This handbook has been compiled in an effort to answer some of the questions frequently asked by pharmacy students. In many instances, this handbook will be useful only as a starting point. Additional information may be found in the General Catalog of the University or in the University Student Handbook. To the extent that the provisions of this handbook conflict with the General Catalog or the University Handbook, this handbook shall prevail with regard to all students registered in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This handbook is not meant to discourage students from utilizing more personal sources of information; namely, faculty advisors, the Academic and Student Affairs Office, or other members of the faculty. The pharmacy program of the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
The Vision for the College
A diverse community of learners leading the way to a healthy world.
College Mission Statement
Preparing Today's Learners to be Tomorrow's Health Care Leaders
The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provides an intellectually stimulating learning environment with collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff. Graduates are liberally educated professionals who are dedicated to serving their clients, patients, profession, and community. The College emphasizes excellence and leadership in education, service, and scholarship.
Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the pharmacy program accreditation agency, is required by the U.S. Secretary of Education to require its pharmacy programs to record and handle student complaints regarding a school's adherence to the ACPE Standards. This link will provide additional information about the ACPE Standards as well as a comment form for students to file a complaint about Drake's College of Pharmacy's actions regarding those standards.
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 these areas:
For each of these areas, objectives - which can be measured or assessed- have been developed for purposes of evaluation. These are:
A. Solving Problems and Making Decisions
1. The graduate can gather, organize, analyze, and interpret scientific and clinical data and information pertinent to drug therapy.
2. Given information about an individual patient, the graduate can design drug therapy plans, identify drug-related problems and offer and justify alternative solutions.
3. Given information about a group or population, the graduate can analyze drug policies (formulary decisions, practice guidelines) and assess the implications for the group's health status and use of resources.
4. The graduate can use foundational science principles to evaluate clinical studies and analyze epidemiologic and demographic data to reach appropriate conclusions regarding a variety of issues ranging from the effectiveness of therapies to identifying areas of practice needs.
5. The graduate can compare and contrast various scientific methods and can explain the significance of their use in the discovery of knowledge.
6. The graduate can develop, justify, and monitor patient care plans.
7. Given a problem in managing (organizing, planning, directing and controlling) a pharmacy pratice system or patient care services or in using resources (human and financial), the graduate can develop and justify alternative solutions.
C. Life-long learning
8. Given a scientific question, the graduate can identify, analyze, and evaluate health-related, professional and disciplinary information resources.
9. Given a current issue facing the pharmacy profession, the graduate can outline a plan which would promote necessary changes in the profession and explain how this would affect the management of his/her career.
10. The graduate can explain the need for and benefits derived from systematic, cumulative research on problems of theory and practice.
D. Communicating and Educating
11. The graduate can demonstrate effective communication of ideas, information, and the results of problem-solving activities to colleagues, other health professionals and patients.
12. The graduate can, as a responsible member of society, demonstrate effective communication of health issues to other citizens.
13. Upon being placed in a conflict situation, the graduate can respond appropriately to dissent.
14. The graduate can integrate cultural awareness with practice skills to communicate effectively.
E. Policy Formulation and Professional Governance
15. Given a health policy issue, the graduate can assess its implications for access, quality, and cost of health care and pharmacy services.
16. The graduate can explain the effects of societal and environmental factors on the provision and receipt of pharmacy services.
17. The graduate can explain the roles that pharmacists play in the health care system, justify the value of their contributions and develop solutions for overcoming barriers facing pharmacy practice.
18. The graduate can explain the benefits of advancing the knowledge, skills and values of the profession and is prepared to participate in that advancement.
19. The graduate can assume leadership roles as appropriate in the college, the profession and in society.
20. The graduate can explain the duties and responsibilities of a pharmacist to his/her patients and apply these in every day practice.
21. The graduate can demonstrate ethical behaviors that will guide their ethical decisions.
None of the information provided here or else whereby the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences constitutes a contract between the University and the student. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies, procedures, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and other regulations or policies without giving prior notice.
The pre-pharmacy and pharmacy curriculum is responsive to changes within the profession and therefore course requirements may vary according to the year of graduation.
Please see the following Admission page for more information on Admission into the Professional Program.
Students who have gained admission to Drake's pre-pharmacy program under the Drake PharmD Difference and have earned college-level and/or AP credits during high school that equate to required courses during the first year may complete the pre-pharmacy program in one year. To view the requirements and complete the form to request acceleration, see the Pre-Pharmacy Program in One Year information.
A combined degree program for a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered jointly by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and College of Business and Public Administration. The objective of the program is to prepare individuals who have extensive training in both pharmacy and business for management positions in various segments of pharmacy practice. The combined degree program may decrease the time required to obtain the two degrees independently by up to 18 months through careful selection of MBA courses during the pharmacy program.
It is recommended that students anticipating entering the dual-degree program should enroll in ACCT 041: Accounting I, ACCT 042: Accounting II, and ECON 002: Microeconomics during their pre-pharmacy coursework, and take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) at an early date (semester prior to applying to the MBA program). The GMAT is required for admission to the MBA program. Admission to the program is required before students can enroll in graduate MBA courses. Students should be admitted to the PharmD program before seeking admission to the MBA program. Students can apply for admission early enough to begin graduate level (200+) courses following the completion of 90 credit hours.
Once admitted, students may count MBA credits toward their professional pharmacy elective requirements (6 credits). In addition, once students are admitted to the MBA program, students begin to earn graduate level credits and will have two separate grade point averages on their transcript: PharmD GPA and Graduate GPA.
For information about the PharmD/MBA combine degree program, see the PharmD/MBA curriculum guide under Programs of Study and the College of Business and Public Administration Graduate Programs information page. Questions related to the MBA admissions process should be directed to the College of Business and Public Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A combined degree program for a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Masters in Public Administration. The objective of the program is to prepare individuals for management and administration positions in the non-profit sector. The MPA program does not require an entrance examinations, nor are there any specific prerequisite courses. Admission to the program is required before students can enroll in graduate MPA courses. Students should be admitted to the PharmD program before seeking admission to the MPA program. Students can apply for admission early enough to begin graduate level (200+) courses following the completion of 90 credit hours.
Once admitted, students may count MPA credits toward their professional pharmacy elective requirements (6 credits). In addition, once students are admitted to the MPA program, students begin to earn graduate level credits and will have two separate grade point averages on their transcript: PharmD GPA and Graduate GPA.
For information about the PharmD/MPA combine degree program, see the PharmD/MPA curriculum guide under Programs of Study and the College of Business and Public Administration Graduate Programs information page. Questions related to the MPA admissions process should be directed to the College of Business and Public Administration at email@example.com.
A combined degree program for a Doctor of Pharmacy and Master in Public Health (MPH) is offered jointly by Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Des Moines University. The program is designed to maximize graduates’ opportunities in the public and non-profit sectors of public health, including public and private hospitals and clinics; private practice; insurance and managed care organizations; local, county or federal government; and colleges and universities. The knowledge and skills of pharmacists in pharmaceutical science and clinical pharmacy together with public health prepare graduates to pursue positions in pharmacotherapy and health promotion, disease prevention and medication safety. The combined degree program may decrease the time required to obtain the two degrees independently by up to 18 months. Students who wish to complete both degrees in six years will complete MPH courses during the summer sessions.
Students begin at Drake in pharmacy and apply to the Des Moines University Master in Public Health during the fall semester of the second professional (P2) year. Applicants are expected to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Entrance Exam (GRE), but results from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) may be substituted for the GRE.
Once admitted, students may count MPH credits towards their professional pharmacy elective requirements (6 credits). For more information about the PharmD/MPH program, please contact the Admissions Liaison in the College Office.
A joint degree program is offered in cooperation with the Drake University Law School. Students may elect to earn both a Pharm D and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree. Students who follow such a curriculum must first be admitted to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and after three years (P1 year) obtain admission to the Law School. A student pursuing this program should plan to take the LSAT and formally apply to the Law School during Fall semester of the first professional year. The benefit of the joint degree program is a potential shortening of the program to eight years instead of the usual six for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree plus three years of law school. Students may use six credits of law course work toward the professional electives and six credits of Pharm D courses toward six credits of law electives. For more information about PharmD/Law joint degre program, see the PhardmD/Law curriculum guide under Program of Study. Questions may be directed to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Pharmacy or the joint degree advisor in the Law School.
Drake University has established departmental requirements for academic minors. Students who earn academic minors will have these credentials recorded on their transcripts. Pharmacy students, based on catalog regulations, should be able to earn minors in many different disciplines without significantly expanding the hours required for graduation. For information regarding the requirements for minors, see the departmental web sites and the Drake University General Catalog in addition to the College specific information on minors and concentrations.
Students interested in pursuing an academic minor should coordinate their course work with the appropriate department chair. Academic minor forms must be completed by students pursuing a minor and filed with the appropriate offices for a minor to be entered onto the student records system (blueView).
Concentrations combine didactic course work with experiential or field study experiences. Many concentrations are available to students, including Global and Comparative Public Health and Leadership. In additionn to the college specific information above on minors and concentrations, the complete list of of concentrations is available on the Undergraduate Programs website.
A concentration on diabetes care is only available to pharmacy students. Students wishing to declare an interdisciplinary or the diabetes concentration should do so by completing the Change of Record Form.
This program is a non-licensure program and intended for students who decide during their first two years that they are interested in careers in Health Sciences rather than pharmacy practice. Students who wish to apply for transfer into this program should do so via the Change of Record form.
Elective requirements include the following: Drake Curriculum, general electives, and professional electives. The Drake Curriculum plus general electives must comprise 27 credit hours of the 209 total credits needed for graduation. Six credits of professional electives are required.
Students may elect to enroll in Special Problems in Pharmacy courses (PHAR 164-166) in the professional program. These are one to three credit hour courses which must be prearranged and approved by a specific faculty member, department chair, and associate Dean. Many students will enroll in these courses as an opportunity to participate in undergraduate research in a specific area in pharmacy. These courses may be used towards the general and professional elective requirements in the curriculum. To enroll in a special problems course, an independent study form must be completed by the student and the instructor overseeing the program. Before completing the form, the faculty member and student should discuss the independent study description, objectives, and activities. The form can be 'signed' via email or printed and signed. Additional information regarding research opportunities is available on the Research Opportunities website.
All students will complete the Drake Curriculum Areas of Inquiry (AOI). The following table lists the AOIs that are completed by pharmacy requirements and those that will be fulfilled by various electives. Note that one course may only fit into one area.
Area of Inquiry
Required Pharmacy Course
|The Engaged Citizen||Elective|
|Historical Foundations||2 Electives (Prior to Fall 2011 – 1 breadth/depth)|
|Global and Cultural Understanding||Elective|
|Critical Thinking||STAT 060: Statistics for the Life Sciences|
|Information Literacy||PHAR 145: Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications 2|
|Scientific Literacy: Life Science||BIO 012: General Biology I|
|Scientific Literacy: Physical Science||CHEM 001: General Chemistry I|
|Quantitative||MATH 050: Calculus I|
|Values and Ethics||PHAR 162: Pharmacy Law & Ethics|
A senior capstone experience in which a student demonstrates the culmination of his or her Drake education is required. The student is expected to demonstrate the capacity to bring information, skills, and ideas to bear on one project. This will be designed by each major to fit with the circumstances of that area but will also ask the student to demonstrate skills acquired throughout the Drake curriculum. For pharmacy students, the advanced practice rotations (PHAR 285) completed during the P4 year fulfills this requirement.
Adjunct faculty, established and respected practitioners, are utilized primarily in the experiential program. Adjunct faculty members are evaluated and appointed by the University after approval by the CPHS faculty. Adjunct faculty are pharmacists, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals with whom the students interact at the various sites.
Registration is completed online through the MyDUSIS system. Students can access MyDUSIS through blueView. Each semester the College sends out detailed registration information to students through the CPHS Student Announcements and the CPHS Registration Bulletin. Questions regarding registration policies and procedures should be directed to the Director of Student Programs.
Once registration is complete, the billing process will begin. Any student not returning to Drake who registered for courses must officially withdraw from the semester to avoid receiving billing statements. To withdraw, a student should complete the Withdrawal Request Form, available in MyDUSIS under the Student Services and Financial Aid link or contact the College Office.
In the MyDUSIS system, students may elect to be placed on wait lists when the enrollment capacity of a course has been reached if the course offers that option. When this occurs the student must take some action in order to set their schedule. That action may include one of the following:
Students will be notified via email if a seat becomes available in the course. It is a students responsibility to take action on an email notification by the deadline provided or forfeit their seat on the wait list. An overview of the wait list policies and guidelines are available on the Student Records website. All wait lists will be dissolved prior to the start of each term, therefore, it is important some action be taken before the start of the term.
Students may withdraw from any course in which they are enrolled up to five class days after the midpoint of the semester. This date is determined and published by the Student Records Office for each semester. The mark of "W" will be recorded for students who drop after the second week and before the fifth day after midpoint. Students will receive a letter grade which is assigned by the instructor for any course in which they are still enrolled on the sixth day after midpoint. A student may add a course, following a similar procedure, through the end of the first full week of each semester.
Students are responsible for reviewing their degree audits on a periodic basis to assure that transfer credits are received and curricular requirements are being met. For directions on reviewing one's degree audit, please see the Degree Audit Guides available on the CPHS Current Student Resources page.
Students are admitted to the professional degree program in pharmacy with specific class standing. To be advanced in class standing, each student must have completed specific course and credit hour requirements as follows:
Students who do not progress in standing will follow the curriculum and academic policies required of other students with that same classification. Students may also be required to repeat previous course work in the event of significant content changes.
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 requires careful consideration. Course prerequisites may be found in the course descriptions, as listed in blueView.
Candidates for graduation must have at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
The standard grading scale for students enrolled in pharmacy labeled didactic course work is ABCDF with the percentage (or competency/ability) defining each grade to be set by the course instructor.
Students are required to obtain a C or better (CR in 'credit/no credit') in all required courses in the professional program. Pharmacy students are permitted to repeat a required course one time only. Students who fail to receive a C or higher (CR in 'credit/no credit') in the repeated course will be dropped from the pharmacy program.
During the experiential rotation course work, students who do not achieve and maintain a minimal proficiency score of four as defined in the Experiential Program Handbook will be required to complete a remediation rotation. If enrolled in a remediation rotation, students who receive a failing grade (NC) will be dropped from the pharmacy 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
Acceptance of transfer credits is subject to the discretion of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Transfer students from community and junior colleges who have earned a total of 66 semester hours of credit from two-year institutions cannot transfer any further credit from a two-year community or junior college to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A maximum of 179 semester hours of credit, or the equivalent, will be accepted on transfer from four-year collegiate institutions. Students who desire to enroll in coursework at other institutions during the summer should complete the Transfer Credit Request Form to assure that the course will fulfill the intended requirement.
Once the course is completed, students should have the transcript sent to the Student Records Office (2507 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50311) where it will be officially evaluated. Students who do not believe that their course work has been equated appropriately should contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
Pharmacy students may apply a maximum of 9 hours of course work on a credit/no credit basis toward graduation. These courses may only count as elective credits. Courses regularly graded on a credit/no credit basis are not included within the 9 hours maximum. The student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 before registering on a credit/no credit basis in a course.
Students may repeat a course without additional credit. The highest grade earned will be used in computing the grade point average. The Drake GPA will only take into account courses taken at Drake.
A student is required to be in residence in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for at least the last 30 semester hours to be eligible for graduation.
Students may earn college credit by examination through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) Tests, special credit examinations, and the Web Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (WebCAPE) administered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Students are ineligible to earn credit by examination in a lower level course in a sequence of courses after they have completed a higher level course in the sequence. Credits may not be earned through CLEP or other examinations which duplicate credit previously earned. Students are not eligible to earn credit through an examination if they have withdrawn from an equivalent course after the midpoint of the semester. Credit earned by examination does not apply to the last 30 hours, which must be earned at Drake. More information is available on the Admission's AP, IB, CLEP Credit webpage.
Course waivers are not allowed. Students may request the substitution of course work for requirements through the Exception to Program Policy Form. In addition, students may request the completion of course work from another institution by submitting the Transfer Credit Request Form. Pre-pharmacy students under the Drake PharmD Difference are not able to transfer in required math and science course work once they begin at Drake.
The Dean's and President's Lists are announced after each fall and spring semester of the academic year. The Dean's List includes names of undergraduate and pharmacy students who have earned a term grade point average of 3.5-3.99 at Drake and earned 'CR' in credit/no credit courses. The President's List includes names of undergraduate and pharmacy students who have earned a term grade point average of 4.0 at Drake and earned a 'CR' in any credit/no credit courses. To be eligible for the President's or Dean's List, undergraduate and pharmacy students must have eared a minimum of 12 credits, six of which must be standard letter grades. Students with incomplete, in progress, no-credit or no-report grades will not be eligible for these recognitions. Coursework completed during the summer semester or J-Term is not considered. Part-time students qualify for these honors at the end of the spring semester. To be eligible, part-time students must have been enrolled part-time for the spring and immedidatley preceeding fall semester.
Those students who have attained academic excellence and high scholastic achievements on the basis of their cumulative grade point average at Drake shall be recognized in the graduation program and at graduation ceremonies by the following academic honors:
Cum Laude...........................................GPA from 3.50 - 3.69
Magna Cum Laude.................................GPA from 3.70 - 3.89
Summa Cum Laude................................GPA from 3.90 - 4.00
Attendance is the responsibility of students and is essential for ideal learning to take place. Faculty members appreciate the courtesy of knowing when commitments cannot be met. Attendance policies are determined for each course by the instructor(s) and will be presented to the students at the beginning of that course. Noncompliance with attendance policies may affect the final grade in a course.
In the event of extenuating circumstances, students should contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for assistance in notifying faculty of a student's absence from class.
Probation: A student may be placed on probation when his/her performance fails to meet the criteria defined in this handbook, the University catalog, or other applicable policy or procedure. If performance does not improve, the student may be suspended or dropped from the College.
Suspension: The student is removed from the College for a length of time. He/she cannot graduate or progress toward the earning of a degree at the College. Suspensions are in effect for at least one academic year although they may be longer. Suspended students are NOT automatically readmitted to the College. They may reapply for admission as any other eligible student and may or may not be readmitted.
Dropped: The student is removed from the pre-pharmacy and professional program at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This can occur when a student fails to meet the criteria in the standard grading policy. The student may request to remain at Drake to pursue a degree in another major. This action is permanent, and the student may not be readmitted to the College.
A student may face administrative action from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences or the University* for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, academic integrity violations, failure to progress through the program in a timely manner, and professional conduct violations. Specific probation and suspension criteria may be found in the Honor Code, the General University Catalog, and the University Student Handbook. In general, suspension from the program may result from failure to adhere to any of the following policies:
*Pharmacy students who have been suspended by the University must seek re-enrollment through the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. These students must adhere to the same re-enrollment application procedure as described below for pharmacy students suspended by the College.
The University Dean of Student's office will notify a pharmacy student in writing of their suspension following a violation of a University-wide policy. With the exception of suspension due to Honor Code violations, the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will notify a pharmacy student of his/her suspension in writing following a violation of any College policy. In accordance with University policy, a suspended student has the right to appeal his/her suspension. The student has seven (7) calendar days to appeal the suspension. If the appeal is granted, the student may continue with coursework at Drake University and progress in the program. If the student does not appeal or if his/her appeal is denied, the student must apply for re-enrollment into the College before being allowed to resume taking coursework. If a suspended student plans to reenroll in the College at any time, he/she must contact the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs of the College prior to the beginning of the next academic semester following the suspension to develop an action plan and time frame for completion of the plan. It is the student's responsibility to make contact with the Associate Dean and this step must occur regardless of the source of the suspension (University versus College). The action plan will be developed with the intent of preparing the student to be successful if they are allowed to return to the program. The clarity of the action plan will be approved by the admissions committee prior to final approval. The admissions committee will only serve to clarify points of ambiguity; it will not alter or amend the nature of the criteria. The student will sign the approved document to indicate acceptance of the terms of the plan and copies will be supplied to the student, the student's file and the Dean's Office. Once approved, no extensions, changes and/or waivers to the plan will be allowed.
The action plan may include certain remediation/tasks relevant to the reason for suspension. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Pharmacy students who have been suspended for a non-specified period of time may apply to the College for re-enrollment after one academic year. Pharmacy students who have been suspended for a specified period of time may petition the College for re-enrollment only at the conclusion of the suspension time period. Students suspended for the first time may apply for re-enrollment; students suspended twice, regardless of the reasons, are ineligible for re-enrollment. The College Admissions Committee will review the suspended student's application for re-enrollment, and the student will be held to the same academic and professional standards as all other students in the program. These standards include the student's academic performance, communications skills, emotional maturity, leadership ability, involvement in the community, and professional attitude/behavior.
The procedure for re-enrollment to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences following any suspension includes:
Suspended students will be eligible for re-enrollment only after satisfactorily completing the action plan within the time frame set forth at the time of suspension. Members of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Admissions Committee will decide, by a majority vote, whether a suspended student can re-enroll in the College. The student will be notified in writing regarding the status of his/her re-enrollment request. The Admissions Committee decision will be final; no appeals to this decision will be heard.
Deadlines and Criteria for Re-enrollment following Suspension
Suspended pre-pharmacy students must submit their re-enrollment application material to the Admissions Committee by February 1st to be eligible for re-enrollment in the Fall semester. Re-enrollment for pre-pharmacy students will only be allowed for the start of the Fall semester in each academic year. Approval of re-enrollment does not guarantee acceptance into the professional program. Students must also apply to the PharmD professional program through PharmCAS as a transfer student; the Drake PharmD Difference status will no longer apply to that student. The deadline to apply to the professional program through PharmCAS is December 1st. The student's application for the professional program will be considered relative to the academic performance and professionalism of all other transfer students applying to the PharmD program in that cycle. A pre-pharmacy student returning to the University following a suspension may apply for enrollment into another major at Drake University.
Professional program students
Suspended PharmD students must submit their re-enrollment application material to the Admissions Committee by April 1st to be eligible for re-enrollment in the Fall semester or by October 1st to be eligible for re-enrollment in the Spring semester. PharmD candidates re-enrolled following a suspension will return on a probationary status. In order to remain at Drake, the student must earn a semester grade point average of 2.0 or above during their first semester of re-enrollment as well as meet all other College criteria and policies or he/she will be suspended again. Any PharmD student, suspended for a second time for the same or different violation, will not be eligible for re-enrollment in the pharmacy program at Drake University.
Questions and requests for re enrollment should be directed to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Re-enrollment following withdrawal for medical and/or other non-suspension reasons
Students should complete the Re-enrollment Form by July 15th (for Fall semester) or December 1st (for Spring semester). If the withdrawal was due to medical reasons, the student’s health care provider(s) must provide the College with a letter indicating that the student is ready to return to the University and abide by the responsibilities and requirements of the program. If the student is under the care of more than one health care provider, such as a psychiatrist and therapist, a letter from each provider is required. Any additional conditions specified when the withdrawal was approved must also be completed prior to re-enrollment approval.
Students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences represent the College as well as the profession of pharmacy. As such they are expected to maintain a professional manner and conduct in practice settings and on campus. Inappropriate or disruptive behavior or communication demonstrated to peers, faculty, students, college staff, preceptors, or patients is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Students shall strive to exemplify the ethical behavior described in the "Pledge of Professionalism" taken upon entrance into the professional program. Faculty have the authority to impose sanctions in cases of disruptive behavior or communication per the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Honor Code. This includes behavior which demonstrates a lack of respect for instructors, students, or others in the classroom or on rotation. Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to, asking the student to meet to discuss the nonprofessional behavior or communication or removal of the student from the learning situation. Honor Code violations can occur both in didactic course work as well as during rotations. They will be dealt with in the same manner and through the same processes.
The college has implemented a chemical dependency policy for pharmacy students. If a student is suspected or known to have a problem, it should be brought to the attention of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.
Criminal Background Checks
All pharmacy students will submit to a background check prior to admission and prior to entering rotations. Because many early and advanced experiential sites require background checks, information obtained may inhibit students from progression into the professional program or into their rotation experiences. The background check will include social security number validation, address history for past 10 years, felony and misdemeanor criminal history search for all counties identified by the address history for the last seven years, national criminal history database, sex offender registries, child/elder abuse registries, motor vehicle driving record, and governmental agencies such as the Office of Inspector General. Results of the backgrounds checks will be kept in a locked cabinet in the office of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. The results of the background check will be shared within and outside the University on a need to know basis only. Within the University such results will be available only to those school officials with a legitimate educational or security purpose for accessing the information. The College will notify students of findings as required by the Fair Credit and Reporting Act. Students will be assessed a fee to cover the cost of the background check. Furthermore, information obtained from background checks may be included on or with board licensure applications or other regulatory body that requests information from the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Students have the right to request, from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, copies of all documents and other information shared with any regulatory body pertaining to their licensure.
Chemical Drug Screens
All pharmacy students will be required to complete a Chemical Drug Screen prior to admission as well as before entering the rotation experience year. Because many early and advanced experiential sites require drug screens, information obtained may inhibit students from progressing into the professional program or into rotations. The College will determine the vendor and location of the drug screen. Drug screens completed for employment or independently by the student will not be accepted. Students will be assessed a fee to cover the cost of the drug screen. The drug screen will include a 10-panel drug screen with point of custody through an outside vendor. The results of the drug screen will be shared within and outside the University on a need to know basis only. Within the University such results will be available only to those school officials with a legitimate educational or security purpose for accessing the information. Initial positive screens will undergo medical review by the vendor. Any confirmed positive findings will be handled under the Chemical Dependency Policy of the College.
Increasingly, College faculty and administrators are using electronic means to disseminate information to and communicate with students. This information may be important and/or time-sensitive. Thus, the expectations of the College are that:
In short, the lack of access to electronic communication is not a valid excuse for the failure to respond to a request, perform an assignment, or meet a deadline.
It is the policy of Drake University that any behavior by any administrator, faculty or staff member, or student which constitutes sexual harassment of any employee or student shall not be tolerated. For the purpose of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
Anyone who feels that he or she has been sexually harassed should follow the appropriate grievance procedure for her or his job category. Students should follow the student grievance procedure of the college in which they are enrolled. Students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences should report all concerns to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.
Students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences represent the College as well as the profession of pharmacy. As such, they are expected to maintain a professional manner and conduct in practice settings and on campus. Inappropriate or disruptive behavior or communication demonstrated to peers, faculty, students, college staff, preceptors, or patients is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Students shall strive to exemplify the ethical behavior described in the "Pledge of Professionalism" taken upon entrance into the professional program. Faculty have the authority to impose sanctions in cases of disruptive behavior or communication. This includes behavior which demonstrates a lack of respect for instructors, students, or others in the classroom or on rotation. Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to, asking the student to meet to discuss the nonprofessional behavior or communication or removal of the student from the learning situation.
As part of the pharmacy curriculum, students are required to participate in the College's experiential education program. This experiential education program provides students with various opportunities to apply their emerging knowledge and skills in pharmacy in real world health care environments. As future healthcare professionals, students will be working with patients in a variety of settings such as long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and community pharmacies. While participating in the experiential education program, students are registered as pharmacy interns and participate as vital members of the healthcare team.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the federal government has provided recommendations for the immunization of healthcare workers. These guidelines are designed to protect healthcare workers from diseases that they may be exposed to in the course of their professional work. Since pharmacy students are working as healthcare professionals in-training and are exposed to patients through their experiential education activities, the College and its affiliated healthcare facilities have adopted the OSHA immunization guidelines as a requirement for all students entering the Pharmacy program.
All students are required to provide documentation to the College of current immunizations prior to starting classes:
Measles/Mumps/Rubella Measles - Two doses of measles vaccination are required. The first must be after the first birthday and after December 31,1967. The second must be after December 31, 1979.
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) - must show documentation of immunization within the last 10 years
Tuberculosis (PPD) Test - must show documentation of recent (within 3 months) negative skin test using the Mantoux method. Students who have been vaccinated with BCG should also have a PPD test unless a documentation of a prior positive skin test exists. Students with a positive PPD skin test will need to provide documentation of a negative chest x-ray. This test will need to be repeated annually.
Hepatitis B - must show documentation of all three immunizations in series; subsequent positive titer recommended. A minimum of one immunization must be completed prior to arrival at Drake. The complete series must be completed by the end of the first professional year of the program.
Varicella - Two doses required for students who have not had chickenpox.
Flu Shot - Required annually.
Current documentation of all of the above listed immunizations should be on file. Any immunizations completed since enrolling at Drake should be marked First Year Pharmacy Student and be sent to the Drake Health Center, 32nd and Carpenter, before the first day of classes.
Fax number of Student Health 515-271-1855.
In an effort to ensure the accuracy and integrity of all academic, financial aid, and student loan records maintained by Drake University and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Notification of Change of Name form has been implemented.
Students must meet the following requirements to graduate with a professional degree from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences:
The final responsibility for the completion of graduation requirements is the student's and accordingly, each student should become familiar not only with the curriculum but also with the academic regulations of the College.
The holder of a PharmD degree must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. In order to carry out the activities described below, candidates for the PharmD degree must be able to consistently, quickly, and accurately integrate all information received, and must have the ability to learn, integrate, analyze, and synthesize data.
A candidate for the PharmD degree must have the abilities and skills of five varieties, including: observation; communication; motor; intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and behavioral and social. Depending on the circumstances, some reasonable accommodation may be possible and made available to disabled candidates in some of these areas, but a candidate must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will attempt to develop creative ways of opening the college curriculum to competitive, qualified disabled individuals. In doing so, however, the College must maintain the integrity of its curriculum and preserve those elements deemed essential to educating a pharmacist. Candidates or students who have concerns about meeting the technical standards should contact the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.
1. Observation: Candidates and students must have sufficient vision to be able to observe demonstrations, experiments, and laboratory exercises in the basic sciences. They must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.
2. Communication: Candidates and students should be able to speak, hear, and observe patients in order to elicit information and perceive nonverbal communication. They must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing. They must also be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written English with all members of the health care team.
3. Motor: Candidates and students should have sufficient motor function to execute movements reasonably required to provide care. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
4. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: Candidates and students must be able to concentrate, analyze, and interpret data and make decisions within areas in which there is a reasonable amount of visual and auditory distraction. They must also perform these functions in a timely manner and under a reasonable amount of stress since pharmacists are expected to be able to perform such duties in diverse clinical settings where others may be present and where there is a certain degree of noise. Candidates and students must be able to perform basic mathematical functions and accurately and quickly read prescriptions with minimal error in areas where there may be distractions. The practice of pharmacy demands the ability to integrate and process information promptly and accurately in a time-sensitive environment.
5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: Candidates and students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. Candidates and students must be able to tolerate taxing workloads, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, and interest and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admission and educational processes.
The applicant should evaluate him or herself for compliance with these technical standards. Submission of the application will serve as testimony of compliance with these standards.
A number of special services are available to Drake University students. Some of these services include the following:
Pharmacy students are assigned a pharmacy faculty member as their academic advisor.
The CPHS pharmacy advising program seeks to support the mission of Drake University and the pharmacy program in the provision of a student-centered learning environment. The pharmacy advising program personnel includes the faculty advisor and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Through this team, students have multiple sources of information to address the Drake general education and pharmacy program curricular objectives. The mechanics of these curricula will be addressed through the individual education plan. This plan will be developed by the student with input from the faculty advisor and college's student service personnel. The plan will seek to achieve the following:
The educational plan will be used to form the student advising portfolio, resume, marketing portfolio, and other future information pieces that provide evidence of the student's development of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Students are encouraged to view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) regarding advising.
For information about tuition and fees for pharmacy students, please visit the Student Financial Planning website. Refund policy information is also available at this site.
Each year pharmacy students may apply for a number of pharmacy scholarships. Application forms for these scholarships are available online by December 1st and are due on February 1st of the following year. Pharmacy students may apply for these scholarships for every year of enrollment in the College. Many scholarships include criteria that specify P3 and P4 students recipients. However, students are eligible to apply during the first year of the professional program.
At the PharmD Hooding Ceremony each year, graduates complete surveys indicating their plans upon graduation, including employer, salary and location. The Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) InfoGraph shares information about the career pathways, board exam pass rates, and residency placement percentages.
Opportunities for students to experience research include:
Additional information on research opportunities is available on the Research Opportunities website.
A number of pharmacy student organizations exist within the college for students to join and participate in. DRxUGS, Drake Unified Group of Students, serves as the umbrella organization for seven national pharmacy groups: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP); Academy of Studnet Pharmacists (APhA-ASP); American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI); National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA); Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA); and Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP). Although not under the umbrella, DRxUGS works very closely with the three professional pharmacy fraternities on-campus as well: Kappa Psi, Lambda Kappa Sigma and Phi Delta Chi. Students in the second year of the professional program may also be invited to join one of the two honor societies: Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma. In addition to the national organizations, fraternities and honor societies, students apply and serve as representatives on a number of college committees including the Honor Code committee. A complete list of CPHS student organizations and other opportunities for involvement can be obtained on the CPHS Student Organizations and College Committees website.
A standard meeting time has been implemented for both Fall and Spring semesters. A specific time for each academic year will be determined based on course schedules. This standard meeting time will provide a block of time for student professional organizations and college committees to meet with reduced incidence of scheduling conflicts. Experiential education that requires students to be off-campus is exempt from this policy.
Career Connection Opportunities
Only students can chart their own destinies, but the College tries to help in this endeavor by providing opportunities throughout the pharmacy curriculum. Academic advisors are also a helpful resource, as well as the professional organizations who often hold sessions to assist in career planning and internship seeking.
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Introduces students to career options through guest speakers and shadowing activities. Includes an internship seminar where students can learn the best methods to seeding internships.
At the end of one semester enrolled in the college students may begin earning internship hours in Iowa. A number of positions are listed in the Old-Career Development & Opportunities area of the pharmacy website, as well as distributed through the CPHS Pharmacy Student Weekly Announcements. Networking with students, professors, and organizations is highly effective.
Students are able to determine their interests and how they match with various pharmacy careers.
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Recruiters and pharmacy employers discuss their career options in seminar and display formats.
Graduating students have the opportunity to hear employers discuss appropriate interview attire, mannerisms, and actions. Students also receive the opportunity to sign up for interview days at this time.
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Recruiters and pharmacy employers come from throughout the U.S. to interview P4 students.
Board of Pharmacy Internship Requirements
The College reserves the right to deny internship opportunities to those who do not obtain the appropriate intern licensure. The State of Iowa Board of Pharmacy requires that all students are eligible to begin working as licensed interns at the commencement of their first semester in the professional pharmacy program. The College will provide assistance in helping students to apply for their State of Iowa Board of Pharmacy Intern License. Internship forms are available on the Iowa Board of Pharmacy website. The request for preparation of the college's verification of enrollment is automatically sent to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy following the completion of the student's first semester in the College. Students should notify their employer should they change their major from pharmacy to another program.
Internship hour requirements vary from state to state. Therefore, it is important to contact the Board of Pharmacy of the state in which a student plans to practice and/or take the board exam for details. Hours may not count toward internship requirements until after two years of college in many states. In order to receive credit for hours, students must register as an intern or apprentice with the appropriate Board of Pharmacy as soon as they begin employment in a pharmacy. A student who resides and works as an intern in one state, but plans to practice in another state after graduation, must be registered as an intern with the Board of Pharmacy in both states.
The State of Iowa requires completion of 1500 internship hours, 1250 of which are provided in conjunction with academic credit through the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The remaining 250 hours must be completed outside the pharmacy curriculum; up to 10 hours per week may be earned during the academic year. Questions regarding Iowa internship and licensure requirements should be directed to:
State of Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners
400 SW Eighth Street, Suite E
Des Moines, IA 50309-4688
Fax (515) 281-4609
The state of Illinois requires completion of 400 internship hours, all of which are provided in College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences curriculum. Questions regarding Illinois internship and licensure requirements should be directed to:
Stephen F. Selcke, Director
Board of Pharmacy
Dept. Registration & Education
Unit IV 320 W.
Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786 (217) 785-0800
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy web page includes links and address information for other state board of pharmacies.
Updated: August 5, 2014