The AUHS School of Pharmacy

In-classroom learning with hands-on experience.
Earn your PharmD or BSPS and prepare for success in the pharmaceutical industry.

The School of Pharmacy at AUHS offers a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, both of which provide 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 PharmD 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 pharmacy 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.

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The School of Pharmacy Vision is to send out pharmacy graduates who can help reduce health care disparities and render health care to the underprivileged and underserved.


The School of Pharmacy Mission is to instill in our graduates strong Christian values, to prepare them to practice evidence-based patient care, to educate them in pharmacy research and scholarship, and to enable them to meet the health care needs of diverse patient populations.

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’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60603, 312-644-3575; FAX 866-228-2631;

Precandidate Status

Granting of Precandidate status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either candidate status or accredited status. Precandidate status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Since Precandidate status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy that bear Precandidate status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure.

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) has accepted AUHS, SOP as an Associate Institutional Member. The AACP, House of Delegates approved the resolution to receive AUHS as an Associate member at their July 2019, meeting in Chicago. Associate institutional membership is restricted to colleges and schools of pharmacy that have been granted precandidate status by the ACPE. Associate institutional members may appoint one non-voting delegate to the House of Delegates. Membership privileges include access to several key programs and products offered by AACP.

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
Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

Dr. Elaine Nguyen joined AUHS with over 7 years of community practice experience. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Western University of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Sciences (BS) from University of California, Irvine, and is currently working towards obtaining her Master of Health Care Administration (MHA) from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining AUHS, Dr. Nguyen worked with independent pharmacies in developing and implementing policies and procedures for new clinical programs and regulatory compliance.
Dr. Nguyen is an active community volunteer and promoter of her profession, serving on a number of boards, including Orange County Pharmacists Association, Orange County Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition, and Vietnamese Pharmacists Association. She is also part of the California Medical Assistance Teams (CAL-MATs), group of highly-trained licensed medical professionals and logisticians organized and coordinated by the State Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) for rapid field disaster medical response.

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.

Mohammed A. Islam, PhD, RPh
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor

Dr. Islam currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) School of Pharmacy. Dr. Islam has more than 20 years of academic research, teaching, pharmacy practice, and administrative experiences. Prior to joining AUHS in February 2019, he served as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacology at West Coast University School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Islam went to Toyama University in Japan where he earned MPhil and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in pharmacy from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Islam has extensive research experience with more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference abstracts. His current research interests include pharmacy curriculum, global pharmacy education, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Dr. Islam’s research has been published in leading pharmacy education journals and presented at national and international conferences.

Judy Aoyagi, PharmD
Director of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

Dr. Judy Aoyagi is a Clinical Pharmacy Consultant certified in Pharmacogenomics, Physical Assessment, and Advanced Practice Pharmacy. Her clinical skill experience includes disease state management for patients with diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and heart failure.
In her previous roles with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Aoyagi served as a Pharmacy Project Manager and Clinical Information Analyst to support developing clinical measures optimizing drug therapy, proper medication use, regulatory, safety and quality care to the health system. In providing direct patient care as a Medication Therapy Management Pharmacist, her roles involved comprehensive medication reviews, providing medication education, and improving the outcomes of medication adherence rate. She has served as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and interns as well as establishing mentorship with students from various backgrounds in the U.S.
Prior to her 14-year career in pharmacy, Dr. Aoyagi worked in Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA as an assistant researcher and in Public Health for a non-profit organization in Zambia. She is an Outstanding Professional Women Achievement Award recipient by National Association of Professional Women.

Toby Spiegel, PsyD
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions

Dr. Spiegel holds a master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology with a background in education. She has obtained state certification in Dispute Resolution and Domestic Violence. She taught at California Southern University, and Argosy University, earning an award for Outstanding Lecturer. Dr. Spiegel has earned an Excellence in Academic Advising Award for her work with students from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). As a therapist, she has worked with both the Department of Behavioral Health and the Department of Probation in Orange County. She is passionate about empowering the underserved, especially young adults and adolescents from the foster care and probation systems, helping them to overcome incredible challenges to fulfill their potential and reach their goals.