Programs of Study


Designed to maximize graduates’ development of their leadership strengths, the PharmD/MSLD allows students the opportunity to complete MSLD course work in place of elective course work within the pharmacy curriculum. Students begin at Drake in pharmacy and apply to the School of Education during their first professional year. 

Graduates of this program will also learn about opportunities for developing leadership capacity in others, making this an excellent pathway for pharmacy students interested in pursuing management roles, positions of leadership, or academic careers.  Graduates can expect to master relational competencies including effective communication, inspiring and involving others, intercultural intelligence, and interpersonal relationships.  

This dual degree option prepares pharmacy students for successful careers in a variety of health care and academic settings. 

Students who pursue this program should expect to master competencies that include adaptability, critical thinking and decision making, integrity and ethics, professionalism and strategic thinking.  


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)

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

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

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

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/Gen Elec./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 I (QUAN AOI)3 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/General Electives/Honors6 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec. (WRIT AOI)/Honors3 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 2 (INFO AOI)2 CR
PHAR 171Health Care Systems and Policies3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

MSLD 205Global Leadership3 CR
MSLD 212Learning and Technology3 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

MSLD 203Organizational Politics and Influence3 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

MSLD 207Inspiring and Involving Others3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 3
MSLD 202Leadership in Organizations3 CR
MSLD 209Innovation and Future Thinking3 CR
PHAR 174Management in Pharmacy3 CR
PHAR 175Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V2 CR
PHAR 184Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I (EI AOI)2 CR
PHAR 191Therapeutics II5 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

MSLD 204Ethics and Leadership3 CR
PHAR 162Pharmacy Law & Ethics (VE AOI)3 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

MSLD 208Leading Change3 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: 224

Program Notes:

  • • MSLD 201: Understanding Self and Others would be substituted by MSLD 211: Learning and Technology. Rationale: These are not first year students, they have been at Drake for a while and know it well, personality (a strong copy in this course) is covered in another Pharmacy course.
  • • MSLD 206 (Analyzing and Communicating with Data) would be waived provided that students take Pharmacy 172
  • • MSLD 210 (Capstone) would be waived provided that students take Pharmacy 173 (ideally, Chuck Phillips’ section, which allows students to actually conduct some research)

Professional electives required by the PharmD program (5 credit hours) will be fulfilled by MSLD coursework (6 cr. for P1 students entering Fall 2019 and prior).

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.

Students will typically apply for admission to the MSLD program during the spring of the P1 year. Additional information can be obtained at the following website: http://www.drake.edu/leadership/. The admission process and criteria are listed on the MSLD program website: http://www.drake.edu/soe/admission/.

The MSLD 291 (Capstone) course will be fulfilled through the completion of PHAR 173. Students will be invited / welcome to participate in the MSLD program's poster event.

There is a 5-year time limit for completing the MSLD degree from the date of admission to the MSLD program.

Course information can be found here http://www.drake.edu/leadership/course/

MSLD - Competency Model

Early in the program, MSLD students complete a 360 and a personality assessment. The goal is the help them develop the following critical competencies:


Personal Mastery
AdaptabilityThe ability to adust to and thrive under changing conditions in environment.
Critical Thinking/Decision MakingThe ability to analyze a problem logically and reach a timely and defensible decision. Involves seeking information, analyzing the opinions, proposing possible solutions, and making a decision.
Integrity and EthicsThe ability to serve as a role model to others and to build trust with others by operating according to the highest moral standard.
ProfessionalismThe ability to manage one's career by practicing self awareness, exercising the willingness to and the ability to continuously learn and capitalize on relationships.
Results OrientationThe ability to take action to achieve desired results. Involves goal setting, perseverance, and a sense of urgency.
Developing OthersThe ability to help "others reach their potential" (SHRM, 2011, p.4). Involves coaching, providing feedback, and sharing expertise.
Effective CommunicationsReceiving and transmitting information to others effectively and holistically. Involves the expression and understanding of ideas, thoughts and feelings in oral and written forms, within small or large groups.
Inspiring and Involving othersThe ability to reward contributions and make people feel empowered and included.
Intercultural/Global IntelligenceAbility to respect, work effectively with, engage, and involve people from varying backgrounds and perspectives. Includes cultural sensitivity, cultural adaptability, and respect for others.
Interpersonal Relationships This broad competency area involves the ability to relate to others in a warm and inviting manner. Includes collaborating, networking, influencing, inspiring, and interacting positively with others.
Core Competencies - Strategic
Leading Culture ChangeComfort with the ability to lead change processes within the organization.
Strategic VisionThe ability to see a problem systemically and holistically, envision an exciting future, and invite others to reach it.