The pharmacy education program provides pharmacy students at the UCSF School of Pharmacy with advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), or advanced rotations, in Fresno, CA.  As part of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curricula, pharmacy students are required to complete advanced rotations in their final year of pharmacy school. Students electing to complete these rotations in Fresno spend the last 12 months of pharmacy school in the heart of the Central Valley working alongside other health care providers in a variety of different health care settings to serve a diverse patient population. Rotations include experiences in acute and ambulatory care, hospital and community pharmacy practice, management, and unique and specialized practice settings such as the California Poison Control System. These experiences are completed under the supervision of both paid and volunteer faculty who live and work in the central valley. In addition to fulfilling their rotation requirements, students complete a year-long research project under the supervision of a local pharmacy mentor. 

The UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program also provides outreach aimed at recruiting diverse junior high and high school, community college, and undergraduate university students from the Central Valley into the profession of pharmacy.

For more information about the UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program and UCSF School of Pharmacy, contact Mitra Assemi, Pharm.D., Director, UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program at (559) 499-6528 or via email at

For information about General and Specialty Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs in the Fresno area, please visit the following programs:

Community Medical Centers
Community Regional Medical Center campus:


Clovis Community Medical Center campus:

Kaiser Permanente – Fresno Medical Center


Kaweah Delta Health Care District


Veteran’s Affairs Central California Health Care System

Valley Children's Hospital