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Doctor of Pharmacy

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Program Overview

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

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

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


Pharmacy History

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

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

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


Educational Goals and Objectives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Admission Requirements

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

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

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

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

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


Requirements for Major

210 credits required.

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

Course Credits
BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PHAR 011 - CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 031 - CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 051 - CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 071 - CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 122 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I 1
PHAR 123 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II 1
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemistry 4
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3
PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5
PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3
PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3
PHAR 167 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III 2
PHAR 168 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV 2
PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3
PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3
PHAR 175 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V 2
PHAR 176 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI 2
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4
PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22
PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
Drake Curriculum / General Electives 30
Pharmacy Professional Electives 6
Total 210

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

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

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

P1 students are required to complete 40 hours of IPPE for Hospital/Institutional Practice I during the summer between the P1 and P2 years, and complete 80 hours of IPPE for Community Practice II during the summer between the P2 & P3 year.


Joint Degree Programs

Doctor of Pharmacy / Juris Doctor

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

Course Credits
BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
LAW --- - Law Courses 24
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PHAR 011 - CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 031 - CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 051 - CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 071 - CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 122 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I 1
PHAR 123 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II 1
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemistry 4
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3
PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5
PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3
PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3
PHAR 167 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III 2
PHAR 168 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV 2
PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3
PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3
PHAR 175 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V 2
PHAR 176 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI 2
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4
PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22
PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
Drake Curriculum / General Electives 24
Pharmacy Professional Electives 1
Total 223

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

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

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

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

Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Business Administration

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

Course Credits
BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
BUS 200 - Seminar 1
BUS 200 - Seminar 1
BUS 205 - Dardis Communication Workshop 0
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
MBA 200 - Seminar 1
MBA 240 - Corporate Governance & Ethics 3
MBA 242 - Evaluating Organizational Perormance 3
MBA 245 - Leading with Data 3
MBA 251 - Creating Customer Value 3
MBA 253 - Enhancing Firm Value 3
MBA 254 - Leadership & Human Capital Development 3
MBA 256 - Information Technology and services Operations 3
MBA 257 - Project Management 3
MBA 260 - Strategic Business Processes 3
PHAR 011 - CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 031 - CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 051 - CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 071 - CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 122 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I 1
PHAR 123 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II 1
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemistry 4
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3
PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5
PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3
PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3
PHAR 167 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III 2
PHAR 168 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV 2
PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3
PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3
PHAR 175 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V 2
PHAR 176 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI 2
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4
PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22
PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
Drake Curriculum / General Electives 24
Pharmacy Professional Electives 1
Total 229

Optional summer coursework

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

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

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

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

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

Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Public Administration

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

Course Credits
BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
MPA 2-- - MPA Courses 18
PHAR 011 - CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 031 - CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 051 - CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 071 - CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 122 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I 1
PHAR 123 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II 1
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemistry 4
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3
PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5
PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3
PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3
PHAR 167 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III 2
PHAR 168 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV 2
PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3
PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3
PHAR 175 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V 2
PHAR 176 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI 2
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4
PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22
PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
Drake Curriculum / General Electives 24
Pharmacy Professional Electives 1
Total 217

M.P.A. Course List

  • BUS 205 – Dardis Communications’ Leadership Essentials Workshop
  • MPA 215 - Changing Environment and Management of Public and Nonprofit Management
  • MPA 216 - Managing Human Resources as Assets, or MGMT 282 - Human Resources Management
  • MPA 217 - Applying Information, Research and Analysis in Nonprofit and Public Environments
  • MPA 225 - Financial Aspects of Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • MPA 226 - Public Policy Decision Making and Analysis
  • MPA 240 – Values & Ethics in Decision Making
  • MPA 260 – Innovative Solutions to Current Problems

Optional summer coursework

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

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

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

Professional electives (6 credits) are satisfied by M.P.A. coursework.

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

Doctor of Pharmacy / Master of Science in Leadership Development

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

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

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

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

Course Credits
BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
MSLD 217 - Inspiring and Involving Others 3
MSLD 202 - Leadership in Organizations 3
MSLD 203 - Organizational Politics and Influence 3
MSLD 204 - Ethics and Leadership 3
MSLD 205 - Global Leadership 3
MSLD 208 - Leading Change 3
MSLD 209 - Innovation and Future Thinking 3
MSLD 212 - Learning and Technology 3
PHAR 011 - CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 031 - CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 051 - CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 071 - CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 122 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I 1
PHAR 123 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II 1
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemistry 4
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3
PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5
PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3
PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3
PHAR 167 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III 2
PHAR 168 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV 2
PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3
PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3
PHAR 175 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V 2
PHAR 176 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI 2
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4
PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22
PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
Drake Curriculum / General Electives 24
Total 222

Professional electives required by the PharmD program (6 credits) will be fulfilled by M.S.L.D. coursework.

Students will typically apply for admission to the M.S.L.D. program during the spring of the P1 year. Additional information, including the admission process, can be obtained at the M.S.L.D. web site.

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

There is a 5-year time limit for completing the M.S.L.D. degree from the date of admission to the M.S.L.D. program.

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

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

Course Credits
BIO 095 - Medical Microbiology 3
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 098 - Organic Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II lab 1
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
MPH 2-- - DMU MPH Courses 12
MPH 6-- - DMU MPH Courses 15
PHAR 011 - CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 031 - CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 051 - CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 071 - CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success) 1
PHAR 122 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I 1
PHAR 123 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II 1
PHAR 125 - Physiology 4
PHAR 130 - Biochemistry 4
PHAR 131 - Intro to Pharm Science 3
PHAR 132 - Pathophysiology 4
PHAR 133 - Principles of Drug Action I 5
PHAR 134 - Principles of Drug Action II 5
PHAR 135 - Principles of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 138 - Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 140 - Pharmaceutics I 2
PHAR 141 - Pharmaceutics II 3
PHAR 142 - Kinetics 3
PHAR 143 - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 2
PHAR 144 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 145 - Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 154 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 155 - Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 162 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3
PHAR 167 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III 2
PHAR 168 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV 2
PHAR 169 - Nonprescription Therapies 3
PHAR 171 - Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 172 - Literature Evaluation Methods 3
PHAR 173 - Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy 3
PHAR 174 - Management in Pharmacy 3
PHAR 175 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V 2
PHAR 176 - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI 2
PHAR 184 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I 2
PHAR 185 - Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II 2
PHAR 190 - Therapeutics I 3
PHAR 191 - Therapeutics II 4
PHAR 192 - Therapeutics III 5
PHAR 285 - Rotations 22
PHAR 285 - Rotations 18
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
Drake Curriculum / General Electives 24
Pharmacy Professional Electives 1
Total 226

Professional electives required by the Pharm.D. program (6 credit hours) will be fulfilled by DMU M.P.H. course work.

Students will typically apply for admission to the M.P.H. program during the fall of the P2 year or after completion of 116 credits. The admission process and criteria are listed on the DMU M.P.H. program web site. Pharm.D. students are also required to include a letter of support from the Drake University CPHS Dean's Office or their academic advisor. PharmD students who have completed the PCAT are not required to complete the GRE.

M.P.H. courses fulfilled by the PharmD course work (credit given following the completion of the Pharm.D. degree):

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

Students may enroll in additional summer coursework while taking their Pharm.D. and may complete final M.P.H. courses after PharmD completion. A 7 year time limit for completing the M.P.H. degree from the date of admission to the M.P.H. program.

Students completing DMU course work are responsible for paying tuition for the M.P.H. courses they take at DMU.

Des Moines University M.P.H. Course List

  • Core Courses
    • MPH 620 - Introduction to Graduae School & MPH Program - 1 cr.
    • MPH 621 - Overview of the U.S. Health Care System - 3 cr.
    • MPH 650 - Basic Statistics & Research - 3 cr.
    • MPH 653 - Public Health Administration & Management - 3 cr.
    • MPH 655 - Epidemiology - 3 cr.
    • *MPH 657 - Survey of Human Health & Disease (Satisfied with completion of PharmD degree) - 3 cr.
    • MPH 671 - Community Research Methods - 3 cr.
    • MPH 625 - Health Care Financial Management I - 3 cr.
    • MPH 651 - Occupational & Environmental Health - 3 cr.
    • MPH 652 - Public Health Law, Ethics and Policy - 3 cr.
    • MPH 654 - Social & Behavioral Sciences - 3 cr.
    • MPH 645 - Community Health Program Planning and Evaluation - 3 cr.
    • *MPH 658 - Public Health Internship (With permission of MPH Internship Coordinator, may be satisfied with PHAR 285 rotation - 3 cr.
    • MPH 660 - Public Health Capstone - 2 cr.
    • Total Semester Hours of Core Courses:  39 cr. (*if MPH 620 Orientation was completed for 0 credits, core credits are 38)
  • Elective Courses
    • *PHAR 171 Elective (Social and Administrative Pharmacy) - May be transferred in as elective credit) - 3 cr.
    • *PHAR 172 Elective (Literature Evaluation Methods) - May be transferred in as elective credit - 3 cr.
    • Total Semester Hours of Electives: 6 cr.
  • TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS:    45 cr.

All M.P.H. courses are offered online at least once/year.

Council on Education for Public Health accreditation: The master of public health program at Des Moines University holds programmatic accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health. This programmatic accreditation is above and beyond the University’s accreditation through NCA, and shows a commitment to providing the highest quality education and adhering to the highest standards for operating a M.P.H. program. CEPH requires that accredited programs emphasize three areas equally: teaching, research and service.

Diabetes Concentration

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

The concentration consists of both a didactic and experiential component. A total of 20 credit hours is required for the concentration. The didactic component constitutes a total of 10 credit hours of which 7 credit hours are required (and may also fulfill professional elective requirements) and 3 credit hours are elective. The remaining 10 credit hours are completed through experiential rotations.

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

Course Credits
Electives - Choose three from the following. Electives must be completed by end of the P2 year. 3
EDUC 164 - Perspectives in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
HSCI 103 - Narrative Health Care
HSCI 148 - Exercise Testing and Prescription
HSCI 145 - Health Coaching
PSY 044 - Adult Development and Aging
PSY 124 - Health Psychology (Psy 1 prerequisite)
PHAR 114 - Advances in Cardiac Disease
PHAR 119 - Topics in Neuropharmacology
SCSS - Specific courses as approved by the Associate Dean
Courses offered through the Global and Comparative Public Health Concentration
HSCI 144 - Introduction to Public Health
HSCI 142 - Community Health Education
HSCI 143 - Epidemiology
PHIL 124 - Health and Social Justice, OR PHIL 151 - Environmental Justice
POLS 127 - Global Public Health
POLS 169 - Comparative Public Health Policy
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication
WLC 150 - Spanish for Health Care Providers
Required Courses 7
PHAR 126 - Principles of Nutrition
PHAR 128 - Advanced Diabetes Care
PHAR 129 - Integrated Diabetes Cases
Experiential Education Requirements 10
Students will complete two 5-credit APPEs to provide practice-based application of the intensive diabetes coursework required for the concentration. APPEs meeting the requirements of the concentration will be designated by the Experiential Education Office. Students will submit preferences for these placements. Assignments are at the discretion of the Experiential Education Office.
Attributes of these APPEs include, but are not limited to, significant prevalence of diabetes in the practice, pharmacist leadership in the patient care process, and active roles for students in assisting the health care team with diabetes management, education, and prevention.

Regulations and Academic Requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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