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PharmD Student Handbook 2017-2018


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 Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, 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 and Health Sciences actions regarding those standards.

Educational Goals and Objectives of the Professional Program in Pharmacy

Adopted by the Faculty: December 1, 2015

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., pharmaceutical, social/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.


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.

 Admission to the Professional Program

Please see the following Admission page for more information on Admission into the Professional Program. 

Acceleration of the Curriculum

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.

Dual Degrees

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers opportunities for Doctor of Pharmacy students to pursue a dual degree at the Masters level in Leadership Development, Business Administration, Public Administration and Public Health. PharmD students also have the opportunity to pursue a dual degree in law, a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD).


A combined degree program for a Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Science in Leadership Development is offered jointly by Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and School of Education. The program is designed to maximize students’ development of their leadership strengths, ability to develop leadership capacity in others and master competencies including adaptability, critical thinking and decision making, integrity and ethics, professionalism and strategic thinking.  The objective of the program is to prepare individuals for positions in management, leadership and academia.

Students may complete up to 6 credits of MSLD coursework before being admitted into the MSLD program. However, students should be admitted to the PharmD program before seeking admission to the MSLD program. Students can apply for admission to the School of Education during their first professional year.


A combined degree program for a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered jointly by Drake University’s 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 the first professional year.


A combined degree program for a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Masters in Public Administration is offered jointly by Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and College of Business and Public Administration. The objective of the program is to prepare individuals for management and administration positions in the non-profit sector. The combined degree program may decrease the time required to obtain the two degrees independently by up to 18 months through careful selection of MPA courses during the pharmacy program.

The MPA program does not require an entrance examination, 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.


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 (DMU). 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.

Pharmacy/Law (JD)

A joint degree program is offered in cooperation with the Drake University Law School. Students may elect to earn both a PharmD 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 PharmD courses toward six credits of law electives.

Additional Information

Once admitted to a dual degree program, students may count MSLD, MBA, MPA, MPH and Law credits toward the required professional pharmacy electives (6 credits). Additionally, students in the MSLD, MBA and MPA programs begin to earn graduate level credits and will have two separate grade point averages on their Drake transcript: PharmD GPA and Graduate GPA. Students admitted to the MPH program at Des Moines University will have a graduate level transcript and GPA through Des Moines University. Students in the Law program will have a Law GPA in addition to their PharmD GPA.

For more information about the dual degree programs for the Doctor of Pharmacy program, please view the dual degree curriculum guides on the CPHS Current Student Resources webpage.

Minors and Concentrations

Academic Minors

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. The Change of Record form 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 addition 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

Pharmacy students pursuing a minor and/or concentration in addition to their primary program of study may request to have up to three credits from the minor/concentration program apply to the professional pharmacy electives requirement. The request to apply credits from a minor or concentration must be submitted online to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs by completing the Exception to Program Policy Form.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

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/Special Problem Courses - Research Opportunities

Elective Courses

Elective requirements include the following:  Drake Curriculum, general electives, and professional pharmacy electives.   The Drake Curriculum plus general electives must comprise 30 credit hours of the 210 total credits needed for graduation.  Six credits of professional pharmacy electives are required.

Special Problems Courses-Research Opportunities

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 Independent Study Form is approved and signed electronically by the supervising faculty member, department chair, and Associate Dean.  Additional information regarding research opportunities is available on the Undergraduate Research website. 


Areas of Inquiry (AOI)

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

Artistic Experience


The Engaged Citizen

SCSR 073: Public Speaking

Historical Foundations

2 Electives (Prior to Fall 2011 – 1 breadth/depth)

Global and Cultural Understanding


Written Communication


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


MATH 050: Calculus I

Values and Ethics

PHAR 162: Pharmacy Law & Ethics

Senior Capstone

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

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.


Course Registration

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 Assistant Director of Student Affairs.

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 tab or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Office.

Wait Lists

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:

  • add oneself to the course's wait list (if one exists in the blueView system)
  • obtain the instructor's signature on a drop/add slip, approving the student's enrollment in the course
  • drop the course and add an alternative course in its place

Students will be notified via email if a seat becomes available in the course.  It is a student's 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 Office of the Registrar's 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.

Withdrawal from Courses

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 Office of the Registrar 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.

Course Prerequisites

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.

Degree Audits and Class Standing

Degree Audits

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 interpreting one's degree audit, review the Degree Audit Guides available on the CPHS Current Student Resources page.

Class Standing Policy

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:

  1. To achieve P1 standing, the student must be admitted to the professional pharmacy program.
  2. To be advanced from P1 to P2 standing, the student must have passed Physiology (PHAR 125), Biochemistry (PHAR 130), Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences (PHAR 131), Pathophysiology (PHAR 132), Pharmaceutical Calculations (PHAR 138), Pharmaceutics I (PHAR 140), Basic Pharmacy Skills and Applications 1 and 2 (PHAR 144/145), Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health Care (Phar 171), and Continuing Professional Development 1 and 2 (PHAR 122/123). 
  3. To be advanced from P2 to P3 standing, the student must have passed Principles of Drug Action I, II, III (PHAR 133, 134, 135), Pharmaceutics II (PHAR 141), Kinetics (PHAR 142), Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (PHAR 143), Intermediate Pharmacy Skills and Applications I and II (PHAR 154/155), Basic Quantitative Methods for Pharmaceutical Care (PHAR 172), Non-prescription Therapies (PHAR 169) and Therapeutics I (PHAR 190).
  4. To be advanced from P3 to P4 standing, the student must have successfully completed 170 credit hours and passed all courses in the pre-pharmacy curriculum and the first three years of the professional curriculum. Students must have obtained a C or better in all required professional pharmacy course work to enter rotations.

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. 

College of Pharmacy & Health Science Requirements

Candidates for graduation must have at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.

Grading Policy

Drake University utilizes a four-point grading scale with plus and minus grades. All instructors have the option to incorporate + and - grades in their grading scales or utilize a standard grading scale of ABCDF with the percentage (or competency/ability) defining each grade to be set by the course instructor.

Pharmacy 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.

Transfer Credits

Acceptance of transfer credits is subject to the discretion of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.  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 Office of the Registrar (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 Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. 

Credit/No Credit

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.

Course Repeats

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.

Residency Requirements

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.

Credit By Examination/Advanced Placement

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 AP, IB, CLEP Credit webpage

Course Waivers

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.

Academic Honors

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 professional 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 professional 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 immediately preceding 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 Student Affairs & Enrollment Management for assistance in notifying faculty of a student's absence from class. 

Academic Probation/Suspension/Dropped Status


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.

Academic Probation/Suspension

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:

  1. Academic Probation/Suspension Policy
  2. Honor Code Policy
  3. Chemical Dependency Policy
  4. Sexual Harassment Policy
  5. Student Immunization Policy

*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.

Suspension Procedure

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 Curriculum and Assessment 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 re-enroll in the College at any time, he/she must contact the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment for 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:

  • Academic Probation/Suspension Policy - retaking specific courses to improve knowledge base, retaking written or verbal communication courses, etc.
  • Honor Code - taking additional coursework or training in ethics/professionalism, etc.
  • Chemical Dependency Policy - completing a substance abuse evaluation program, seeking specific medical or psychological care, participating in relevant help groups, etc.
  • Sexual Harassment Policy - completing a sexual harassment training program, participating in relevant help groups, etc.
  • Student Immunization Policy - receiving required immunizations

Re-enrollment Policy following Suspension

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 PharmD 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.

Application for Re-enrollment Procedure following Suspension

The procedure for re-enrollment to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences following any suspension includes:

  1. Completion of a Re-enrollment Form that is available on the Drake University web site.
  2. Submission of a written personal statement to the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment asserting the student's ability to successfully pursue the pharmacy curriculum after having been suspended. This statement must address, in detail, how the student has successfully met the action plan established at the time of suspension. The student must also submit documentation that the factor(s) or condition(s) responsible for the original suspension have been remedied or significantly improved.
  3. Submission of official transcripts of any course work completed at another institution since the time of suspension from Drake University.

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 PharmD 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 PharmD Admissions Committee decision will be final; no appeals to this decision will be heard.

Deadlines and Criteria for Re-enrollment following Suspension

Pre-pharmacy students

Suspended pre-pharmacy students must submit their re-enrollment application materials to the PharmD 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 PharmD 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 Student Affairs & Enrollment Management in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 

Re-enrollment following withdrawal for medical or other non-suspension reasons

If students withdraw due to a medical or health-related issue and were approved at the time of withdrawal for a Medical Leave of Absence, students should complete the Request for Permission to Re-Enroll following a Voluntary Medical Leave of Absence and other supporting documentation by June 1 (for Fall semester) and November 1 (for Spring semester). Additionally, 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. The full Medical Leave of Absence Policy and required documentation for re-enrollment is provided on the Divison of Student Affairs webpage.

For reasons unrelated to a student's health or medical issue, students should complete the Re-enrollment Form by July 15th (for Fall semester) or December 1st (for Spring semester). Any additional conditions specified when the withdrawal was approved must also be completed prior to re-enrollment approval.


Honor Code

Honor Code

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.

Issues of academic integrity may also fall under the CPHS Honor Code. Cheating is defined as an act, or attempted act, of giving or obtaining aid and/or information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirements, including examinations. Plagiarism is defined as misrepresenting another's ideas, phrase, or discourse as one's own. The penalty for cheating or plagiarism will depend upon the incident. Initiative of action that can lead to penalty is primarily the prerogative of the faculty member involved. Possible penalties include a reprimand, grade penalty, dismissal from the course and/or recommendation for dismissal from the University. A student may appeal a charge of cheating or plagiarism to the Honor Code Committee, according to the college policy.

Chemical Dependency Policy

Chemical Dependency Policy

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 Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. 

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 Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. 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 bodies 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 progression 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.

Electronic Communications Policy

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:

  • All pharmacy students are connected to email and check it frequently
  • Mail from the College is sent to Drake addresses
  • If this poses a problem for a student, the student should contact the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to work out a solution for college mail.
  • Electronic communication (e.g., email or the World Wide Web) maybe required as part of courses and rotations. The requirements are to be specified in the course syllabus. If these requirements pose a problem for a student, the student must contact the instructor/coordinator to work out a solution. "System problems," however, are not the responsibility of the student.

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.

Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Policy

Drake University strives to create a respectful, safe, and non-threatening environment where its members are able to live, study, and work free from sexual and interpersonal misconduct. In keeping with this goal, the University has adopted certain policies prohibiting sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation), and interpersonal misconduct (domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking). The Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Policy and Notification of Complainant's Rights is intended to notify victims/survivors of their rights and resources that are available to them when Sexual and/or Interpersonal Misconduct occurs.

Questions about this document, any related policy or procedure, making a report, or requesting accommodations to academic, living, working, and/or transportation arrangements, may be directed to any of the following:

Drake University’s Title IX Coordinator/Equity and Inclusion Policy Specialist, Kathryn Overberg: 515-271-2982 or

Dean of Students, Dr. Jerry Parker (Students): 515-271-4088 or
Director of Human Resources, Gary Johnson (Employees): 515-271-4804 or 

Prevention Coordinator for Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct, Tess Cody: 515-271-4141 or

Students should also 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 Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Discriminatory Harassment (Non-Sex-Based)

Drake University prohibits harassment based on each of the projected characteristics set forth in the non-discrimination statement. Harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, genetic information and veteran status are not tolerated. Any such harassment undermines the mission of the University through its insidious and detrimental impact on individual students, faculty, staff and on the University community as a whole.

Discriminatory Harassment (non-sex-based) is conduct based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, genetic information and veteran status, when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or educational performance of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for working and learning.

Examples of Discriminatory Harassment (non-sex-based):

  • name-calling, jokes or negative comments about the protected characteristics
  • physical intimidation, vandalism or pranks
  • displays of reading materials or pictures containing negative material about these characteristics, including electronic materials

Any member of the Drake faculty, staff or student body who has questions about this Policy, believe they may have been subjected to discriminatory harassment or knows someone who may have been subjected to discriminatory harassment should contact:

Dean of Students, Dr. Jerry Parker (Students): 515-271-4088 or
Director of Human Resources, Gary Johnson (Employees): 515-271-4804 or

Or, anyone designated by such individuals to respond to questions under this policy.

To review the guidelines and processes for filing a complaint, see the full Discriminatory Harassment (Non-Sex-Based) Policy.

Student Immunization Policy

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.

  • Mumps - Immunization must be after 12 months of age.
  • Rubella - Immunization must be given after 15 months of age and after December 31, 1967
  • Other forms of documentation of immunity include:  1) physician -diagnosed illness with certified data including month and year (except for rubella); 2) being born before 1957, and presumed to have had the disease (except for rubella); or 3) reports of an immune titer providing immunity.

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.

Change of Legal Name Policy

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 Legal Name form has been implemented.

  • To take advantage of this service, please access the Notification of Change of Legal Name form located in the CPHS Forms Library
  • It is important to note, as stated on the electronic form, students are responsible for notifying the Social Security Administration of the name change. The Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners must also be notified of name change information. Only Drake University offices will be notified upon receipt of the electronic form by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
  • Please direct any questions related to the online Change of Legal Name process to the Office Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at: 515-271-3018

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to graduate with a professional degree from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences:

  1. Successfully complete all academic requirements and be in good standing with the University.
  2. To the extent that such information is brought to the attention of the Dean, exhibit the requisite professionalism, character, and professional promise in the judgment of the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
  3. Satisfactorily resolve all financial obligations owed to the University.

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.

Technical Standards for the PharmD Program

Technical Standards

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.

Student Services

A number of special services are available to Drake University students. Some of these services include the following:

Academic Advising

Pharmacy students are assigned a pharmacy faculty member as their academic advisor.

Purpose and Objectives of Advising Program

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 Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. 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:

  1. confirmation of the student's major within the pharmacy program,
  2. discussion of professional life goals including career paths and post-graduate work,
  3. satisfactory completion of requirements of the program,
  4. completion of annual requirements for progression within the program,
  5. development of skills necessary for succeeding in the program that they have chosen, and
  6. referral of the student to the resources and services on campus if needed.

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 CPHS Current Student Resources website for tools, resources and FAQs regarding advising.

Respective Roles

Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

  • Answer questions regarding registration, credit completion, program requirements, Drake Curriculum, course transfer process, and study abroad opportunities
  • Coordinate registration process, verifying appropriate registration of courses
  • Review/approve educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests
  • Update degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers, and transfer courses
  • Serve as a resource for additional degree opportunities such as minors and concentrations and combined degree programs (MBA, Law)
  • Coordinate and communicate opportunities for internship, study abroad, research and post-graduate study


Faculty Advisor

  • Help students adapt to the college environment
  • Assist in the development of the 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 students in identifying opportunities for professional skill development
  • Make appropriate referrals to university student service offices when academic or personal difficulties arise



  • Initiate conversations with advisor
  • Access degree audit on MyDUSIS to verify correct records
  • Be familiar with policies/procedures and take responsibility for deadlines
  • Take an active role in the development of the advising process
  • Maintain and update the individual educational plan
  • Research career options and graduate/professional admissions processes
  • Seek out opportunities for involvement, leadership, and professional development


Pharmacy Tuition/Fees and Scholarships

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.

Career Development

Career Placement

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.

Research Opportunities

Opportunities for students to experience research include:

  1. Independent Study (PHAR 164-166) may satisfy professional elective requirements. During the professional program, independent study may meet professional elective requirements.
  2. Internships at research intensive corporations.
  3. Volunteer work with one of the Drake University pharmacy faculty.

Additional information on research opportunities is available on the Research Opportunities website. 

Student Pharmacy Organization and Committees

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.  

Meeting Time

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.




PHAR 11, 31, 51, 71
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 beginning of the first day of class of the first professional year students enrolled in the pharmacy program may begin earning internship hours in Iowa. A number of internship positions are listed in the Professional and Career Development Services  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.


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.


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 admission into the professional pharmacy program. 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
(515) 281-5944
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.

CPHS Events
  • CPHS Doctoral Hooding and Commencement Ceremony
    May 19 | 3:00 PM
    Knapp Center
    Pre-reception in Shivers Center
  • Undergraduate Commencement
    May 20 | 10:00 AM
    Knapp Center
  • OTD White Coat Ceremony
    Aug. 17 | 1:00 PM
    Olmsted Parents Hall
    Reception following in OT Building
  • PharmD White Coat Ceremony
    Aug. 24 | 4:00 PM
    Old Main Sheslow Auditorium
    Reception following in Levitt Hall


May 3, 2018
A team of Drake and DMU students won the 2018 CLARION National Case Competition, held April 14 at the University of Minnesota.