Dean's Message


Dear Friends, Colleagues, Future students, and Students, 

Our campus is located in the beautiful and culturally diverse City of Elk Grove in Sacramento, California.

The College of Pharmacy is poised to lead the education and training of our students to meet the mission and the standards of practice of Pharmacists in the 21st Century and beyond. As proven by our student’s achievements, we are preparing future leaders to serve the community and the profession.

As Dean of California Northstate University College of Pharmacy, I am very honored and privileged to welcome you to visit our campus, to explore our vibrant learning community, and I would like to invite you to join us in this exciting educational endeavor.

Thank you for visiting our web page and I am looking forward to personally welcoming you to our beautiful campus. Best wishes to all in your own quest for excellence.

Hieu T. Tran, PharmD
Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy

Hieu T. Tran, Pharm.D.

Dean and Professor
California Northstate University
College of Pharmacy
Sacramento, USA


Dean Tran obtained both his Bachelor in Science in Pharmacy and his Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in Philadelphia in 1990 and 1993, respectively. He completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology with a sub-specialty in Cardiovascular Therapeutics and Antiarrhythmics at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut. 

Dean Tran was the Founding Dean at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy where he has led the Pharmacy program to a successful accreditation. Prior to joining Sullivan University, he was the founding Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the newly established Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy in Erie, PA. He has received research funding from private as well as government sources, engaged in scholarly activities with more than 200 articles and abstracts, co-authored 5 books on Nanotechnology, written chapters on Cardiovascular Therapeutics, Natural Products, and has served as reviewers for peer review journals and textbooks in Applied Therapeutics and Pharmacokinetics/Dynamics. He has presented expert information at nearly 200 professional and scientific conferences throughout the United States and abroad.

Dean Tran initiated a telepharmacy project to explore the delivery pharmacy services to the underserved rural population and founded the InterNational Center for Advanced Pharmacy Services (INCAPS), the first collaborative project between academia and a third party payer (Humana), and also with the Kentucky Retirement System to provide reimbursable Clinical Pharmacy Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services and MTM certification for students on rotation. The Center has received the Award of Innovation. He has also established collaboration with the Louisville Metro Health Department to provide assistance with their immunization program for the City of Louisville. He has developed and implemented successfully Clinical Pharmacy MTM all over the US in diverse hospital settings.

In January 2012, Dean Tran was promoted to Founding Vice-President of the newly established College of Health Sciences at Sullivan University while retaining his title as Founding Dean and Professor of the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy. In this role, he oversaw all current health-related programs (Pharmacy, Nursing, Physician Assistant, and Health Science General Education).

Within the Metro Louisville community, Dean Tran was selected to the Louisville Healthcare Fellows program; has received an appointment to The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels; has received the 2009 MediStar Leadership Award from Medical News, and has been honored yearly since 2008 as a Business First Health Care Partner. He has served on the boards of the American Heart Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. He was voted in as the President of the Board of Directors of Asia Institute Crane House, which under his leadership has successfully sailed through budget and strategic planning challenges.

Within the Louisville Asian American community, Dean Tran offered volunteer cultural, physical, and mental development through martial arts instruction. He also founded the Vietnamese-American Professional Pharmacy Association (VAPPA) at the College of Pharmacy. This group was founded to promote health awareness through health education and workshops and to provide interprofessional (Medicine, dental, pharmacy) health care services to the underserved populations.

Julie Prasad
Executive Assistant to the Dean

Office Phone: 916-686-7862

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