Professional Degree Program (PharmD)
The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree is the highest level of professional education in pharmacy and has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as the sole entry level degree for the profession.
The curriculum emphasizes a patient-centered course of study and provides a structure that will enable our students to develop into reflective practitioners with skills and attitudes to anticipate change, criticize, evaluate, and modify practice in a changing health care arena. The curriculum also provides a fundamental core of knowledge, skills, and attitudes, which in composite, promote the fulfillment of the adopted professional competencies for a generalist practitioner who delivers pharmaceutical care.
The program prepares students to:
- enter into the practice of pharmacy to serve society as ethical and caring professionals;
- apply knowledge of drugs and drug therapy to solve problems and make decisions on behalf of their patients;
- educate, communicate, and collaborate with patients, colleagues, and other health professionals;
- learn - professional practice is a lifelong learning experience;
- practice pharmacy in traditional and nontraditional settings;
- assume a leadership role in the future direction of the profession.
To earn the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students complete a minimum of six years of study: the first two years of prepharmacy coursework can be accomplished at any accredited college or university, the final four years of professional education are completed at the UIC College of Pharmacy. The coursework for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree may be found in the section entitled COP Curriculum Outline under the Office of Academic Affairs.