University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

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University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Biological-Pharmaceutical Building U.K.jpg
EstablishedAugust 16, 1870
DeanKip Guy [1]
Students513 (2010)[2]
Postgraduates72 (2010)[2]
789 South Limestone Street,
Lexington, Kentucky 40536
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38°02′02″N 84°30′36″W / 38.0339°N 84.5099°W / 38.0339; -84.5099Coordinates: 38°02′02″N 84°30′36″W / 38.0339°N 84.5099°W / 38.0339; -84.5099

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is a college of pharmacy located in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report recognized the UK College of Pharmacy as one of the nation's top ten pharmacy programs.[3]


The University at Kentucky College of Pharmacy has its root in the Louisville College of Pharmacy. The Louisville College of Pharmacy was established in 1870 in Louisville, Kentucky. Like other pharmacy schools of that time, it was a free standing institution. In 1947, it merged with the University of Kentucky (UK). However, it was not until 1957 that the school was moved from Louisville to Lexington.[4]

In 1967, Dr. Joseph V. Swintosky became dean of the college. He significantly expanded the program by adding the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees along with adding clinical and pharmacy practice residency programs.[4] Swintosky also helped establish the Center for Pharmaceutical Science and Technology (CPST) as part of the college of pharmacy in 1986.[5]

UK broke ground on a new facility for the College of Pharmacy in 2007, moving from the nearby Rose Street location to a new location adjacent to the Kentucky Clinic on South Limestone. The new facility, known as Biological-Pharmaceutical Building, was dedicated on January 25, 2010.[6] The complex was later renamed the Lee. T. Todd Jr. Building, named after the 11th president of the University of Kentucky who served from 2001 to 2011. It is connected to the nearby Biomedical and Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB).

UK College of Pharmacy Deans[edit]

  • Earl P. Slone, 1946–1967
  • Joseph V. Swintosky, 1967–1987
  • Jordan L. Cohen, 1988–2000
  • Kenneth B. Roberts, 2000–2009
  • Timothy S. Tracy, 2010–2015[1]
  • Kelly M. Smith, 2015-2016 (Interim Dean)
  • R. Kiplin Guy, 2016 - Current


The Lee T. Todd Jr. Building (far left) and the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (right and center)

Students at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy may earn a PharmD degree through a 4-year professional program, which consists of 3 years of didactic courses followed by 1 year of clinical pharmacy rotations. In additional, the College of Pharmacy offers several dual-degree programs that allow prospective pharmacists to receive an additional degree along with a PharmD. These include the Master's of Pharmaceutical Science, the Master's of Public Health, and the Master's of Business Administration.


The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has a history of research in the pharmaceutical sciences. The faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and staff of the College of Pharmacy conduct front-line research in areas of pharmaceutics that range from identifying fundamental mechanisms of disease, to designing and developing new drugs, to understanding the impact of policies on health care. The research interests of faculty members can be organized broadly into 4 major areas: Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Therapeutics, and Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, with each area containing multiple more specific and descriptive sub-categories. The vitality of these research programs is evidenced by the many projects, often in multiple categories, that have been awarded nationally competitive funding and that are underway at the College of Pharmacy.[7]


  • The UK College of Pharmacy was the first pharmacy school east of the Mississippi River to offer the Pharm.D. program.
  • The College established the first drug information center in the USA, but which was discontinued in 2006.
  • Currently the college ranks 6th among college of pharmacies based on the U.S. News & World Report poll of pharmacy deans and faculty.[3]
  • Pharmacy research faculty rank 4th out of 354 institutions in scholarly activity.
  • The UK Pharmacy Residency Program was recognized as the Nation's Most Outstanding in 2007 by the residency accrediting body, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).[8]


  1. ^ a b Leslie, Amy (June 7, 2010). "Tim Tracy Accepts Deanship at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy". Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  2. ^ a b Buranen, Margaret (January 26, 2010). "UK Pharmacy program gets building to match its reputation". Business Lexington. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  3. ^ a b Pharmacy Program Rankings U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b UK College of Pharmacy Bulletin University of Kentucky. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  5. ^ UK Center for Pharmaceutical Science and Technology Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  6. ^ Alessi, Ryan (January 26, 2010). "UK's new pharmacy building dedicated". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  7. ^ Research at the UK College of Pharmacy University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  8. ^ "2007 Pharmacy Residency Excellence Award Recipients - ASHP Foundation". Retrieved 19 April 2016.