Program Details

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The PharmD degree program is a four-year professional program that prepares students for community or institutional practice, postgraduate education or the many other practice opportunities available to pharmacists.
Students may be admitted to the two-year pre- pharmacy program direct from high school and, upon completion of established criteria, may be admitted to the four-year professional program.

Students who have completed the proper coursework at another institution may apply for admission into the professional program. Students who have completed approximately 60 semester hours, including two semesters of inorganic chemistry (with labs), two semesters of biology (with labs), two semesters of organic chemistry (with labs), calculus, statistics and microbiology generally are considered for admission to the professional program. Please contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for more information.

CPHS Pharmacy Outcomes

The purpose of the pharmacy professional program is to provide the graduate with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to engage in the entry-level practice of pharmacy. The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with competence in the following areas established by the Center for the Advancement of Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE):

1.1. Learner (Learner)
2.1. Patient- centered care (Caregiver)
2.2. Medication use systems management (Manager)
2.3. Health and wellness (Promoter)
2.4. Population-based care (Provider)
3.1 Problem Solving (Problem Solver)
3.2. Educator (Educator)
3.3. patient Advocacy (Advocate)
3.4. Interprofessional Collaboration (Collaborator)
3.5. Cultural Sensitivity (Includer)
3.6. Communication (Communicator)
4.1. Self-awareness (Self-aware)
4.2. Leadership (Leader)
4.3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Innovator)
4.4. Professionalism (Professional)


Graduates have obtained positions all areas of pharmacy practice including but not limited to:

Community Practice
Hospital Practice
Pharmaceutical Industry
Regulatory Agencies

Typically 2 years of pre-pharmacy, and 4 years for the professional years in the program.


Click here to view the curriculum guide for PharmD students entering Fall 2017.

Click here to view the curriculum guide for PharmD students entering Fall 2018 and 2019.

Click here to view the curriculum guide for Pre-Pharmacy students entering Fall 2019.

Click here to view the curriculum guide for Pre-Pharmacy students entering Fall 2020 and Fall 2021. 

Note that beginning with the 20-21 academic year, PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics will be offered in the spring rather than the fall semester. Students should plan their electives accordingly (e.g. complete a 3 credit Drake Curriculum/General or professional elective in the fall instead of the spring) to accommodate this change.

Curriculum Guide for Pre-Pharmacy and PharmD Students Entering Fall 2022


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First Year
BIO 012/LPre-professional Biology I & Lab (LIFE AOI)4 CR
CHEM 001/3General Chemistry I & Lab (PHSC AOI)4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors3 CR
FYS First Year Seminar3 CR
INTD 025Blueprint for Success1 CR
PHAR 011CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success)1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

CHEM 002/4General Chemistry II & Lab4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors3 CR
HSCI 141/LHuman Anatomy/Lab4 CR
MATH 050Calculus I3 CR
PHAR 031CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success)1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Second Year
BIO 095Medical Microbiology3 CR
CHEM 097/98Org Chem/Lab I4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec. (WRIT AOI)/Honors3 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors6 CR
PHAR 051CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

CHEM 108/10Organic Chemistry II & Lab4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors6 CR
ENG 037Public Voices (CITZ AOI)3 CR
PHAR 071CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR
STAT 060Stats for Life Sciences (OR HSCI 060) (CRIT AOI)3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 1
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors2 CR
PHAR 122Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I1 CR
PHAR 125Physiology4 CR
PHAR 130Biochemistry4 CR
PHAR 131Intro to Pharm Science3 CR
PHAR 144Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications 12 CR
PHAR 149Immunizations1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

PHAR 123Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II1 CR
PHAR 132Pathophysiology4 CR
PHAR 133Principles of Drug Action I5 CR
PHAR 138Pharmaceutical Calculations2 CR
PHAR 140Pharmaceutics I2 CR
PHAR 145Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications 22 CR
PHAR 171Health Care Systems and Policies3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 2
PHAR 134Principles of Drug Action II5 CR
PHAR 141Pharmaceutics II3 CR
PHAR 142Kinetics3 CR
PHAR 154Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I2 CR
PHAR 167Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III1.5 CR
PHAR 172Literature Evaluation Methods3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors3 CR
PHAR 135Principles of Drug Action III4 CR
PHAR 143Therapeutic Drug Monitoring2 CR
PHAR 155Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II2 CR
PHAR 168Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV1.5 CR
PHAR 169Self-Care and Non-Prescription Products3 CR
PHAR 190Therapeutics I3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 3
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec./Honors3 CR
ELEC ---Pharmacy Professional Electives3 CR
PHAR 174Management in Pharmacy3 CR
PHAR 175Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V2 CR
PHAR 184Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I2 CR
PHAR 191Therapeutics II5 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

ELEC ---Pharmacy Professional Electives2 CR
PHAR 162Pharmacy Law & Ethics3 CR
PHAR 173Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy3 CR
PHAR 176Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI2 CR
PHAR 185Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II2 CR
PHAR 192Therapeutics III5 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 4 (12 months/May through May)
PHAR 285Rotations22 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

PHAR 285Rotations18 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Total Program Hours: 211

Program Notes:

P1 students are required to complete 80 hours of IPPE for Hospital/Institutional Practice I during the summer between the P1 and P2 years, and complete 80 hours of IPPE for Community Practice III during the summer between the P2 & P3 year.


General Education Electives: Students complete the Drake Curriculum requirements and other general elective credits for a total of 26 credits. Pre-pharmacy students entering Fall 2020 and prior are required to complete 27 GE credits. Area of Inquiry (AOI) courses that count towards this requirement include: Historical Foundations (2 courses), Artistic Literacy, and Global and Cultural Understanding.

Professional Electives:  Five (5) credits are required and completed during the professional program. P1 students entering Fall 2019 and prior were required to complete six (6) credits P-EL credits.

Professional Electives Policy: Core curricula of CPHS degree programs may require professional elective courses that permit exploration of and/or advanced study in areas of professional interest within the student’s primary degree. Professional electives provide the student with an opportunity to not only pursue areas of intellectual interest, but also to develop an individual “brand” that may benefit them in their professional or academic future. Students who desire to have a non-approved electives count toward professional elective credit should apply for an exception to program policy prior to taking the course whenever possible. Professional electives must be taken for a grade unless the course is designed as credit/no credit. Students should refer to their degree audit for determination of the total number of required professional electives. Students should review the student handbook for the complete professional elective policy and details specific to their degree program.