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Degree Options

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Joint Degree Programs

Diabetes Concentration

 

Admission Requirements

Regulations and Academic Requirements

 

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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%.

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


Requirements for Major

The four-year professional program is preceded by two years of pre-professional coursework.  210 semester credit hours required.

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 27 credits.  Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled through required coursework:

  • Artistic Experience AOI
  • Engaged Citizen 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
  • Engaged Citizen 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 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   MBA courses 3
Total Semester Hours 18   Total Semester Hours 18
Summer
BUS 200 - Seminar   1
(Optional) MBA courses   6
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
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: 224

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 209 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
  • Engaged Citizen 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
  • Engaged Citizen AOI
  • Historical Foundations AOI (two courses)
  • Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Written Communication AOI

Professtional 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 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 (MyDUSIS Subject: Teaching and Learning)
  • SOC - Specific courses as approved by the Associate Dean.
  • PSY 124 - Health Psychology (Psy 1 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 150: 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; MyDUSIS includes each semester's course listings.  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
  • PHAR 128 - Advanced Diabetes Care (P3 Fall) 3 credits - WWW
  • PHAR 129 - Integrated Diabetes Cases (P3 Spring) 2 credits

Note: The above courses will also 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. 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 Med Ctr. 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

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 the Dec. 1 application deadline. 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.

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.


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.

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, as listed in blueView.

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., Law) 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.

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