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 Pharmacy is the study of the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of medicinal substances and the utilization of these substances in the prevention, treatment, and control of illness and disease.  It also encompasses a study of the systems of delivering health care and the function of the professional pharmacist within these systems. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy was established in 1907 at Montana State College and was transferred to the University in 1913. The pharmacy program consists of two departments, Pharmacy Practice and Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  The curriculum offered by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy consists of a six year program leading to the entry-level Pharm.D. degree.  The first two years, or pre-professional portion of the curriculum, are spent in studies of the basic physical and biological sciences, and in course work necessary to satisfy the University general education requirements.

News & Events


Spring Semester 2014

March 31 -4     Spring Break

April 7              Fall 2013 advising begins

April 7              Registration with CyberBear begins

April 25            Pharmacy Scholarship Recognition, 4 pm, North Underground Lecture Hall

May 9            Golf Tournament, 1-5 pm, University Golf Course

May 9            End of Year Picnic (tentative)

May 12-16       Final Exams

May 15            Physical Therapy Spring Banquet

May 17            Commencement (afternoon)


The Skaggs School of Pharmacy students  are featured in "The Best Medicine", article in the Winter 2014 edition of the Montanan


Founder of Global Grizzlies Wraps up Pharmacy Residency at St. Patrick Hospital

Sadie Linford


MISSOULA – With two weeks left in her pharmacy residency, Sadie Linford, a University of Montana graduate with a doctorate in pharmacy, has her sights set on working as an inpatient pharmacist in a hospital setting.

            Linford, originally from Seeley Lake, graduated from UM in May 2012 and began her residency with Providence St. Patrick Hospital last July. While earning her degree at UM, she had the opportunity to do a rotation with St. Patrick Hospital as part of the professional program. So when Linford opted to apply to a post-graduate year one residency program, she was pleasantly surprised to be matched with St. Patrick Hospital – an institution among her top choices.

            The residency matching process, which culminates with an algorithm that attempts to place the applicant with their most preferred program, is both rigorous and competitive.

“There are so many opportunities to gather interdisciplinary experiences at UM,” Linford said. “That only makes you a better residency candidate.”

            And, although Linford has continued her postgraduate education right here in Missoula, she left UM a global legacy. Together with longtime friend and fellow pharmacy student Hayley Blackburn, she founded Global Grizzlies – a service-learning student group that aims to bring aid to developing countries.

            The two Seeley Lake natives created the program in 2008 after they realized there were no service-learning opportunities abroad for UM students studying premedicine or other health care associated professions. Seeking out an international real-world experience in their chosen field, they launched Global Grizzlies with a trip to Uganda through a partnership with Save the Children. Every summer since, the Global Grizzlies have embarked on an international service-learning program to provide medical care and counseling for those in need.

            “I believe travel, or generally putting yourself in an uncomfortable situation, helps you gain life skills,” Linford said. “I’ve definitely felt more comfortable adapting to and learning in new settings because of my experiences abroad. I’ve come to rely on those skills in both rotations and in my residency.”

            When her first-year residency wraps up June 30, Linford will stay on with St. Patrick Hospital working part-time as a pharmacist while also working toward earning her board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist.

Skaggs School of Pharmacy
Office of Student Services
341 Skaggs Building
Missoula, MT 59812-1512
Phone: 406-243-4656
FAX: 406-243-4209
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