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About the UNM College of Pharmacy

College of Pharmacy Building

The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy was established in 1945 as UNM’s first health profession college. Today, the college is a leader in pharmacy education, research and practice and a model for best practices for programs across the nation.

We have more than 50 faculty members and a relatively small enrollment – about 340 students pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy and another 25 pursuing master’s degrees or PhDs in pharmaceutical sciences. Students can expect a comprehensive curriculum and personal attention in a close-knit community while enjoying world-class facilities and interprofessional opportunities at the state’s flagship university. We are located in the UNM Health Sciences Center, a major academic health complex with medical and nursing schools, several allied health programs, teaching hospitals and numerous research centers.

Our graduate students learn from faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized biomedical researchers, and are prepared for a diverse array of research careers in academia, pharmaceutical industry and government.

New Mexico pharmacists prescribe vaccinations, emergency contraception, smoking cessation agents and naloxone, and can also perform tuberculin skin testing. In addition, New Mexico is one of only four states in which pharmacists with advanced training have prescriptive authority under collaborative drug management protocols.

The College of Pharmacy has awarded more than 3,000 pharmacy degrees and has served as the training ground for three out of every five practicing pharmacists in New Mexico today. Our student body is among the most diverse in the nation. Our skilled, compassionate alumni serve patients in urban and rural communities and are leaders in the profession.