Doctor of Pharmacy Program (Pharm.D.)
The Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares students to become licensed pharmacists. The six-year, entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program includes professional practice development coursework and specialized experiential rotations to prepare students for practice. Opportunities to work directly with faculty on research projects also are available.
Pharmacists have the goal of making sure their patients use medication safely and effectively, whether they practice in community pharmacies or hospitals, perform research, or work at pharmaceutical and health care companies. As one of the nation's most trusted professions, pharmacy involves drug preparation, patient counseling, disease state management and research. The demand for pharmacists has increased due to the tremendous advances in knowledge about diseases, medications and factors that enhance or diminish the safety and effectiveness of drugs.
Practice opportunities and starting salaries remain strong for pharmacists, with an expected need for 70,000 new pharmacists jobs over the next ten years. Graduates receive job offers encompassing all aspects of pharmacy practice, the pharmaceutical industry and advanced post-graduate training opportunities. Starting salary offers range from $70,000 to $100,000. Furthermore, the economic recession has had very little impact on pharmacists, among whom the unemployment rate is around 3%.
Read Prescription for a Rewarding Career, a publication by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Why study pharmacy at UT?
The role of the pharmacist in today’s society includes not only dispensing medications, but also managing medication therapy and serving on medical teams, critical roles in modern health care. At The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, a practitioner’s school, students are prepared for success in pharmacy. Our college puts the "practice" in Pharmacy Practice. The college's distinction of being located on an academic health science campus makes it unique among other pharmacy colleges in the region and offers professional division students hands-on practice in an integrated medical community. UT pharmacy students gain real-world experience through the Simulation Center, the University of Toledo Medical Center and Clinics, and even community care clinics and medical missions.
The nationally ranked College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences occupies two state-of-the-art facilities with the latest instructional laboratories, classrooms, and research laboratories featuring advanced equipment and computer technologies. Wolfe Hall on the Main Campus is one of the most advanced science facilities in the nation, and the college's new, $25 million facility on the university's Health Science Campus, The Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center, bolsters research and practice opportunities for students. Pharmacy students at UT enjoy the personal attention of a small college with the resources and opportunities of a large university.
UT pharmacy students can also complete dual degrees, with programs that include the M.S. degree in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences and the master's in Business Administration (MBA), both of which can be completed along with the PharmD degree in six calendar years. The college also offers a PharmD/PhD dual degree in Medicinal Chemistry, a program geared for students who want to be heavily involved in the scientific research that influences the practice of pharmacy. These dual-degree programs allow our graduates to create rich career opportunities and stand out among pharmacy graduates nationwide.
Experiential Education: Hands-on Learning
Experiential education is an essential part of every PharmD program. The University of Toledo excels in providing our students with outstanding experiential learning opportunities. The University of Toledo offers the unique opportunity of learning on the campus of an academic medical center. This allows students to participate in the care of patients in our hospital and outpatient clinics at just a five minute walk from the classroom. Additionally, The University of Toledo has established partnerships with more than 700 pharmacies, hospitals and clinics throughout Ohio, the U.S. and even overseas in places like Hungary and China. The Experiential Education faculty and staff arrange the details of each experience, which allows our students to focus on their studies. This arrangement, as well as ongoing support and training of preceptors, ensures a great learning environment at each experience, so students can meet their educational objectives while reducing the stress of identifying and arranging for their own experiences.
Admission to The University of Toledo
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The Doctor of Pharmacy program at The University of Toledo has a 2+4 structure. This means students complete the required two years of pre-professional division prerequisite coursework before entering the professional division. Admission to the professional division is competitive, and students apply during the second year of study. Read P1 Class Profiles, statistical information regarding admission into the professional division.
Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program
The University of Toledo requires specific completion of college preparatory curriculum course work for admission consideration. The minimum academic core requirements are:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of math (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry)
- 3 years of natural sciences
- 3 years of social science
To be admitted into the pre-professional division of the program, students must meet the following requirements:
- 2.5 GPA or GED or 20 ACT/950 SAT
Students not meeting these requirements will be admitted to the Department of Exploratory Studies in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences.
UT offers an early admission program called Contingent Admission, a competitive process that grants admission to the professional division to academically exceptional students during the senior year of high school. Contingent Admission secures a seat in the professional division, without additional application, for students who meet the qualifications. Read the Contingent Admission Policy for information on how to qualify for Contingent Admission.
Applicants with Undergraduate Degrees
Each year, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences admits a select group of highly qualified candidates with earned degrees to the professional division of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. More about Applicants with Undergraduate Degrees
Transfer students can be admitted into either the first or second year of the pre-professional division, depending on the number of science-related courses already successfully completed. Transfer students can expect to matriculate for a minimum of five years for the PharmD degree. Transfer students are considered second-year students if a full year of the appropriate general chemistry and biology courses (with all labs) has been taken. College faculty evaluates courses for equivalencies, and transfer students must submit syllabi for evaluation if they are requested. More about transferring into the college
Pharmacy Summer Camp
Pharmacy Summer Camp is a great way for rising high school seniors to learn more about Pharmacy and experience UT.
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