Pharmacy Curriculum Overview

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is awarded after successful completion of four years of professional study. Two years (64 semester hours) of pre-professional education is required for admission, followed by four years of professional studies.

Review the four-year Pharmacy Course of Study.

Integrated Course Model

The Pharm.D. curriculum is designed such that courses integrate information, building upon one another, and encompass didactic, laboratory, and experiential learning.

An integrated course model is used to provide the foundations of drug action. In this model, physiology, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology are integrated to allow you to see a broad view of how the physiochemical properties of drugs interact with human physiology.

Courses are taught by system (i.e. cardiovascular, neurological, renal, etc.). Medications and human physiology pertinent to each system are team-taught by faculty in their respective areas.

Starting in the second year, an integrated course will be used to provide the foundations of the application of drug therapy to disease. Also taught by system (i.e. cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, etc.), the pathophysiology and application of drug therapy are team-taught by faculty in their respective areas.

Experiential Learning in Pharmacy

Running throughout the first three years of the curriculum will be professional courses intended to provide you an opportunity to integrate and apply information, to work in small groups to complete projects and assignments, and to help develop critical thinking and foster collaboration.

These courses will also provide early laboratory work in compounding and an opportunity for further development of both verbal and written skills.

The curriculum also provides a broad range of early, intermediate, and advanced pharmacy practice experiences over the four years of the professional curriculum. These experiences will give you activity-based, outcome-oriented experiences that are designed to develop attitudes, values, and skills that foster the effective delivery of pharmaceutical care.

Learn more about experiential education in the Pharm.D. program.

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Pharm.D. Curriculum Philosophy

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy curriculum prepares students to practice in any professional setting.

It does so by providing a strong foundation in the sciences, clinical skills, and administration while emphasizing professionalism, integrity, and diversity.

Continuous assessment of the curriculum drives evidence-based changes to stay current in this dynamic profession.

Our Pharm.D. curriculum aligns with College-wide Learning Goals [pdf].

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