College of Pharmacy History

Founded in 1892, the College of Pharmacy has a rich history of educating pharmacist leaders. As the only pharmacy school in Minnesota, we have educated an estimated two-thirds of the more than 7,500 active pharmacists in the state. 

Throughout the college's history, its programs have evolved to meet the needs of the pharmacy professionOver the years, the role of the pharmacist has shifted from just distributing medication to also addressing the complex drug therapy needs of consumers and society. Today’s pharmacists advise their patients, physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications, as well as monitor the health and progress of those patients to ensure that they are using their medications safely and effectively.