Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum | PCOM School of Pharmacy | Suwanee, GA
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Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program is designed to develop the knowledge, professional skills, attitudes and values that are required for an entry-level generalist pharmacist.

Prior to matriculation, students must complete all pre-professional course requirements at a U.S. Department of Education-accredited institution. While a bachelor’s degree is not required, the PCOM School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee gives preference to those applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.


Program Progression

The PCOM School of Pharmacy utilizes a trimester system with each term lasting approximately 13 weeks. The first three professional years of the PharmD curriculum are comprised of primarily didactic coursework and laboratories combined with Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) in community and hospital pharmacies. Students are also provided with a realistic Pharmacist Patient Care Process (PPCP) experience through the use of EHR Go, an educational electronic health records (EHR) platform.

The fourth professional year curriculum is divided into eight, five-week Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) covering multiple areas of pharmacy practice, including community, hospital, general medicine and ambulatory care. At present, the majority of the PCOM School of Pharmacy clinical experiences (IPPEs and APPEs) are located within the state of Georgia and the southeastern United States.

Required Rotations

Required rotations for Doctor of Pharmacy are:

  • Inpatient/Acute Care/General Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Health System Pharmacy
  • Community

Elective Rotations

Elective rotations will include rotations such as (but not limited to):

  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Nutritional Support
  • Compounding Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Management

Milestone Progression Exams

A comprehensive examination will be given at the end of the first, second, third and fourth professional years. These Milestone Progression Exams assess knowledge and skills acquired during the curriculum. All students must pass these exams to progress to the next professional year or graduate on time.