Pharmacy, PharmD - Curriculum & Duration

Through three different entry points, the USciences PharmD Ready + 4 program enables undergraduate, graduate, and transfer students to take the lead in the competitive pharmacy arena.

  • Pre-professional coursework (the Ready phase) is typically completed in two years and provides a broad foundation of math and sciences (including biology, chemistry, and physics) as well as social sciences, written and oral communication, and the humanities.
  • The professional curriculum (the + 4 phase) provides a fully integrated mastery in human disease, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacoeconomics, healthcare/pharmacy delivery, law, management, and entrepreneurship.
  • During the pharmacy practice experiences—which consist of 36 weeks of rotations—you’ll be introduced to a range of practice settings to apply your knowledge and skills, as well as post-graduate pharmacy career options.

The following are example curriculums for doctor of pharmacy students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2017. Post-baccalaureate graduate students will begin the curriculum in P1, and transfer students should consult with their admission counselor to determine their entry point into the curriculum.

Direct Entry Ready +4 Curriculum

First Undergraduate Year

General Biology I, II
General Biology Lab I, II
General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Precalculus, Calculus
Physical Education I, II
Pharmacy Orientation
Writing and Rhetoric I, II

Second Undergraduate Year

Microbial Science
Microbial Science Lab
Anatomy and Physiology I, II
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II
Introduction to Communication or Public Speaking
Virtual Physiology Lab I, II
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introductory Physics I
Introduction to Biostatistics
General Education Social Sciences or Humanities Disciple Requirement

First Professional Year (P1)

Professional Orientation
Practice Skills I
Professional Behavior/Communication I
Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
Foundations of Pharmaceutical Sciences, I, II
Foundations of Clinical Immunology
Integrated Pharmacy Sciences, Disease and Therapeutics (iPSDT) I, II, III 
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) 1, 2 Service Learning/Community Practice I, II
Professional Electives † or Multidisciplinary (nature, power, democracy and oppression, belief and thought) Credits

Second Professional Year (P2)

Practice Skills/ Professional Behavior II
Health Information Retrieval and Evaluation
Foundations of Pharmaceutical Sciences III
IPPE-3 Advanced Community Practice/Ambulatory Care
Medication Use Systems II
Literature Evaluation & Evidence-based Medicine
Foundations of Health Care Policy/ Law
IPPE-4 Institutional Pharmacy
Professional Electives † / Multidisciplinary (nature, power, democracy and oppression, belief and thought) Credits

Third Professional Year (P3)

Applied Professional Behavior and Communications
IPPE (100 h/y) (fall and spring)
Integrated Practice I, II
Professional Electives †

Fourth Professional Year (P4)

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (36 credits)


Graduate Professsional Program Curriculum

First Professional Year (P1)

Physiology I, II
Pharmaceutical Calculations
Introduction to Clinical Pharmacy Skills
Principles and Applications of Immunology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Orientation to Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences
Introduction to Biostatistics
Professional Electives †

Summer Between P1 and P2 Years

Community Pharmacy Practice IPPE*
*Can be taken either in the summer between P1 and P2 years or in the fall of the P2 year

Second Professional Year (P2)

Pharmacy Management
Principles of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics I, II
Principles of Pharmacotherapeutics and Human Disease
Practice Lab and Case Studies I, II
Nonprescription Therapeutics
Pharmacology I
Pharmaceutics Laboratory
Research Design and Drug Information
Human Disease and Application of Therapeutics I

Summer Between P2 and P3 Years

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE): Institutional Pharmacy Practice

Third Professional Year (P3)

Pharmacology II
IPPE Nontraditional Practice Experience or IPPE Patient Care Project in Pharmacy or IPPE Patient Care in Institutional Pharmacy Practice
IPPE Ambulatory Care Pharmacy
Drug Information and Literature Evaluation
Human Disease and Application of Therapeutics II, III
Practice Lab and Case Studies III, IV
Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Individualized Drug Dosing
Law and Ethics
Applied Pharmacoeconomics
Seminar in Professional Practice
Professional Electives †

Fourth Professional Year (P4)

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) (7 rotations of 5 weeks each; 3 weeks preparatory enrichment
APPE Unrestricted Patient Care Elective I or II or IPPE Non-Patient Care Elective I or II (choose two)

† Sample Professional Elective include:

Advanced Asthma Pharmacotherapy
Clinical Treatment Approaches to Psychiatric Illness
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Cultures and Therapeutics
Detecting and Treating Substance Use Disorder and SBIRT
Geriatrics Interdisciplinary
Geriatrics Long Term Care
Global Health Determinants
Hospital Pharmacy Practice
Intro to Drug Development Process
Intro to Medical Communications Industry
Intro to Medication Therapy Management Practice
Intro to Mental Health for Pharmacists
Orientation to Nuclear Pharmacy
Pharmacist Role in Promoting Lifestyle Changes to Maintain Cardiovascular Health
Pharmacists Introduction to the Pharmaceutical Industry
Pharmacy and Public Health
Pharmacy Book Club


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


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