College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Doctor of Pharmacy Program (Pharm.D.)

The Doctor of Pharmacy program is a six-year, entry-level program that 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.

This ACPE-accredited program leads to licensure as a pharmacist and satisfies the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio. Requirements for licensure eligibility vary from state to state. Please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice to verify that the desired UT program will meet the eligibility criteria for the credentials you seek.  The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website contains state board directories. 

WHY STUDY PHARMACY AT UT?

  • UT graduates 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.
  • 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 choose dual degrees that enhance career opportunities, like the master's in Business Administration (MBA) or 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. 
  • PharmD students can add a master's degree in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomics, which 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.

Pharmacists Make a Difference

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. 

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, while providing ongoing support and training of preceptors to ensure a great learning environment at each experience.

Last Updated: 5/24/17