Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Start your journey on becoming a pharmacy practitioner with the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) in Temple’s School of Pharmacy. The PharmD Program will allow you to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), a required test in the process to earn your pharmacist license. Through dynamic curriculum, the 104 to 108 credit-hour degree program will prepare you for the NAPLEX and for professional pharmaceutical practice in academic, clinical, governmental and industrial settings.
Over four years, you’ll participate in clerkship rotations, dynamic coursework, labs and small group recitations. Through these experiential methods, you’ll develop the skills necessary to be a successful pharmacist in both practice and the work environment.
Midway through the PharmD Program, you’ll tailor your educational experience to best fit your personal and professional needs. During your third year, you’ll be able to customize your PharmD through an elective track in advanced clinical practice, business, clinical trials or drug safety. For your fourth-year rotations, you’ll have the opportunity to explore new and non-traditional practices of pharmacy around the globe at affiliated sites and in missionary rotations.
PharmD vs Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD
The PharmD is a professional degree for those who want to become practicing pharmacists in neighborhood pharmacies. The Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD is designed for those who want to pursue a career in research.
Tracks & Concentrations
During your third year, you’ll be able to customize your PharmD by choosing one of four elective tracks.
- The advanced clinical practice track is a great option for those who want to pursue a residency program after graduating from the PharmD Program. The track will sharpen your skills in institutional practice and management.
- The business track allows students to study the financial and marketing side of the pharmaceutical industry. A strong foothold in both the business and pharmaceutical world is beneficial to those who want to work in healthcare and pharmacy management or operate their own independent pharmacy.
- The clinical trials track deals with drug experimentation to determine a drug’s efficacy and safety levels. In the professional field, clinical pharmacologists study biomarkers, genetics and pharmacokinetics, in order to minimize side effects and increase benefits of new and existing drugs.
- The drug safety track focuses on pharmacovigilance, the practice of drug regulation after medications hit the market. Drugs are monitored for assurance and quality through consumer reports of adverse reactions and new epidemiological studies. After targeting a potential hazard on the market, drug safety specialists conduct clinical re-trials of the drug, review reported cases and issue recalls.
Classes & Curriculum
In this a 104 to 108-credit hour program, all of your classes will be held at the Temple University’s Health Sciences Center. Many rotations and professional practice experiences are held at Temple University Hospital. Some of the courses include
- Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics;
- Contemporary Pharmacy Practice;
- Pharmacogenomics and Drug Metabolism;
- Professional Practice; and
- Social and Economic Aspects of Health Care.
Related Graduate Programs
As a PharmD student or graduate, you can also pursue the Master in Science in Global Clinical and Pharmacovigilance Regulations to specialize in drug efficacy and safety. Upon successful completion of the the master’s program, degree recipients may also apply for the certificate in Global Pharmacovigilance: Benefit-Risk Assessment.
Related Graduate Degrees
- Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Sciences MS [ed. note: link to come]
- Pharmaceutical Sciences MS
- Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD
- Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance MS
Related Graduate Certificates
- Advanced Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Certificate
- Basic Pharmaceutical Development Certificate
- Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Regulatory Affairs (Biotechnology) Certificate
- Biosimilars and Generic Drugs Certificate
- Clinical Trial Management Certificate
- Drug Development Certificate
- Food Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Certificate
- Global Pharmacovigilance: Benefit-Risk Assessment Certificate
- Good Manufacturing Practices for the 21st Century Certificate
- Labeling, Advertising, and Promotions Certificate
- Medical Devices Certificate
- Sterile Process Manufacturing Certificate