The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program requires four calendar years to complete the professional curriculum. Pre-pharmacy requirements require a minimum of two academic years of study (approximately 64 semester hours) and may be completed at any accredited university or college offering the required courses.
The curriculum features the integration of basic and applied clinical sciences. First year courses provide a strong foundation of basic science coursework and an orientation to pharmacy practice. Beginning in the fall of second year, a series of pharmaceutical care course modules, organized around organ systems and disease states, provides integrated learning opportunities in pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacoeconomics. The series of courses provides an educational framework that offers the faculty the opportunity to link complex therapeutic topics within the context of a given group of diseases in the current course and apply the knowledge to concepts learned in prior courses. In addition to the integrated pharmaceutical care modules, students in the second and third professional years complete courses in areas related to drug information systems, pharmacy and health care management, pharmacy law and ethics, communications, and the application of advanced practice skills.