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Doctor of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

New Curriculum

PreProfessional Phase
Professional Phase
Pharm.D. Admissions Information

Graduate Programs:

Doctor of Philosophy with specialization in Pharmaceutics

Master of Science Degree-Pharmaceutics with specialization in:
- Industrial Pharmacy
- Cosmetic Science

Master of Science Degree with specialization in Pharmacology/Toxicology

Master of Sciences Degree with specialization in:
- Pharmacy Administration
- Drug Regulatory Affairs

Graduate Programs Admissions Information

Doctor of Pharmacy
New Challenges

Dramatic changes taking place in the health-care system are creating many new and exciting roles for pharmacists. Fundamental to the changing role of the pharmacist is the evolving concept of pharmaceutical care, which has been defined as “the responsible provision of drug therapy for the purpose of achieving definite positive outcomes that improve a patient’s life.” The pharmacist is now not only responsible for the safe and effective distribution of prescription and nonprescription medication, but is also assuming the role of pharmaceutical therapy advisor and manager, having increasingly more patient-care responsibilities. Under the paradigm of pharmaceutical care, the entry-level pharmacist is expected to participate fully in the management of the patient, including the rendering of independent clinical judgments. The pharmacist must be proficient in the search for and retrieval of information from the scientific literature, utilization of complex pharmacokinetic models to determine appropriate doses, development of individualized pharmaceutical care plans, communication with patients and health professionals, documentation of pharmaceutical interventions taking into account patients’ knowledge, beliefs, and behavior, pharmacoeconomic analysis of alternative pharmaceutical interventions, and justification of services billed to managed health-care organizations and other payers.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a six-year curriculum leading to the entry-level degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). Students may enter the professional phase of the program in the Fall semester only. The Doctor of Pharmacy program consists of four years of undergraduate-level study and two years of graduate-level study. Students completing the Doctor of Pharmacy program do not earn a baccalaureate degree after completing the program or prior to beginning the graduate-level phase of the program.


Embracing the philosophy of pharmaceutical care as a patient-centered, outcomes-oriented pharmacy practice, the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program utilizes innovative teaching methods to encourage active learning and the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the general practice of pharmacy in all practice settings, while also providing them with the tools to adapt to a rapidly changing and evolving health-care system. The program is based upon 29 curricular endpoints that reflect the requisite competencies required for contemporary pharmacy practice (refer to page 12 of the Pharmacy Bulletin).

PreProfessional Phase
The curriculum begins with a minimum of two years of studies in the liberal arts and sciences. Studies in the physical and biological sciences and mathematics in the preprofessional years prepare the student for studies in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences in the professional phase of the curriculum. Studies in the humanities and social sciences provide that common and universally accepted body of knowledge all educated men and women are expected to acquire, irrespective of vocational or professional objectives. Thus, the curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationships among the arts and sciences and to apply that understanding to human concerns in their professional and personal lives.

Preprofessional Phase
Course of Study

The preprofessional phase of the program, offered through Richard L. Conolly College, consists of a minimum of four semesters of course work in the liberal arts and sciences. Successful completion of two years of preprofessional study (P-1 and P-2) provides the foundation for admission to the professional pharmacy curriculum. The course sequence for the preprofessional phase is listed below. For course descriptions, please refer to the Brooklyn Campus undergraduate bulletin. Credentials of students attending other colleges for the preprofessional phase of the program will be evaluated on an individual course basis, and transfer credit will be granted for those courses meeting the requirements of the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Only those preprofessional students who meet the progression requirements, as outlined under the heading of Admission, will be admitted to the first professional year of study in the College of Pharmacy. While the preprofessional phase of the program is designed to be completed in two academic years, students requiring proficiency and skills courses may have a lengthened course of study.

The preprofessional pharmacy curriculum consists of the following course of study:

Preprofessional Studies
(Four Semesters) 
First Semester  
Chemistry 3 (General Chemistry I)  4
Biology 3 (General Biology I)  4
English 16* (English Composition)  3
Mathematics 30** (Precalculus) 4
Orientation Seminar 1  1
Second Semester cr
Chemistry 4 (General Chemistry II)  4
Biology 4 (General Biology II) 4
Core Seminar 50   3
Mathematics 40 (Calculus) 4
Speech 3  3


Third Semester cr
Chemistry 121 (Organic Chemistry I)   4
Physics 27 (Physics for Pharmacy) 4
English 61-64 *** (English Literature)   3
History 1 or Philosophy 61 ****   3
Psychology 3 (General Psychology)   3
Pharmacy Orientation Seminar 1  1


Fourth Semester cr
Chemistry 122 (Organic Chemistry II)   4
Biology 131 (Human Anatomy) 4
Economics 1 or 2 (Micro-or-Macro-economics)          3
English 61-64*** (English Literature)  3
History 2 or Philosophy 62 ****  3


* Students are admitted into English 16 by placement examination or exemption from English 13, 14.

** Mathematics placement examinations are required to determine prerequisites, if any.

*** All Pharmacy students must successfully complete two courses from the English 61, 62, 63, 64 sequence.

**** All Pharmacy students must successfully complete both Philosophy 61 and 62 or History 1 and 2. Students may not select one course from the Philosophy sequence and one course from the History sequence.

Professional Phase
Course of Study
The professional segment of the Doctor of Pharmacy program consists of six semesters of didactic and early experiential course work and an extramural sixth year of 30 weeks of advanced practice experiences, which students complete in hospital, community and other pharmacy-practice settings. The professional program provides the specialized education necessary to develop expertise in the ever-broadening field of pharmacy and prepares the student for professional licensure examinations. All professional courses must be taken in residence. There is no transfer credit for any professional-level course.

Doctor of Pharmacy degree program:

Required Didactic Courses 94
Pharmacy Clerkships and
Professional Electives

The following sequence of courses must be completed by all students in the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy degree program:

3rd Year (P-3)
Semester 1 Cr.
PH 100 Pharmaceutical Care/Health Care 3
PH 110 Information Systems 3
PH 120 Pharmaceutics I   2
PH 130 Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology 6
PH 131 Biochemical Foundations of Therapeutics 4
Semester 2  Cr.
PH 101 Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy/Ethics 3
PH 111 Pharmacotherapeutics I  3
PH 121 Pharmaceutics II 3
PH 132 Medical Microbiology/Immunology 3
PH 133 Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry I  4


4th Year (P-4)  
Semester 1  Cr.
PH 200 Communication Skills in Pharmaceutical Care*   2
PH 210 Pharmacotherapeutics II 4
PH 211 Physical Assessment and  Drug Administration**  3
PH 220 Pharmaceutics III  4
PH 230 Pharmacology/ Medicinal Chemistry II 4
PH 231 Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry/ Pharmacotherapeutics Recitation  0
PH 310 Introductory Clerkship*  1
 Semester 2  Cr.
PH 232 Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry III 4
PH 212 Pharmacotherapeutics III 4
PH 221 Pharmaceutics IV  4
PH 201 Pharmacy Law and Ethics  3
  Elective*    3

*Some students will be required to complete their elective course in Semester 2 and PH 200 and PH 310 in Semester 1.

**All students are required to document or receive certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation prior to beginning experiential courses in their final year. It is highly recommended that students complete this certification while enrolled in PH 211 Physical Assessment and Drug Administration.

5th Year (P-5)
Semester 1  Cr.
PH 400 Practice Management/Pharmacoeconomics 3
PH 410 Pharmacotherapeutics IV 5
PH 420 Pharmaceutics V  3
PH 421 Self Care  3
  Elective   3
5th Year (P-5)
Semester 2  Cr.
PH 401 Biostatistics and Research Methodology    3
PH 412 Clinical Pharmacokinetics  3
PH 413 Pharmacotherapeutics V  5
PH 430 I atrogenic Diseases 3
Elective  3


6th Year (P-6)
Total of thirty weeks offered throughout the year  Cr.
PH 600 Ambulatory Clerkship I    5
PH 601 Ambulatory Clerkship II   2.5
PH 603 Drug Information 2.5
PH 604 Internal Medicine Clerkship I   5
PH 605 Internal Medicine Clerkship II  5
PH 606 Institutional Practice  5
PH 607 Pharmacy Grand Rounds   0
Elective Clerkship 5

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Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - 75 Dekalb Avenue - Brooklyn, New York. (718) 488-1004