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The College of Pharmacy prepares students for careers in both the pharmaceutical sciences and the profession of pharmacy. Those who do not seek professional licensure may work in the medical, legal and biomedical professions. Those who enter the profession provide direct patient care services.
The College of Pharmacy holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, is recognized as an institution in good standing by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and is accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).
Pharmacy Licensure Programs
All students seeking a degree that will lead to pharmacy licensure will need to complete two years of course work in the Pre-Professional Division of the College of Pharmacy. Following the completion of a core set of required courses, students will apply to the Professional Division during their second year. Admission to the Professional Division of the college (year 3) is competitive. Students will select a degree track when they submit their application for admission to the Professional Division.
Programs of study leading to Pharmacy licensure are: (1) the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S.P.) degree, (2) the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and (3) the post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Students pursuing the entry-level Pharm.D. degree will complete many of the same courses required of the B.S.P. students as well as a number of additional courses. Students who have already completed a B.S. in Pharmacy degree may enroll in the post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. degree in order to gain additional skills and knowledge in various therapeutic areas.
Nationally, the last year for admission into the 5-year B.S.P. degree is Fall Semester 1999. All pharmacy students must complete their B.S.P. degree by June 2004. After that date, only the Pharm.D. degree will be accredited for pharmacy licensure by ACPE.
Pharmaceutical Sciences (non-licensure program)
The College of Pharmacy offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.P.S.) degree to prepare students for a variety of careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. Students seeking the B.S.P.S. degree will need to complete two years of course work in the Lower Division of the College of Pharmacy. Following the completion of a core set of required courses, students will apply to the Upper Division during their second year. Admission to the Upper Division of the college is competitive. The B.S.P.S. will not prepare students for state board licensure nor will it prepare students to practice pharmacy.
Pharmacy Graduate Degree Programs
The College of Pharmacy offers several non-licensure graduate degrees: the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree, with program options in pharmacology/toxicology, industrial pharmacy and administrative pharmacy; the Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry degree and; the Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry degree. Students should contact the College of Pharmacy for admission and curricular requirements.
Inaddition to the above programs, the College offers two graduate degree programs that lead to licensure: 1) the post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy degree (students enrolled in this program are already licensed pharmacists that are continuing their education at the doctoral level), and 2) the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy degree.