The curriculum of the pre-professional division is similar for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree is a four-year baccalaureate program. The pharmaceutical sciences represent the collective basic sciences that underlie pharmacy. This degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers related to the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical science and research, pharmaceutical administration and sales, the biomedical industry, forensic science, as well as health care administration. It also prepares students to enter medical school, law school, or graduate studies. There are five majors under the BSPS degree program:
Pharmaceutical Science Pre-Med
The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences is an excellent choice for Pre-Med education. Majoring in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry or in Pharmacology/Toxicology will place you ahead of the curve in medical school and will make your medical school application unique. Learn more
B.S./M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry is an additional degree option that allows students to obtain both a BS and MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree in five calendar years. BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences students choose a faculty mentor as an internship mentor during the undergraduate years and continue the MS thesis research with the same mentor.
The BSPS Scholars program recognizes highly qualified direct from high school students who intend to study pharmaceutical/medical sciences and pursue graduate school or medical professions (physician, veterinarian, dentistry). BSPS Scholars participate in undergraduate research training over the summer following their freshman year (stipend provided for living expenses). Scholars are offered unique experiences to introduce them to the pharmaceutical sciences and learn leadership skills by developing relationships with industry professionals.
The six-year, entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares and qualifies graduates for state board licensure to practice pharmacy. The Pharm.D. program includes professional practice development coursework and specialized experimental rotations to prepare students for practice. Opportunities to work directly with faculty on research projects also are available.
PharmD/MS in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences
This M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences major allows students to focus on patient and population healthcare outcomes, research, economic outcomes of drug and disease management, and the social and behavioral influences of patient and healthcare provider actions. The new health care reforms place a high values on graduates who can create effective clinical programs. Graduates of this dual-degree program go on to complete residencies or work in many areas of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, including contract research organizations, managed care insurance providers, state and national professional organizations, and regulatory affairs. Students can complete this dual-degree path and graduate on schedule.
Students who want a career in pharmacy management, want to operate their own community pharmacy, or plan to pursue residency training can benefit from this dual degree in Business. With terminal degrees in both business and pharmacy, graduates are very competitive in the job market and will increase their opportunities for advancement within the retail and community pharmacy settings. This dual-degree can be completed in six calendar years.
PharmD/PhD in Medicinal Chemistry
This dual-degree program is for students who are interested in research and science as well as the practice of pharmacy. Graduates are well suited for careers in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry, guiding the process of creating treatments. After completing the PharmD degree, students pursue the research training for the PhD. In total, they spend nearly nine years at The University of Toledo.
Experimental therapeutics is the integration of basic and applied sciences focused on the study of and development of new treatments for human disease. Research in experimental therapeutics seeks to understand human diseases from the molecular level to the whole organism in order to develop rational approaches for new pharmacological treatments. In addition, experimental therapeutics includes the development of new therapies through systematic investigation at increasing levels of complexity ranging from individual molecules and proteins, to cellular and tissue based assays and to the whole organism. The purpose of the program is to train students at the doctoral level who can translate discoveries in the laboratory to therapies in a clinical setting.
The focus of the Medicinal Chemistry educational program is on the theory and practice of drug design, with additional advanced-level instruction in the appropriate underlying scientific areas. One of the program’s strengths is the integration of training in both chemistry and advanced biology. Biological techniques are used to identify and characterize targets, while chemical approaches design the drugs or probes to affect the targets identified. This intermingling of chemistry and biological knowledge enhances job opportunities for our graduates.
The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers graduate degrees in the pharmaceutical sciences with programs in pharmacology/toxicology, industrial pharmacy and health outcomes and socioeconomic sciences.
The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has residency programs that provide outstanding residency opportunities and allow pharmacists to advance their careers. The college offers residency opportunities in hospital pharmacy, critical care, and community pharmacy.