Learning Opportunities in Pharmacy
Throughout the PharmD program, you'll apply the knowledge you learn and the skills you develop.
- Use the latest information technology to solve complex drug information questions.
- Prepare specialized dosage forms in our laboratories.
- Assess a patient's response to drug therapy by doing physical exams and interpreting laboratory results from blood tests and other types of tests.
Putting Your Breaks to Good Use
Many PharmD students work in pharmacies during semester and summer breaks. Whether you are interested in working at a community or hospital pharmacy or exploring diverse opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry, the Public Health Service or a variety of community health initiatives, we will help you find positions that offer an interesting and rewarding start to your pharmacy career.
A Full Year of Clinical Preparation
In your last year of pharmacy school, you will finalize your curriculum by putting your skills to work during a 36-week advanced pharmacy practice experience in a variety of pharmacy practice settings, some including:
- Community chain and independent pharmacies
- Drug information centers
- Government and public health service agencies
- Hospital pharmacies
- Managed care organizations
- Medical education and communication organizations
- Nuclear pharmacies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Regulatory agencies
- Research laboratories
- Pharmacy administration
You will have other options to enhance your education, including:
- Residencies and fellowships in pharmacy
- Completing a minor or additional degree program such as Biology, Chemistry or MBA in pharmaceutical business
Outstanding Research Facilities
As a student you’ll be encouraged to collaborate with faculty on research projects. Our research facilities provide a state of the art environment in which to work.
Department Research Laboratory
Laboratory space and resources support faculty efforts involving clinical, translational and basic research. The main lab space houses:
- A triple quadropole LC/MS system
- A separate HPLC system with diode array and fluorescence detection, microplate reader and a gradient thermocycler.
- A Class II biosafety hood, incubator and microscopes
- A lab office with computers and software for pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling
Center for Advanced Pharmacy Studies (CAPS)
The Center for Advanced Pharmacy Studies is a multi-functional laboratory where students learn physical diagnosis, medication monitoring, patient counseling, and medication dispensing. The lab, originally funded through grants from Merck, Medco Health and CVS, among others, remains a vital part of a PharmD student education.
Special Admission Advantage
Unlike other universities, University of the Sciences doesn’t require you to reapply for the next phase of your undergraduate studies. Through the direct-entry admission program, you will be admitted into the pharmacy program in your freshman year. As long as you maintain the grades and complete the requirements specified by your program, you will progress automatically from the pre-pharmacy program into the professional years of the program.
The Importance of Networking
Professional and scientific affiliations enrich the educational experience by providing you with the chance to learn from and network with those in your field.
The doctor of pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The ACPE is an autonomous and independent national agency whose board of directors (the decision- and policy-making body) includes pharmacy educators, pharmacy practitioners, state board of pharmacy members/executives and a public representative. A Public Interest Panel serves in an advisory capacity. The ACPE appointee and the Public Interest Panel assure a public perspective in policy and decision-making processes of accreditation. ACPE’s offices are located at:
135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60603