University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

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University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Biological-Pharmaceutical Building U.K.jpg
Established August 16, 1870
Type Public
Dean Timothy S. Tracy, Ph.D.[1]
Students 513 (2010)[2]
Postgraduates 72 (2010)[2]
Location Lexington, Kentucky, USA
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
Campus Urban

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is a college of pharmacy located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is part of the Albert B. Chandler Hospital at the University of Kentucky. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report recognized the UK College of Pharmacy as one of the nation's top five 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 state of the art College of Pharmacy in 2007. The new facility, known as Biological-Pharmaceutical Building, was dedicated on January 25, 2010.[6]

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]


The Biological-Pharmaceutical Building (far left) and the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (right and center)

The main program offered by the UK College of Pharmacy today is the 4-year professional Pharm.D. program, which consists of 3 years of didactic courses and 1 year of clinical rotations. The school also provides first and second year residency programs. The College's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences also offers Ph.D. programs.


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 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.
  • UK student pharmacists rank 1st in the nation in first-time pass rates on the national licensing exam for pharmacists.
  • Currently the College ranks 5th 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-Systems 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 2013-01-26.
  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 Awards". Retrieved 25 March 2014.