Department of Pharmacy Practice


The Department of Pharmacy Practice primarily provides instruction in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, and also offers the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree in Pharmacy Administration and Pharmaceutics, and the Masters of Science degree in Pharmacy and Healthcare Administration and Industrial Pharmacy.

Graduate Teaching

The college’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has a rigorous six-year curriculum, with a 2-year pre-professional division, and a 4-year professional division. Pharmacy Practice faculty teach throughout the curriculum, including introductory courses in pharmacy in the pre-professional division, and pathophysiology, pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics, practice development and management, pharmacoeconomics and disease outcomes, drug information, communication, cultural competence, and experiential education in pharmacy practice. Courses are taught in large group, recitation, and laboratory based formats, in addition to experiential education.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum includes Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) that are designed to provide active learning and an extension of the information learned throughout the PharmD curriculum.  For more information about the Experiential Education, visit the Experiential Education page.

The Department of Pharmacy Practice is involved in postgraduate residencies and fellowships, including a PGY2 residency in critical care, and PGY1 residencies in institutional pharmacy practice and community pharmacy practice. Residents and fellows participate in both didactic and experiential teaching in the doctor of pharmacy curriculum.

Pharmacy Practice offers Master of Science degrees in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences and Industrial Pharmacy. Pharmacy and Healthcare Administration offers specialized tracks in management, pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research, and social and behavioral studies. The Industrial Pharmacy degree prepares students for entry level positions in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, as well as for PhD training. Each program admits up to 15 students yearly, and our faculty teach, advise, and mentor these students as they complete graduate coursework and masters theses.

Undergraduate Teaching

The Department is home to the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) majors in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design, Pharmacy Administration and Pharmaceutics.

The Pharmacy Administration focuses on the business of pharmacy healthcare. Students are prepared in the foundational sciences of pharmacy, including pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, in addition to anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus. However, the curriculum in the junior and senior years of the program focuses on the healthcare landscape and the business of healthcare, along with foundational business classes including economics, management, marketing, finance, sales, business statistics and analysis, accounting, organizational behavior, and an industry-based internship.

The Pharmaceutics major is a multidisciplinary applied science which studies the physical and chemical attributes of drugs. It places a strong emphasis on the design and evaluation of drug delivery systems and dosage forms and also on the understanding and control of the factors influencing clinical response to drug therapy. Specialists in pharmaceutics aid in developing, manufacturing, and evaluating products such as tablets, capsules, ointments, and liquids for medicinal, nutritional, and cosmetic use.

The Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design major places a strong emphasis on the underlying design, synthesis, and development of products associated with the personal care, beauty and welfare of people and their animal companions. The curriculum includes courses in synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, pharmacology, and pharmaceutical chemistry.

Last Updated: 10/15/20