Touro College is Harlem's first pharmacy school

November 10, 2008

The new Touro College in Harlem offers a 4-year PharmD program with an emphasis on community practice.

Key Points

The first school of pharmacy in the Harlem section of New York City recently celebrated its opening.

The 66 students enrolled in the fall semester at Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem received their white coats at a ceremony at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in late September.

Touro College is the first pharmacy school to open in New York City in 68 years, and one of six pharmacy colleges in the state. It has a capacity of 100 students annually.

About 55 percent of the students are from New York State, and Touro College aims to help alleviate the shortage of pharmacists in both New York and the United States. Touro is temporarily located at 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. in Harlem. Students will be in a new facility by the spring of 2009. The pharmacy college will share a facility with the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine at 230 West 125th St. in Harlem, N.Y. Touro College has more than 17,000 students at pharmacy schools in Florida and California, among other states, and around the world in Israel, Russia, and other countries.