Our accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program requires three years of pre-pharmacy studies followed by four years of professional education, regardless of prior degrees.
Student pharmacists begin interacting with patients and other health care professionals in their first year, and direct patient care opportunities continue throughout the curriculum.
“One of the greatest aspects of my position is the variety. On any given day I may research information about a new drug for a monograph I am writing, answer questions from pharmacists and patients, and help teach a class.”
– Terri Levien, Drug Information Pharmacist & Clinical Professor
Pharmacy Practice and Professional Development course overview
Pharmacy Practice and Professional Development (PPPD) is a 6-course series taught during the fall of each semester of the didactic curriculum. This course series is designed to support the development of the skills, attitudes and values that are essential for practicing health care professionals as you prepare for and reflect upon your rotation experiences. This course introduces the 10 pharmacist attributes, per ACPE accreditation standards 3 and 4 (self-awareness, professionalism, innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership, problem solving, interprofessional collaboration, communication, education, patient advocacy and cultural awareness). The intent of the PPPD course series is to provide students with strategies focused on learning, well-being, career development, development within the 10 pharmacist attributes, and co-curricular engagement to enhance success throughout the program and post-graduation.
These courses connect to the yearly Continuous Professional Development Plan and Co-Curricular requirements. Want to learn more? Visit the Advising & Co-Curricular Engagement page.
Professional year one students work to begin answering the question: Who am I as a professional student pharmacist?
Students are supported on navigating their own professional journey as they begin working on their Continuous Professional Development Plan and Co-Curricular requirements. This academic year focuses on problem solving, communication, self-awareness, and professionalism.
Examples of topics covered: Acclimating to pharmacy school; navigating and getting the most out of the curriculum and co-curriculum; goal setting; career exploration; development of a Continuous Professional Development Plan and Co-Curricular Activities; study skills; life/school balance and wellness.
PY2 students focus on answering the following question : Who am I as a health care provider?
During the second academic year students continue their professional journey through the development of their Continuous Professional Development Plan and targeted Co-Curricular experiences. This year focuses on on interprofessional collaboration, demonstration of cultural sensitivity, communication, self-awareness, leadership, and professionalism.
Domains covered include: Strategic reflection for professional growth; self-assessment; cultural exploration; ethics in health care; wellness in health care; leadership in health care; career opportunities.
PY3 students seek to answer this question: Who am I as an innovative individual who serves to meet the needs of the community?
Student pharmacists refine the focus of their Continuous Professional Development Plan and Co-Curricular experiences. This year focuses on education, patient advocacy, cultural sensitivity, self-awareness, innovation, and entrepreneurship and professionalism.
Examples of topics covered: self-assessment; the future of health care; assessing unmet community needs; career exploration and opportunities; residency and job searching and preparation for advanced rotations.