The SIUE School of Pharmacy, the only pharmacy program in Southern Illinois, offers a professional program leading to the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Established in 2003, the school graduated its first class in May 2009 and received full accreditation in June 2009. Class sizes range from 80-82 students with 90 percent of those students residing in Illinois.
The School values excellence in teaching, pharmacy practice, research/scholarship and service. The six-year program of study is based on current knowledge and technology from pharmacy and other disciplines and is delivered through a variety of innovative teaching strategies.
Dr. Gireesh Gupchup, dean of the School, discussed the uniqueness and strengths of the School of Pharmacy with Dr. Steve Hanson, interim chancellor of SIUE, on the Segue Radio Show. Gupchup shared what it was like to join the School at the birth of the pharmacy program, what sets the program apart from others across the country, and how graduates consistently achieve top Boards pass-rates.