PharmD Curriculum

Our four-year curriculum combines classroom learning with experiential rotations. During the first three years of the PharmD program, students will progress through our newly designed curriculum, which integrates pharmaceutical and clinical sciences. Our curriculum focuses on developing students’ foundational knowledge, application of science to practice, and personal and professional development in order to prepare student pharmacists to be leaders of pharmacy practice and the health sciences.

New Curriculum

We are excited to announce the new, redesigned PharmD curriculum that will begin with the fall 2017 cohort! 

The new curriculum includes:

  • More integration between courses and within courses
  • Continuous intentional application to increase material reinforcement
  • Increased focus on pharmacy practice skills, personal and professional development,
    team work, and communication skills
  • Block schedule with two blocks per semester and 4 – 5 courses per block
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The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is always working to continually improve and to provide current, relevant programs for its students. We are committed to offering the highest quality curriculum and educational experience. As our strategic plan outlines – we are Educating for Excellence.

In addition, we want to be the pharmacy school of choice in our area, so we must remain competitive in the marketplace, where there is a growing number of pharmacy programs.

The new curriculum will begin with the class of 2021 in the Fall 2017 semester.

Certainly. Our traditional curriculum is widely known and accepted. It is the established, tried and true methodology used by pharmacy programs for years. Also, adjustments have already been made to the traditional curriculum that incorporate the new curriculum benefits.

Yes. The new curriculum is designed to meet the changing demands future pharmacists will encounter. It not only incorporates didactic learning experiences that integrate the basic, pharmaceutical, and clinical sciences, but also focuses on pharmacy practice skills, personal and professional development, team work, and communication skills.

The new curriculum emphasizes active learning approaches and minimizes the use of traditional classroom lectures. The curriculum is more integrated – including more communication from one course to another, emphasizing the connection between courses and within a course. The curriculum will provide continuous intentional application to increase material reinforcement.

Yes. The College of Pharmacy &  Health Sciences is committed to IPE, and we are strategically aligned with other health care profession programs to provide IPE opportunities.

Student evaluation will involve a variety of learning assessment techniques ranging from multiple choice questions and short essay exams to reflective journaling and demonstrations of ability in simulated settings including objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs).

Yes. To facilitate integration and the development of communication and practice skills needed by a modern pharmacist, each semester will be divided into two blocks:

  • Average 4-5 courses per block
  • Approximately 19 hours per semester
  • Each block includes Pharmacy Practice Skills, a 12-course series coordinated with the Integrated Pharmacotherapy course in each block

Also, students will be expected to be on campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday – not necessarily in the classroom, but in activities related to their education (labs, organizational meetings, etc.).

Yes. Our professors are extremely proficient and up-to-date in pharmacy knowledge and skills.

Yes. The four dual degree programs that include PharmD will be offered using the new curriculum.

Yes. Our Doctor of Pharmacy program will maintain its accreditation. We are actively involved with the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and are working toward their next onsite visit in early 2018.

Yes. Residency programs will accept students who are taught either the traditional curriculum or the new curriculum.