Top 20 Pharmacy Schools on the East Coast



11. Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington, DC
Pharmacy instruction began at Howard University in 1868 in the “Department of Medicine.” Today, the College of Pharmacy offers a variety of in-demand programs for aspiring pharmacy industry professionals. Offerings include the Pharm.D., a Non-Traditional Pharm.D. (online), and a Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Specializations in Pharmaceutical Sciences include Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacy Administration. The College also offers the Pharm.D./MBA dual degree.

Tuition for the Howard University College of Pharmacy is $12,952.50 or $1,615 per credit hour for part-time students.

About Howard University: Established in 1867, Howard University sits on a 258-acre campus and it is home to more than 7,000 students. The University offers more than 100 programs throughout more than a dozen colleges and schools.


12. MCPHS University – Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
Established in 1823, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University (MCPHS University) is the oldest university in the City of Boston. It is also the country's second oldest university of pharmacy. Home to more than 6,000 students, MCPHS University offers programs at its campuses in Boston, Worcester, and Manchester, as well as online through the recently launched MCPHS online.

Offerings include the Pharm.D., an accelerated Pharm.D., and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacology. The University also offers M.S. degrees in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business, Medicinal Chemistry, Clinical Research, and Pharmaceutics, as well as B.S. degrees in Biomedical Informatics, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Pharmacology & Toxicology

Other offerings include a M.S./Ph.D. in Pharmacology (dual degree), a Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Regulatory Affairs, or Patient Safety, and a MPS in Patient Safety.

Tuition for the Pharm.D. program is $32,550 for 12-18 credit hours. Graduate and Certificate programs are $1,020 per credit hour.


13. LECOM School of Pharmacy, Erie, Pennsylvania
Established in 1992 “to meet the growing need for physicians,” Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is the nation’s largest medical college. The School has campuses in Erie, PA, Greensburg, PA, and Bradenton, FL and it is home to 2,200 students. Programs are offered through the College of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and the School of Pharmacy.

The School of Pharmacy is home to 950 students enrolled in the Pharm.D. program. Tuition for the LECOM School of Pharmacy (Erie, PA) is $24,500 per year, regardless of residency status. Tuition for the Bradenton, FL campus is $21,490 per year for Florida residents, and $24,662 per year for non-residents.


14. Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Oakwood, Virginia
Established in 2003, Appalachian College of Pharmacy offers the only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Home to around 190 students, the College consists of Garden Hall (25,000 square feet), McGlothlin Hall (30,000 square feet), and The Mountain Care Center, which serves low-income and uninsured residents.

Appalachian College of Pharmacy tuition is $11,116 for the Summer term and $11,167 per term for Fall and Spring.


15. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, New York
Established in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is the nation’s 14th oldest pharmacy program. The College consists of a main campus in Albany, New York, and a satellite campus in Colchester, Vermont. The Vermont campus offers the only pharmacy program in the state.

Home to 1,700 students, Albany College of Pharmacy offers a wide variety of degrees and related programs for aspiring pharmacy professionals. Offerings include the Pharm.D., M.S. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Outcomes Research, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology, and Biotechnology, and a B.S./M.S. in Biotechnology/Cytotechnology.

The College also offers B.S. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Biomedical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health and Human Sciences, and Microbiology, as well as many Joint Degree programs. Offerings include B.S./M.S. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biotechnology/Cytotechnology; a B.S. or Pharm.D./MBA in Clinical Leadership and Health Management, a B.S. or Pharm.D./M.S. in Healthcare Management, a B.S./M.D. in Medicine, a B.S./P.A. in Physician Assistant Studies, and a B.S./J.D. in Law

Tuition for the Albany College of Pharmacy is $28,200 per year for Pre-Pharmacy and B.S. degree programs, as well as Professional Pharmacy Programs (Year 4/Albany). Tuition for the Professional Pharmacy Program (Years 1-3, Albany & Vermont) and M.S. programs is $30,900 per year.


16. St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Rochester, New York
St. John Fisher CollegeWegmans School of Pharmacy opened in the Fall of 2006 with 55 students, nine faculty, and two staff. Today, the school is home to more than 300 students, and over 40 faculty and staff. The School, which is “the first of its kind in Monroe County and the fifth in the State of New York,” offers the Pharm.D.

Tuition for the Pharmacy program is $17,180 per semester, $34,360 per year, or $946 per credit hour. Tuition for 4th Year Pharmacy students is $34,360 split over 3 semesters.

About St. John Fisher College: St. John Fisher College is an independent, liberal arts college “in the Catholic tradition of American higher education.” It was established in 1948 and it is home to 2,900 students. The school, which sits on 154 “park-like” acres, offers 32 academic majors, 11 pre-professional programs, 9 graduate programs, and 3 doctoral programs across five schools.


17. Long Island University Pharmacy (LIU Pharmacy), Brooklyn, New York
Established as the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1886, the Long Island University  Pharmacy (LIU Pharmacy) is the oldest unit of Long Island University and one of the largest private colleges of pharmacy in the country. Housed at the 11-acre downtown Brooklyn Campus, the College became affiliated with the University in 1929 and merged with the Brooklyn Campus in 1976. Also in 1976, the College became known as LIU Pharmacy-the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences of Long Island University.

Offerings include the Pharm.D., a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, and M.S. degrees in Drug Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacology/Toxicology, and Pharmaceutics (Industrial Pharmacy or Cosmetic Pharmacy).

Tuition for the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy is $15,601.00 for 12 to 18 credits (Years 1 and 2); $18,445.00 for 12 to 18 credits (Years 3-5), and $38,925.00 for 37.5 credits (Year 6), billed per credit.

About Long Island University: Long Island University was chartered in 1926. The University’s first class consisted of 312 students. Today, the school sits on a 307-acre campus and it is home to 24,449 students. Long Island University offers nearly 600 degree and certificate programs, at six New York metropolitan area locations and five international sites.


18. St. John's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, New York, New York
St. John's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was established in 1929 as the College of Pharmacy. In 1971, it became the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2012. Located at the 105-acre Queens campus, the College is home to 2,475 students and it offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Program offerings include the Pharm.D., a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, M.S. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Administration, and Toxicology, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) launched Fall 2013, and B.S. degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Toxicology, Radiologic Sciences, and Physician Assistant.

Tuition for St. John's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is $1,270 per credit hour.

About St. John’s College: St. John's University was founded in 1870. Considered one of the Top Catholic Universities in the U.S., the school has six locations including Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, Oakdale, N.Y., Rome, Italy, and Paris, France. St. John's University is home to 21,067 students enrolled in more than 100 majors and concentrations throughout seven colleges and schools.


19. Shenandoah University Bernard Dunn School of Pharmacy, Winchester, Virginia
Established in 1995, the Bernard Dunn School of Pharmacy is housed in the Health Professions Building at the Winchester Medical Center campus. The building “features 190- and 85-seat multimedia classrooms plus numerous smaller classrooms for demonstrations, problem-solving exercises and simulation.”

The School offers the Pharm.D., a Non-traditional Pharm.D., a Pharm.D./MBA, and a Pharmacogenomics program. The Pharm.D./MBA is offered in conjunction with the Byrd School of Business and the Pharmacogenomics program is offered in conjunction with The George Washington University.

Tuition for the Bernard Dunn School of Pharmacy is $15,675 per term for full-time students enrolled in 9-18 credit hours and $873 pre credit hour for students enrolled in 1-8 credit hours. Tuition for the Non-traditional Pharm.D. is $640 per credit hour.

About Shenandoah University: Shenandoah University was founded in 1875. It is a private university affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Home to 4,176 students, Shenandoah University sits on more than 126 acres and it offers 44 undergraduate degrees and 28 graduate degrees.


20. Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
The Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes College was established in 1996 as the School of Pharmacy. In 1999, it became the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes College. Because the school values “meaningful faculty-student interaction,” the School limits each entering pharmacy class to 70 students. Offerings include a Pre-pharmacy program and the Pharm.D.

Tuition for the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes College is $33,232 per year for residents and non-residents.

About Wilkes University: Wilkes University was founded in 1933. This private, co-educational school sits on a 33-acre campus and it houses seven colleges and schools. Consistently named as one of the nation’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report and ranked among Princeton Reviews “Best Northeastern Colleges,” Wilkes University is home to more than 2,200 students enrolled 90+ academic programs throughout seven colleges and schools.