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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy (COP) admitted its first class in 1987, becoming the first college of pharmacy in south Florida. In fall 2000, the college 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. In addition to the Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus, the college now has students at regional campuses in Palm Beach, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The only distinction between the Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus-based degree program and the distance programs is geography. Each location has a team of coordinators, including its own administration, faculty and staff. Interactive technology and videoconferencing are used to provide lectures and active learning between campuses simultaneously regardless of physical location. Identical handouts, texts, and assessments are used. Communication is available through multiple media resources including, but not limited to, telephone, email, texting, on line classroom technology, etc.  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 programming for many years.

In an effort to meet the growing demands of the pharmacy profession, NSU COP 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/Davie campus.

Since admitting its charter class in 1987, the college has:

  • led the nation in the level of enrollment and graduation of Hispanic doctoral pharmacy students
  • developed a postgraduate Pharm.D. program for bachelor-level pharmacists seeking to advance professionally
  • developed a Pharm.D. program for international pharmacy graduates
  • initiated a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program
  • initiated a Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmaceutical Affairs
  • initiated a Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Fall 2017)
  • implemented concurrent degrees for qualified students in:
    • Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration (Pharm.D./M.B.A.) 
    • Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (Pharm.D./M.P.H.)
    • Doctor of Pharmacy/M.S. in Biomedical Informatics (Pharm.D./M.S.)
  • developed two ambulatory care pharmacies for innovative teaching and developing the pharmacists' expanding roles
  • developed pharmacy residency programs in general pharmacy practice, ambulatory care, community pharmacy, drug information, transitions of care, HIV/infectious disease, psychiatry, transitions of care, and community pharmacy
  • developed pharmacy fellowships in neurocognitive care and accountable care
  • developed Drug Information Centers  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
  • 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
  • implemented an annual travel-study program
  • provided quality pharmacy continuing education programs
  • developed collaborative agreements with international colleges of pharmacy and international agencies
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