Marshall B. Ketchum University

College of Pharmacy

Program Overview

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Academic Requirements

The didactic years have a total of 148.5 units. The clinical courses comprise the Introductory Practice Experience courses taken during the first three years of the program (IPPE- 15 units) and the Advanced Practice Experience courses (APPE- 54 units) taken during the fourth and final year of the program.  All courses and seminars are required, and must be completed before the PharmD degree is conferred. Additionally, courses in the didactic years are to be completed in the specified sequence before progressing to the next quarter.

Experiential Education

In common with the academic training of other health care professionals, candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree are expected to complete a significant amount of experiential training. At the MBKU College of Pharmacy, PharmD students will complete an introductory community-based experience rotation in the summer between the first and second years of the program, an introductory institutional-based experience rotation between the second and third years of the program, and an elective experiential rotation during the summer before the fourth program year begins. These introductory practice rotations provide students with an early opportunity to begin applying successively acquired pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice knowledge in actual clinical and professional settings. During the fourth and final year of the program, students will complete a total of six advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Four of these experiential rotations are required: Hospital/Institutional Pharmacy Practice, Community Pharmacy Practice, Acute Inpatient/Internal Medicine Pharmacy Practice, and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice. Students will also complete two elective Pharmacy Practice experience rotations of individual interest. These elective rotations can include diverse practice areas such as Healthcare Informatics, Specialty Pharmacy Practice, Oncology, Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Therapy, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, Pharmacy Benefit Management, Cardiology, Intensive Care Practice, Nuclear/Radiopharmacy, Practice Management, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Home Health Care, Population Health Management, Psychiatric Care, etc. Whether students are participating in introductory or advanced practice experience rotations, they will be expected to participate in the delivery of interprofessional team-based care, with the final goal of being able to practice as competent, compassionate, and committed pharmacists.


All states license pharmacists. After completing a PharmD program, prospective pharmacists must pass two examinations to obtain a license. The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) tests pharmacist skills and knowledge. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a state-specific test on pharmacy law is also required.

The NAPLEX assesses whether a prospective pharmacist:

  • Can identify practice standards for safe and effective pharmacotherapy and optimize therapeutic outcomes in patients
  • Can identify and determine safe and accurate methods to prepare and dispense medications
  • Can provide and apply health care information to promote optimal health care

Check the NAPLEX website for the most updated cost:

Degree Conferral

The degree Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is conferred on students who are officially admitted to, and who satisfactorily complete, the 4-year professional curriculum.  Satisfactory completion of the MBKU program will academically qualify the graduate to sit for the NAPELX.


Doctor of Pharmacy degrees are conferred at the College's annual Commencement Exercise, which is held each May at the conclusion of the Spring Quarter.

Graduation with Honors

Latinized honors are accorded at graduation to those students who have excelled scholastically on the following basis:

Summa Cum Laude 3.80 – 4.00
Magna Cum Laude 3.60 – 3.79
Cum Laude 3.40 – 3.59

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Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site Granting of Precandidate status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either candidate status or accredited status. Precandidate status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Since Precandidate status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy that bear Precandidate status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure..