The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) program prepares students for an exciting career in pharmacy. The patient care pharmacist, or clinical pharmacist, is highly educated in disease process, pharmacotherapy, and patient monitoring. Pharmacists review patient history and disease manifestations to guide the selection of cost-effective therapy. To optimize the outcome of medication use, the pharmacist remains in communication with patients, maximizing adherence to prescribed medication and patient response to therapeutic agents. Pharmacists work closely with interprofessional teams, including physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team, to review and modify patient-care plans to improve patient outcomes, as required. Pharmacists emphasize disease prevention by providing immunizations, smoking cessation programs, and education about prominent chronic disease states.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Science (Ph.D. program) provides an opportunity for students to focus on either the Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Drug Development (Pharmaceutics), or Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics. We build on the strength of each student to educate the graduate who is ready to address the health-related issues of society and help people live healthier, better lives. Students are mentored by faculty members who are experts in their field and dedicated to providing quality education focused on academic excellence.
The Masters of Science (M.S.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences is a two-year graduate program in one of three unique areas of emphasis: 1) Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics centering on drug discovery principles, 2) Drug Development focusing on drug delivery to the desired target, or 3) Social and Administrative Pharmacy concerned with the interface between pharmacy and society (concerned with pharmacy outcomes). These degrees prepare students for positions in academia, industry, research organizations, health care systems, and government and non-government agencies. They also provide additional preparation for students interested in pursuing a Pharm.D. or Ph.D. degree.