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College of Pharmacy

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College of Pharmacy

Student Handbook 2016-2017

Student Handbook 2016-2017

Mission: To educate and develop practitioners and researchers who, through their leadership and entrepreneurism, will transform the profession of pharmacy to improve global health.

Vision: To be recognized as an innovative and entrepreneurial college of pharmacy providing opportunities that encourage innovation in education, practice, and research.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences program was approved by the NSU Board of Trustees in March 2008, and the college launched its unique program of graduate study and research leading to the Ph.D. degree in fall 2010. Students choose from one of three sequences: (1) Social and Administrative Pharmacy; (2) Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics; and (3) Drug Development (Pharmaceutics). The college attracts scholars with a zeal for the acquisition and sharing of knowledge.

Graduates focus on expanding the science of drug knowledge by creating and testing new drug molecules or using technology to develop new dosage forms. This field responds to needs identified by practicing pharmacists, who detect limitations in caring for patients. The pharmaceutical scientist is very knowledgeable in pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and administration. Because of its exclusive emphasis on pharmacy topics, the program does not duplicate degrees or courses offered by other NSU centers.  

The Ph.D. program is consistent with the criteria for accreditation set by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Welcome From the Dean 

Dean Deziel, NSU College of Pharmacy

Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

The world of pharmacy research is a challenging, ever-broadening arena. Whether centered on drug discovery, drug development, or patient use matters, the issues to be studied are generally complex and always challenging. These factors continue to guide the design and implementation of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program here at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy (COP).

Established in 1987 the college has a rich tradition of excellence. With talented alumni, an outstanding student body, excellent faculty, active partnerships with pharmaceutical corporations and professional leaders, and a strong university environment, we are positioned to continue to be leaders in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists throughout the 21st century.

Our Ph.D. program ensures that every graduate student completes a course of study and research that is grounded in an appreciation and basic understanding of drugs and drug therapy problems and practices, then honed to an edge through the study and use of the research arts, principles and methods that are the tools for addressing those problems and practices. We build on the strengths each student brings to the program to educate the graduate who is ready to address the health-related issues of society.

With over 65 faculty, we provide a rich educational experience for both the professional degree (Pharm.D.) and full-time graduate (Ph.D.) students in the pharmaceutical sciences. Our supportive staff provides the helpful environment which enables students and faculty to excel in their academic endeavors. Our institutional partners in pharmacy research and practice provide internship opportunities for students to gain experience in the drug discovery and development process.

A diverse mix of faculty presents an extraordinary combination of specialized research backgrounds, enthusiasm, and dedication that is essential to a successful Ph.D. program. Available to that mix of faculty investigators for the conduct of their work are excellent and growing research facilities, and the financial support from grants, the college, and the university. The Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) will provide state-of-the-art space and equipment for our faculty and student researchers. All of this is focused on making the NSU COP Ph.D. degree one of the preeminent awards in the country.

The College is positioned to continue to provide leadership in pharmacy education and research in the 21st century. We look forward to great achievements in the days ahead.