Doctor of Pharmacy

Prospective students who have completed all prerequisite requirements may apply for admission into the first professional (P1) year of our four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.

The College provides a challenging learning environment where students can explore career options, develop practical expertise, and become leaders in the profession and their communities. Small class sizes allows students to have direct access to faculty and staff, and promotes strong, mentoring relationships.

Curriculum

In the College’s four-year Pharm.D. program, students complete 130 hours of required coursework. Students are required to complete 12 semester hours of elective or selective coursework. Elective Focus Areas such as clinical services, community care, public health, research and more allow students to explore pharmacy-related topics in depth.

During the professional program, students also engage in experiential learning. Students complete nine semester hours (300 contact hours) of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) that extend their learning from the classroom to various pharmacy practice settings and have opportunities to provide care for diverse patient populations.

During the final year of the program, students complete 40 semester hours (1,600 contact hours) of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) through a series of eight five-week rotations. After finishing their APPEs and earning their Pharm.D., students apply for state licensure.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for acceptance, professional transfer applicants must apply to the College using the central pharmacy application system PharmCAS (pharmcas.org).

To be eligible for admission into the professional program, students must be in good standing with all previously attended institutions and must have successfully completed:

  • 8 semester hours of general chemistry (College Chemistry not accepted, must include a lab)
  • 8 semester hours of organic chemistry (must include a lab)
  • 3 semester hours of biochemistry
  • 8 semester hours of biology (must include a lab)
  • 8 semester hours of human anatomy and physiology (must include a lab)
  • 4 semester hours of microbiology (must include a lab)
  • 3 semester hours of calculus
  • 3 semester hours of introductory statistics
  • 4 semester hours of physics (must include a lab)
  • 6 semester hours of English composition or college writing
  • 3 semester hours of public speaking or communication
  • 6 semester hours of social sciences (must include either psychology or sociology, plus one additional 3-credit social science course)
  • 3 semester hours of microeconomics (general survey-type economics course is also accepted)
  • 12 semester hours of liberal arts and humanities
  • 2 semester hours of introduction to health care (students who have not completed this course may complete it during the P1 year)

* Students applying for admission into the Pharm.D. program who have not completed a bachelor’s degree must have successfully completed at least two writing-intensive/writing emphasis/professional writing courses.

Contact the Office of Admissions to learn more and apply for admission.