Leaders in Community Pharmacy

For years, the College has stood as a pioneering force across the nation in community pharmacy endeavors, pioneering new developments, and advancing practice research. Recognizing this effort, the Academic-Community Transformation (ACT) Pharmacy Collaborative has named the UI College of Pharmacy an inaugural ACT Community Pharmacy Center of Excellence.


  • Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care (ICPC) -- Established in 1994, a group of progressive Iowa pharmacists met with representatives of the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA), the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and Drake University College of Pharmacy. Their objective was to obtain the assistance of the colleges and IPA to transform their practices to a pharmaceutical care model.  
  • Center for Improving Medication Use in the Community (CIMUC) -- Officially established in 2002 to improve the use of medications in the community through education, practice development, and research.  The Center's purpose was to improve the use of medications by patients in community settings through externally funded interdisciplinary patient care, research, and practice development projects or activities.  

Community Pharmacy Embedded in Curriculum

Two courses in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum are linked to Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Networks (CPESN) sites.  

Community Clinical Rotation, a required advanced pharmacy practice experience. Students gain experience through 45 progressive community pharmacies, including 24 CPESN-affiliated pharmacies.

Community Rotation Elective. Students gain experience through 51 community pharmacy practices, including 6 CPESN-affiliated pharmacies

Community Pharmacy
Community Pharmacy

Community Pharmacy Prominent in Facility

The focus of our new building began with students and even included a mock community pharmacy, modeled after our partners and residency site, Osterhaus Pharmacy, in Maquoketa, Iowa.  

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Student/College Service Activities

In 2023, a total of 168 students engaged in 749 distinct service events within pharmacies, for a combined effort of 2,157 hours. These service events include various activities such as assisting at an immunization clinic, participating in a medication review or medication safety event, or volunteering at clinics serving underserved communities.