There are many career avenues for licensed pharmacists that include community pharmacy (retail or independent pharmacy), hospital practice, work within the pharmaceutical industry, work with pharmacy associations and regulatory agencies, academia, and consulting. Drake’s program is designed to expose students to a variety of opportunities in the pre-pharmacy program and provide in-depth experiential learning opportunities throughout the PharmD program to help students focus their education in an area that will meet their career goals.
Drake has had nearly 100% placement since 1984.
A Drake graduate does not necessarily need to practice pharmacy in Iowa after taking the state licensing examination. Iowa pharmacy licenses can be transferred to most states through reciprocity, although some states may require you to take all or part of their state licensing examination, in particular the parts that pertain to specific laws within the state.
Check with your state's Board of Pharmacy to find out how your Iowa pharmacy license can transfer.
Students must be admitted to the PharmD program prior to applying for any of the joint degree programs. Students generally learn about and apply for the joint degree programs during the P1 year. Students apply to the College of Business and Public Administration (MBA and MPA), School of Education (MSLD), Law School (Law) or Des Moines University(MPH) directly in order to enroll in these joint degree programs. For more information about our joint degree programs and to see a sample curriculum for each, please see our Dual Degrees and Concentrations website.