Howard University was founded in 1867. Soon after, Pharmacy instruction at Howard University began in the “Department of Medicine” in 1868. The initial program, held in the evening, offered students a “knowledge of the art and science of pharmacy”. As a result of this program, in 1870, the first graduate of Howard University, James Thomas Wormley, received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical Department. During the same year, the pharmaceutical program was differentiated from the medical program, and by 1882, the Medical Department consisted of the College of Medicine, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Dentistry. Since this early beginning, the College of Pharmacy has been among the leaders in the preparation of individuals for rewarding careers in pharmacy.
The College of Pharmacy currently offers an entry level four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program, a two-year post-B.S. Pharm.D. degree program, a Non-traditional Pharm.D. degree program, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. During its long history, the College has graduated over 3,424 men and women, comprised of 2,202 with the B.S. degree in Pharmacy, 1,182 with the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, 19 with Hospital Pharmacy Residency, 13 with the Ph.D. degree, 1 with the M.S. degree, and 7 with fellowships.
Consistent with the mission of Howard University, the College’s mission is to provide pharmaceutical education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential, with particular emphasis upon the recruitment, retention and graduation of promising African American and other minority students