s your son or daughter a highly motivated student with a strong interest in science? If so, then the profession of pharmacy and the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy may be the right prescription for his or her future.
Pharmacists ensure patients get the right medications in the correct doses, keep track of all medications patients take to prevent harmful interactions, and offer advice to physicians and patients to help manage their medication therapies. Pharmacists also have the authority and ability to administer immunizations and help patients manage chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
While many pharmacists choose to practice in independent, chain or supermarket pharmacies, others practice in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health care organizations and even veterinary clinics. They also work in the pharmaceutical industry, law enforcement, government, as well as private companies and universities.
Average annual starting salaries of our recent graduates range from $105,000 to $122,000, depending upon where they practice. Few degrees match a pharmacy degree's versatility, value and return on investment.
To become a pharmacist, one must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and pass the national licensure exam. Earning a Pharm.D. from the University of Mississippi requires seven years of collegiate study, including three years of pre-pharmacy courses and four years of professional pharmacy course work.
Pharmacists enjoy one of the highest employment rates of any profession in the country. Most UM Pharm.D. students receive job offers months before they graduate and are employed within weeks of graduating.
Our degree programs foster mastery of the practical and theoretical knowledge and analytical, communications and teamwork skills needed in today's rapidly changing health care environment. Because of this balance of knowledge and skills, our graduates are leaders and managers in biomedical research companies, hospitals, government agencies, universities, trade organizations, Fortune 500 companies and every imaginable practice setting.
Our curriculum provides ample opportunities to assess and counsel patients, monitor their drug therapies and dispense their medications. As a result, our students' five-year pass rate on the national licensure exam is more than 98.97 percent, the nation's fifth highest. This makes our graduates highly sought after and their credentials impeccable.
An Ole Miss education is ranked as one of America's Best College Buys by Forbes magazine. With our tuition among the nation's lowest and many of our programs among the nation's finest (e.g., Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College), our students often say Ole Miss provides a private education at a public school price.
UM pharmacy students who maintain a 3.5 grade-point average receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. Additional scholarships are awarded to students who earn 4.0 GPAs. The scholarships, which increase as students progress through the curriculum, reward academic performance and are entitlements for which students do not even apply.
Our Oxford campus is the safest in the SEC and among the top 10 safest campuses in the nation.
Our energetic and talented research and teaching faculty members successfully seek and secure extramural funding for their internationally competitive research, enabling them to share emerging scholarship with students in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.
Oxford Campus—Pre-pharmacy and pharmacy students take classes on UM's main campus in Oxford, one of the best college towns in America. Our students enjoy such activities as shopping and fine dining on the historic Oxford Square, visiting William Faulkner's home Rowan Oak, and fishing, camping and kayaking on Sardis Lake.
Jackson Campus—Students in the third professional year move to UM's Medical Center in Jackson for active learning and practice experiences. Jackson is the center of the state's bustling medical enterprise and provides numerous opportunities for students to begin their career-long interaction with physicians, nurses and other health professionals.
Our students practice what they learn in their classrooms and laboratories by working with patients under the supervision of a faculty member or licensed pharmacist. Many of these practical experiences take place at the UM Medical Center, where students apply their therapeutics knowledge and hone their skills in ambulatory care, cardiology, critical care, internal medicine, nutrition support, oncology, pediatrics, psychiatry and other specialties.
In addition to its 99 full-time teaching and research faculty, the School of Pharmacy has more than 270 pharmacists serving as preceptors at nearly 155 sites in Mississippi and the Mid-South. These preceptors acquaint our students with patient care in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings during their professional rotations. These firsthand experiences prepare our students to practice wherever they choose.
With enrollment limited to 115 students in each year of our professional program, opportunities abound for developing personal and professional friendships with faculty, preceptors, staff and other students. Many of those friendships will last a lifetime.
In addition to its faculty, administrators and preceptors, our school's alumni take pride in supporting and mentoring our students. They know the value of a pharmacy degree and want to share that experience.
Ranked the No. 1 tailgating spot in America, our Oxford campus transforms into an unforgettable celebration on football game weekends.
UM's more than 200 student organizations provide ample opportunities for your child to get involved in philanthropic, recreational and professional activities and develop leadership, communications and teamwork skills.
The University of Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and its Doctor of Pharmacy program was reaccredited in 2012 by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
The pass rate on the national licensure examination for the 2012 graduating class was 98.97 percent, and 84 percent of the entering professional class in August 2008 graduated with their Pharm.D. degree prior to September 2012.
The best way to find out what the UM School of Pharmacy has to offer is to visit our campus. To schedule your visit to experience Ole Miss firsthand, please call the admissions office at 662-915-7226 anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go to www.olemiss.edu/admissions/visit.html. We would be happy to show you personally why the UM School of Pharmacy is the right prescription for your child's future.