Pharmacy programs are available in almost every state, from St. John's University in New York to the University of Illinois at Chicago in Illinois to the University of Southern Calfornia in California. There are more than 130 accredited pharmacy schools in the United States.
Purdue University's College of Pharmacy, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, was ranked number one in the United States by Pharmacy Technician Review in 2013. The University of California, San Francisco and University of Illinois at Chicago followed at numbers two and three. U.S. News & World Report ranked the pharmacy programs of the University of California, San Francisco, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and University of Minnesota as the best in the nation in 2012. As of 2015, Harvard University has taken the top spot on the QS World University Rankings for Pharmacy and Pharmacology based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations per paper.
Top pharmacy schools usually require applicants to have completed two to three years of undergraduate study in the sciences, or even a full degree, to gain admittance. A Doctor of Pharmacy degree typically involves up to four years of study. Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education is the most important factor in determining the quality of a given pharmacy program.