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  • Doctor of Pharmacy

    In the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program, we will equip you with the knowledge and experiences you need to thrive as a pharmacist in a variety of settings or to succeed in a post graduate training or degree program. In short, we'll prepare you to advance the practice and profession of pharmacy.

    For six of the past eight years, our graduates have passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) on their first attempt at rates that exceed national averages; in 2013, 97.5% of our graduates passed the exam on their first attempt. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) pass rate for McWhorter School of Pharmacy graduates has been higher than the national average since 2005; our graduates passed at a rate of 97.6% in 2013.

    The graduation rate of all students admitted to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy since the fall of 2001 (Class of 2005 through Class of 2013) is greater than 97%. Since 2001, more than 95% of our admitted students have graduated in four years.

    Admission to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy is based on merit. McWhorter School of Pharmacy participates in the Early Decision program through PharmCAS. For complete details on the application process, check out the admission requirements below.

    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 here.
    • 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.
    • Pharmacy 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. Learn more about Early Decision.

    Plan of Study & Clinical Requirements+

    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 Credit
    PHRX 307 Basics of Drug Information 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 308 Physiologic Basis of Disease I 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 313 Pharmaceutics I 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 315 Introduction to Patient Care Systems 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 320 Integrated Pharmacy Applications (IPA) I 1 Course Credit

    Spring Semester (19 Credits Required)

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

    Fall Semester (16-18 credits required)

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

    Spring Semester (14-18 credits required)

    PHRX 401 IPPE IV* 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 404 Pharmacotherapy II 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 406 Pharmaceutical Sciences II 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 410 Patient Self-Care and Monitoring I 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 416 Ethics in Christianity and Health Care 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 421 IPA IV 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 450-409 Elective** 2 Course Credit
    Year II Total Required Credits: 30-32  
    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 Credit
    PHRX 505 Pharmaceutical Sciences III 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 510 Patient Self-Care and Monitoring II 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 515 Human Resource Management 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 520 IPA V 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 450-499 Elective** 2 Course Credit

    Spring Semester (16-18 credits required)

    PHRX 502 IPPE VI 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 504 Pharmacotherapy IV 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 513 Preparation for Patient Care 4 Course Credit
    PHRX 516 Pharmacy Law 3 Course Credit
    PHRX 521 IPA VI 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 527 Drug Literature Evaluation 2 Course Credit
    PHRX 550 Capstone Project I 1 Course Credit
    PHRX 450-499 Elective** 2 Course Credit
    Year III Total Required Credits: 32-36  
    Year 4  


    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 6 Course Credit
    PHRX 620 General Medicine I 6 Course Credit
    PHRX 650 Community Pharmacy I 6 Course Credit
    PHRX 660 Institutional Healthcare Systems I 6 Course Credit

    Selective (1)/Elective (1) APPE (12 total credits required)

    600-level Selective APPE 6 Course Credit
    600-level Elective APPE 6 Course Credit
    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 six APPEs in seven possible time periods offered during the fourth year.

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