Diabetes Concentration

Program Overview

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:

  1. The physiological and endocrinologic basis for diabetes
  2. Social milieu for diabetes
  3. The impact of diabetes on minority populations
  4. Psychosocial issues and the impact on diabetes management
  5. Therapeutics of managing diabetes
  6. Methods for developing/marketing diabetes care services

Requirements for Concentration

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.

Internships and Opportunities

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:

  • Blackfeet Community Hospital IHS
  • Camp Hertko Hollow
  • Children's Health Center
  • Iowa Diabetes & Endocrinology Center (IDEC)
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center Discharge Counsel Diabetes, Pharmacy Department
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center Pharmacy
  • Jordan Creek Internal Medicine
  • Kaiser Permanente-Skyline Medical Facility
  • Lakeview Internal Medicine Clinic
  • Urbandale Family Physicians

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:

  • Effectively coordinate the care of diabetes patients in a variety of settings
  • Become a leader in diabetes management
  • Negotiate with providers to improve the quality of diabetes care
  • Monitor safety and effectiveness of treatment and adverse interactions and intervene as needed
  • Select appropriate prescription and non-prescription therapies
  • Educate patients on techniques such as insulin injection and self-monitoring of blood glucose

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.


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