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 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, Doctor of Pharmacy program has been authorized by the ACPE Board of Directors for an on-site evaluation to be scheduled during spring 2019 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.

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

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.

Toby Spiegel, PsyD
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.