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Dean's Statement

Stephen Durst

Welcome to the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy is focused on educating high achieving students to become vital practitioners in today’s evolving healthcare system.  Our graduates are engaged in all areas of pharmacy practice, using their expertise and experiences to ensure effective use of medications.  From community pharmacies across Michigan, to the executive offices of national organizations, Ferris Pharmacists are leaders in the management of medications and delivery of healthcare.

Established in 1893 to address the needs of educated pharmacists in local communities, the College of Pharmacy is recognized as a leader in preparing innovative practitioners that move pharmacy practice forward.  Today, the College of Pharmacy is a dynamic and contemporary center of education and research – the path of study embraces integration of science and practice with one-third of the curriculum dedicated to hands-on practice in a wide range of clinical settings.  Students engage in their education through innovative courses that go well beyond conventional lectures, developing clinical skills and abilities to deliver health CARE to patients and caregivers.  Working closely with faculty, students are encouraged to participate in research efforts – from developing innovative practice models for the next generation of community pharmacy to discovery of unique compounds to address medical needs.

I invite you to start your exploration of the College of Pharmacy and the profession by visiting additional pages on our website.  You will find information related to the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, the College’s outstanding faculty, and the application process.  Following your review, I hope you will plan a visit to the College at either of our facilities, the Hagerman Pharmacy Building on the Big Rapids campus, or the Center for Innovational Learning at 25 Michigan NE, on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile.

With Best Regards,

Stephen Durst, B.S., Pharm.D.
Professor Pharmacy Practice