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.
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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 for Doctor of Pharmacy are:
- Inpatient/Acute Care/General Medicine
- Ambulatory Care
- Health System Pharmacy
Elective rotations will include rotations such as (but not limited to):
- Infectious Diseases
- Veterinary Medicine
- 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.
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