About the College
Nova Southeastern University's College of Pharmacy admitted its first class in 1987, becoming the first college of Pharmacy in south Florida. In fall 2000, the NSU College of Pharmacy opened a West Palm Beach Program at I-95 and PGA Boulevard. In fall 2001, it opened a full-time program on the campus of Pontifical Catholic University in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
The only distinction between the Fort Lauderdale campus-based degree program and the distance site programs is geography. Each location has a team of site coordinators, as well as its own administration, faculty, and staff. Interactive video technology and videoconferencing are used to provide lectures between sites simultaneously. This technology provides for live interaction between faculty members and students regardless of location. Identical handouts, texts, and tests are used. Communication is available through telephone, fax, and email, just as with Fort Lauderdale-based students. All students have access to the Health Professions Division Library, computer Labs, online learning resources, and the vast technological innovations provided by NSU, which has been a leader in distance education programs for many years.
In an effort to meet the growing demands of the pharmacy profession, the NSU College of Pharmacy outlined a curriculum for international pharmacy graduates that leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. In 2002, the college matriculated its first group of international pharmacy graduates into the Pharm.D. degree program on the Fort Lauderdale campus.
Since admitting its charter class in 1987, the NSU College of Pharmacy (NSU-COP) has:
- led the nation in the level of enrollment of Hispanic doctoral pharmacy students
- developed a postgraduate Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program for bachelor-level pharmacists seeking to advance professionally
The program, using interactive video, enrolls practicing pharmacists throughout the state of Florida and Puerto Rico who can't interrupt their careers or relocate to a college campus.
- developed pharmacy residency programs in general pharmacy practice, ambulatory care, community pharmacy, drug information, and psychiatry
- developed Drug Information Centers - located in Fort Lauderdale and Ponce - that provide area health care providers with current information on pharmaceuticals
- brought the latest American pharmaceutical education to leading institutions of higher learning in Latin America
This program features faculty exchanges, collaboration on research projects, and seminars on advances in patient-oriented pharmacy.
- developed two ambulatory care pharmacies for innovative teaching and testing of pharmacists' expanding roles
- created a medicinal garden to serve as a repository for living medicinal plants for treating human illness and maintaining health and to teach students the properties and roles of these plants
- developed an international program
- initiated a Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration (Pharm.D./M.B.A.) dual-degree program
- implemented a study-abroad program
- provided quality pharmacy continuing education program
- initiated a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program
- developed collaborative agreements with international colleges and pharmacy.