our caring and supportive learning environment at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies.

Joseph R. Ofosu, Pharm.D., R.PH.
Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies

Mission and Goals

The program provides a firm foundation in biomedical, pharmaceutical, socio-behavioral, clinical science, and lifelong learning skills, resulting in pharmacy practitioners who are committed to providing quality pharmacist-delivered patient care and advancing the pharmacy profession.

The integrated curriculum fosters strong ethical values, intellectual curiosity, personal integrity, and sense of responsibility to the health and well being of society. The Doctor of Pharmacy program is committed to, and promotes the emergence of, competent and compassionate pharmacists who will advance various pharmacy practice models, engage in community service, and foster the advancement of research and scholarship.


To provide exemplary Pharmacy education to a diverse and qualified student population possessing high leadership potential. The School fosters creation of new knowledge and strong ethical values in the development of competent, compassionate pharmacists dedicated to superior patient care and service to their communities.


The goals of the program will be achieved through four mission-driven areas of focus:

  • Education leading to a solid understanding of the basis of disease states and the professional practice of pharmacy, by:
    • Attracting qualified, diverse students to be leaders in pharmacy
    • Providing meaningful educational experiences designed to impart the requisite skills, knowledge, and values needed for the successful pursuit of careers in the pharmacy profession
    • Fostering the development of critical thinking
    • Instilling in graduates a desire for lifelong learning and a commitment to provide solutions in a constantly changing health care environment
  • Scholarship leading to the ability to create and share new knowledge by the School’s faculty, students, and graduates, by:
    • Attracting competent faculty and staff who are dedicated to innovative teaching methods, mentoring of students, and involvement in practice and community service
    • Providing ample support for the orientation to a new pedagogy and development of outstanding faculty mentors and leaders
    • Creating a scholarly community that rewards academic and professional excellence
    • Fostering collegiality
    • Promoting scholarly activities and other creative endeavors to support the academic enterprise
  • Patient Care leading to the provision of pharmacist-delivered patient care and medication therapy management services based on the application of the students’ education and scholarship abilities, by:
    • Attracting faculty with strong commitment to patient care to serve as preceptors and mentors
    • Expanding practice opportunities through creative application of new knowledge
    • Preparing graduates who can deliver patient-centered care
    • Promoting public health through patient care and advocacy
  • Community Service leading to the active engagement of the members of the community in the world around them, by:
    • Requiring community service as part of the professional curriculum
    • Fostering the growth and development of student organizations within the School to fulfill their service mission
    • Collaborating with existing University programs and their endeavors
    • Developing novel service activities relevant to the school’s mission
    • Exploring the development of international service sites

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