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College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Serving Humanity through Excellent Biomedical Education

Providing world-class academics, St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is committed to cultivating compassionate, responsible, and highly skilled health professionals. With a student-centric educational approach and state-of-the-art facilities, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences equips students with the skills to serve communities in different health professions such as pharmacists, physician assistants, clinical laboratory scientists, and health technologists.  

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Explore Our Departments and Programs

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is home to scholars and scientists who are unified by one intrepid goal—to improve the quality of life for people globally. With five departments and over 15 undergraduate and graduate programs, the college prepares students for research, teaching, and administrative positions in industry, academia, and government regulatory agencies. Find out more about our departments and the degrees they offer.

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Department of Health Professions

The Department of Health Professions (DHP) offers two undergraduate programs including Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Radiologic Sciences, and one graduate Physician Assistant program. These professional programs prepare students to become certified and practice in varied interdisciplinary professional careers. All programs prepare students with the theory, ethics, and experiential knowledge to thrive in both their fields and interprofessional health care settings in order to provide optimal patient care.

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Department of Nursing

Through quality teaching, scholarship, and practice the Department of Nursing seeks to develop within our students a passion for lifelong learning and service to all members of society especially the poor and oppressed in local metropolitan communities and globally.

A female pharmacy student looks through a microscope in a St. John’s University lab.

Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health

In response to the increasing demand for population-based health care professionals, the Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health offers two graduate-level programs to foster leaders in public health and effective pharmacy administrators.

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Department of Pharmacy Practice

The Department of Pharmacy Practice prepares student pharmacists with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to excel in the evolving field of pharmacy practice.

Four female St. John’s University students wearing white lab coats look at the event program for the pharmacy white coat ceremony.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and its programs provide students with fundamental to advanced knowledge in pharmaceutics, biomedical sciences, and toxicology. With an additional focus on the chemical and biological components of pharmacy education, the department offers seven in-demand degree programs:

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A Note from the Dean

"I would like to recognize alumni and friends of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences who stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the country faces great uncertainty, I commend you for your strength, perseverance, and commitment to your profession. Thanks for your efforts to help tackle this pressing health challenge and move us forward toward a brighter future. Be well and take care." - Anne Y. E. Lin ’84P, ’86Pharm.D., FNAP, Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Success At St. John's

At the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we utilize student-oriented active learning approaches to help students achieve academic success and impart life-long learning. As a CPHS student, you not only learn from lectures but also deeply engage in the teaching content through meaningful hands-on activities. With this experiential learning approach, CPHS cultivates effective health care professionals who possess strong scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills.

Leigh A. Briscoe-Dwyer ’94Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP Headshot

College of Pharmacy Alumna Appointed to Prestigious National Post

Leigh A. Briscoe-Dwyer ’94Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP was recently elected President of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). 

Leigh A. Briscoe-Dwyer ’94Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Dr. Briscoe-Dwyer recalled her time at St. John’s and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences fondly. “I had been working in a hospital for five years, and knew I needed to pursue an advanced degree if I wanted to advance in my career. St. John’s had both the reputation and a robust program that would challenge me and make me a better clinician.”

St. John’s Alumnus Roger Paganelli, R.Ph. ’87P standing outside of the Mt. Carmel Pharmacy.

St. John’s Helped Alumnus Expand His Pharmacy’s Distinguished Family Legacy

For as long as he can remember, Roger Paganelli, R.Ph. ’87P, aimed to follow in his father’s footsteps. 

Roger Paganelli, R.Ph. ’87P College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Mr. Paganelli and four of his five siblings grew up working after school in the Mt. Carmel Pharmacy and learning the business.- The Paganelli brothers later purchased the pharmacy from their father.


Learn More about the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Do you envision yourself serving humanity as a responsible health professional? Join us at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to pursue solutions to health care problems and address contemporary health care issues.

Learn more about the programs offered at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York, you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.