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This slide presentation was compiled and produced by Robert
McCarthy, Ph.D., Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of
Connecticut School of Pharmacy for his class â€œThe History of
American Pharmacy.â€ Prof. McCarthy created this version of the
slide talk for his class in the Spring of 2016.
This slide presentation was downloaded from the Teaching the
History of Pharmacy section of the website of the American Institute
of the History of Pharmacy (https://aihp.org/historicalresources/teaching-the-history-of-pharmacy/) where a copy of the
syllabus (.pdf) for Prof. McCarthyâ€™s class is also available.
This .pdf copy of the slide presentation was shared with the permission
of Prof. Robert McCarthy for the personal and educational use of
The History of American Pharmacy
Although medical schools began to be established in
the 18th century, pharmacy continued to use an nonstandardized, apprenticeship model.
Given the scarcity of apothecaries, physicians would
often provide the apprenticeship, which may have been
via an indenture for a period of 5-7 years.
1854: APhAâ€™s Committee on Education urged drug
clerks (employee pharmacists) to read the pharmacy
literature, but did not advocate formal education for
Prior to the end of the Civil War, formal pharmacy
education was only available in American at a New
Orleans medical school and at six independent
schools operated by local pharmacy associations;
these schools were to supplement apprentice training
not replace it.
The first schools of pharmacy: Philadelphia (1821),
Massachusetts (1823), New York (1829), Baltimore
(1841), Cincinnati (1850), Chicago (1859), and St. Louis
Lectures at these early pharmacy schools were
provided during the evening by physicians and
These schools had no admission requirements and
little laboratory instruction.
Graduate requirements: pass an examination and
complete a 4 year apprenticeship
Before 1860, less than 5% of all American pharmacists
graduated from these schools; in 1873, there were 12
American schools of pharmacy with an enrollment of
less than 600 students .
Practical Pharmacy: The Arrangements, Apparatus, and
Manipulations of the Pharmaceutical Shop and Laboratory
(1849)â€”William Procter, Jr.: â€œFather of American
Pharmacy;â€ during his life he was a practitioner, teacher,
scientist, author, and editor
An Introduction to Practical Pharmacy: Designed as a Textbook for the Student, and as a Guide to the Physician and
Pharmaceutist (1856)â€”Edward Parrish: first American textbook based on American sources
Practice of Pharmacy (later referred to as Remingtonâ€™s Pharmaceutical Sciences and now titled Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy or simply known as â€œRemingtonâ€™s;â€ 1885)â€”Joseph Remington: latest edition is
still used today
Morrill Act (1862): created the land grant university
(UConn is one), which provided federal land to each
state that could be sold to fund the establishment of a
university that taught the agricultural and mechanical
A number of pharmacy schools ultimately were
established at or joined these land grant universities.
The Connecticut College of Pharmacy, established in
1925, officially joined UConn in 1941, although it
would be 10 years before it moved from New Haven to
1870: First convention of delegates from schools of
pharmacy; their goal was to attempt to develop
standards for all pharmacy graduates across the
nation (there were concerns about the University of
Michigan program, the first pharmacy program at a
public institution, that did not require an
apprenticeship, but did offer laboratory training)
During this period, there was a general belief that
pharmacy could only be learned through an
apprenticeship and schools that graduated
pharmacists without an apprenticeship were not
competent to practice.
1874: Conference of Schools of Pharmacy (established by
Agreed that pharmacy graduates would receive a Ph.G.
(Graduate in Pharmacy) diploma (University of Michigan
awarded the Ph.C. [Pharmaceutical Chemist])
Tennessee College of Pharmacy was nearly expelled for
awarding the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) for the same
requirements as the Ph.G.
Important point: Schools of pharmacy were often
prevented from making needed changes by the state
associations that established and operated them; this led
to the dissolution of the Conference of Schools of
Pharmacy in 1883.
Albert Benjamin Prescott (1832â€“1905)
transformed American pharmacy education
by creating a full-time university-based
program of study leading to a pharmacy
degree in 1868 at the University of
Michigan. Within 30 years, every pharmacy
program in the country followed the model
National Institute of Pharmacy: 24 lectures that could
be completed in a year
The Era Course of Pharmacy: two years of
correspondence lectures and examinations
A Compend of Pharmacy (1886)–Francis E. Stewart
A Course of Home Study for Pharmacists (1891)–Oscar
With the dissolution of the Conference of Schools of
Pharmacy in 1883, the APhA established the Section
on Pharmaceutical Education.
In 1892, the APhA Section on Pharmaceutical
Education voted to encourage all pharmacy schools to
establish a 3-year course of study.
1900: the American Conference on Pharmaceutical
Faculties (later American Association of Colleges of
Pharmacy) was formed; its Constitution mandated
that it would meet at the APhA annual meeting.
1905: the American Conference of Pharmaceutical
Faculties and the APhA Section on Education &
Legislation adopted the following degrees:
Ph.G. (graduate in pharmacy)
Ph.C. (pharmaceutical chemist)
Phar.B. (bachelor of pharmacy)
1906: Pharmaceutical Syllabus was developed by
APhA, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy,
and American Conference of Pharmaceutical Faculties
to provide uniform instruction in pharmacy; the
Syllabus was intended to be revised every 5 years.
American Conference of Pharmaceutical Faculties
approved a 4-year baccalaureate in pharmacy
program for all member schools effective 1932.
1935: University of Michigan Hospitals proposed a
one-year internship after graduation prior to
Source: American Pharmacists Association.
1937: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
established by the American Association of Colleges
1940: National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
established the first national apprenticeship
1942: American Foundation for Pharmaceutical
Education was founded and provided financial
support to many pharmacy schools during WWII.
After WWII, the American Council on Education
recommended a universal 6-year program for pharmacy
(pre-professional + professional); most schools were
unwilling to make the jump from 4 to 6 years; thus, the 5-
year compromise program was adopted (although several
west coast schools did adopt the 6-year, PharmD
program( University of Southern California offered the
PharmD as its only degree beginning in 1950). In 1954,
AACP approved a standard program of at least 5-years no
later than April 1965 (which helped to ensure an adequate
general education portion). Ohio State University was the
first to establish a 5-year program in 1948.
Evolution of Pharmacy Degrees in the 20th
Evolution of Pharmacy Degrees in the 20th Century
Ref: Zebroski, A Brief History of Pharmacy: Humanityâ€™s Search For Wellness
1968: APhA urged that the internship be replaced by
an externship that would occur 6 months before
1974: ACPE proposed that school externships and
clerkships should be used in place of internships as a
requirement for licensure (even today, not all state
boards of pharmacy have adopted this).
The 1960s and 1970s, saw the genesis of the clinical
pharmacy shifting pharmacy practice from productfocused service to patient-oriented care that emphasized
Courses such as analytical chemistry, pharmacognosy, and
industrial pharmacy were replaced by anatomy/ physiology,
pathophysiology and biopharmaceutics.
Federal capitation grants in the early 1970s required a
clinical component in the curriculum; as a result,
pharmacy schools added clinical faculty, sometimes
causing friction between pharmaceutical sciences and
clinical faculty over resources and curriculum (a challenge
that still exists today).
Key National Studies:
1975: Pharmacists for the Future (also known as the Millis
Commission Report) advocated a competency-based
Suggested ending educational practices that trained pharmacy
students without interactions directly with patients and other
health care professionals
Advocated shifting the focus from the drug product to the patient
and helping them optimize the benefits of their drug
1979: National Study of the Practice of Pharmacy established
standards of practice to assist curriculum committees in
developing practice-oriented courses and help accrediting
bodies evaluate educational programs.
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Founded as the American Council on Pharmaceutical
Education (ACPE) in 1932, the agency’s name was changed to
the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education in 2003.
At its inception, ACPE established standards for the
baccalaureate degree in pharmacy; later, standards for the
doctor of pharmacy were added.
2000: ACPE announced the conversion to the doctor of
pharmacy (Pharm.D.) as the sole entry-level degree for the
profession of pharmacy.
1975: ACPE developed standards for providers of continuing
pharmacy education; in 1999, standards for the CE providers
conducting certificate programs in pharmacy were
In 1990s, spearheaded by Hepler & Strand, the
concept of pharmaceutical care became the new
mission for pharmacy. Pharmaceutical care says that
pharmacists, not just prescribers, are responsible for
the outcomes of drug therapy.
Pharmaceutical or pharmacists care is today
considered the standard of practice expected of
1984: APhA Task Force on Pharmacy Education identified
competencies expected of entry-level practitioners and
recommended the 6-year degree as the sole entry-level
degree into the profession (very controversial).
1989: AACP established the Commission to Implement
Change in Pharmaceutical Education to articulate the
mission for pharmacy practice that could serve as the basis
for pharmacy education. The commission produced two
background papers and a position paper, â€œEntry-Level
Education in Pharmacy: A Commitment to Change,â€
which supported the Pharm.D. as the single entry-level
degree into the profession. The AACP House approved
the single-degree recommendation in 1992.
1992: APhA, American Society of Hospital (now HealthSystem) Pharmacists, and National Association of Retail
Druggists (now National Community Pharmacists
Association) jointly supported the Pharm.D. as the sole
degree for entry into practice; National Association of
Chain Drug Stores opposed the conversion.
More than 130 pharmacy programs in the U.S.; nearly double
Most pharmacy programs today are 2+4, although some
continue to say they are 0+6 because they admit from high
school; this is a misnomer, however, given the ACPE
requirement that there be a second tier of evaluation/admission
into the professional years of the program.
Pharmacists today are licensed by state boards of pharmacy. To
be eligible to practice in that state, they must pass a national
exam, the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination
(NAPLEX), to determine whether the licensure applicant
possesses the minimum competence to be admitted to practice
and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination
(MPJE), which contains both federal and state-specific laws.
University of Connecticut School of
Dean Gustavus Eliot
1925 â€“ 1928
Dean Henry S. Johnson
1928 â€“ 1947
Dean Harold G. Hewitt
1947 â€“ 1969
Dean Arthur E. Schwarting
1970 â€“ 1980
Dean Karl A. Nieforth
1981 â€“ 1993
Dean Michael C. Gerald
1993 â€“ 2002
Dean Robert L. McCarthy
2002 â€“ 2013
Dean James R. Halpert
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