Academics - Pharmacy
Our four-year professional pharmacy program thoroughly prepares our students to earn their PharmD, to be ready to pass the licensure examinations and to become a successful pharmacist.
Overall Academic Requirements for the PharmD
The first three years are known as the "didactic" years and carry a total of 150.75 units (this total is subject to change).
The clinical courses comprise:
- Introductory Practice Experience courses taken during the first three years of the program (IPPE - 8 units).
- Advanced Practice Experience courses (APPE - 36 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.
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. These experiential rotations provide students with an early opportunity to begin applying successively acquired pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice knowledge in actual clinical and professional settings.
Second & Third Years
At the MBKU College of Pharmacy, students will complete an introductory community and hospital pharmacy practice rotations in the summer of the second and third years.
Final Year Pharmacy Practice Rotations
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 Care/Internal Medicine Pharmacy Practice
- 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 Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, Healthcare Informatics, Home Health Care, Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Therapy, Intensive Care Practice, Nephrology, Nuclear/Radiopharmacy, Oncology, Optometric Specialty, Pediatrics, Pharmaceutical Compounding, Pharmacy Management, Population Health, Psychiatric Care, Specialty Pharmacy Practice, 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.
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 NAPLEX. Doctor of Pharmacy degrees are conferred at the college's annual Commencement, which is held each May at the conclusion of the Spring Quarter.
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
Requests for release of records for currently enrolled students must be made through the Office of Student Affairs.