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Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Requirements

Prepharmacy Requirements

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires completion of all of the required prepharmacy and professional courses and a total of 208 credit hours with an overall and professional grade-point average of at least 2.25.

The prepharmacy requirements of 68 credit hours include a year each of English, general chemistry, and organic chemistry; calculus, interpersonal communication, biology, microbiology, human anatomy, physiology; and at least 18 hours of general studies in the humanities and social sciences. A course in college physics is required if the student did not complete physics in high school with a grade of B or higher. The college physics credit hours, if required, do not count toward the 208 credit hours required for the degree.

Students are expected to have or to develop basic competence with personal computers, including word processing and database software. These skills are necessary for some class assignments as well as for future work assignments.

The following courses may not be counted:

  • Activity courses in physical education or the arts (music, theatre, etc.) do not count toward the degree.
  • More than 6 credit hours of foreign language courses may not be counted as part of the humanities and social sciences requirements.
  • A maximum of 6 hours in military science may be counted toward degree requirements.
  • Courses in other professional schools (e.g., engineering, education) may not be counted toward the degree unless the student can show that such courses are directly relevant to pharmacy. For example, a course in business law taken in the business school may count.

Prepharmacy Curriculum

First Year, Fall Semester (18 hours)   First Year, Spring Semester (17 hours)  
ENGL 101 Composition 3 ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3
CHEM 184 Foundations of Chemistry I 5 CHEM 188 Foundations of Chemistry II 5
BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology 4 BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy 3
MATH 115 Calculus I 3 General studies (humanities or social science) 6
General studies (humanities or social science) 3    
Second Year, Fall Semester (16 hours)   Second Year, Spring Semester (17 hours)  
CHEM 624 Organic Chemistry I 3 CHEM 626 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 625 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 CHEM 627 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2
BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology 3 BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology 4
BIOL 402 Fundamentals of Microbiology, Laboratory 2 BIOL 647 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory 2
COMS 150 Personal Communication 3 General studies (humanities or social science) 6
General studies (humanities or social science) 3    
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Professional Requirements

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires completion of all the required prepharmacy and professional courses and a total of 208 credit hours with an overall grade-point average of 2.25 and a 2.25 grade-point average in professional courses.

The curriculum includes instruction in the 3 basic sciences: medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and pharmacology and toxicology. It also includes courses in the various aspects of pharmacy practice, including the health care system, law, and emerging roles for pharmacy practitioners. The curriculum integrates course material among departments. Assignments within the curriculum foster development of independent learning, communication skills, problem solving, and professional motivation. The professional curriculum includes a requirement that each student must complete a minimum of 4 elective credit hours with at least 1 credit hour from each department in the program.

Students enroll in introductory pharmacy practice experiences during the summer following the first and second years. These experiences are located throughout the state of Kansas and vary in the type of professional setting.

The final year of the curriculum consists of nine 4-week experiential practice rotations with faculty preceptors at pharmacy practice sites throughout Kansas. Students must have their own transportation to reach their assigned sites. Housing at these sites is also the student’s responsibility.

Professional Program

First Year, Fall Semester (14 hours)   First Year, Spring Semester (16 hours)  
P&TX 630 Pharmacology I 4 MDCM 603 Medicinal Biochemistry II 3
MDCM 601 Medicinal Biochemistry I 4 PHCH 518 Physical-Chemical Principles of Solution Dosage Forms 3
MDCM 602 Medicinal Biochemistry Laboratory
1 P&TX 631 Pharmacology II 4
PHAR 500 Early Pharmacy Practice Experience 1 PHPR 502 Pharmacy Practice II: Pharmaceutical Care Fundamentals 4
PHCH 517 Pharmacy Calculations 2 PHAR 510 Pharmacy Skills Laboratory I 1
PHPR 620 Ethics and Introduction to Law 1 PHAR 505 Immunization Theory and Practice 1
PHAR 507 Dean’s Orientation and Introduction to Pharmacy 1 Early elective option  
First Summer (4 hours)      
PHAR 550 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience — Community 4    
Second Year, Fall Semester (14 hours)    Second Year, Spring Semester (17 hours)  
MDCM 625 Medicinal Chemistry I: Neuroeffector Agents 3 MDCM 626 Medicinal Chemistry II: Homeostatic Agents 3
P&TX 632 Pharmacology III 4 P&TX 640 Toxicology 2
PHCH 625 Pharmacokinetics 3 PHPR 646 Pharmacotherapy I 4
PHAR 503 Pharmacy Practice III: Health-System Pharmacy Practice Fundamentals 3 PHCH 626 Biopharmaceutics and Drug Delivery 3
PHAR 515 Pharmacy Skills Laboratory II 1 PHPR 619 Health Care Systems 3
Early elective option   PHAR 520 Pharmacy Skills Laboratory III 2
    Early elective option  
Second Summer (4 hours)      
PHAR 560 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience — Institutional 4    
Third Year, Fall Semester (18 hours)   Third Year, Spring Semester (15 hours)  
MDCM 627 Medicinal Chemistry III: Chemotherapeutic Agents 3  PHPR 648 Pharmacotherapy III 4
PHPR 647 Pharmacotherapy II 4  PHCH 667 Introduction to Clinical Chemistry 2
PHPR 614 Pharmacy Management 4  PHPR 621 Pharmacy Law 2
P&TX 633 Pharmacology IV 3  PHPR 630 Drug Information/Biostatistics and Medical Literature Evaluation 4
PHAR 693 Clinical Pharmacokinetics 2  PHPR 670 Physical Assessment 1
PHAR 525 Pharmacy Skills Laboratory IV 1  PHAR 530 Pharmacy Skills Laboratory V 1
Departmental electives 1  Departmental electives 3

Fourth Year

The fourth year is composed of 36 credit hours of experiential pharmacy practice rotations (nine 4-week assignments). The required experiential rotations include drug information, ambulatory care, hospital externship, rounding hospital externship, and community externship. The remaining 4 clerkships/externships are assigned from pharmacy practice clerkship courses. Assignments are made on the basis of the student’s preference, and site availability. The five 4-week rotations of the fall semester begin in July and conclude at the end of November. The four 4-week spring semester rotations begin in January and conclude in April. See the Pharmacy Practice (PHPR) courses with Clerkship titles for a complete listing.

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