Touro University California College of Pharmacy
PharmD (2+2 program)
"Becoming a pharmacist is important to me because several of my loved ones require drug therapy. About every five years or so, someone I care for receives a cancer diagnosis and undergoes chemotherapy. Recently, my childhood friend passed away due to complications of her aggressive brain tumor. Although physicians prescribe the medication, it is ultimately the pharmacist that thoroughly inspects each one for safety and efficacy before dispensing them. I am in pharmacy because I understand the profound effect medicine has on prolonging life. I want to ensure that therapy regimens are optimized so patients are given more time with the people that matter.Cynthia Yee, PharmD Candidate Touro University California College of Pharmacy, Class of 2021 (P3) -
"Touro University California is a two year academic didactic and two year experiential rotation program. I have had the wonderful support of the program to grow from a pharmacy student to practitioner. The program has been amazing in supporting its students in all their endeavors, and many of the talented faculty have served as wonderful mentors. One of the highlights of the program is having experiential experiences intertwined throughout the curriculum and the two year rotation schedule. This allots students for additional preparation in clinical practice before transitioning into the career."- Jasmine Reber, PharmD, Touro University California College of Pharmacy, Class of 2016 -
"TOURO STUDENTS ARE AMAZING. I recently precepted 2 students and 2 residents. Both Touro students outperformed one of the residents. They were motivated, enthusiastic, and active learners who conducted very high level critical thinking skills that even impressed the residents. Both written and verbal communications were at or above the level of the residents, who are both from a top ranked pharmacy school. The students exceeded my expectations while I was underwhelmed by the resident."Ellena Mar, PharmD, APh, BCACP Clinical Pharmacist Pharmacy Clinical Rotation Primary Preceptor for Students & Residents Touro University - California: College of Pharmacy - Adjunct Professor, Dept of Clinical Sciences Touro University - California: College of Pharmacy - Charter Class of 2009 Member & Valedictorian -
It is an exciting time to launch a career as a pharmacist.
What kind of pharmacist do you want to be?
Do you envision yourself working in a community setting, in a hospital, for the government, or even running your own business? Do you see yourself working with patients, influencing healthcare policies, or developing new pharmaceuticals?
Graduates from the Touro University California College of Pharmacy have done all these things and more.
Never before have there been more opportunities for pharmacists to work in diverse settings, and to influence the scope of their practice. The knowledge and skills that you gain during your four years in pharmacy school will help shape your future and prepare you to succeed in a dynamic and evolving healthcare environment.
We invite you to join us in making a difference in the lives of our patients and the communities we serve.
Demographics of the Class of 2021
- 100% have bachelor’s degree
- 8% have master’s degree
- Cumulative GPA of 3.19
- Average age of 25
- About 90% are bilingual
- Over 90% graduated from a university in California
Reasons for selecting Touro
- Innovative 2+2 program that offers two full years of clinical experiences, more than any other pharmacy school in the country
- Outstanding professional and personal development opportunities give EVERY student the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential
- Practice ready graduates who are in high demand by employers
- Commitment to serving a diverse study body and patient population
- Our profile @PharmCAS - http://schoolpages.pharmcas.org/publishedsurvey/465
- Current students via Touro COP (College of Pharmacy) Connect
- Dean Matsumoto, Touro University California College of Pharmacy
- Anthony Williams, Recruiter & Outreach Specialist. Tel: 707-373-4421. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Touro University California College of Pharmacy Admissions
- If, after reviewing the information on this website, you have unanswered questions
regarding admission to the College of Pharmacy, we invite you to contact us at email@example.com
All applicants, including graduates from foreign institutions, must hold either US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status at the time of application. DACA recipients and candidates with "pending" citizenship or permanent residency cannot be considered.
Minimum Academic Requirements
The Touro University California College of Pharmacy screens for interview eligibility based off of the primary (PharmCAS) application and letters of recommendation. Minimum Science and Cumulative GPA's of 2.75 are required. In cases where either the cumulative or science GPA's fall below 2.75, the Admissions Committee will conduct a secondary review focusing on the most recent 30 units comprised of Chemistry, Biology, and other Physical Sciences coursework.
A Bachelor's degree is not required. Including the course requirements listed below, candidates must complete a minimum of 90 semester units (135 quarter units) of degree applicable coursework.
The PCAT is not required.
Throughout the application process, candidates are evaluated based upon a variety of criteria, including the following:
- Academic Competence
- Personal/Professional Achievements
- Demonstrated Leadership Skills
- Written Communication Skills
- Verbal Communication Skills
- Exposure to/Experience in Pharmacy
Minimum Course Requirements (Updated 8-29-19)
Human Anatomy is no longer required. The Human Physiology requirement has been reduced to 3 semester units or 5 quarter units. A Human Physiology lab is no longer required.
Candidates for admission to the College of Pharmacy are required to complete the following coursework with a grade of "C" or better:
- Chemistry Option 1 (Must satisfy Option 1 or Option 2)
- General Chemistry - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab
- Organic Chemistry - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab (may substitute 4 semester units of Biochemistry for 4 semester units of Organic Chemistry)
- Chemistry Option 2 (Must satisfy Option 1 or Option 2)
- General Chemistry - 4 semester units or 6 quarter units, with lab
- Organic Chemistry - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab
- Biochemistry - 4 semester units or 6 quarter units, with lab
- Human Physiology - 3 semester units or 5 quarter units, lab not required
- Microbiology - 4 semester units or 5 quarter units with lab
- Calculus - 3 semester units or 5 quarter units
All required coursework must be completed prior to the start of classes. Candidates missing required coursework at the time of application may be permitted to proceed provisionally in the application process, provided they meet all other requirements. Candidates are informed of this provisional status via email sent with the invitation to interview.
Letters of Recommendation
The College of Pharmacy requires two letters of recommendation, which should be submitted with the PharmCAS application. One letter must be from an academic reference or from a pharmacist. The remaining letter may be from any other source, excluding family members.
If you do not submit both required letters of recommendation with your PharmCAS application or you wish to submit additional letters of recommendation, letters may be submitted via one of the methods provided below. Please note, however, that submitting letters outside of the PharmCAS application will delay your ability to interview for our program. Please make certain that your letter writer includes your full name and your PharmCAS ID.
- Letters may be emailed directly from the letter writer to Ms. Jacqueline Harte at Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the preferred method of submitting letters of recommendation after initial submission of your PharmCAS application.
- Letters may be mailed, via US Mail, to Touro University California, Attn: Pharmacy Admissions, 1310 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592. Letters must be mailed directly from the letter writer.
- Letters may be submitted via PharmCAS after your application has been verified, but you must provide us with the name of your letter writer and the date when the letter was submitted. If you do not provide this information, we will not be able to download your letter.
Be sure to submit all application materials prior to their respective deadlines! Letters of recommendation are used for admissions purposes only and do not become part of the official academic record.
Additional Requirement for Graduate of Foreign Institutions
The Touro University - California College of Pharmacy considers applications from graduates of foreign institutions. The College does not, however, evaluate foreign transcripts. Transcripts and coursework from foreign institutions must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Evaluations must be sent directly to PharmCAS and must indicate that the foreign degree should be considered equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Touro University - California accepts advanced placement credit as long as such credit appears on the undergraduate transcript and indicates either specific subject credit (e.g. General Chemistry - 4 units) or specific course credit (e.g. Chem 101 - 4 units). General advanced placement credit without such specifications is not accepted.
Student testimonials, March 2015
Directed by: Roger Tanioka (PharmD, Class of 2017). Edited by: I-Kuan Hsu (PharmD, Class of 2017). Video footage courtesy: Kathy Nguyen (PharmD, Class of 2018). Music by Michael Relaxdaily (https://soundcloud.com/relaxdaily)
2+2 PharmD Curriculum
Students participate in co-curricular activities which may include -
- Legislative Day
- Career Fairs
- professional organizations and clubs
- community service projects
Our students have won national awards recognizing their leadership, community service, research, and clinical skills.
Student-Run Health Clinic
Script Your Future 2014
SCRIPT YOUR FUTURE. Published on Mar 11, 2014. Filmed at the San Francisco Ferry Building/Boat. Special Thanks: Touro University California Public Health Program: Megan Call, Ryan Dreher; Physician Assistant Program: Jeannie Duong, Jennifer Trost; College of Osteopathic Medicine: Brian Khong, Jesse Alifano; College of Pharmacy: Jessica Chen, I-Kuan Hsu, Timothy Phan, Jasmine Reber Steven Van. Music: Capo Productions - Fly Away
Touro University California College of Pharmacy
Student Life - A photo essay
Additional degree opportunities
To view additional course description of the didactic courses, please download our PDF catalog:
School of Pharmacy Student Catalog (pending)
Pharmacists are required to be licensed by the states in which they practice. Each state has its own requirements for granting licensure and its own licensing board. California law requires that applicants for pharmacist licensure have completed 1500 intern hours in various pharmacy practice settings in order to sit for licensure examination. (B&P §4200(a)(5)). The Touro University College of Pharmacy program affords the student the opportunity to complete the number of hours needed to satisfy the California pharmacy board requirement. Generally, a license can be obtained by successful completion of exams administered by the NORTH AMERICAN PHARMACIST LICENSURE EXAMINATION™ (NAPLEX®) and a California law examination.
The Pharmacy Experiential Education Department has provided a network of information for preceptors. In addition to the Experiential Rotation manual, preceptors are granted access to E*Value, which is the Experiential department's internet website for preceptor and student information.
Touro provides preceptor training quarterly newsletters and access to online library resources for adjunct faculty members. Experiential coordinators are also available for on-site visits, and the team is in dedicated to establishing good communication with our valuable preceptors.
To set up a site visit, or for questions or concerns, please contact the Experiential Team at email@example.com.
Touro University California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, veteran status, or any other status characteristic protected by applicable laws in employment, or in admission, treatment or access to educational programs or activities.
To the extent provided by law, the university will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities which meet the legal standards for documentation, whenever the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform all essential functions of the position and meet the academic program technical standards.
This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Clery Act of 1998. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies. Please note that contact information listed here is for discrimination inquiries only. Please contact the Office of Admissions for admissions related inquiries.
Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Steven Jacobson
Dean of Student Affairs
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Open House - Friday, October 25, 2019
Information for incoming & prospective students, click here
Campus Visit & Tours
We welcome visitors to our campus. To ensure you are accommodated, we ask that you contact our Outreach Specialist (Anthony Williams) so that we meet your needs.
To request more information on our programs, click here
Outreach Calendar of Events for Prospective Students
Click here to see our full calendar of outreach events for incoming & prospective students.
Anthony Williams, Recruiter & Outreach Specialist. Tel: 707-373-4421. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Touro Mobile Diabetes Education Center (MOBEC), is a state-of-the-art mobile trailer operated by Touro University California Diabetes Research and Management (DREAM) team with the help of student volunteers to bring FREE diabetes screening and education to the people of Solano County. Through the use of this mobile education center, we aim to break the barrier between healthcare providers and community members in the prevention of diabetes. We provide not only diabetes screening for members of the community who may not otherwise have adequate access to healthcare but also education to the public about their risk factors, thus aiming to prevent diabetes and prediabetes in their lives.
A free clinic organized and staffed by students from Touro University California. A licensed clinician provides direct, on-site supervision.
The SRFC was developed in order to foster a relationship between the city of Vallejo
and Touro University by providing a valuable resource for low-income residents of
Vallejo. After conversations with local healthcare stakeholders, several barriers
to healthcare access were identified. The most significant ones include: a lack of
after-hours care, insufficient medical insurance, inadequate transportation to healthcare
facilities, cultural stigmas, a significant language barrier in Spanish and other
languages, and poor health literacy. The SRFC has resolved to overcome these barriers
to healthcare in Vallejo.
Students benefit by practicing their clinical skills through increased patient contact, developing interprofessional leadership and teamwork skills, and gaining direct experience of the social, economic and cultural challenges that impact healthcare. The SRFC offers a dynamic educational environment for students as well as compassionate service to our local community.
Student Performance & Accreditation Information
July 8, 2015
College of Pharmacy Receives Full 8 Year Accreditation
A Message from Dr. Marilyn Hopkins,
Provost & Chief Operating Officer
I am pleased to announce that on July 8, 2015, President Kadish and Dean Rae Matsumoto were notified that our College of Pharmacy received a full eight year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
This is a major accomplishment! We have a superb academic program which is recognized nationally for its quality, innovation and contributions to pharmacy education and practice.
Congratulations to Dean Matsumoto, her leadership team and all the COP faculty, staff, students and alumni who participated in this rigorous process. Their good work has led to this wonderful result.
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