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.

USJ’s three-year distinctive and innovative modified-block curriculum has a proven record of success; its format will increase your ability to master the material in a team-based learning environment, while also providing an experiential education that prepares graduates for a variety of career paths including community pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, industry, and research.

Ours is a tight-knit community that encourages student engagement and lifelong learning. Faculty and staff provide a supportive and student-centered environment, facilitating success in becoming a practice-ready healthcare provider. The integrated curriculum fosters a strong sense of responsibility to the health and well-being of society. We are committed to developing competent and compassionate pharmacists who will advance the pharmacists’ patient care process.

Accreditation Message from the Dean Mission & Goals

What Makes USJ’s Pharmacy Program Stand Out?

  • Small class sizes and high faculty to student ratios with an open-door policy
  • An impressively diverse student body, faculty, and staff and a global professional network
  • Three calendar year modified-block curriculum – you and your classmates move through the program as a cohort, studying one course at a time and mastering the subject material
  • Experiential education woven into the entire curriculum
  • Students, faculty and staff are actively involved in service to the community
  • History of nationally recognized student research and scholarship


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.

Message from the Dean

Jim Henkel

Thank you for your interest in the School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Saint Joseph. Pharmacy is among the most trusted of the health care professions and we take this trust very seriously. Graduates of our program find they are well-prepared for their careers in the Pharmacy profession.

Our innovative, modified-block, three-calendar year Pharm.D. curriculum is different than those of traditional schools of pharmacy. By studying year-around, you are able to enter your professional pharmacy career one year sooner than graduates of traditional programs. Our accelerated program is not for everyone, but if you have or can develop self-discipline and solid time-management skills, I believe you have the opportunity to succeed here.

Our expert and caring faculty is focused on your academic success and professional growth. We keep our classes small and personalized, mentoring you through the basic and clinical sciences and the advanced practice experiences to prepare you to become a practice-ready pharmacist. As a USJ graduate, you will have not only the scientific and clinical knowledge, but also the professionalism, leadership, and management skills for success in whatever aspect of Pharmacy you choose. Since our first class in 2014, we have followed our alumni as they have assumed leadership roles in numerous practice settings all across the country, from New England to Alaska.

Please navigate our web site and envision yourself as a member of our Mercy values-based family. The University’s reputation for offering high-quality programs, especially in health and human services, is well established and well-respected.

I invite you to visit our facilities at 229 Trumbull Street, Hartford, CT 06103 or contact us at 860.231.5858 with all of your questions. When you visit, talk with our students and determine for yourself that our personalized learning environment makes this a place like no other. Thank you again for your interest in our program, and we look forward to talking with you more about your potential for success.

James G. Henkel, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Professor

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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