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  • Joint Pharm.D./Graduate Business Minor

    At the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, it's also possible to earn your pharmacy degree while simultaneously earning a graduate minor in business. This is a joint program between the McWhorter School of Pharmacy and the Brock School of Business that lets you take MBA-level courses as electives for your pharmacy degree. On completing the program, you earn a graduate minor in business along with your Pharm.D.

    Whether you plan on owning your own practice or working with a pharmaceutical company, a sound business background gives you strong advantages.

    General Policies+

    On graduation, you will receive both the Pharm.D. and Graduate Business Minor in the same semester. In this program, you must complete the Graduate Business Minor within one academic year of graduation from the Pharm.D. program.

    You will have two separate grade point averages, one for business and one for pharmacy. Pharmacy school ranking and percentiles will be based on the pharmacy only GPA. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the business program to be in good standing.

    Students may register for a maximum of 21 credits per full semester. If desired, you may petition the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to exceed this maximum course load.

    Admission Requirements+

    Admission to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy is competitive, meaning all applications are considered on merit. To process our applications, we use the PharmCAS system. To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, you must have:

    • Completed between 64 and 67 college semester hours
    • Completed 28 semester hours of basic science

    • Completed all course prerequisites (includes Calculus I, Elementary Statistics, Physical Education Activity or Lifetime Health and Wellness/Fitness, Psychology or Sociology, Additional Liberal Arts, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Public Speaking, English Composition, Literature, and World History/Western Civilization or U.S./American History). Click here to access our prerequisite course guides.
    • Submitted your PCAT scores (the oldest PCAT test date considered is 01/2009)
    • Submitted your TOEFL scores. Learn more.
    • Submitted your ACT or SAT scores (For waivers, please refer to McWhorter School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application)
    • Submitted two letters of reference to PharmCAS: One academic letter of recommendation is required and must be completed by a college level math or science professor who has taught you in class. If your college pre-health committee prepares a composite/collective reference, you must submit that reference along with the PharmCAS printable academic form to PharmCAS. One non-academic letter of recommendation is also required. It is preferred that this letter be completed by a pharmacist who has supervised you in a work setting. If you do not have pharmacy experience, then the non-academic letter of recommendation may be completed by anyone who has recently supervised you in a work setting.
    • Health care related experience is not required, but it is recommended.
    • Beginning Fall 2014, McWhorter School of Pharmacy students will be required to have a laptop for the purpose of completing course assessments (i.e. projects, quizzes, exams), certain in-class activities as determined by your instructors and for selected experiential courses in the curriculum.
    • To review the Technical Standards for Admission to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, please click here.

    Please note: It is your responsibility to follow up with the McWhorter School of Pharmacy Office of Admission on items needed to complete your file.

    Early Decision through PharmCAS

    The McWhorter School of Pharmacy now offers Early Decision (ED) status through PharmCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you apply to only one pharmacy degree program and will typically be interviewed and notified of admission decisions earlier than other applicants to the same program. Contact us directly for information on Early Decision eligibility requirements.

    Plan of Study for Doctor of Pharmacy Program+

    Year 1 Course Credits
       

    Fall Semester (17 Credits Required)

    PHRX 301 Intro Pharm Practice Experience (IPPE) I 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 306 Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 307 Basics of Drug Information 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 308 Physiologic Basis of Disease I 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 313 Pharmaceutics I 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 315 Introduction to Patient Care Systems 2 Course Credits
    PHRX 320 Integrated Pharmacy Applications (IPA) I 1 Course Credit

    Spring Semester

    PHRX 302 IPPE II 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 303 IPPE III 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 305 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 309 Physiologic Basis of Disease II 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 312 Institutional Practice/Sterile Compounding 2 Course Credits
    PHRX 314 Pharmaceutics II 3 Course Credits
    PHRX 316 Population Health 3 Course Credits
    PHRX 321 IPA II 1 Course Credit
    Total Required Credits: 36  
    Year 2  
       

    Fall Semester (17-18 credits required)

    PHRX 401 IPPE IV* 2 Course Credits
    PHRX 403 Pharmacotherapy I 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 405 Pharmaceutical Sciences I 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 407 Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 415 Financial Management 3 Course Credits
    PHRX 420 IPA III 1 Course Credit

    Spring Semester (17-18 credits required)

    PHRX 401 IPPE IV* 2 Course Credits
    PHRX 404 Pharmacotherapy II 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 406 Pharmaceutical Sciences II 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 410 Patient Self-Care and Monitoring I 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 416 Ethics in Christianity and Health Care 3 Course Credits
    PHRX 421 IPA IV 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 450-409 Elective** 2 Course Credits
    Year II Total Required Credits: 32-34  
    Year 3  
       

    Fall Semester (16-18 total credits required)

    PHRX 500 Introduction to Capstone Project 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 501 IPPE V 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 503 Pharmacotherapy III 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 505 Pharmaceutical Sciences III 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 510 Patient Self-Care and Monitoring II 2 Course Credits
    PHRX 515 Human Resource Management 3 Course Credits
    PHRX 520 IPA V 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 450-499 Elective** 2 Course Credits

    Spring Semester (16-18 credits required)

    PHRX 502 IPPE VI 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 504 Pharmacotherapy IV 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 513 Preparation for Patient Care 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 516 Pharmacy Law 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 521 IPA VI 2 Course Credits
    PHRX 527 Drug Literature Evaluation 3 Course Credits
    PHRX 550 Capstone Project I 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 450-499 Elective** 2 Course Credits
    Year III Total Required Credits: 34-36  
    Year 4  
       

    June-May***

    Capstone Project (1 total credit required)  
    PHRX 600 Capstone Project II 1 Course Credit
       

    Required Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

    PHRX 601 Ambulatory Care I 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 610 Drug Information I 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 620 General Medicine I 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 650 Community Pharmacy I 4 Course Credits
    PHRX 660 Institutional Pharmacy I 4 Course Credits

    Selective (1)/Elective (3) APPE (16 total credits required)

    600-level Selective APPE 4 Course Credits
    600-level Elective APPE 4 Course Credits
    600-level Elective APPE 4 Course Credits
    600-level Elective APPE 4 Course Credits
    Year IV total required credits: 37  
    Total required credits: 141  
    *Half of the Year II students take PHRX 401 in the fall while the other half take the course in the spring.
    **Students must complete a total of 4 credits of electives (two, 2-credit electives) during two of the following semester options: Year II Spring, Year III Fall, Year III Spring.
    ***Students are required to take 9 APPEs in ten possible time periods offered during the fourth year.

    Plan of Study for Graduate Business Minor+

    Graduate business minor courses cannot be waived, substituted, shared or transferred. All coursework must be completed at the Brock School of Business.

    Required Courses (12 total credits required)

    ACCT 511 Financial Accounting for Managers 3 Course Credits
    BUSA 505 Managerial Communications and Analysis* 3 Course Credits
    ECON 512 Foundations of Economics 3 Course Credits
    FINC 514 Corporate Finance 3 Course Credits

    Graduate Business Minor Electives (choose 6 credits of MBA core or MBA elective coursework below)

    MBA Core**  
    ACCT 519 Accounting for Decision Making 3 Course Credits
    ECON 520 Economics of Competitive Strategy 3 Course Credits
    FINC 521 Managerial Finance 3 Course Credits
    BUSA 533 MIS & Communications Technology 3 Course Credits
    MNGT 535 HR & Organization Management 3 Course Credits
    MARK 541 Marketing Strategy 3 Course Credits
    BUSA 551 Operations Management 3 Course Credits
    BUSA 552 Managing Corporate Integrity 3 Course Credits
       
    MBA Elective 3 Course Credits
    MBA Elective 3 Course Credits
    MBA Elective 3 Course Credits
       
    Total Graduate Business Minor Credits: 18  
    *Must be taken in the first semester.
    **Must complete all required courses for the minor before enrolling in an MBA core course.
     
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