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Doctor of Pharmacy

Prospective students who have completed all prerequisite requirements may apply for admission into the first professional (P1) year of our four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.

The College provides a challenging learning environment where students can explore career options, develop practical expertise, and become leaders in the profession and their communities. Small class sizes allow students to have direct access to faculty and staff, and promotes strong, mentoring relationships.


In the College’s four-year Pharm.D. program, students complete 130 hours of required coursework. Students are required to complete 12 semester hours of elective or selective coursework. Elective Focus Areas such as clinical services, community care, public health, research and more allow students to explore pharmacy-related topics in depth.

During the professional program, students also engage in experiential learning. Students complete nine semester hours (300 contact hours) of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) that extend their learning from the classroom to various pharmacy practice settings and have opportunities to provide care for diverse patient populations.

During the final year of the program, students complete 40 semester hours (1,600 contact hours) of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) through a series of eight five-week rotations. After finishing their APPEs and earning their Pharm.D., students apply for state licensure.

Download a sample plan of study for the Pharm.D. program.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for acceptance, professional applicants must apply to the College using the central pharmacy application system PharmCAS (pharmcas.org).

To be eligible for admission into the professional program, students must be in good standing with all previously attended institutions and must have successfully completed all prerequisite coursework.

Download a complete list of prerequisites.

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