Pharmacy Residency Programs

By participating in one of the 12-month PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs, you'll be given the opportunity to pursue your passion and be an active member of an interprofessional team of health care providers involved in coordinated patient care. Pharmacists will be able to provide confident and compassionate pharmaceutical care in multiple patient environments, as well as promote optimal drug therapy outcomes as vital members of a health care team. Motivated individuals will receive advance training in acute and ambulatory patient care, professional communications, pharmacy management and teaching.

UnityPoint Health is one of the nation's most integrated health systems. With more than 280 clinics, 32 hospitals and home care services in nine regions throughout Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin, we coordinate patient-centered care to ensure the best outcome for every patient every time.

Residency Activities

Pharmacists completing this residency will complete core and elective rotations while receiving practice expertise, training and feedback from preceptors. Residents will receive a broad based learning experience with the ability to achieve competency in all areas of hospital practice. They will also conduct a major resident-led research project to be presented at a regional conference. These practitioners will receive teaching opportunities, including both experiential and didactic experiences. Those completing the residency program in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Waterloo will also have an opportunity to complete a teaching certificate program as well as various other training activities.


Candidates for these residency programs must possess a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree or equivalent experience from school of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and be eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in their respective state. Candidates must also participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program.

Application Requirements

As an ASHP-Accredited site, these pharmacy practice residency programs will participate in the ASHP residency matching process. Candidates must complete the Phorcas residency application before the deadline listed on the ASHP residency site. They must also include a personal statement/letter of intent, curriculum vitae and verified pharmacy education transcripts.

UnityPoint Health pharmacy residency programs are American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited or pursuing accreditation.