About the College

The URI College of Pharmacy brings together some of the brightest minds and most inventive scientists in the industry to deliver a world-class education in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy Practice. Beyond campus, the College provides a wide range of services to the community, including a state-of-the-art Pharmaceutical Development Institute, Drug Information Services, a Pharmacy Outreach program and much more. The College’s accomplished researchers attract millions of dollars each year in their quest to treat disease, leading the College to be ranked 23rd out of 143 in 2021 federal research dollars to colleges of pharmacy. URI’s rural campus near the coast makes the College unique among pharmacy programs in the East, where pharmacy is generally taught in urban communities. 

 

 

Facts

  • 97% would choose URI
    if they started over
    AACP 2022 Annual Graduating Pharmacy Student Survey
    (81% National Average)
    US News and World Report
    2021 Best Graduate Schools
    (Pharmacy)
  • Student Population: 2022-2023

    719Pharm.D. Students
    115BSPS Students
    50Graduate Students


Pharm.D. Program

  • Class of 2028

    418Highly qualified students applied for 130 places
    4.03Average High School GPA
    70%Female
    33%Students of color

     

    Graduated Class of 2021
    89%On-Time Graduation Rate
    90%NAPLEX Pass Rate (85% National Average)
    97%Employment Rate on Graduation (95% National Average)
    87%Postdoctoral Residency Placement Rate (67% National Average)
     
    Lowest Instate & Out of State
    Tuition and Fees
    in the Northeast
    $93,920 / $164,216 respective totals
    P1-P4 years
    (AACP 2020-2021)

    Experiential Education

    Approximately 480 preceptors contributed to our experiential education program (both introductory and advanced practice experiences) during the 2021-2022 academic year.


Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program

  • Class of 2026

    3.72Average High School GPA
     


Research

  • $14,977,574All Federal Fiscal Year 2021 Research Funding
    23rdOut of 143 in 2021 federal research dollars to colleges of pharmacy


Service

    • The Pharmacy Outreach program recently celebrated more than 30 years of services to Rhode Island and have presented more than 700 programs reaching over 10,000 people at numerous locations around Rhode Island.
    • More than 2,500 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians earned ACPE continuing pharmacy education credits though programs offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Development.
    • The Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory serves the criminal investigative needs of state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Rhode Island.
    • The College of Pharmacy Drug Information Service provides healthcare practitioners with timely, evidence-based drug information to promote the safe, rational use of medications.
    • The federally-funded RI-INBRE Program, based at the College of Pharmacy, provides nearly $4M in individual research grants and research infrastructure funding to researchers and universities throughout the state. Opportunities for undergraduate summer research are provided through the Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).
    • The Pharmaceutical Development Institute provides drug product development services, training and small batch manufacturing capabilities to industry and academic partners. The PDI infrastructure features a 7,000 square foot GMP development and manufacturing facility and 1,800 square foot analytic lab.

Dean's Message

college of pharmacy dean E. Paul LarratThank you for your interest in the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. We are one of the nation’s leading pharmacy institutions with a rich 100 year history of professional leadership, educational excellence and research achievement.

Our academic offerings include the Doctor of Pharmacy professional degree program, and BachelorMasters and Doctoral level degrees in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience. Our success is reflected in our “Top 25” pharmacy board pass rate, postdoctoral residency acceptance rate, graduated student satisfaction rate, and employment upon graduation. URI pharmacy graduates are well prepared to take advantage of the many career opportunities available in our challenging healthcare system. Our alums become professionals that make a difference in the lives of so many individuals.

The College of Pharmacy is home to a dynamic research enterprise that brings students into contact with internationally recognized researchers developing solutions to many of society’s most pressing health care problems. Our research funding, in excess of $18 million per year, positions the College among the top 10 pharmacy schools in the country. Our state of the art, 150,000-square-foot teaching and research facility provides many of the tools necessary for scientific discovery leading to better medical treatment and improved patient quality of life.

Finally, you will find that our faculty, staff and students are passionate about our mission. Our commitment to teaching and learning, professional success, leadership, service to our communities and patients, and quest for scientific innovation is reflected in our involvement in the world beyond our small beautiful campus in Kingston.

Thank you for your interest in our College, and we hope to see you on campus soon.

E. Paul Larrat, R.Ph., Ph.D.

Strategic Plan

  • The College of Pharmacy faculty and staff are responsible for the development and assessment of the College strategic plan.
  • The College Management Committee assumes responsibility for the implementation of the plan.
  • Our strategy is developed to be congruent with the strategic, academic, and financial planning efforts of the University.

Advisory Board

Associate Dean

UAE University Medical School

President & CEO

Ascella Health

Professor Emeritus & College Ambassador

URI College of Pharmacy

Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer

Lifespan

Medican Science Liaison

AstraZeneca

Owner, Pharmacist

Asthenis Pharmacy

Director

Pharmaceutical Development Institute

Executive Vice President for Health and Wellness

All-Sober

Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Care & Patient Advocacy

NACDS

Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs

Seres Therapeutics

Vice president and General Manager (Ret)

Balchem Corp

Pharmacist

Lifespan

Pharmacist, Consultant

Senior Director, Quality Innovation

Pharmacy Quality Alliance

Head of Global Sales

Mylan Pharmaceuticals

Vice President of Pharmacy Innovation

Onduo

Director, Division of Neuroscience and Behavior, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

Emeritus Members

  • Ewa Dzwierzynski
  • Heather Larch
  • Colleen Moffitt
  • Justina Molzon
  • Nancy Motola
  • Eleanor Perfetto
  • Ed Quinlan
  • Edward Rudnic
  • John Zevzavadjian

Accreditation

ACPE logo

The College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE was established in 1932 for the accreditation of pre-service education, and in 1975 its scope of activity was broadened to include accreditation of providers of continuing pharmacy education.

ACPE is the sole accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit professional degree programs in pharmacy.

The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is fully accredited for an eight year cycle through June 30, 2024

ACPE is also responsible for accrediting the programs offered through the College’s Office of Continuing Education.

  • ACPE Reporting Statistics

    89.3%The on time graduation rate for the class of 2021
    90.3%2021 NAPLEX pass rate for all attempts
    87.1%Percentage of students that matched who pursued a PGY1 through the ASHP match process for the Class of 2022

Offices