Be Equipped to Provide Innovative Healthcare and Spiritual Hope.
Step into an education that focuses intently on preparing you for the ever-changing landscape of pharmacy. More than just dispensing medications, you'll be equipped to work as part of a medical team to provide optimal health outcomes and discover innovative solutions to today's healthcare problems. You'll be challenged to envision new ways to serve those in need, lavishing the love of Christ on our fallen world.
Pursue your vocational calling in pharmacy.
Explore the School of Pharmacy
Pursue your passion for pharmacy and challenge yourself to become the best professional you can be. At Cedarville, your studies will be defined by a commitment to wholehearted learning in light of the truth of Scripture. Be equipped with knowledge and practical skills while preparing to be a light for Christ in the field of pharmacy.
Becoming a Pharmacist
Whether you are preparing for your first year of college, looking to continue your studies into graduate school, or transferring from another university, Cedarville has an admission path for you. Explore these avenues and find the right fit for your unique situation.
Engaging in research initiatives is crucial to your preparation in pharmacy. You will have the opportunity to work on a three-year longitudinal research project with a faculty advisor and a team of other students. Learn more about the opportunities you will have to further the field of pharmacy for the glory of God.
Clinical and Experiential Programs
There are a wealth of opportunities to be had when it comes to putting your pharmacy training into practice. With more than 380 partner sites and over 780 preceptors, Cedarville's pharmacy program will enable you to gain key experience in the real world while serving others for Christ.
School of Pharmacy Quick Facts
38 Average Class Size
81% 5 Year Residency Match Rate (both PGY1 and PGY2)
73% 2023 First-Time NAPLEX Pass Rate
91% 2023 Graduation Rate
All new students are assigned a faculty advisor to help you make the most of your 1,000 days.
Studying Pharmacy From a Distinctly Biblical Worldview
Without an intentional pursuit to know the Creator, God's creation can never be fully understood. The intricate nature of God's design demands our reverence and worship as we learn about the human body and our abilities to provide patient care. At Cedarville, your study of pharmacy will be informed by biblical truth, and you will learn what it means to provide both physical treatment and spiritual hope to patients made in the image of God.
Through medical missions and countless other opportunities to serve, you will gain experience using your passion for pharmacy as a platform to share the Gospel. The first-rate medical training that you receive will be coupled with a commitment to glorify God, preparing you to be a capable professional and a light for Christ wherever He takes you.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Prepare to be a pharmacy professional.
Throughout your pharmacy studies at Cedarville, you will gain extensive professional knowledge from skilled and experienced faculty, who are intentional about the application of biblical truth in the classroom. Discussions on medical ethics, the sanctity of life, origins, and the balanced integration of faith and learning will be informed by Scripture. As your knowledge multiplies, you will have countless opportunities to apply your training to the real world, impacting others with the love and care that Christ first gave to us.
“The first licensed pharmacist set up shop in the French Quarter. Louis Dufilho Jr. of New Orleans became American's first licensed pharmacist in the early 1800s. Prior to then, you did not need a license to become a pharmacist.”
Becoming a Pharmacist
Choose your admission path.
Regardless of your timeline, Cedarville has an avenue for admission into the pharmacy program that is right for you.
Graduating high school students may choose our direct-entry Pharmaceutical Sciences/Prepharmacy major, which leads to the PharmD and can be completed in six or seven years. Students transferring from another accredited university have options when it comes to completing required prerequisites for the program. Transfer students and applicants with bachelor's degrees who have completed the prerequisites will enter the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Early Assurance Pharmacy Path – 2+4 or 3+4Gain early admission from high school into the PharmD program and earn your degree in six or seven years.Early Assurance Path
Professional Pharmacy PathGain admission to the 4-year, PharmD program after completing your pharmacy prerequisites at another accredited university.Professional Path
Transfer Prepharmacy PathTransfer to Cedarville University from another accredited university to complete your pharmacy prerequisites.Transfer Path
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
Dive into your field and make an impact for the glory of God.
There are a wealth of possibilities to pursue with your research. In completing your three-year research project, you will choose to focus on pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy practice, or social and administrative science, allowing you to align your work with your individual interests. Working with faculty on research projects is another opportunity to further your ambitions. Research initiatives will culminate in a presentation of your project during your third year of the program. Learn more about the opportunities you have to investigate the world of pharmacy.
"Today, pharmacy and medicine are seen as two distinct specialties, largely as a result of an edict presented by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen in 1240 A.D. Frederick II was Emperor of Germany and King of Sicily. This completely separated the responsibilities of doctors and pharmacists and put professional regulations in place."
Clinical and Experiential Programs
Explore an abundance of applications to the real world.
Throughout your four years of study in the pharmacy program, you will have many opportunities for hands-on learning experiences. Each year, you will be challenged to apply what you are learning. During your first year, you will receive training in a community pharmacy, followed the next year by a hospital pharmacy. Your third year will present the unique opportunity to exhibit servant leadership, challenging you to engage in cross-cultural missions and be a light for Christ to those with some of the deepest physical needs. Finally, in your fourth year, your training will come together to prepare you for Advanced Practice Pharmacy Experience (APPE) rotations.
"Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy."
Go Deeper in Pharmacy
Center for Pharmacy Innovation
Seek out new solutions with wisdom as healthcare evolves.
New challenges in healthcare are constantly arising. How do we respond to these with innovative, critical thinking and a biblical worldview? The Center for Pharmacy Innovation seeks to address this question, equipping students and pharmacists to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and find solutions to new issues. Through innovative research and educational initiatives, the Center encourages current and future pharmacists to advance patient care with biblical wisdom.
Missions and Global Impact
Cross-cultural missions is a unique facet of Cedarville's pharmacy program, allowing students the opportunity to find the intersection of their academic passion and their desire to serve the Lord. Through the many missions opportunities available to you, you will gain experience using pharmacy as a platform to deliver the good news of Jesus. Provide physical treatment and spiritual hope to those you are serving, and be equipped to carry these lessons throughout the rest of your life.
Pharmacy Missions 2022
Students from the School of Pharmacy travel around the world to serve others and spread the Gospel. They are taking what they're learning in classes to meet people's physical needs — but more importantly, they are using pharmacy to share the hope they have in Christ.
Pharmacy as Part of Medical Missions
A professional pharmacy student shares how he was able to combine his passion for missions and his desire to be a pharmacist as part of a medical missions team in West Africa.
Cedarville Pharmacy in the News
Whether it's researching and developing new treatments, serving refugee communities with medical care, or authoring advanced scientific books, Cedarville's School of Pharmacy is home to many students and faculty members doing great things to influence their world for Christ.
Paid in Full: One Pharmacy Student’s Path to Cedarville University
Healthcare Exploration Day Is a Preview for Prospective Students
Hear From Our Students
Get insights from students who have gone before you.
Explore what Cedarville pharmacy students have to say about the program, the opportunities for hands-on learning, and the preparation for residency and a professional career. As you enter into your pharmacy studies at Cedarville, you will be surrounded by a community of students that shares your passion for helping others and being a light for Christ. See what they have to say about their experience.
Prepared for a Future in Pharmacy
A recent Doctor of Pharmacy graduate shares how the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy prepared him well for his residency and beyond.
Kalista McGuire: Choosing Pharmacy
Cedarville School of Pharmacy graduate Dr. Kalista McGuire explains how after researching common misconceptions about pharmacy, she chose pharmacy school over medical school, and why she's glad she did. An exciting and dynamic pharmacy career was the right choice for her and her family.
Dean – School of Pharmacy
Jeffrey A. Bates, PharmD, BS Pharm, FMPA
Dean, School of Pharmacy; Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
“It is an incredible privilege to serve at a school of pharmacy that has world-class faculty, all of whom seek to honor God with their efforts. Our entire team focuses all of their efforts on transformation: locally, globally, and innovatively. Cedarville is different from every other school of pharmacy in that we deliver an exceptional pharmacy education coupled with intentional discipleship — the result of which is a group of graduates who are highly sought-after, team-ready, practice-prepared, missionally-minded, and eternally-focused.”
— Jeffrey A. Bates, PharmD, BS Pharm, FMPA
"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity."