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 eight of the past ten years, our graduates have passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) on their first attempt at rates that exceed national averages; in 2015, more than 94% of our graduates passed the exam on their first attempt (2016 results are pending). 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 96.51% in 2015 (2016 results are pending).

The graduation rate of all students admitted to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy since the fall of 2003 (Class of 2007 through Class of 2016) is 96%. Since 2007, more than 94% 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 01/2010)
  • 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.

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 1Course 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 (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 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 (16 credits required)

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 (16-18 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 3 Course Credits
PHRX 416 Ethics in Christianity and Health Care 2 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 2 Course Credits
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 2 Course Credit
PHRX 504 Pharmacotherapy IV 4 Course Credits
PHRX 513 Preparation for Patient Care 4 Course Credits
PHRX 516 Pharmacy Law 3 Course Credits
PHRX 527 Drug Literature Evaluation 2 Course Credits
PHRX 550 Capstone Project I 1 Course Credit
PHRX 450-499 Elective* 2 Course Credits
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/Primary Care I 5 Course Credits
PHRX 620 General Medicine I 5 Course Credits
PHRX 650 Community Pharmacy I 5 Course Credits
PHRX 660 Institutional/Healthcare Systems I 5 Course Credits

Selective (1)/Elective (3) APPE (20 total credits required)

600-level Selective APPE 5 Course Credits
600-level Elective APPE 5 Course Credits
600-level Elective APPE 5 Course Credits
600-level Elective APPE      5 Course Credits
Year IV total required credits: 41  
Total required credits: 145  

 *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 eight APPEs in nine possible time periods offered during the fourth year.

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