Pharmacy, PharmD - Curriculum & Duration

The outstanding pharmacy education you will receive at University of the Sciences will allow you to take the lead in this competitive arena.

  • Pre-professional coursework provides a broad exposure to math and sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) as well as social sciences, written and oral communication and humanities.
  • The professional curriculum provides a fully integrated introduction to and development of mastery in human disease, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacoeconomics, and healthcare/pharmacy delivery, law, management, as well as entrepreneurship.
  • During the pharmacy practice experiences, you will be introduced to a variety of practice settings to allow application of your knowledge and skills as well as introducing you to the variety of pharmacy career options available following graduation. The pharmacy practice experiences begins in the first professional year and extend through your final year, which consists of 36 weeks of rotations in various settings.

The following is an example curriculum for doctor of pharmacy students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2016; current students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Undergraduate Year

General Biology 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

Introduction to Microeconomics
Social Science
Microbial Science and Microbial Science Lab
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II
Elements of Physics
Anatomy and Physiology I, II
Virtual Physiology Lab I, II

P1 Year: Foundations of Science and Practice

Professional Orientation
Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
Foundations of Clinical Immunology
Foundations of Pharmaceutical Sciences, I, II
Professional Behavior/Communication I
Practice Skills I
Medication Use Systems I
integrated Pharmacy Sciences, Disease and Therapeutics (iPSDT) I, II, III 
Fundamentals, Cardiovascular I and Pulmonary
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences I, II
Professional Electives

P2 Year: Cultivating Science and Practice

Practice Skills/ Professional Behavior II
Medication Use Systems II
Foundations of Pharmaceutical Sciences III
Health Information Retrieval and Evaluation
Evidence-based Medicine and Literature Evaluation
Cardiovascular II, Renal/hepatic, Endocrine/Reproductive, Infectious Disease I
Foundations of Health Care Policy/ Law
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences III, IV
Professional Electives

P3 Year: Evolving Practice

Applied Professional Behavior and Communication
Infectious Disease II, CNS I, CNS II, GI/Nutrition, Immune/MS/skin, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease III
Integrated Practice I, II
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences V, VI
Professional Electives

P4 Year: Pharmacy Proven Everywhere

36 weeks of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Rotations

This is an example curriculum. The University reserves the right to change this curriculum.


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