The origins of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (usually abbreviated A&M) stretch all the way back to 1887. In those early days, the institution was known as the State Normal College for Colored Students and later the State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students. The university took on its current name and organizational structure in 1953. A state-supported land grant institution, Florida A&M is part of an 11-school system which includes Florida State University and the University of Florida. The capital city of Tallahassee is home to both A&M and FSU, with A&M on the south side of town.
Florida A&M offers 62 bachelor’s degree programs and 36 master’s degree programs within its network of 13 schools and colleges. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A research-centered institution, Florida A&M’s funding for medical and scientific pursuits exceeds 50 million dollars.
The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M is one of the most highly-regarded in the nation. Extension campuses are located in Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa and Crestview. Enrollment in the highly selective college numbers just over 1,000. A number of factors distinguish A&M’s Pharmacy Program from the rest of the pack. Graduates of the program pass the National Board of Pharmacy Examination on their first attempts over 90% of the time. Each PharmD graduating class has accumulated around 25,000 hours of community service through free clinics and other health services. Additionally, Florida A&M’s College of Pharmacy is unique in offering both MPH and DrPH degrees in Public Health.