About Us - Pharmacy

Collaborative. Interprofessional. Innovative.

Founded in 2014, MBKU's College of Pharmacy accepted its inaugural class in September 2016. Our outstanding faculty has begun working with our students to deliver a groundbreaking new program that benefits from our faculty's considerable expertise in the field of pharmacy but also innovates in real-world professional training and interprofessional education. 

In the coming years, the College of Pharmacy will become a provider of distinctive, highest-quality, evidence-based pharmaceutical education, scholarship, research and community outreach.

Welcome to MBKU's College of Pharmacy

Dean Fisher of the College of Pharmacy at MBKU
Dean Edward Fisher, PhD, RPh
Professor, College of Pharmacy

As the dean for the College of Pharmacy at a university so focused, dedicated and competent at training the next generation of health care providers, I thank you for your interest in our program.

There are many reasons to be a part of this fantastic institution and College of Pharmacy as an administrator, faculty, staff member or student, and I'd like to mention some key qualities that make our program stand out:

Focus on health care – As solely a health professions university, MBKU is positioned perfectly to appropriately train expert clinicians. Furthermore, with two health clinics – Ketchum Health (Anaheim) and UECLA (Los Angeles) – our university is at the forefront of providing caring, compassionate and competent patient-centric health care to our community. This focus will allow us to keep our programs current and relevant. In the years to come we look forward to opening our own pharmacy at the beautiful Ketchum Health facility.

Tradition – In 1904, Marshall B. Ketchum, MD, applied his training in pharmacy and ophthalmology to start a college that would eventually become Marshall B. Ketchum University. With well over 100 years of experience training health care providers, MBKU has both the knowledge and resources to continue providing a world-class educational experience.

Innovation – When the university decided to start a pharmacy program, they did so with the future of health care in mind. It was imperative that the curriculum be setup in a way that graduates would be eligible to work as advanced practice pharmacists. Additionally, every student will participate in an interprofessional environment and will benefit from an active learning style of curriculum delivery.

Small Class Size – With only 52 seats per class, students will have substantial access to faculty, administration and each other. This access allows for consistent collaboration in learning and scholarship that will prove to enhance student success in the program and beyond.

This is an exciting time in health care and at Marshall B. Ketchum University. We are honored that you may be considering our program to train for such an exciting and important career. 


Why Choose Pharmacy at MBKU?

MBKU’s College of Pharmacy prepares graduates to be practice-ready and competitive in today’s fast-paced health care environment.

You'll Be 100% Ready for Work

Ketchum graduates will be educated and trained to be practice-ready in providing a number of primary care services.

Professional Communication Skills in Spanish

Medical Spanish will be emphasized.

Superior Patient Exam Training

Our students will take one year of patient/physical assessment courses.

APhA Certifications

MBKU COP offers all of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) training certificate programs, five in total, to our students. The five certifications include: Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services, Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management, Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery, The Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care and Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services. 

NAPLEX Preparation

The College has contracted with PassNaplexNow to provide comprehensive preparation for our students as they approach graduation. This will reinforce the information learned throughout the program and offer strategies for how to prepare and take the Naplex. 

Hands-on Learning

The curriculum is designed to maximize active learning, teamwork and lab activities. Within the P1-P3 years, approximately 50% of the curricular hours are lab & experiential work.

Interprofessional Teamwork

With an emphasis on collaborative learning, small groups and interprofessional education, our graduates will be ready to be active members of the health care team.

Vision Statement

Marshall B. Ketchum University will be a recognized innovator and provider of distinctive, highest quality interprofessional education, scholarship, collaborative practice, and social and community outreach events.

Mission Statement

The mission of Marshall B. Ketchum University is to provide educational opportunities in an integrated approach to patient centered, collaborative practice.

Core Values

The College of Pharmacy at Marshall B. Ketchum University is guided by the values of the university. These are:


Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy is committed to high quality and the pursuit of excellence in all that we do. This ongoing commitment requires us to reach within, adding the very best of our own capabilities to those of others; together, helping the university achieve excellence in its mission. The legacy of tradition and leadership of the university demands nothing less than excellence.


At the Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy, we stand up for what we believe and we are honest with ourselves and others. The university community demonstrates its commitment to integrity by being just, respectful and consistent in words and actions.


By embracing innovation, Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy is constantly striving for and expecting the better idea. Innovation demands that we have the courage to experiment without fear and dream about creative and unique ways of advancing our university endeavor.


Our obligation and commitment to compassion is through our active service to the community, and the cultivation of these priorities and values in the members of Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy. We are committed to a life of service and compassion as health care providers, responding to the needs of others and providing a caring and safe environment to all who require care.


Respect requires that we embrace diverse cultures, communities and points of view. We value each individual’s unique talents, respect the dignity of each person and strive to foster a commitment to excellence. The strength of Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy builds on the respect for the unity and diversity of our people, on the open exchange of ideas, life-long learning and working harmoniously.

Accreditation Information

Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575; FAX 866/228-2631, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.