Chapman’s Irvine Pharmacy school approved for new Ph.D. program
Chapman University is a relatively new entry among the institutions with an Irvine presence, having welcomed the students to its Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in 2015. The Irvine campus is located at Alton Parkway and Jeronimo Road, near the train station. It includes graduate programs in physical therapy and physician assistant programs, and is also home to Orange County’s only school of pharmacy.
The Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) offers a master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences and a three-year accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program. And in March the school reached a prestigious milestone quickly when it was approved to offer a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences.
“The Ph.D. degree will be in high demand for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies and academic research institutions,” said Ron Jordan, the dean of CUSP.
Hospitals and retail pharmacies aren’t the only place pharmacists work. Irvine and OC’s medical products and technology industries are among the fields with a high demand for pharmacists.
“Although we will be preparing students to work in traditional areas of pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, we are intently focused on preparing our graduates to work in the team-based care environments within medical groups, accountable care organizations, care transition organizations, and patient-centered medical homes,” comments Lawrence Brown, an associate dean at CSUP, on an online forum.