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2021-2022 University Catalog 
2021-2022 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

146.5 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (135.5 credits)

Didactic Course Requirements (85.5 credits)

Experiential Course Requirements (50 credits)

Electives (11 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 11.00 (6 credits may be taken Pass/No Pass)

Program Requirements

17.5 Credits

15.5 Credits

Professional Second Year (P2)

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

Students complete one four week community pharmacy rotation in July, August or January

4 Credits

16.5 Credits

16.5 Credits

Professional Third Year (P3)

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

Students complete one four week institutional pharmacy rotation either in July, August, November or January.  IPLA #5 (PHRM 87400) will be completed in conjunction with IPPE.

4.5 Credits

16 Credits

16 Credits

Professional Fourth Year (P4)

Complete 10 Four week rotations over the course of 11 months.

  • Beginning in May and ending the following April
  • Generally, students complete 2 rotations in the summer and 4 rotations in each subsequent semester.
  • Interprofessional Learning Anchor (IPLA) #6 will occur longitudinally during APPE year
  • 4.00 credits hours x10

40 Credits


Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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