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About Us

About Us: Young School, Old Traditions.

Located in the city of Fullerton, in beautiful southern California, Marshall B. Ketchum University’s College of Pharmacy is part of a renowned institution that was founded by our namesake back in 1904. More than a century later, in 2014, we opened our doors, and in just two years, accepted our inaugural class of next-generation pharmacists.

Today, following MBKU’s rich tradition of collaboration and innovation, our College of Pharmacy continues to deliver a groundbreaking new program—one that not only benefits from our faculty’s considerable expertise, but also from our leadership in interprofessional education, which emphasizes communication, safety and quality of care to deliver the best possible patient outcomes.

Your Custom Educational Experience

Because ours is a smaller, newer, more agile PharmD program, you’ll have substantial access to MBKU faculty. These connections facilitate a level of flexibility and opportunity not found at other institutions, enabling you to more easily:

  • Find appropriate faculty mentors
  • Get extra assistance for clinical and academic success
  • Choose organizations, electives and activities that match your individual interests 
  • Increase your knowledge of professional specialties
  • Participate in pharmacy-related research
  • Obtain faculty letters of recommendation

While we are proud of our integrated curriculum and active-learning emphasis, our smaller size keeps us flexible enough to adjust coursework and teaching methods to match the pharmacy profession’s ever-evolving needs. This helps MBKU grads confidently transition into a meaningful and satisfying health care career.

Leverage Your Capstone Project

At MBKU, your required Capstone project can range from literature reviews to scientific bench research. Students seeking residency can utilize the Capstone to earn professional publication. Those not interested in residency can forego efforts to publish and focus their attention and energy on subjects that interest them more.

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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:

  • Excellence: 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.
  • Integrity: 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.
  • Innovation: 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.
  • Compassion: 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: 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's 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, website www.acpe-accredit.org.

Candidate Status

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.