6 | Pharmacy CURRICULUM GOAL NSU’s Pharm.D. program provides graduates with the knowledge, professional skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to address the pharmacy-related needs of society and to promote advocacy and leadership in the profession. Entry-Level (four-year) and Advanced-Standing (three-year) Pharm.D. programs both incorporate building-block structure. Most didactic courses are done in eight- week blocks with skills labs and electives interspersed. In addition, students attend Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in community pharmacies, hospital settings, and specialty health care sites in a variety of health care environments and systems, including direct and indirect patient care. PROGRAM NOTICES Coursework prepares all Pharm.D. students to take the • North American Pharmacist Licensing Examination (NAPLEX) • Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) Students in Puerto Rico are prepared for the Puerto Rico Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination, which covers legal aspects of the pharmacy practice there. A valid U.S. Social Security number is required to obtain a Florida intern license, which is a program requirement. DOCTOR OF PHARMACY (PHARM.D.) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION NSU students are selected based on • prepharmacy academic performance • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores—recommended, but not required (See page 8 for full list of other accepted exams.) • personal interviews • written applications • letters of recommendation DOCTOR OF PHARMACY (PHARM.D.)—Entry Level ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS Did You Know? Licensed pharmacists earn certifications that allow them to perform specific clinical functions, such as immunization, medication therapy management, sterile technique, cardiovascular risk factors, management of the diabetic patient, and medication safety. NSU’s faculty members are credentialed by national organizations, allowing students to earn certificates in several topics to increase their appeal to employers and residency programs.