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About the School of Pharmacy

The Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is one of only two degree-granting pharmacy schools in New Jersey, and is the first in the state to be associated with a private university.

The School’s dynamic program of study integrates the very best practices in pharmacy education today. Students will:

  • Have the option to specialize in a concentrated area of study and earn a master’s-level degree concurrently with the PharmD degree.
  • Participate in new partnerships with pharmacy leaders in industry, retail, government and hospitals who will provide mentoring, guidance and resources.
  • Benefit from the strengths of a small college environment, yet learn from top-tier faculty in new facilities specifically designed for the School of Pharmacy.


The mission of FDU’s School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is to create a values-based, student-centered learning experience that prepares graduates who are committed to improving the health of individuals and populations through leadership roles in pharmacy practice, healthcare research and related healthcare fields.


Preparing future pharmacists for diverse roles across the health care continuum through a culture of learning, scholarship, innovation, advocacy and leadership.

Core Tenets

THINK critically, analyze data, detect and solve problems on a path through lifelong learning.

COMMUNICATE knowledge, skills and the confidence to practice pharmacy as an ethical professional and leader.

ADVOCATE and participate as a team member on an interdisciplinary team that may consist of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, ethicists, other health professionals and patients.

LEAD for individual patients and patient populations through the practice of pharmacy.

IMPLEMENT the safe and effective medication therapy management that individualizes patient care and ensures adherence, and supports the ideas of prevention and wellness.

Program Outcomes

Foundational Knowledge: graduates will possess knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to apply the foundational sciences to the provision of patient-centered care.

  • LEARNER: Develop, integrate, and apply knowledge from the foundational sciences to evaluate scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient-centered care.

Essentials for Practice and Care: graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to provide patient-centered care, manage medication use systems, promote health and wellness, and describe the influence of population-based care on patient-centered care.

  • CAREGIVER: Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert (collect and interpret evidence, prioritize, formulate assessments and recommendations, implement, monitor and adjust plans, and document activities).
  • MANAGER: Manage patient healthcare needs using human, financial, technological, and physical resources to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.
  • PROMOTER: Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness.
  • PROVIDER: Describe how population-based care influences patient-centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices.

Approach to Practice and Care: graduates will have the knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors and attitudes necessary to solve problems; educate, advocate and collaborate, working with a broad range of people; recognize social determinants of health; and effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally.

  • PROBLEM SOLVER: Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution.
  • EDUCATOR: Educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess understanding.
  • ADVOCATE: Assure that patients’ best interests are represented.
  • COLLABORATOR: Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs.
  • INCLUDER: Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care.
  • COMMUNICATOR: Effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization.

Personal and Professional Development: graduates will have the knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors and attitudes necessary to demonstrate self-awareness, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, and professionalism.

  • SELF-AWARE: Examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, biases, motivation, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth.
  • LEADER: Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position.
  • INNOVATOR: Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.
  • PROFESSIONAL: Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society.

Program Statistics

93.1% On-time graduation rate

Within our last class, 93.1% of our student body graduated within eight semesters (four years) of initial enrollment.

100% of students meet our program learning goals

Each student completed and passed their terminal competency assessments, certifying that they met or exceeded our program learning goals, which mirror the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy CAPE Outcomes.

98% of our alumni believe they were well prepared

98% of students said they felt that they received a high quality education and that the program's educational experience prepared them well for their post-graduate careers.

96% would choose us again

Of the respondents to a recent alumni survey, 96% of alumni said that they would choose our program if they were starting over.

92.98% Naplex passing rate

Class of 2019 pass rate for first-time test takers of NAPLEX during the most recent testing period. 84.42% class of 2018 pass rate for first-time test takers of NAPLEX.

Strategic Plan

SoP Strategic Plan Cover

Faces of the School

Pharmacy Cover FDU Magazine FULL

FDU Magazine includes coverage of the School of Pharmacy's inaugural class.

Student Pharmacist Programming

February 2014

Script Your Future FULL

Previous Leadership Programming

May 2013

Disney's Approach to Lead Exc LOGO

Pharmacy Future Leaders Series from Pharmacy Podcast

Hear the podcast featuring FDU PharmD student Nicholas Albano.

Fit Friendly

NJ Biz 2017


Best Places to Work 2016


Best Places to Work NJ 2015