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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacy, Pharm.D

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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-­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, hands­on approach, learning valuable lessons not just in classrooms and laboratories, but also in a two­-semester 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.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Doctor of Pharmacy  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

Program: DPHRM-DP
Major: DPTR
Credit Hours: 140

College of Pharmacy

University Core Requirements

exempt for professional program

Departmental/Program Major Courses (129 credits)

Free Electives (11 credits)


** Semester 1 or 2

***Courses to be scheduled during either semester (four weeks during spring or fall semester for P-2 & P-3 years).

****Graduation Requirement/may substitute outside certification

Program Requirements

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

16-17 Credits

16-17 Credits

16-20 Credits

14-18 Credits

15-19 Credits

14-18 Credits

40 Credits


* Semester 1 or 2

 ** Courses to be scheduled during either semester (four weeks during spring or fall semester for P2 & P3 years)

 *** P2 Fall or Spring Semester - may be fulfilled with proof of certification.

Degree Requirements

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Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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