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Pharmacy, PharmD - Curriculum & Duration

Featuring three admission pathways, our state-of-the-art PharmD curriculum allows undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students to emerge as leaders in the pharmacy profession. 

You’ll enjoy a robust mix of classroom and lab learning along with experiential learning opportunities with exposure to different practice environments. Each element of our student-centered PharmD curriculum builds on the others for a well-rounded, innovative approach to learning.  

  • Pre-professional coursework, typically completed in two years, lays the undergraduate foundation for math and sciences (including biology, chemistry, and physics) while introducing you to social sciences, written and oral communication, and the humanities.
  • Our novel, four-year, competency-driven professional curriculum builds integrated mastery in human disease, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacoeconomics, healthcare/pharmacy delivery, law, management, and entrepreneurship. You’ll complete 14  Integrated Pharmacy Sciences, Disease, and Therapeutics (iPSDT) modules focused on applying the pharmacy sciences—including medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmaceutics—to various diseases and therapeutic decision-making. Plus, hands-on simulations from industry-leading PioneerRX pharmacy software introduce you to pharmacy functions and workflow processes.
  • Innovative pharmacy practice experiences allow you to train alongside pharmacists in a range of real-world practice settings. You’ll start clinical rotations early in your first professional year focusing on pharmacy care in a team-based model. In your final year, you’ll participate in 36 weeks of  rotations, including community pharmacy, acute care, health system, and ambulatory care settings, plus a variety of elective experiences in areas such as managed care, pharmaceutical industry, global health, and pediatrics.

Preparing You for Success  

USciences complements your didactic learning with a co-curricular program, Student Excellence in Professional Preparation (StEPP), to promote your personal and professional development. Through StEPP, you can create and execute your own development plans and projects in coordination with your faculty mentor.

You also have the option to sharpen your competitive edge with a USciences minor or graduate certificate.  In addition, the PharmD program will provide you with nationally recognized certification in areas such as immunization, diabetes, and medication therapy management.  

Example Curriculum

The following are example curriculums for PharmD students entering USciences in Fall 2020. Post-baccalaureate graduate students will begin the curriculum in P1, and transfer students should consult with their admission counselor to determine their curriculum entry point. 

For more detailed information, including course descriptions, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Pre-Professional Curriculum

First Undergraduate Year

General Biology I, II
General Biology Lab I, II
General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Precalculus, General Calculus
Physical Education I, II
Pharmacy Orientation
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Introduction to Communication or Public Speaking
General Education Humanities or Social Sciences Discipline Requirement

Second Undergraduate Year

Microbial Science
Microbial Science Lab
Human Structure and Function I, II
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introductory Physics I
Introduction to Biostatistics
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements

Professional Curriculum

Professional Year One (P1)

Professional Orientation
Practice Skills/ Professional Behavior I
Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
Foundations of Pharmaceutical  Sciences I, II
Humanities or Social Service/Professional Elective
Integrated Pharmacy Sciences, Disease and Therapeutics (iPSDT) modules:
 -  Disease Prevention and Self-Care
 -  Cardiovascular I
 -  Pulmonary
Medication Use Systems I
Foundations of Clinical Immunology
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE):
 -  Healthcare Service Learning
 -  Community Pharmacy

Professional Year Two (P2)

Practice Skills/  Professional Behavior II
Medication Use Systems II
Health Information Retrieval and Evaluation
Foundations of Pharmaceutical Sciences III
Integrated Pharmacy Sciences, Disease and Therapeutics (iPSDT) modules:
 -  Cardiovascular II
 -  Renal/Hepatic
 -  Endocrine/Reproductive
 -  Infectious Disease I
Foundations of Health Care Policy/Law
Literature Evaluation and Evidence-based Medicine
Professional Elective †
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE):
 -  Ambulatory Care
 -  Institutional Pharmacy

Professional Year Three (P3)

Applied Professional Behavior and Communication
Integrated Pharmacy Sciences, Disease and Therapeutics (iPSDT) modules:
 -  Infectious Disease II, III
 -  Central Nervous System I, II
 -  Gastroenterology/ Nutrition
 -  Immunology/ Musculoskeletal/ Skin
 -  Hematology/ Oncology
Integrated Practice I, II
Professional Elective †
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE):
 -  Acute Care Pharmacy
 -  Elective Experience

Professional Year Four (P4)

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE):
 -  36 weeks full time
 -  7 rotations

† Sample Professional Electives include:

Business Ethics
Cultures and Therapeutics
Death and Dying
Global Health Determinants 
Healthcare Communication
Health Psychology
Independent Research
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Industry
Labs and Diagnostics for Pharmacists
Legal Aspects of Drug Development
Medical Writing
Medicine and Literature
Pharmacy Book Club
Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
Special Topics in Pharmacy Practice
Statistics For Clinical Trials

These are example curriculums. The University reserves the right to change the curriculums.


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