Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Curriculum

First Year Professional
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Pharmaceutics/Biopharmaceutics I4Pharmaceutics/Biopharmaceutics II4
Pharmaceutics Lab IPharmaceutics Lab II1
Anatomy & Physiology4Medicinal Chemistry I4
Anatomy & Physiology Lab1Biostats/Literature Evaluation3
Pharmaceutical Care I3Pharmaceutical Care II3
Physiological Chemistry3Intro to Pharmacy Practice 
Pharmaceutical Calculations I2  
Summer SessionCredits  
Community IPPE (3 weeks – 120 hrs.)1  
Second Year Professional
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Pharmacokinetics5Health Care Admin. II3
Medicinal Chemistry II4Pharmaceutical Care IV3
Microbiology/Immunology4Drug and Disease Management I3
Health Care Admin. I2Drug and Disease Management II3
Pharmaceutical Care III3Drug and Disease Management III4
Summer SessionCredits  
Institutional IPPE (3 weeks – 120 hrs.)1  
Third Year Professional
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Pharmaceutical Care V3Pharmacy Law & Ethics2
Patient Assessment1Pharmacy Practice Lab4
Patient Assessment Lab1DDM VII4
DDM V3Professional Elective 2
DDM VI4Professional Elective 
Intro to Research Methods1  
Professional Elective 2  
Summer SessionCredits  
Elective IPPE (3 weeks – 120 hrs.)1  
Fourth Year Professional
Three Semester PeriodCredits
PHA 650Seminar I1
PHA 651Seminar II1
PHA 652Seminar III1
PHA 670Community Pharmacy Practice Experience*4
PHA 671Institutional Pharmacy Practice Experience*4
PHA 672Community/Institutional Pharmacy Practice Experience*4
PHA 683Geriatrics**4
PHA 685Administration/Management**4
PHA 690General Internal Medicine 4
PHA 691Ambulatory Care 4
PHA 693Pediatrics**4
PHA 694Psychiatry**4
PHA 695Drug Information**4
PHA 696Special Interests**4
PHA 699Advanced Internal Medicine** 4
 Elective – Managed Care**
 Elective – Academia** 
 Elective – Research I** 
 Elective – Research II** 
 Elective – Nuclear Pharmacy** 
 Elective – Compounding** 
*Any (2) of the (3) Total 35.0 over 3 semesters (Summer, Fall, & Spring)**Any (4)

The pharmacy program is based on the premise that the ultimate goal of pharmacy is to render pharmaceutical care (defined as the full range of skills, knowledge, abilities, and empathy integrated to provide appropriate medication services to patients). The curriculum emphasizes this concept by providing knowledge and practice in the areas of preventive medicine, primary care for the pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations.

The first three years of the professional curriculum are a mixture of didactics, laboratory, recitations, simulations, and practical experiences. Courses in basic pharmaceutical sciences (e.g., pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology) and the clinical sciences (e.g., pharmacotherapeutics, applied pharmacokinetics, and immunology) are taught using lecture, case studies, presentations, hands-on experience and technology. Each student at the professional level has a laptop computer. Students are encouraged to use the technology offered by the computer to enhance their learning. 

  1. The curriculum incorporates introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences.
  2. In order to participate in these experiential experiences all students must undergo a background check and drug screening prior to the end of the P1 year and again during the spring semester of the P3 year.
  3. The P4 year is devoted to advanced practice experiences in a variety of clinical sites including clinics, and hospital pharmacies.
  4. Required advanced practice experiences include, ambulatory care, internal medicine, community practice and institutional practice.  Students select elective experiences from areas such as pediatrics, psychiatry, drug information, geriatrics, oncology, poison prevention and control, home healthcare and neonatology.