Six-year Entry Level Pharm.D. Curriculum Requirements

Six-year Entry Level Pharm.D. Curriculum Requirements. A total of 203 credits is required for graduation. Proficiency in American Red Cross standard first aid, community CPR, and physical assessment (PHP 900) is also expected of each student prior to initiating advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Experiential Rotations. Introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiential rotations may be scheduled at a distance from the Kingston campus. These rotations contribute importantly to the depth and breadth of the experiential program. While the college makes every effort to accommodate student requests regarding rotations, students should anticipate having some rotations assigned at a distance. For these rotations, students are responsible for their costs of transportation and housing if needed.

Criminal Background Checks. All students must undergo a criminal background check annually during the professional (P1 to P4) years of the program. The criminal background check must be completed prior to the fall semester of each professional year and before any Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) is initiated.  Many hospitals, clinical facilities, and other professional sites that participate in both the IPPE and advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) programs require certification that students have a clear criminal record (or a criminal record which, due to the timing or nature of the criminal behavior, or the relevant circumstances, does not, in the judgment of the site preclude the student’s participation in the practicum experience at their site) prior to initiating pharmacy practice experiences. Students with criminal records, therefore, should be aware that their criminal record may preclude their participation in clinical experiences at some sites, and as as a result, their progression to meet the degree requirements may be impeded.

Drug Testing. Many hospitals, clinical facilities, and other professional sites that participate in both the introductory practice experiences (IPPE) and advanced practice experiences (APPE) require students to undergo a drug test. Students who test positive for an illegal drug will be denied positions at these sites. As a result, their progression to meet the degree requirements will be impeded.

Intern License Requirement.  Registration as an intern pharmacist is a requirement of the program; therefore all students in the professional PharmD program must hold a valid Rhode Island intern license when they enter the fall semester of their first professional year and before any Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) is initiated. The Rhode Island intern license must be maintained throughout the professional program (P1 to P4 years). Students completing IPPE or APPE experiences in other states must obtain an intern license through the board of pharmacy of the state(s) in which they have those practice experiences. Intern licensure in Massachusetts is recommended for all students, but not required.

To be eligible for an intern license, students must be currently enrolled in a pharmacy program. Intern licenses must be returned to the board if a student withdraws or takes a leave of absence from the college.

Applications for an intern license also normally require the applicant to disclose, and provide an explanation of, any criminal conviction (or any plea or other form of admission or acceptance of responsibility for criminal conduct, including driving under the influence), as well as any state disciplinary action involving or affecting the applicant’s license to practice, any other pending state charges or investigations relating to the applicant, and any adverse proceeding or action relating to the applicant’s membership in a professional society.

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