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 beginning in the first semester.

Students complete: two semesters in community settings, one semester in a hospital setting, one semester in pharmacy service, and one full semester in a service learning environment. The final year of the Pharm.D. curriculum is composed of full-time clerkships. The first semester includes four 160 hour rotations in prearranged practice areas. During the second semester, students choose five elective rotations in specialty areas. The clerkships are full-time commitments by the student (a minimum 40 hours per week). Students are assigned to approved off-campus facilities and must arrange their own transportation. Clerkships may be taken in any sequence, however students may not enroll in clerkships until all didactic work has been satisfactorily completed.