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About the MCW Pharmacy School

About the Pharmacy School


Become the Pharmacist of the Future

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Pharmacy School is preparing the next generation of pharmacists to practice at the top of their licenses, fully prepared for the new demands and opportunities of a rapidly-evolving profession. Our three-year doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program – based at a prestigious academic medical center – provides students extensive exposure to a variety of clinical settings and world-class research in specialties such as precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, cancer and psychiatry.


Through your educational experience, you will learn how to provide better quality healthcare as part of an inter-professional team. Additionally, you will discover how you can most effectively contribute to the quality of life for your patients and your community.

By taking the first step toward the MCW Pharmacy School, you are committing to become a key provider in improving care for patients with chronic diseases and those needing acute care, partnering with patients to help ensure health and wellness across their lifespan, and increasing accessibility in the community to health screenings, immunizations and other important health services. It is a monumental and meaningful task, and we are here to guide you every step of the way.


The MCW Pharmacy School is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree, balancing more than a century of rich medical education traditions with cutting edge educational technologies and team-based learning models found in a 21st century pharmacy school curriculum. Our program offers small class sizes, significant one-on-one attention from high-caliber faculty, and a supportive, approachable learning environment. Additionally, you will enjoy direct clinical exposure to many different medical specialties, as well as biomedical research, providing you with a wealth of options for your future career path.


At a time when some regions of Wisconsin are facing a shortage of pharmacists, there is an increasing demand for pharmacists who can provide expanded services. MCW is answering the call by providing an innovative model of pharmacy education that is dedicated to developing a pipeline of new, world-class pharmacists for Wisconsin, to ensure high quality healthcare continues for future generations in both urban and rural communities throughout the state. As an MCW PharmD graduate, you will have the knowledge and skills to practice at “the top of your license,” so you can fulfill all aspects of the expanding role of the pharmacist, including providing vaccines, strep tests and other patient care services.


As an MCW student, you will gain hands-on experience at our clinical partners at Froedtert Health, the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, as well as clinics partnered with MCW campuses in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin. You will participate in providing vital services such as vaccination and immunization clinics in community health centers, at public events and in high schools, which will offer an in-depth view of the unique health needs of each community, and the care that is required for the population. Finally, as an MCW Pharmacy School graduate, you will be trained to achieve the Triple Aim: better care, better health, lower cost – which contributes to higher quality care overall and better outcomes for both patients and the community.


Your experience at MCW’s Pharmacy School will prepare you to become an advocate at the local, state and national level for providing greater access to primary and preventive care for patients at convenient locations in their community, advancing the role of the pharmacist in the patient care team, and evolving the healthcare delivery model to meet the needs of patients and the community.

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Vision, mission & core values

Our Vision

Engage learners, practitioners, and researchers to transform health care through the continuum of discovery and the advancement of innovative pharmacy practice and patient care models. 

Our Mission

Advance the health of our communities through innovative pharmacy education, continuous public and professional service, and diverse scholarly collaborations. 

Our Core Values

We invest in our learners, patients, communities, and one another.

We serve with integrity, professionalism, and compassion

We foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.

We embrace interprofessional collaboration in education, scholarship, and practice. 

We inspire the pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and lifelong learning



MCW’s flagship campus in Milwaukee includes all of the amenities you would expect in an urban center, with warm and friendly people and a wide variety of year-round activities to keep you busy when you’re not studying.

If you’re seeking a pharmacy educational experience that offers access to and experience at some of the top hospitals and clinics in the country, including Froedtert Health, the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, as well as the opportunity to provide essential healthcare services to meet the needs of patients in the community while earning your degree, look no further than MCW-Milwaukee. Additionally, there are opportunities for you to participate at clinics partnered with MCW campuses located in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin.




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  Why is MCW opening a Pharmacy School?

In Wisconsin, as in several other states, the profession of pharmacy is changing rapidly. Drivers of this change include:

An increase in the aging population

The elderly population—age 65 and over—will increase rapidly in five-year intervals, from 777,500 in 2010 to 1,535,500 in 2040, nearly doubling in 30 years. The projected rise in the population aged 65 or older is anticipated to result in demands for pharmacy services especially in intermediate care, assisted living and group homes.


A reduction of pharmacists in the workforce due to retirements

There is a projected demand for pharmacists resulting from an anticipated surge in retiring pharmacists. In 2012, the Wisconsin Hospital Association reported that more than 20 percent of pharmacists in Wisconsin are aged 55 or older, and are expected to retire in the next 10-15 years.


Continued demand for primary care and health services in rural and urban areas

Similar to the primary care physician shortage, rural and low-income segments of Wisconsin’s health care system, and other regions within the state, are experiencing greater problems in meeting the demand for practitioners.


Increased demand for new types of pharmacists

There is a need for pharmacists who are trained to provide expanded services, including, medication monitoring, immunizations, and health screenings, as well as chronic disease management, acute ambulatory care and specialty pharmacy care.

  How will MCW pharmacists be different?

The MCW Pharmacy School is preparing the next generation of pharmacists to practice at the top of their licenses, fully prepared for the new demands and opportunities of a rapidly-evolving profession.


Graduates of MCW’s Pharmacy School will be:

  • Key providers in improving care for chronic disease and acute care
  • Strategists in helping to ensure medical adherence
  • Partners with patients to help ensure health and wellness across their lifespan
  • Leaders in providing preventive care by increasing accessibility in the community to health screenings, immunizations and other important services
  • Leaders in specialty pharmacy and public health areas, such as pediatrics, geriatrics and psychiatry
  How will specialty tracks be offered and delivered?

Specialty tracks, traditionally offered through post-graduate training such as fellowships and residencies, provide MCW Pharmacy School students with the opportunity to customize their training to pursue a specific area of interest, such as a research focus area or specific specialty of pharmacy such as pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry and behavior health, among several others.


Due to MCW’s diverse faculty expertise and its strong clinical practice partners, MCW’s Pharmacy School will provide students with greater exposure to disciplines and specialty areas that build from the strengths of our specialists at Froedtert Health, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center, among other clinical partners.

  How does the MCW Pharmacy School program help alleviate the physician shortage?

Pharmacists are in an excellent position to offset the primary care physician shortage, due to their expertise in medication management and patient counseling. In addition to nurse practitioners and physician assistants, training pharmacists to practice at the top of their licenses is a logical way to extend the reach of primary care services. Our decades of experience and expertise in training physicians and medical researchers positions MCW optimally to make a positive contribution in addressing the need for pharmacists across Wisconsin.

  How is the field of pharmacy changing, and why is MCW uniquely suited to rise to new challenges in this field?

In April 2014, Wisconsin signed Act 294 into law, enabling “a pharmacist to perform any patient care service delegated to a pharmacist by a physician.” The legislation is changing the face of pharmacy by recognizing the expanded role pharmacists can serve in controlling healthcare costs. That is why MCW’s Pharmacy School implements an innovative and inter-professional curriculum that is designed to train the next-generation of pharmacists to practice at the top of their licenses.

  Are there enough positions for new pharmacists to practice?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment of pharmacists is expected to grow approximately 14 percent from 2012-2022. Additionally, Wisconsin has consistently been identified over the past several years as having a moderate to high demand for pharmacists by the Aggregate Demand Index (ADI), which tracks pharmacy workforce and development. Several forces are contributing to the future demand for pharmacists, including the increase in Wisconsin’s aging population, and the reduction of pharmacists in the workforce due to retirements, among others. As a result, MCW Pharmacy School is answering the call by training graduates to fill a greater role in providing health promotion and wellness services and chronic disease management, which is intended to help address Wisconsin’s primary care needs in rural and urban areas.

  What is the timeline for the MCW Pharmacy School?

The MCW Pharmacy School is anticipated to begin matriculating its first class of students in the Summer of 2017.




The MCW Pharmacy School has applied for accreditation to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) – the national agency for accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education.

The Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle St., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603; (312) 644-3575; FAX (866) 228-2631; Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education website



Candidate Status

With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from an accredited program. The Candidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position. 

Interested in learning more about ACPE and the accreditation process?

Visit our ACPE-MCW Community Connection webpage 




At the MCW Pharmacy School, we value a diverse student body for the enriched learning experience and greater sense of understanding it creates for our students, faculty and staff.

When considering candidates for the Pharmacy School, we consider many qualities, such as your academic, professional, personal and geographic background; race/ethnicity; gender orientation; first generation college student status; ability to speak multiple languages, etc. However, we focus on the experiences and skills you possess that will allow you to contribute meaningfully to the pharmacy profession and effectively help and advocate for the patients you will serve.

By joining our diverse community of learners, you will have the opportunity to positively impact the health of the community, the state and the region.



Advisory Committee

MCW Pharmacy School Advisory Committee

The MCW Pharmacy School will be establishing an Advisory Committee – comprised of members representing a broad spectrum of community pharmacy, pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations – to provide support and guidance during the initial development of our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.

Members of MCW’s PharmD Advisory Committee will be instrumental in assisting with the design of a dynamic academic program – participating in Leadership Team interviews, supporting efforts to secure funding for the program – all focused on preparing the next generation of pharmacists who will help patients achieve their desired health outcomes.

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MCW Pharmacy School Partnerships

As a student in MCW’s Pharmacy School, you will benefit from working as a team with physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals through our clinical partners at some of the top facilities in the country, including:

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innovative 3-Year Program

MCW is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Our innovative program will provide you with early and extensive exposure to a variety of clinical settings and world-class research in specialties such as precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, cancer and psychiatry. The MCW Pharmacy School accepts the PharmCAS application, available July 18, 2018. The final application deadline is May 1, 2019. All prerequisite classes must be completed by June 30, 2019. Qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview at the MCW Pharmacy School starting in the summer of 2019.  Applicants who successfully complete both the application and interview may be offered provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.