The AUHS School of Pharmacy

In-classroom learning with hands-on experience.
Earn your BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and prepare for success in the pharmaceutical industry.

The School of Pharmacy at AUHS offers a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences which provides students with the skills and education they need to thrive in a variety of pharmacy practice contexts.

Due to the university’s location in California – a state long synonymous with pushing the frontiers of clinical pharmacy and pharmacy education including implementing pharmacy provider status as the law – pharmacy students who attend AUHS enjoy a number of benefits. These benefits include being offered the training and ability to practice direct patient care.

Students who participate in the BSPS program can look forward to training at a number of clinical training facilities nearby the AUHS campus. There, students will have the introductory and advanced clinical experiences designed to prepare them for their future role as pharmacy practitioners. Included among those clinical practice sites are major tertiary medical centers that allow our students to apply their skills in clinical contexts where technology and evidence-based medical practice intersect.

Pursuing a degree within the School of Pharmacy at AUHS offers students the unique opportunity to fast-track their career while at the same time enjoying the highest quality possible education in an environment of community engagement, spiritual growth, and breathtaking California scenery.

The Mission

The mission of the AUHS School of Pharmacy is to provide excellence in pharmaceutical education in order to prepare graduates who advance healthcare and make a positive impact on the health of individuals and of society through the provision of high-quality evidence-based pharmaceutical care. To meet the diverse needs of patients and to promote research, scholarship and service in the provision of pharmaceutical care, our faculty and students will actively engage in activities which advance the practice of patient-centered pharmacy care and that support and promote research, scholarship, service and practice in order to contribute to society and meet the pharmacy needs of patients and our communities.

The AUHS School of Pharmacy embraces the educational philosophy of the University, which is dedicated to prepare a professional and culturally diverse workforce for the pharmaceutical, nursing and research sectors of healthcare- a workforce who will utilize research and evidence based practice to guide healthcare delivery, understand the application of research, display high level competencies to health care delivery and value the continuation of learning.

ACPE Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

American University of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy program has been authorized by the ACPE Board of Directors for an on-site evaluation to be scheduled during fall 2018 for consideration of Precandidate status. Authorization of an on-site evaluation for consideration of Precandidate status does not carry with it nor imply an accreditation status. The on-site evaluation is authorized solely for purposes of gathering additional information in furtherance of an accreditation decision. The Board will consider Precandidate status at the regularly scheduled meeting, which occur in January and June of each year, following the on-site evaluation. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the Office of the Dean or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60603, 312-644-3575; FAX 866-228-2631;

The Leadership

Arjun Dutta, PhD, B.Pharm

Arjun Dutta, PhD

Dean, School of Pharmacy

Dr. Arjun Dutta specializes in Outcomes Research including the areas of Pharmacoeconomics, Quality of Life, and Epidemiology. He is also passionate about Pharmacy Education and assessing curriculum, student admissions, progression, and retention. Dr. Dutta has successfully started three pharmacy programs as a founding administrator in Oregon, New York, and California. His decanal appointments include serving as the Interim Dean as well as Sr. Associate/Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at three new colleges of pharmacy. Prior to joining academia, he was an Outcomes Manager at a health economics firm specializing in Phase IV research for pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Dutta holds a BS degree in Pharmacy from Jadavpur University in India as well as a PhD in Pharmacy Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

John V. Schloss, PhD, BS

John V. Schloss, PhD

Chair of Pharmaceutical Science / Associate Dean of Research

Dr. Schloss brings a perspective on pharmacy education to AUHS based on 10 years as a professional scientist in DuPont’s Central Research Department; 9 years as Professor at the University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy; 6 years in pharmacy-related biotech; and 10 years helping to build the basic science and research components of two domestic and one foreign pharmacy programs. He has remained active in both research and the education of graduate and undergraduate students, while securing research funding from international, federal, state, and private sources.
Dr. Schloss was an NIH-postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Tennessee for work conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Elaine Nguyen, PharmD

Elaine Nguyen, PharmD

Director of Experiential Education

Dr. Elaine Nguyen joined American University of Health Sciences with over 6 years of community practice experience. Dr. Nguyen earned her PharmD from Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) and BS from UC Irvine. Upon graduation, she started her PGY1 community pharmacy practice training at WesternU and Ralphs Pharmacy where she rotated through a variety of community and ambulatory pharmacy practices providing clinical service activities. Prior to joining AUHS, Dr. Nguyen also worked with independent pharmacies in developing and implementing policies and procedures for new clinical programs and regulatory compliance. She currently serves as a board member for the Orange County Pharmacists Association.

Mok Chong

Mok Chong, PharmD, PhD

Chair, Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Dr. Chong is a licensed pharmacist in the states of California, Michigan, and Hawaii. He currently serves as the Dean of General Education and Chair for Clinical & Administrative Science of School of Pharmacy. Before joining AUHS in 2011, Dr. Chong served on the pharmacy faculty at the University of Hawaii for three years. Dr. Chong also holds a Ph.D degree in practical ministry from Heritage University & Seminary. He is a licensed pharmacist and has been practicing community and ambulatory care pharmacy practice in California, Michigan, Hawaii and Malaysia. Dr. Chong is also an ordained pastor in the US. Dr. Chong had held a number of pharmacy managerial positions at various pharmacies and corporations in different cultural settings prior to becoming a pharmacy educator.