Jul 23, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacy, Pharm.D ǂ

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About the Program

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) is a four­-year professional degree. The classroom, lab, and experiential requirements provide students with the educational background to enter any field of pharmacy practice. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the pharmacy licensing examination. Or they may choose to move on to graduate-­level studies in pharmacy or related fields. PharmD graduates may also pursue post­-graduate residency programs in general or specialty practice areas. To be considered for entrance into the PharmD program, applicants must have successfully completed Purdue College of Pharmacy’s two-­year Pre-Doctor of ­Pharmacy Program or the equivalent coursework at another accredited institution.

Purdue College of Pharmacy is consistently ranked in the top ten pharmacy programs in the U.S. and boasts an extremely distinguished 85­-member faculty renowned for both its cutting-edge work in pharmaceutical research and for developing educational curricula used in pharmacy programs around the world. Students benefit from an integrated, hands­-on approach, learning valuable lessons not just in classrooms and laboratories, but also in a 10-month series of rotations in hospitals, pharmacies, and other real-world settings for pharmaceutical professionals.

Doing your Pre-­Pharmacy work through Purdue’s condensed two­-year program can save you up to two years of study and student loan debt, as well as get onto the job market two years faster. That’s a big part of the reason why Purdue PharmD graduates have less debt upon completion of their degree than PharmD students from any other Big Ten pharmacy program.

College of Pharmacy

Degree Requirements

140 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (129 credits)

Free Electives (11 credits)

Additional Requirements

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Program Requirements

(see your academic advisor for other options creating your plan of study)

16 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

16 Credits

Summer, Fall, Spring 4th Year

Students complete a total of ten - four week rotations over the course of eleven months, beginning in May and ending the following April.  Generally, students complete two rotations in the summer and four rotations in each subsequent semester.

40 Credits


ǂ Completion of pre-pharmacy requirements and admission to the PharmD program required. See College of Pharmacy website for admission criteria.

* IPPE - Course to be scheduled during either semester 1 or 2 (four weeks during spring or fall semester for P2 & P3 years)

** A maximum of 6 out of 11 required elective credit hours may be taken Pass/No Pass

*** Proof of certification may be used to fulfill Immunization requirement, but students are still required to complete 140 total credit hours.

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