Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
PCOM Georgia

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program provides a comprehensive curriculum designed to develop a generalist pharmacist capable of practicing in many different healthcare environments. During the program’s first three years, students split time between the classroom and introductory experiential learning. In the fourth year, students take part in eight, five-week clinical rotations, gaining exposure to multiple pharmacy specialty areas and practices.

As part of this professionally-oriented education, students work in state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching laboratories including a sterile products lab, compounding lab and simulated pharmacy practice lab. Other advanced resources include a Pyxis automated dispensing machine and laminar flow hoods to prepare sterile products using aseptic techniques such as intravenous solutions. A clinical learning and assessment laboratory utilizing simulated patients and a cadaver anatomy lab are other resources offered by the program.

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About Our Program

The PCOM School of Pharmacy prepares pharmacy graduates for careers in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospital, outpatient ambulatory care, managed care and community pharmacy practice.

Our program incorporates active learning, interdisciplinary education and problem solving skills, affording our students the ability to practice in an ever-changing and lifelong learning profession. Students will also be exposed and encouraged to gain specialized training in residency or fellowship programs to prepare them for careers in other areas such as specialized clinical practice, research, pharmaceutical industry or academia.

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Degree Options

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is a four-year program. 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. 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.

Students enrolled in the PharmD program have the option to enhance their credentials by pursuing a concentration or a dual degree program.

Courses

The PharmD curriculum consists of 155 credit hours including didactic coursework, labs and hands-on clinical experiences. Courses include:

  • Health Care Systems and Policy
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Biostatistics
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Principles of Drug Action
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Research Methods
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Integrated Toxicology and Patient Safety

View the course sequence for a complete listing of required courses.

Students may also elect to pursue concentrations in several areas as part of their elective coursework during their third year of study.

Career Information

  • The PharmD program is designed to prepare a well-rounded student trained to practice in many specialty areas of pharmacy profession.
  • The role of the pharmacist continues to evolve with opportunities in community/retail practice, clinics or compounding labs, mail order or pharmaceutical wholesalers, healthcare and government agencies, and pharmaceutical research and development.
  • The median annual salary for pharmacists, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, was $126,120 annually as of May 2018. A recent survey of pharmacists by Glassdoor reported the average base pay for pharmacists is even higher. 

Program Highlights

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Interprofessional Education

Our IPE goal is to train pharmacy learners to become collaborative practice healthcare team members who contribute to higher quality patient-centered care with improved health outcomes for our patients.

Experiential Education

The PharmD program provides hands-on learning and training through pharmacy practice experiences including the managerial and business side of operating a pharmacy.

Curriculum

The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum emphasizes patient-centered care and preventive practices, entrusting graduates to create thoughtful, proactive and caring practice environments.

Facilities

Pharmacy students learn in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories with multimedia equipment, break out rooms for team-building exercises, a cadaver anatomy lab and more.

Support

Student support services include strong student affairs resources, faculty advisors and peer mentors.

Engagement

We emphasize community engagement ranging from experiential training to involvement with local schools and organizations on health education and medical safety.

Accreditation

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60603-4810, 312-664-3575, fax 312-664-4652, www.acpe-accredit.org.

ACPE accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by colleges and schools of pharmacy in the United States and selected non-U.S. sites. The accreditation term granted extends until June 30, 2020, which is the customary term for a new program receiving accreditation status.