There are more than 25 million people in the United States with diabetes, and the need for ongoing, patient-centered care for those dealing with the chronic disease is critical. As a future pharmacist, you will be in a unique position to meet this demand. With the convenience of pharmacies, the accessibility of pharmacist consultations, and the personal relationships that tend to result, pharmacists are increasingly helping patients with diabetes manage their disease and live healthier lives. Through daily interactions, pharmacists have the opportunity to educate patients on their medication (proper use, expected outcomes, and potential side effects), proper use of diabetes care supplies, and methods to improve glycemic control.
The Diabetes concentration at Drake will prepare you to be a competent provider of diabetes patient care. As a graduate of the program, you’ll have an enhanced understanding of:
A total of 20 credit hours is required for the concentration. The educational component constitutes a total of 10 credit hours, of which 7 credit hours are required (and may also fulfill professional elective requirements) and 3 credit hours are elective. The remaining 10 credit hours are completed through experiential rotations.
These electives need to be completed by end of the P2 year—when the professional pharmacy course work begins.
You will be required to complete one 5-credit-hour rotation in an area that provides greater than a 50 percent concentration in diabetes care, or care for a minimum number of patients with diabetes. This includes but is not limited to any of the following:
Another 5-credit-hour rotation is also required in practices that may provide less than a 50 percent concentration in diabetes but still enable the student to participate in diabetes management (e.g., family practice, pediatrics, or geriatrics).
When you graduate from the program, you’ll be able to:
Adding the Diabetes concentration provides another level of specialization that will differentiate you in the job market, enabling you to effectively and confidently treat patients in this rapidly growing segment of the population.