College of Pharmacy

The Curriculum

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Students benefit from a competency-based curriculum leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree designed to develop pharmacists who can:

  • Serve their community in a variety of settings with competence, compassion, and uncompromising ethics
  • Provide pharmaceutical care to patients
  • Develop and manage medication distribution and control systems
  • Manage a pharmacy
  • Promote public health
  • Provide drug information and education
  • Be eligible for licensure examination (via North American Pharmacy Licensing Examination [NAPLEX] offered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy)

In addition to on-campus education, students also benefit from community-wide clinical experiences that provide maximum exposure to contemporary pharmacy practice. Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences include inpatient, outpatient, community pharmacies, community health centers and pharmaceutical industry experiences.

Since the sole focus of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is the training of health sciences and healthcare professionals, our students benefit from learning as members of interprofessional teams with other healthcare program students at RFUMS, both in the classroom and through various community experiences.

Our competency-based student education and training will address the RFUMS College of Pharmacy Competencies and Objectives, as well as the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Categories.

The curriculum for the PharmD in the College of Pharmacy comprises 60 required courses (total: 195.5 quarter hours), taken during the four-year, quarter-based program. Required curricular components include the following:

1) Didactic Courses (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
2) Didactic Courses (Pharmacy Practice)
3) Pharmacy Skills Laboratories
4) Introductory Pharmacy Practice experiences
5) Advanced Pharmacy Practice experiences

6) Elective Courses
7) Interprofessional (outside of COP)


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