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 are example curriculums for doctor of pharmacy students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2017; current students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

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 MD 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/MD 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)


Post-Baccalaureate 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)


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


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