The 6-year curriculum stresses critical thinking, active learning, and clinical experience to prepare you for practice in a variety of professional settings.
- In the first two years of the Pharm.D. degree program, you will be expected to complete general education requirements along with your pre-professional coursework.
- After your first two years, you enter the professional years (P1-P4) of the program, which is designed to introduce disease states from multiple points of view (i.e. pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and pharmacotherapy) based on the acuity of the care setting. This introduction and reinforcement spiral allows students to learn about disease states before taking part in the associated experiential experience and provide the underpinning of more severe disease. During the professional years, you must maintain a 2.30 quality point average (QPA) in all required professional courses in order to remain in the program.
- The clinical portion of the program provides you with hands-on experience in hospitals, nursing homes, community pharmacies, government institutions, home healthcare settings, pharmacy benefits management companies, and other industries. We will work with you to place you in early and advanced experience practice sites aligned with your educational and career goals.
- See the learning outcomes for the Pharm.D. curriculum.
The College of Pharmacy has developed a co-curricular program to support the professional development of students. Students are introduced to these requirements as part of the professional orientation program. The activities develop students skills in areas such as collaboration, communication, service, and professionalism.
Descriptions for the courses listed below are in the Catalog—Search “Pharmacy.”
P1 First Semester
|Pharmaceutics I||BPS 319||3|
|Biomed & Pharm Sci I||BPS 337||4|
|Clinical & Therapeutics Sci I||PHP 327||3|
|Pharm Tech Lab||BPS 318||2|
|SAS I||PHP 307||3|
|Self-Care I||PHP 315||3|
|PHP Experience IPPE I – Service Learning||PHP 340 or 350||1|
P1 Second Semester
|Biomed & Pharm Sci II||BPS 338||3|
|Clinical & Therapeutic Sci II||PHP 328||4|
|Integrated Lab I||PHC 316||1|
|SAS II||PHP 308||3|
P2 First Semester
|Biomed & Pharm Sci III||BPS 437||3|
|Clinical & Therapeutic Sci III||PHP 427||4|
|Integrated lab II||PHC 415||1|
|SAS III||PHP 407||3|
|PHP Experience IPPE II – Community||PHP 450||2|
P2 Second Semester
|Biomed & Pharm Sci IV||BPS 438||3|
|Clinical & Therapeutic Sci IV||PHP 428||4|
|Integrated lab III||PHC 416||1|
|SAS IV||PHP 408||3|
|Self Care II||PHP 418||3|
P3 First Semester
|Biomed & Pharm Sci V||BPS 537||3|
|Clinical & Therapeutic Sci V||PHP 527||4|
|Integrated lab IV||PHC 515||1|
and Applied Pharmacogenomics
|Pedi & Geri Tx||PHP509||3|
|PHP Experience IPPE III – Institutional||PHP 451||1|
P3 Second Semester
|Biomed & Pharm Sci VI||BPS 538||2|
|Clinical & Therapeutic Sci VI||PHP 528||4|
|SAS V||PHP 508||3|
P4 Year (Summer, Fall, Spring)*
|APPE – Community||PHP 591||6|
|APPE – General Medicine||PHP 592||6|
|APPE – Institutional||PHP 594||6|
|APPE – Ambulatory Care||PHP 595||6|
|APPE – Elective||PHP 593||6|
|APPE – Elective||PHP 593||6|
Total Graduation Credits
* Most students will complete 1 APPE during the summer following their P3 year, and 5 APPE rotations during the Fall and Spring Semesters of their P4 year.
** Student must be certified in CPR/First Aid (1credit) before starting advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) during the P-4 year.
As part of the Pharm.D. curriculum, students are required to complete both Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE).
The Office of Experiential Education in the College works closely with Pharm.D. students to match them with introductory and advanced practice experiences that align with their prior work experience and future career goals.
- Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) are essential for students in the professional curriculum to acquire an overview of pharmacy practice and its role and responsibility in health care. Students will complete IPPE experiences in 3 different areas, service learning, community practice, and institutional practice for a total of 252 hours.
- Additional introductory experience hours (48 hours) will be awarded in the integrated laboratory sequence through the use of simulation.
- For the APPE portion of the Pharm.D. curriculum, students are placed in 6 rotations, each lasting 6 weeks (40 hours per week) for a total of 1440 hours during their final year. APPE rotations occur after students have finished all course work and typically begin in the summer following the P3 year.
- Of the 6 APPE rotations, the following 4 are required: community, institutional, general medicine and ambulatory. The remaining 2 are electives that allow students to gain practical experience in their area of interest or explore something new.
- Student placements are matched through a lottery system during their P3 year. Although we have partnerships with clinical sites throughout the country, the majority of them are located in Rhode Island and the southern New England area.
- All employees of covered entities who come into contact with Protected Health Information must complete HIPAA Privacy Training. Pharmacy students who perform externships along with those who serve as employees in community and hospital based pharmacies must also receive training. Usernames and passwords will be distributed by this office.