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Pocatello, Meridian and Anchorage

ISU’s College of Pharmacy is the oldest of the colleges on the Pocatello campus and offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Better known as the PharmD, the Doctor of Pharmacy degree is a four-year professional doctorate, preceded by at least three years of pre-pharmacy academic studies. 

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree can be completed in Pocatello or Meridian, Idaho or in Anchorage, Alaska. Students may complete their fourth year at our clinical sites in Idaho (Boise, Pocatello, Coeur d’Alene), at our site in Reno, Nevada, or in Anchorage, Alaska and surrounding Alaskan communities.

General Information

The College of Pharmacy offers a professional doctorate that focuses on improving clinical outcomes and improving the quality of patient life. The Mission, Goals and Objectives of the ISU College of Pharmacy and our Curricular Philosophy underscore the overarching educational principles of our program.

Specifically, we educate pharmacists to:

  • Provide quality pharmaceutical care;
  • Be a valuable member of an interprofessional health-care team;
  • Identify and manage complex pharmacotherapy regimens
  • Cultivate ethical and evidence-based decision making
  • Promote public health; and
  • Meet the health-care challenges of the future.

Pharmacists are called upon continuously to develop knowledge and skills to assume new roles that focus on medication management, and to optimize patient outcomes. Graduates of the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy possess the knowledge and skills to succeed throughout their careers and hold true the values of professionalism, ethics, critical thinking, and life-long learning.

ISU's PharmD graduates are sought after for various career opportunities. New graduates have reported employment in community pharmacy practice, clinics and hospital practice, long-term care and home health care. Average full-time salaries associated with these positions for new graduates range from $100,000 to $140,000 annually.


If you wish to be one of our students, you must complete all pre-pharmacy requirements, except for biochemistry, by the end of the spring term of the year you apply. Biochemistry may be completed the summer prior to your admission. Your pre-pharmacy requirements may be completed at any accredited two-or four-year college. These courses provide the foundation necessary for successful completion of the PharmD program. In addition to ISU’s general education requirements and elective credits, you will need to complete the following pre-pharmacy requirements:

  • General Biology;
  • General Chemistry;
  • Statistics or Intro to Statistics;
  • Brief Calculus or Calculus I;
  • General Physics I;
  • Organic Chemistry;
  • Biochemistry;
  • General Microbiology;
  • Economics; and
  • Anatomy and Physiology.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 72 college/university semester credits before beginning the PharmD program at ISU.

For more detailed pre-pharmacy requirements, look here. Actual pharmacy experience is strongly recommended prior to applying for admissions to the Doctor of Pharmacy program.