Entry-Level Pharm.D. Program

Experiential Education

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree is awarded after successful completion of four years of professional study in the College of Pharmacy. Unique aspects of the first three years of the curriculum include an early experience program and an integrated lab. Opportunities for the students to experience pharmacy practice first hand are provided early in the curriculum.
In the second year of the curriculum, students spend six hours per week in the community pharmacy setting.  Practice experiences in the third year involve eight hours per week in the hospital setting.   The final year of the Pharm.D. curriculum is composed of full-time practicums where students practice medication therapy management with more independence. Students will complete nine 160-hour (a minimum 40 hours per week) Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) courses, six in direct patient care areas and three selective experiences in specialty health care areas.  APPEs continue the student’s education by providing opportunities for the clinical application of patient care in a broad variety of health care environments and systems.  Students are assigned to approved off-campus facilities and must arrange their own transportation. APPEs may be taken in any sequence, however students may not enroll in clerkships until all didactic work has been satisfactorily completed.