- About the PharmD
- Admissions Overview
- Policies and Disclosures
- Financial Aid and Cost
- Application Process
- Application Process Overview
- Step 1: Minimum Eligibility Requirements
- Step 2: The Application
- Step 2: The Application Overview
- Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) Application
- Application Processing Fee
- Checklist: Transcripts
- Keep Your Contact Info Current During the Admissions Process
- Step 3: Interview Process
- Step 4: After Applying
- Frequently Asked Questions and Tips
- Applying Without U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
- PharmD-PhD Dual Degree
- Post-Baccalaureate Program
- Student Life
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Past Student Perspectives
Meet some of the students from previous years in the PharmD degree program.
Chris credits his grandparents, girlfriend, and classmates in providing him support and sanity through UCSF’s rigorous doctor of pharmacy curriculum.
Seeing how Project Healthy Heart promoted the services her papa had received, Sarah feels a strong connection to give back.
I will help my patients understand how to use their medications safely and help them create a world where they can find peace, love, and joy.
We must never forget to remember where we come from and to give back to our communities.
From the moment I walked into the pharmacy school on the day of my interview I knew this was the place where I could become the best possible pharmacist for my patients.
My classmates share my struggles and my joys and knowing that we are all in this together is what keeps me working hard.
My classmates come from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences, which really enhances my learning because I get to see so many different perspectives.
My advice is to take on a challenge you think is too big and when you make a mistake—and you will make mistakes—people will see you are trying to learn.
I appreciate how a pharmacist needs to maneuver in so many different ways to arrive at a solution for a patient.
Pharmacy is an opportunity to embody my faith on a day-to-day basis … in a way, it’s prayer through action.
It was truly a rewarding experience to be able to use the knowledge that I have gained in pharmacy school to help people solve their problems.
Whenever I’m interacting with a patient, that’s when I know I belong in this profession.
I respect just how much the role of a pharmacist depends on establishing relationships with others and understanding their challenges when it comes to maintaining health.
Even with the year and a half of school I’ve had so far, I’ve been able to make a positive impact in people’s lives.
UCSF is an environment that supports its students no matter who you are and what struggles you face—they will help you achieve what you want to achieve.
The way I see it, you go to the doctor’s office for 15 or 20 minutes, but you go on medication for life.
I was very fortunate to experience life outside the United States, which made me aware of people who are struggling . . . and do not have the most basic things we take for granted here.
I would like to help people who are disenfranchised, particularly the Spanish-speaking community.
I want to be able to bring what I learn back to Fresno … there is such a need for healthcare professionals in the Central Valley.
Pharmacy allows me to apply my love of economics and skill as a pharmacist to serve diverse, underserved communities.
I wanted to make more of a contribution given what I had learned through my experiences in life.
As the only person in my pharmacy who could speak Spanish, the patients would pour their hearts out to me.
In Islam, you always have to keep in mind that you need to give back to humankind. If you were given the resources, it’s your responsibility to help out.
Image credits: Shirin Houshangi, Joel W. Gonzales
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