Doctor of Pharmacy

With an emphasis on interprofessional education,
our graduates will be ready to be active members of the healthcare team.

PharmD Program Points of Distinction

  • Keeping in line with the vision of the University, our graduates will be educated in a Christian-based environment and trained to be practice-ready in providing a number of primary care services.
  • Innovative, affordable year-round curriculum leading to completion of the PharmD degree in three years instead of four years, enabling AUSH students to enter the job market or post-doctoral residency one year earlier.
  • A curriculum that blends arts and leadership with science and practice to foster leadership and practice readiness for 21st century healthcare.
  • The only program of its kind that includes Medical Illustration in the curriculum.
  • A small class size of 60 with a high teacher to student ratio.
  • With an emphasis on interprofessional education, our graduates will be ready to be active members of the healthcare team.

The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum has been designed around the School of Pharmacy’s mission to instill students with strong Christian values, to prepare them to practice evidence-based patient care, to educate them in pharmacy research and scholarship, and to enable them to meet the health care needs of diverse patient populations. The anticipated start date of classes is July 2019.

AUHS School of Pharmacy offers a three (3) calendar-year entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program that supports the School’s mission and prepares students to meet educational outcomes. With this in mind, the curriculum fulfills recommendations provided by accreditation standards and professional guidelines including the ACPE Standards 2016, JCPP Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process, CAPE Educational Outcomes 2013, IPEC Core Competencies 2016 Update, and licensure examination content outlines.

The three-year curriculum consists of the equivalent of 12 quarters (four quarters per year). The first, second, and third years of our professional doctoral program are referred to as P1, P2, and P3, respectively. Each quarter is 11-weeks (consisting of 10 weeks of instruction and one week of final assessments) and is followed by a recess before the next quarter begins. The minimum credit hours required for program completion is 182 (this total is subject change).

The P1 didactic curriculum consists of foundational biomedical and pharmaceutical science courses (e.g., biochemistry, immunology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology), introductory clinical courses (e.g., patient care process, physical assessment, self-care), and fundamental courses in social and administrative science (e.g., biostatistics, communications, ethics, health care systems, health informatics, Judeo-Christian values in health care, medical illustration)

A substantive portion of the P2 didactic curriculum consists of the Integrated Pharmacotherapy course series. “Integrated” refers to the combination of basic sciences and clinical sciences and other topics. Instead of using separate courses to teach various topics in isolation, the Integrated Pharmacotherapy courses uses a model in which topics, such as medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy are taught together within the context of disease states. This integration makes learning more relevant, encourages critical thinking, enables the development of more robust mental models, fosters longer term retention of material, and makes it easier to transfer learning to diverse patient care settings.

In the final year, students complete 36 weeks of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). The APPEs are comprised of a sequence of six clerkships with each clerkship being six weeks

Experiential education provides students with an early opportunity to begin applying successively acquired pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice knowledge in actual clinical and professional settings.

The Experiential Education courses are comprised of:

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

These courses are taken during the first two years of the program (IPPE – 8 units).

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

These courses are taken during the third and final year of the program (APPE – 36 units). At the AUHS SOP, students complete a total of six advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

The six experiential clerkships are:

  • Hospital/Institutional Pharmacy Practice
  • Community Pharmacy Practice
  • Acute Care/Internal Medicine Pharmacy Practice
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice
  • Two electives

Elective rotations may include, but are limited to health and practice areas such as Academic Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care, Cardiology, Clinical Research, Critical Care, Diabetes Care, Emergency Medicine, Health Technology Assessment, Geriatrics, Healthcare Informatics, Home Health Care, Infectious Disease, Legislative Advocacy, Long-term Care, Managed Care, Medical Communications, Medication Therapy Management, Nephrology, Neurology, Nuclear Pharmacy, Oncology, Organizational Pharmacy, Outcomes Research, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Pharmaceutical Compounding, Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmacy Management, Public Health, Psychiatric Care, Specialty Pharmacy Practice, Veterinary pharmacy.

During experiential clerkships, students are expected to participate in the delivery of interprofessional, patient-centered, team-based care (including working with physicians and their students), with the goal of being able to practice as competent, compassionate, problem-solving, and team-oriented pharmacists.

1. Christian-Based Curriculum

Keeping in line with the vision of the University, our graduates will be educated in a Christian-based environment and trained to be practice-ready in providing a number of primary care services.

2. Innovative Course Content

Innovative, affordable year-round curriculum leading to completion of the PharmD degree in three years instead of four years, enabling AUHS students to enter the job market or post-doctoral residency one year earlier.

3. Preparing Leaders

A curriculum that blends arts and leadership with science and practice to foster leadership and practice readiness for 21st century healthcare.

4. Medical Illustration

The only program of its kind that includes Medical Illustration in the curriculum.

5. Personal Attention

A small class size of 60 with a high teacher to student ratio.

6. Interprofessional Education

With an emphasis on interprofessional education, our graduates will be ready to be active members of the healthcare team.