Doctor of Pharmacy

Degree Options

Admission Requirements

Regulations and Academic Requirements

Doctor of Pharmacy web site


Program Overview

The practice of pharmacy is an integral part of total health care. The pharmacist serves as a vital source of drug use information for other health care professionals and members of the community. The special knowledge of the pharmacist can maximize the effectiveness of disease treatment and minimize the possibility of adverse effects that could develop during drug therapy of diseases.

Pharmacy practice environments are diverse and challenging. While many graduates pursue careers in community and hospital pharmacy, others choose careers in the pharmaceutical industry, research, government service, consultant pharmacy or other diverse professional specialties.

The principal goal of the pharmacy program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, is to provide an educational experience that prepares graduates for careers in pharmacy. The curriculum provides a balance between theoretical principles, practical applications and structured practice experience. Since 1984, pharmacy graduates have enjoyed a placement rate near 100%.


Pharmacy History

The first college of pharmacy in Des Moines was the Iowa College of Pharmacy. It was organized in 1882. This college affiliated with Drake University in 1887 and operated as one of the colleges of the University until 1906 when it was discontinued.

The Highland Park College of Pharmacy was organized in Des Moines in 1889. Highland Park College, in 1918, changed its name to Des Moines University, with the college of pharmacy continuing as an integral part of the university.

In 1927, the faculty of the College of Pharmacy of Des Moines University organized an independent college of pharmacy, the Des Moines College of Pharmacy. This college operated as an independent institution from 1927 until 1939, when the Des Moines College of Pharmacy Corporation was dissolved and the college’s staff and facilities became part of Drake University.


Educational Goals and Objectives

The purpose of the Pharmacy Professional Program is to provide the graduate with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to engage in the entry-level practice of pharmacy. The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with competence in the following areas established by the Center for the Advancement of Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE):

1.1. Learner (Learner) - Develop, integrate, and apply knowledge from the foundational sciences (i.e., pharmaceuticalsocial/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences) to evaluate the scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient-centered care.

2.1. Patient-centered care (Caregiver) - Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert (collect and interpret evidence, prioritize, formulate assessments and recommendations, implement, monitor and adjust plans, and document activities).

2.2.  Medication use systems management (Manager) - Manage patient healthcare needs using human, financial, technological, and physical resources to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.

2.3. Health and wellness (Promoter) - Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness.

2.4. Population-based care (Provider) - Describe how population-based care influences patient-centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices.

3.1. Problem Solving (Problem Solver) – Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution.

3.2. Educator (Educator) – Educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess understanding. 

3.3. Patient Advocacy (Advocate) - Assure that patients’ best interests are represented

3.4. Interprofessional collaboration (Collaborator) – Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs.

3.5. Cultural sensitivity (Includer) - Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care.

3.6. Communication (Communicator) – Effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization.

4.1. Self-awareness (Self-aware) – Examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, biases, motivation, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth.

4.2. Leadership (Leader) - Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position.

4.3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Innovator) - Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.

4.4. Professionalism (Professional) - Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society.

Upon graduation from the Drake University pharmacy program, the graduate also shall fulfill the outcomes of the Drake Curriculum.


Requirements for Major

210 credits required.

The four-year professional program is preceded by two years of pre-professional coursework.  The curriculum for the pre-pharmacy and professional programs can be viewed at http://www.drake.edu/pharmacy/doctorofpharmacy/pharmdcurriculum/.  Please note that courses in the professional program may change.

 

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 011 - CAPS I .5   PHAR 031 - CAPS II .5
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
General Electives 3   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 14.5   Total Semester Hours 15.5
Second Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 051 - CAPS III .5   PHAR 071 - CAPS IV .5
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3   BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1   CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II lecture 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3   CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
General Electives 6   SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
Written Communication AOI Elective 3   General Electives 6
Total Semester Hours 16.5   Total Semester Hours 16.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 1
Fall   Spring
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4   PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemsitry 4   PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3   PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2   PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 161 - Intro to Pharmaceutical Care 2   PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
General Electives 3   PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Doctor of Pharmacy 2
Fall   Spring
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5   PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3   PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3   PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 3
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 3   PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3   PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
Professional Elective 1   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Doctor of Pharmacy 3
Fall   Spring
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3   PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3   PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications 2 4
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 4   PHAR 188 - CAPS VI .5
PHAR 187 - CAPS V .5   PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4   General Electives 3
Professional Electives 3   Professional Electives 2
Total Semester Hours 17.5   Total Semester Hours 17.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 4
Fall   Spring
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22   PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
Total Semester Hours 22   Total Semester Hours 18
Total Program Hours: 210

General Education Electives:  Students complete the Drake Curriculum requirements and other credits for a total of 30 credits.  Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled through required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Professional Electives:  Six credits are required and completed during the professional program.


Joint Degree Programs

Doctor of Pharmacy / Juris Doctor

Students may elect to earn both a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Juris Doctor (law) degree in a joint degree program offered in cooperation with the Drake Law School. The program allows students to focus their education on legal and health care issues. Participating students are admitted first to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A student pursuing this program should plan to take the LSAT and formally apply to the Law School during the spring semester of the first professional year. Each student’s schedule is tailored individually in consultation with the joint degree adviser.

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 011 - CAPS I .5   PHAR 031 - CAPS II .5
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
General Electives 3   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 14.5   Total Semester Hours 15.5
Second Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 051 - CAPS III .5   PHAR 071 - CAPS IV .5
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3   BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1   CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II lecture 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3   CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
General Electives 6   SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
Written Communication AOI Elective 3   General Electives 6
Total Semester Hours 16.5   Total Semester Hours 16.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 1
Fall   Spring
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4   PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemsitry 4   PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3   PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2   PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 161 - Intro to Pharmaceutical Care 2   PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
General Electives 3   PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer
LAW 099 - Summer 1L   6
Doctor of Pharmacy 2
Fall   Spring
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5   PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3   PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3   PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 3
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 3   PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3   PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
Professional Elective 1   Law Course 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer
Law Courses   6
Total Semester Hours   6
Doctor of Pharmacy 3
Fall   Spring
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3   PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3   PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications 2 4
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 4   PHAR 188 - CAPS VI .5
PHAR 187 - CAPS V .5   PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4   Law Courses 6
Law Course 3      
Total Semester Hours 17.5   Total Semester Hours 18.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 4
Fall   Spring
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22   PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
Total Semester Hours 22   Total Semester Hours 18
Total Program Hours: 223

A total of 210 credits are required to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  Students will be expected to complete the Drake Curriculum requirements.  Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled through required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Students should complete the LSAT and apply to the Drake University Law School during the spring semester of their first professional year.

Students will complete their remaining requirements for the law program after attaining their Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Business Administration

Students may earn a Master in Business Administration in conjunction with the Pharm.D. Students who pursue this combination have opportunities in management and administrative positions. This program requires a careful selection of prerequisite courses for the M.B.A. degree as electives in the pharmacy curriculum. Students start at Drake in pharmacy and apply to the College of Business and Public Administration after completing the foundation courses. The combined degree program typically takes an extra semester to complete beyond the pharmacy degree, rather than an extra two years.

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 011 - CAPS I .5   PHAR 031 - CAPS II .5
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
General Electives 3   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 14.5   Total Semester Hours 15.5
Second Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 051 - CAPS III .5   PHAR 071 - CAPS IV .5
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3   BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1   CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II lecture 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3   CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
General Electives 6   SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
Written Communication AOI Elective 3   General Electives 6
Total Semester Hours 16.5   Total Semester Hours 16.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 1
Fall   Spring
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4   PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemistry 4   PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3   PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2   PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 161 - Intro to Pharmaceutical Care 2   PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
General Electives 3   PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer (Optional)
BUS 205 - Dardis Communication Workshop   0
MBA 200 - Seminar   1
MBA 240 - Corporate Governance & Ethics   3
MBA 245 - Leading with Data   3
Total Semester Hours   7
Doctor of Pharmacy 2
Fall   Spring
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5   PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3   PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3   PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 3
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 3   PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3   PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
Professional Elective 1   MBA courses 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer
BUS 200 - Seminar   1
MBA 242 - Evaluating Organizational Performance   3
MBA 253 - Enhancing Firm Value   3
Total Semester Hours   7
Doctor of Pharmacy 3
Fall   Spring
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3   PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3   PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications 2 4
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 4   PHAR 188 - CAPS VI .5
PHAR 187 - CAPS V .5   PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4   MBA courses 6
MBA course 3      
Total Semester Hours 17.5   Total Semester Hours 18.5
Summer
MBA 260 - Strategic Business Processes   3
Total Semester Hours   3
Doctor of Pharmacy 4
Fall   Spring
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22   PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
Total Semester Hours 22   Total Semester Hours 18
Total Program Hours: 229

Optional summer coursework

Students who wish to complete both degrees in the four professional years will need to plan to complete MBA courses during the summer sessions. This program requires a careful selection of courses for the MBA degree as electives in the pharmacy curriculum. Students may enroll in additional summer coursework or complete final MBA courses after PharmD completion.  Choosing the option to enroll in more than 18 hours in the fall or spring semester to accommodate MBA course work will not qualify for an overload fee waiver.

A total of 210 credits are required to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  Students will be expected to complete the Drake Curriculum requirements.  Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled through required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Professional electives (6 credits) are satisfied by MBA coursework.  MBA area of specialization is satisfied by pharmacy coursework.

Students must complete the GMAT and be admitted to the MBA program prior to enrolling in MBA courses.  Following completion of 90 credit hours and admission into the MBA program, students may enroll in MBA course work.

Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Public Administration

Students may earn a Master in Public Administration through a joint program established in cooperation with the College of Business and Public Administration. Students are admitted to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and during their first professional year may seek admission to the M.P.A. program. Students who pursue this option have management and administrative opportunities in the public sector.

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 011 - CAPS I .5   PHAR 031 - CAPS II .5
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
General Electives 3   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 14.5   Total Semester Hours 15.5
Second Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 051 - CAPS III .5   PHAR 071 - CAPS IV .5
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3   BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1   CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II lecture 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3   CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
General Electives 6   SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
Written Communication AOI Elective 3   General Electives 6
Total Semester Hours 16.5   Total Semester Hours 16.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 1
Fall   Spring
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4   PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemistry 4   PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3   PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2   PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 161 - Intro to Pharmaceutical Care 2   PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
General Electives 3   PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer (Optional)
BUS 205 - Dardis Communication Workshop   0
MPA courses   6
Total Semester Hours   6
Doctor of Pharmacy 2
Fall   Spring
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5   PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3   PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3   PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 3
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 3   PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3   PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
Professional Elective 1   MPA courses 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer (Optional)
MPA courses   6
Total Semester Hours   6
Doctor of Pharmacy 3
Fall   Spring
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3   PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3   PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications 2 4
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 4   PHAR 188 - CAPS VI .5
PHAR 187 - CAPS V .5   PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4   MPA courses 6
MPA course 3      
Total Semester Hours 17.5   Total Semester Hours 18.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 4
Fall   Spring
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22   PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
Total Semester Hours 22   Total Semester Hours 18
Total Program Hours: 223

Optional summer coursework

Students who wish to complete both degrees in the four professional years will need to plan to complete MBA courses during the summer sessions.  Choosing the option to enroll in more than 18 hours in the fall or spring semester to accommodate MPA course work will not qualify for an overload fee waiver.

A total of 210 credits are required to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  Students will be expected to complete the Drake Curriculum requirements.  Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled through required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Professional electives (6 credits) are satisfied by MPA coursework.

Students may enroll in additional summer coursework or complete the final MPA courses after completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree requirements.

Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Science in Leadership Development

Designed to maximize graduates’ development of their leadership strengths, the PharmD/MSLD allows students the opportunity to complete MSLD course work in place of elective course work within the pharmacy curriculum. Students begin at Drake in pharmacy and apply to the School of Education during their first professional year. 

Graduates of this program will also learn about opportunities for developing leadership capacity in others, making this an excellent pathway for pharmacy students interested in pursuing management roles, positions of leadership, or academic careers.  Graduates can expect to master relational competencies including effective communication, inspiring and involving others, intercultural intelligence, and interpersonal relationships.  

This dual degree option prepares pharmacy students for successful careers in a variety of health care and academic settings. 

Students who pursue this program should expect to master competencies that include adaptability, critical thinking and decision making, integrity and ethics, professionalism and strategic thinking.

Course

  Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 011 - CAPS I .5   PHAR 031 - CAPS II .5
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
General Electives 3   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 14.5   Total Semester Hours 15.5
Second Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 051 - CAPS III .5   PHAR 071 - CAPS IV .5
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3   BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1   CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II lecture 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3   CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
General Electives 6   SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
Written Communication AOI Elective 3   General Electives 6
Total Semester Hours 16.5   Total Semester Hours 16.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 1
Fall   Spring
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4   PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemsitry 4   PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3   PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2   PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 161 - Intro to Pharmaceutical Care 2   PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
General Electives 3   PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer

MSLD 246 - Business Acumen

3

MSLD 298 - Elective in Leadership Development

2

Total Semester Hours 5
Doctor of Pharmacy 2
Fall   Spring
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5   PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3   PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3   PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 3
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 3   PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3   PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
MSLD 298 - Elective in Leadership Development 1   MSLD 243 - Moral Leadership 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer
MSLD 282 - Foundations of Higher Education 3
MSLD 244 - Leadership Development 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Doctor of Pharmacy 3
Fall   Spring
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3   PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3   PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications 2 4
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 4   PHAR 188 - CAPS VI .5
PHAR 187 - CAPS V .5   PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4   MSLD 248 - Leading Change 3
MSLD 245 - Organizational Savvy 3   MSLD 283 - The College Student 3
Total Semester Hours 17.5   Total Semester Hours 18.5
Summer
MSLD 246 - Global Leadership  3
MSLD 264 - Designing and Delivering Learning 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Doctor of Pharmacy 4
Fall   Spring
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22   PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
Total Semester Hours 22   Total Semester Hours 18
Total Program Hours: 228

Professional electives required by the PharmD program (6 credits) will be fulfilled by MSLD coursework.

Students will typically apply for admission to the MSLD program during the spring of the P1 year. Additional information can be obtained at the following website: http://www.drake.edu/leadership/. The admission process and criteria are listed on the MSLD program website: http://www.drake.edu/soe/admission/.

The MSLD 291 (Capstone) course will be fulfilled through the completion of PHAR 173. Students will be invited / welcome to participate in the MSLD program's poster event.

There is a 5-year time limit for completing the MSLD degree from the date of admission to the MSLD program.

Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Public Health (Des Moines University)

Designed to maximize graduates' opportunities in the public and non-profit sectors, the PharmD/MPH allows students the opportunity to complete MPH course work in place of elective course work within the pharmacy curriculum. Students begin at Drake in pharmacy and apply to the Des Moines University Masters in Public Health during the fall semester of the second professional (P2) year. The combined degree program typically takes an extra semester to complete beyond the pharmacy degree, rather than an extra two years if the two programs were completed individually. Students who wish to complete both degrees in six years will complete MPH courses during the summer sessions.

Course Credits   Course Credits
First Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 011 - CAPS I .5   PHAR 031 - CAPS II .5
FYS --- - First Year Seminar 3   BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3   BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1   CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3   CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1   MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
General Electives 3   General Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 14.5   Total Semester Hours 15.5
Second Year
Fall   Spring
PHAR 051 - CAPS III .5   PHAR 071 - CAPS IV .5
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3   BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1   CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II lecture 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3   CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
General Electives 6   SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
Written Communication AOI Elective 3   General Electives 6
Total Semester Hours 16.5   Total Semester Hours 16.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 1
Fall   Spring
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4   PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemsitry 4   PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3   PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2   PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 161 - Intro to Pharmaceutical Care 2   PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
General Electives 3   PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Doctor of Pharmacy 2
Fall   Spring
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5   PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3   PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3   PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 3
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 3   PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3   PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
Professional Elective 1   MPH courses (Des Moines University) 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer
MPH courses (Des Moines University)   3
Total Semester Hours   3
Doctor of Pharmacy 3
Fall   Spring
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3   PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3   PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications 2 4
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 4   PHAR 188 - CAPS VI .5
PHAR 187 - CAPS V .5   PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4   MPH courses (Des Moines University) 6
MPH courses (Des Moines University) 3      
Total Semester Hours 17.5   Total Semester Hours 18.5
Doctor of Pharmacy 4
Fall   Spring
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22   PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
Total Semester Hours 22   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer
MPH courses (Des Moines University)   12
Total Program Hours: 226

Professional electives required by the Doctor of Pharmacy program (6 credits) will be fulfilled by Des Moines University MPH coursework.

Typically, students will apply for admission to the MPH program during the fall semester of the P2 year or after completion of 116 credits.  The admission process and criteria are listed on the Des Moines University MPH program web site.  Doctor of Pharmacy students also are required to include a letter of support from the Drake University CPHS dean's office or their academic advisor.  Doctor of Pharmacy students who have completed the PCAT are not required to complete the GRE.

MPH courses fulfilled by the Doctor of Pharmacy coursework (credit given following the completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree):

  • MPH 657 – Survey of Human Health – 3 credits
  • Electives – PHAR 171 and PHAR 172 will be transferred in upon successful completion to meet 6 hours of elective credit for the MPH degree.
  • MPH 658 – Internship: PHAR 285 (Clinical Rotations) can be taken as the MPH internship. (All MPH internship requirements must be met and the site and preceptor approved by the Des Moines University internship coordinator.)  Students must have completed or received credit for 24 credit hours of their MPH program of study to be eligible to take the MPH internship.

Students may enroll in additional summer coursework while taking their Doctor of Pharmacy and may complete final MPH courses after Doctor of Pharmacy completion.  Students must complete their MPH degree within seven years from the date of admission to the MPH program.

Students completing Des Moines University coursework are responsible for paying tuition for the MPH courses they take at Des Moines University.


Diabetes Concentration

This unique program provides students the opportunity to fulfill their general and professional electives with courses that will assist them in developing expertise in diabetes. The general goal of this concentration is to prepare pharmacy students to be competent providers of diabetes patient care.

The concentration consists of both a didactic and experiential component. A total of 20 credit hours is required for the concentration. The didactic 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.

Students planning to pursue this concentration should complete the Change of Record Form.

Elective Courses (3 credits)

Elective courses previously determined to provide an appropriate background in psychosocial issues, educational principles, and cultural aspects of chronic disease.  Potential courses include the following:

  • EDUC 164 - Perspectives in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
  • SCSS - Specific courses as approved by the Associate Dean
  • PSY 124 - Health Psychology (PSY 001 prerequisite)
  • *HSCI 145 - Health Coaching (PHAR 071 or HSCI 055 prerequisite)
  • *PHAR 114 - Advances in Cardiac Disease (PHAR major required)
  • *PHAR 119 - Topics in Neuropharmacology (PHAR major required)
  • Courses offered through the Global and Comparative Public Health Concentration
    • HSCI 144 - Introduction to Public Health
    • POLS 127 - Global Public Health
    • POLS 169 - Comparative Public Health Policy
    • HSCI 143 - Epidemiology
    • PHIL 124 - Health and Social Justice, OR PHIL 151: Environmental Justice
    • WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication
    • WLC 165 - Spanish for Health Care Providers

* 2 credit course; additional 1 credit will be fulfilled by Global and Cultural Understanding AOI requirement.

Note that not all courses listed above offered each semester and/or year.  Other courses as approved by Associate Dean, including transfer courses from DMACC, Grandview and other institutions. Complete the Transfer Credit Request Form to ensure that the course will fulfill the requirement.

These electives need to be completed by end of the P2 year when the professional pharmacy course work begins.

Required Courses (7 credits)

The professional coursework that will need to be taken includes the following courses:

  • PHAR 126 - Principles of Nutrition (Prior to the P3 year) - 2 credits - WWW available
  • PHAR 128 - Advanced Diabetes Care (P3 Fall) - 3 credits - WWW
  • PHAR 129 - Integrated Diabetes Cases (P3 Spring) - 2 credits

Note: The courses above also will fulfill professional elective course requirements.

Experiential Requirements (10 credits)

One 5 credit hour rotation is required in an area which provides greater than a 50% concentration in diabetes care, or care for a minimum number of patients with diabetes.

One 5 credit hour rotation is required in practices which may provide less than a 50% concentration in diabetes, but still enable the student to participate in diabetes management (e.g. family practice, pediatrics, or geriatrics).


Admission Requirements

Students may apply to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as pre-pharmacy students. Students admitted to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as pre-pharmacy students are selected from a pool of applicants who have met a priority application deadline of Dec. 1. Students admitted into Drake’s pre-pharmacy program are offered the Drake Pharm.D. Difference, through which students receive full consideration for the professional program. In addition, they are assigned a pharmacy faculty advisor, are able to belong to professional student organizations, and participate in orientation courses and interview preparation activities. The PCAT is not required for students who are part of Drake’s Pharm.D. Difference.  Additional information is available at www.drake.edu/pharmacy/pre-pharmacy/pre-pharmacyadmission/.

Students who are not selected for pre-pharmacy admission to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences may be admitted to their second choice program. These students may apply for admission to the professional level of the pharmacy program once all prerequisites are completed. The PCAT is required for any student who was not admitted to into Drake’s pre-pharmacy program.

Students who have completed the pre-pharmacy course requirements at other institutions may also apply to the professional program.

All students desiring to enter the professional program must complete the Pharmacy Centralized Application Services (www.PharmCAS.org) application and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Supplemental Application Form.

Additional information regarding the admission process for pre-pharmacy and professional programs can be viewed at www.drake.edu/pharmacy/pre-pharmacy/pre-pharmacyadmission/.


Regulations and Academic Requirements

Pharmacy students should become familiar with the General Information section of this catalog, which covers many regulations that affect all Drake University students. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also has a number of specific regulations and requirements that must be met to progress through the pharmacy curriculum. Some of these are listed below; others are available in the Pharmacy Student Handbook at Pharmacy Student Handbook.

Many pharmacy courses have prerequisite requirements. Admission to a course is denied if prerequisite courses have not been successfully completed. Therefore, deviations from the curriculum as it is structured require careful consideration. Course prerequisites may be found in the course descriptions area of the catalog.

Pharmacy students may apply a maximum of 9 hours of elective coursework on a credit/no credit basis toward graduation. Courses regularly graded on a credit/no credit basis are not included within the 9 hours maximum. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 before registering in a course on a credit/no credit basis.

Candidates qualifying for the degree must complete the required credit hours for graduation and have at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA. The standard grading scale for pharmacy students enrolled in pharmacy-labeled courses is "A", "B", "C", "D" or "F". All courses in the pre-pharmacy curriculum and the first three years of the professional curriculum must be successfully completed before a student enrolls in fourth-year (final year) coursework.

Students may not progress onto rotations unless a "C" or better is earned in each required course. Students are permitted to retake a pharmacy required course for a passing grade (2.0 GPA or "C") one time only. Students who do not obtain a 2.0 (or "C") in a pharmacy required course after two attempts will be dropped from the Pharm.D. program.  Once a student enters the professional program, all didactic coursework must be completed in four years. Students who are unable to complete the didactic course work in this time period will be dropped from the program.

All fourth-year pharmacy students are required to complete 40 weeks of experiential rotations (PHAR 285) prior to graduation. During these experiential rotations, students apply pharmaceutical principles related to diagnosis, treatment and patient care; monitor drug utilization and drug therapy and interact with patients, physicians, nurses and other health care providers. Due to regulations at many of the experiential sites, the college will complete a criminal background check and drug screen prior to admission into the professional program and again prior to entering the experiential year. Students who have a history of a felony are referred to the State Board of Pharmacy where they plan to practice pharmacy to determine if their record would prohibit licensure. Experiential sites have the right to refuse to accept a student for rotations based on the results of the criminal background check even if the history would not prohibit licensure as a pharmacist. Many of these sites also require that a copy of the background check is forwarded to them. Students who have positive drug screens and will be entering rotations will be referred to the Chemical Dependency Policy.

Candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree are required to be in residence in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for at least the last 30 credit hours before becoming eligible for graduation. Credit earned by examination may not be counted toward fulfillment of the last 30 credit hours.

Pre-pharmacy and pharmacy students are assigned a pharmacy faculty member as their academic adviser. Faculty advisers help students:

  • Adapt to the college environment
  • Assist in the development of the student's education plan by providing input and feedback
  • Encourage discussions about the appropriateness of their chosen career track and the career options within the profession
  • Assist in identification of opportunities for professional skill development and
  • Make appropriate referrals to university student service offices when academic or personal difficulties arise.

The Academic and Student Affairs Office is responsible for coordinating the registration process, verifying appropriate registration of courses, approving educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests, updating degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers and transfer courses, answering student questions regarding registration, credit completion, course transfer process and study-abroad opportunities, serving as a resource for students in combined degree programs (M.B.A., M.P.A., J.D., M.S.L.D., M.P.H.) and coordinating and communicating opportunities for internship, study abroad, research and postgraduate study. The final responsibility for completion of graduation requirements, however, belongs to the student and, accordingly, each student should become familiar not only with the curriculum but also with the academic regulations of the college.


2016-2017 Drake University Graduate and Professional Programs Catalog

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