Message from the Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Welcome to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Established in 1907 at Montana State College, the School moved to its current location at the University of Montana in 1913. The School has two departments, Pharmacy Practice and Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, both with important roles in preparing pharmacy students to practice as future health care professionals. Pharmacy Practice is also home to an on-campus full-service pharmacy at Curry Health Center, a non-dispensing pharmacy in the Skaggs Building that provides clinical pharmacy services including medication therapy management, a drug Information service and a rural health screening program called ImProving Health Among Rural Montanans, or IPHARM. Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences is home to a robust biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences research enterprise encompassing several research centers and graduate programs in neuroscience, toxicology, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences and drug design.

 Patient care is at the center of pharmacy practice. As the medication experts on the health care team, our students will be prepared as pharmacist patient care providers to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities.  Our curriculum supports interprofessional education and focuses on the development of professional leaders engaged in life-long learning and community service.

 For more information about our curriculum, programs and people, please check out our School and Department webpages as well as the website for the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, the campus home of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. If you are in the area, drop by my office in Skaggs Building 342 or the Office of Student Services in Skaggs Building 341. You can email the School at pharmacy@umontana.edu.

 Howard Beall

Dean and Professor


March 6, 2020

NAPLEX First-Time Pass Rate

The 2019 pharmacy graduates of the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy achieved a high first attempt pass rate for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). NAPLEX is the exam testing clinical knowledge and is developed and administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) that is required for the gradated to obtain pharmacy licensure.

Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduates had a 93.10% first-time pass rate that ranked the School among the top 40 PharmD programs nationwide, and greatly surpassed the national average of 88.34% for all 136 PharmD programs and their 2019 graduates.

This high first-attempt pass rate attests to the high quality of our PharmD program and learning and training environment, students' excellence and preparedness and the never-ending dedication and excellence of our faculty, staff, and preceptors.

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