Mitra Assemi, PharmD Pharmacist testing air intake on patient Pharmacist taking blood pressure


The pharmacy education program provides pharmacy students at the UCSF School of Pharmacy with advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), or advanced rotations, in Fresno, CA.  As part of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curricula, pharmacy students are required to complete advanced rotations in their final year of pharmacy school. Students electing to complete these rotations in Fresno spend the last 12 months of pharmacy school in the heart of the Central Valley working alongside other health care providers in a variety of different health care settings to serve a diverse patient population. Rotations include experiences in acute and ambulatory care, hospital and community pharmacy practice, management, and unique and specialized practice settings such as the California Poison Control System. These experiences are completed under the supervision of both paid and volunteer faculty who live and work in the central valley. In addition to fulfilling their rotation requirements, students complete a year-long research project under the supervision of a local pharmacy mentor.

The UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program also provides outreach aimed at recruiting diverse junior high and high school, community college, and undergraduate university students from the Central Valley into the profession of pharmacy.



Mitra Assemi, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy

Cynthia Valle-Oseguera, PharmD, APh, BCACP, BCGP

Cynthia Valle-Oseguera, PharmD, APh, BCACP, BCGP


Tia Desplancke

Clinical Pharmacy


The school collaborates with diverse local partners to develop and deliver high quality experiential education for its students. These partners include, but are not limited to:

  • California Poison Control System
  • Cardinal Health
  • Community Medical Centers
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  • Model Drug
  • Veteran’s Affairs Central California Health Care System
  • Valley Children’s Hospital

The UCSF School of Pharmacy is located at the Parnassus campus in San Francisco, CA. UCSF pharmacy students complete their didactic degree requirements in San Francisco. The Fresno Pharmacy Education Program, one of six experiential hubs in California, provides UCSF pharmacy students with required and elective rotations and research opportunities.

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For more information about the UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program and UCSF School of Pharmacy, contact us at (559) 499-6528 or