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College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions

Recognized for Excellence

The South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions is nationally recognized for excellence in preparing students to provide high quality patient-centered care.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum is designed to prepare pharmacy graduates for interprofessional collaborative practice. Medication therapy management, patient counseling on proper medication use, and drug therapy outcome monitoring are areas of focus throughout the program.  In addition, development of lifelong learning and leadership skills are emphasized.

The College also offers a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, which provides a valuable background of preparation for an academic or pharmaceutical industry career. The pharmaceutical sciences graduate program began in 2007 and has rapidly grown in prominence since that time.

The South Dakota State University Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program offers a two-year upper division Bachelor of Science degree that prepares students for careers in medical laboratory science or related fields. The Upward Mobility Program provides an opportunity for Medical Laboratory Technicians to complete a bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science within their own clinical employment setting, utilizing a variety of online instructional approaches.

Finally, the Master of Public Health is a collaborative program that allows students to pursue an online degree in public health with an emphasis on rural health needs.

In the area of research, the College features a vast array of projects. Research teams led by faculty are making progress on projects that can enhance the health and well-being of people around the world. The College’s growing research portfolio includes cancer treatment, unique drug delivery systems, addiction to drugs and alcohol, cardiovascular health, vaccine technology, and interprofessional collaborative care.

The "home" of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions is the Avera Health and Science Center. This state-of-the art facility opened in July 2010 and provides 97,000 square-feet of teaching laboratory, classroom, and office space, as well as 48,600 square-feet of research laboratory space.  Prominent features of the building are the Laughrey Lecture Halls, the Markl Student Resource Center, and instructional laboratories for pharmacy skills, pharmaceutical sciences, and medical laboratory science.

If you are interested in visiting, please contact us. We would be happy to show you around and tell you more about our programs