Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
The six-year Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is patterned on accepted programs of study recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and other interested organizations. The Doctor of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois, 60603; https://acpe-accredit.org/).
Medication therapy management is the responsible provision of drug therapy to achieve specific outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life. A pharmacist, in cooperation with a patient and other health care professionals, designs, implements, and monitors a plan of care that will produce desired patient outcomes. A key element in medication therapy management is that the pharmacist accepts personal responsibility in achieving the desired outcomes. In learning to provide medication therapy management, pharmacy students must exhibit the highest level of ethical behavior and moral values in all of their decision-making, as well as in their actions both in and outside of the college. Furthermore, students must acknowledge that the profession and medication therapy management are based foremost on caring, trust, and communication for the benefit of patients and society in general. All students must be committed to maintaining these standards, to fostering the professional development of other pharmacy students, and to responding appropriately when the ethical and moral standards of the profession have been breached.
Graduates of our program have a strong record of passing the national licensing examination (NAPLEX). Over the past 5 years, the annual (January through December) passage rates have ranged from 85-99% for graduates who are taking the NAPLEX exam for the first time. National annual passage rates for the past 5 years were 85-96%. The Pharm.D. program provides preparation for community, institutional and other areas of pharmacy practice. Students have the opportunity to take professional electives that will advance their knowledge in different areas of pharmacy, including hospital, clinical, manufacturing, managed care, natural products, drug analysis, special populations (e.g. geriatrics), administration, and research.
A recent survey of graduates (AACP) indicates that 49% work in a community practice setting, while 18% work in hospitals. Other areas of pharmacy employment included managed care, clinics, industry, long-term care, government, and academics. Twenty-nine percent of graduates in the class of 2017 were pursuing advanced training in residencies and fellowships. Job responsibilities vary from staff pharmacists, manager, clinical specialist, consultant, executive, to professor. Ninety-two percent of graduates indicate that they would select the URI College of Pharmacy if they were starting their pharmacy programs over again.