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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), 4-Year

Students and faculty working in a D'Youville College compounding laboratory.

The four-year professional program leads to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

As a pharmacist, you'll serve on the front lines of medicine as a critical component of patients’ health—whether working in the lab, the community, government, or in a clinical setting.

Today’s pharmacists act as part of an integrated healthcare team, educating patients on the use of both prescription and over-the-counter medications, advising physicians and other healthcare professionals on the best use of therapeutic medications, and offering advice about drug interactions and side effects .

There are several pathways into D'Youville's four-year ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program for candidates who've earned a bachelor’s degree or are in the the process of completing the prerequisite coursework.

What You'll Learn

D'Youville's curriculum integrates the natural and social sciences with practice experience in a team-based educational environment. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients and other healthcare practitioners
  • Troubleshoot and solve problems related to drug therapy regimens
  • Develop and evaluate programs to improve the health of the communities you serve
  • Become an effective contributor to a healthcare team

WHY CHOOSE D'YOUVILLE?

  • Start your introductory pharmacy practice experience in your first semester. You'll learn to communicate with patients, solve problems related to medications and manage yourself and others in a practice environment.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other healthcare majors at DYC - all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • Enrich your leadership skills while giving back, by joining D'Youville faculty in advocacy and service projects.
  • Showcase your best work and document your progress in mastering the school's educational outcomes through an e-portfolio.
  • D'Youville PharmD graduates achieve excellent scores on national and state licensing exams; Our graduates report a 100% job placement rate within six months of graduation.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisite courses

Students admitted into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program are required to complete a minimum of 65 credit hours.

Those applicants who are in the process of completing the 65 credit hours of prerequisite coursework are welcome to apply to our PharmD program .

Course Name Credits
Biology I with Lab 4
Biology II with Lab 4
Microbiology with Lab (or) Anatomy & Physiology with Lab 4
General Chemistry I with Lab 4
General Chemistry II with Lab 4
Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4
Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4
Physics I 4
Physics II 4
Calculus I 4
Applied Statistics 3-4
English Composition 3
English Composition II 3
Public Speaking 3
History 3
Economics 3
Social Sciences 3
Humanities 3

All required science courses (biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry) must have a laboratory component.

If general biology is not offered at your school, you may take botany or zoology and cell biology to satisfy the general biology requirement .

Application requirements

The D'Youville College of Pharmacy participates in PharmCAS, the Pharmacy College Admission Service. To apply to DYC Professional Pharmacy Program (PharmD) complete the online PharmCAS application.

You'll need to submit:

  • Results of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT, code 104);
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended;
  • Three letters of reference from academic professors, employers or supervisors, and faculty or healthcare advisors;
  • TOEFL scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English. TSE is required if TOEFL score is < 600 paper, 250 computer, or 100 internet. TSE minimum score of 40 is required. Test reports must be reported to PharmCAS. The TOEFL test is not required for students who have attended an English speaking institution for two or more years .

Evaluation criteria

The Admission Committee reviews the following criteria for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program:

  • Applicant's academic performance
  • PCAT scores
  • Letters of recommendation

Successful applicants will hold a prerequisite GPA of 2.5 or higher, demonstrate the ability to perform well in a rigorous course of study, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be devoted to lifelong learning, and will strive to become competent and compassionate healthcare providers.

Next Steps

Selected applicants will be invited to campus for an interview. Performance on the personal interview will help the committee assess the applicant's potential to develop into a competent, compassionate pharmacist capable of rendering patient-centered care.

  • The interview process employs a series of multiple mini-interviews to assess non-cognitive skills important to rendering patient-centered care.
  • The domains evaluated in the mini-interviews include: excellence, lifelong learning, cultural diversity, professionalism, leadership, social responsibility, critical inquiry and collaboration (core values of the DYC SOP)

Curriculum

Curriculum

First-Year (Fall semester)

Course # Course Name Credits
PMD 601 Biochemical Principles I 3
PMD 603 Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology 4
PMD 605 Principles of Drug Action I 4
PMD 607 Profession of Pharmacy and Healthcare Systems 3
PMD 611 Introduction to Collaborative Learning 2
PMD 613 Patient Assessment I 1
PMD 617/619 IPPE P1 Community/Hospital 2/1
PMD 621 Professional Development and Skills 0
PMD 857 Service Learning 0
  TOTAL 16+2

FIRST-YEAR (SPRING SEMESTER)

Course # Course Name Credits
PMD 604 Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology II 4
PMD 606 Principles of Drug Action II 5
PMD 608 Self Care 3
PMD 610 Health Communications, Diversity and Bioethics 2
PMD 612 Collaborative Learning Practicum II 1
PMD 614 Patient Assessment II 1
PMD 618/620 IPPE P1 Community/Hospital 2/1
PMD 622 Professional Development and Skills 0
PMD 856 Service Learning 0
  TOTAL 16+2

Second-Year (Fall Semester)

Course # Course Name Credits
PMD 701 Principles of Drug Action III 2
PMD 703 Pharmacotherapeutics I: Renal and Urologic Disorders and Fluids and Electrolytes 4
PMD 705 Pharmacotherapeutics II: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disorders 4
PMD 709 Integrated Compounding and Practice 3
PMD 711 Collaborative Learning Practicum III 1
PMD 713 Pharmacogenomics 3
PMD 717/719 IPPE P2 Community/Hospital 2/1
PMD 721 Professional Development and Skills 0
PMD 857 Service Learning 0
  TOTAL 17+2

SECOND-YEAR (SPRING SEMESTER)

Course # Course Name Credits
PMD 702 Medical Microbiology & Immunology 3
PMD 704 Pharmacotherapeutics III: Neurologic, Psychiatric, Sensory Disorders and Anesthetics 4
PMD 706 Pharmacotherapeutics IV: Endocrinologic and Gynecologic Disorders 4
PMD 708 Evidence Based Medicine I 2
PMD 710 Pharmacy Management 2
PMD 712 Collaborative Learning Practicum IV 1
PMD 718/720 IPPE P2 Community/Hospital 2/1
PMD 722 Professional Development and Skills 0
PMD 856 Service Learning 0
  TOTAL 17+2

THIRD-YEAR (FALL SEMESTER)

Course # Course Name Credits
PMD 8XX Electives 3
PMD 801 U.S. and New York State Pharmacy Law 2
PMD 803 Pharmacotherapeutics V: Gastrointestinal, Nutrition and Skin, Bone and Joint Disorders 4
PMD 805 Pharmacotherapeutics VI: Infectious Disease 4
PMD 811 Collaborative Learning Practicum V 1
PMD 813 Evidence Based Medicine II 1
PMD 849/851/853 IPPE P3 Practice/Long-term Care/Compounding Bootcamp 1
PMD 857 IPPE P3 Service Learning 0
PMD 859 Professional Development and Skills 0
  TOTAL 15+3

THIRD-YEAR (Spring SEMESTER)

Course # Course Name Credits
PMD 8XX Elective 3
PMD 804 Pharmacotherapeutics VII: Pain Management, Substance-Abuse, Toxicology and Special Populations 4
PMD 808 Pharmacotherapeutics VIII: Oncologic, Hematologic, and Immunologic Disorders 4
PMD 810 Population-Based Healthcare 2
PMD 812 Collaborative Learning Practicum VI 1
PMD 814 Evidence Based Medicine III 1
PMD 850/852/854 IPPE P3 Practice/Long-term Care/Compounding Bootcamp 1
PMD 858 IPPE P3 Service Learning 1
PMD 860 Professional Development and Skills 0
  TOTAL 15+3

Fourth-Year (Summer, Fall & Spring)

Advanced pharmacy practice experience consists of six 6-week rotations. Each rotation is worth 6-credit hours and requires 240 clock hours each. Students are given the opportunity to select 6 out of 8 module blocks throughout the summer, fall and spring semesters to complete their 6 APPE rotations.
Course # Course Name Credits
PMD 901 Advanced Community Rotation 6
PMD 902 Ambulatory Rotation 6
PMD 903 Hospital Clinical Rotation 6
PMD 904 Hospital Operations Rotation 6
PMD 905 Elective "A" APPE Rotation 6
PMD 906 Elective "B" APPE Rotation 6
  TOTAL 36
Electives include but are not limited to: Long-term Care, Nuclear, Home Infusion, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Managed Care, Oncology, and Psychiatry .

Practice Experience

Practice Experience

Experiential education is one of the core elements of D’Youville’s pharmacy program. You'll start your introductory pharmacy practice experience in your first semester. You'll learn to communicate with patients, solve problems related to medications and manage yourself and others in a practice environment.

D’Youville’s pre-pharmacy program emphasizes such vital skills as:
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication in both written and oral modes
  • Time management
  • Organizational competencies

The Office of Experiential Education coordinates and manages all aspects of experiential education for the School of Pharmacy once students begin their graduate studies. From introductory rotations to advanced experiences with innovative and progressive pharmacy practices, the Office of Experiential Education works with students, preceptors, and faculty to ensure a highly successful learning experience.

The Office of Experiential Education is willing and able to place students in rotations in pharmacies anywhere within the U.S. and in several international locations as well. Some international opportunities include Haiti, Uganda, Ecuador, Turks and Caicos, London and China .

International exchange rotations will also be available in Australia, Ireland, England and Puerto Rico in the near future.

Careers

Careers

Our program prepares you for general pharmacy practice.

A Pharmacist's role

Pharmacists do a lot more than just dispense medications. Today's pharmacists serve on the front lines of medicine as a critical component of patients’ health—whether working in the lab, the community, government, or in a clinical setting .

Today’s pharmacists act as part of an integrated healthcare team, educating patients on the use of both prescription and over-the-counter medications, advising physicians and other healthcare professionals on the best use of therapeutic medications, and offering advice about drug interactions and side effects.

Pharmacists also participate in the research and development of new drugs, consult on drug manufacture and usage, and inform public health policy in relation to new and existing medications .

Industries & settings

Pharmacists work in a variety of healthcare settings in a variety of roles including:

Community pharmacists working in retail settings dispensing medications, advising patients on drug effects and interactions, and providing primary health care services such as flu and shingles vaccinations.

Clinical pharmacists working in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. Clinical pharmacists work as part of an integrated healthcare team in the hospital. They provide advice on dosage and timing of medications, efficacy of specific pharmaceuticals and their alternatives, and the role of medications in the treatment of a variety of health conditions and diseases.

Consultant pharmacists providing advice on medications to institutions such as hospitals or health insurance companies. Some consultant pharmacists also provide direct consultation to patients through their own private practices.

Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists working in the pharmaceutical industry in areas ranging from marketing to sales to research.

Job Outlook

Pharmacists are in demand and well compensated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median wage for pharmacists in 2014 was over $120,950 .

For more information about the job outlook for pharmacists, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

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