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Purdue University College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy is one of eight major academic divisions, or Colleges, of Purdue University. It was established in 1884, and is the 3rd oldest state-funded school of pharmacy in the United States.[1] The school has consistently ranked highly among its peer institutions.[2]

College of Pharmacy
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The Purdue University College of Pharmacy logo is a stylized mortar and pestle.
DeanEric L. Barker, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Location, ,
40°25′48″N 86°54′58″W / 40.4299°N 86.9160°W / 40.4299; -86.9160Coordinates: 40°25′48″N 86°54′58″W / 40.4299°N 86.9160°W / 40.4299; -86.9160
AffiliationsPurdue University System

The school offers two undergraduate programs leading to the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional degree. Graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in three departments (Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, and Pharmacy Practice). Additionally, the school offers several non-degree certificate programs and post-graduate continuing education activities.[3]

The majority of professional degree classes are conducted in the Robert E. Heine Pharmacy Building, which opened in 1970. The building is home to research laboratories, the Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences Library and the Purdue Pharmacy.


The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences consists of three Departments:


In the summer of 1883, Purdue's 4th president James H. Smart was conversing with his friend, John N. Hurty, in Hurty's Indianapolis drugstore. Hurty brought up the idea that it would be a good idea for Purdue University (founded 14 years earlier) to offer courses to train students as pharmacists. It is said that Smart agreed, and would fight for the establishment of a pharmacy school at Purdue as long as Hurty served as professor for at least two years. Hurty accepted, and in September 1884, classes began with seven students. Hurty was well-qualified for the position. Having completed courses at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Indianapolis College of Pharmacy (acquired by Butler University in 1904), attended lectures at Jefferson Medical College in 1872, and graduated from the Medical College of Indiana (acquired by Indiana University in 1908) in 1881, his background was likely influential in establishing the scientific rigor that characterized the new curriculum (at the time, a unique quality in pharmacy education).[4]

In 1884 a two year School of Pharmacy was founded. The School of Nursing began as a program in 1963 and was incorporated as a department into the Purdue University College of Technology in 1964. In 1979 the School of Health Sciences was formed under the newly organized Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences. In 2005 this group was renamed the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences.[5] Five years later, the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences became part of the new College of Health and Human Sciences, leaving the College of Pharmacy with its current name.[6]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-12-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Best Graduate Schools | Top Graduate Programs | US News Education". 2012-03-13. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2008-12-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Eckles, RB (1979). Purdue Pharmacy: The First Century.
  5. ^ Purdue University Facts Online: Schools
  6. ^ Purdue strengthens health, human sciences with college realignment