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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Degree Program

The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to admissions to assess a candidate for our PharmD program.

Our 2.75 GPA metric is important, but many other features of a candidate’s background are thoroughly reviewed to include, but not limited to; letters of recommendation, application essay, supplemental questions, leadership and volunteer experience (pharmacy-related and other), work experience, co-curricular activities, motivation, candidate’s background, and the desire to become a pharmacist.

The Admission Committee is dedicated to selecting a quality, diverse cohort of students that will strive in our program.


Submission of ALL application materials by the application deadline, including:

  • Application via PharmCAS – PharmCAS (The Pharmacy College Application Service) is a national application to most pharmacy schools in the United States.
  • Send official transcripts directly to PharmCAS.
  • Three letters of recommendation (recommendation form is in the PharmCAS application)
  • *Only complete applications will be reviewed


The minimum science GPA to apply is 2.75. Applicants need to show their ability to perform well academically to succeed in a professional program and a rigorous curriculum. The committee looks at several GPAs (e.g., Science GPA, Overall GPA, Pre-req GPA, and even by year and specific subjects and classes).

  • Be prepared to think, analyze, and solve problems in the pharmaceutical sciences critically.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing with members of the scientific community.
  • Demonstrate a thorough grasp of fundamental knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical concepts and be capable of integration of such topics; and
  • Embrace scientific ethics as exemplified by faculty and outlined in NIH Guidelines for Conduct of Research


The supplemental questions on the PharmCAS application allow you to reveal your thoughts about your strengths as a person and areas of personal development you believe you need to improve.  The essay communicates motivation, goals, circumstances, and experiences related to a pharmacy career.  Candidates should provide complete and in-depth information in response to the supplemental questions and essay topics in PharmCAS.


Three letters are required from separate references (PharmCAS accepts up to four). The Admissions Committee requires letters from (1) a pharmacist and (2) a science professor (3) a professional that can vouch for your character.  A reference can be anyone who knows you well who is not a relative. For example, this can be a supervisor or other professional.


Student organizations, community service, volunteering, and work experience are just a few examples. Leadership experiences are highly valued.  While pharmacy experience is not a requirement for admission, it is strongly recommended.  The experience gained by being exposed to pharmacy practice is invaluable and provides the opportunity to establish a relationship with a pharmacist that may later be used as a reference.


Once the Admissions Committee reviews the applicant’s file, selected candidates will be notified via email, inviting the applicant for an interview.

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FAMU CoPPS, IPH -                                    DOCTOR OF PHARMACY CURRICULUM

Professional Curriculum* - Beginning Graduating Class of 2021                        *as of 12/10/2019


Courses (Fall) Semester Hours 
PHA 3567 Disease States I: Pathophysiology I-Altered Health States and Organ Systems 4
PHA 3102 Drug Delivery I: Physical Pharmacy 3
PHA 3102L Drug Delivery I Skills Lab: Calculations 1
PHA 3015 Integrated Science I: Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition 4
PHA 3003 Pharmaceutical Science I: Foundations of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology 3
PHA 3003L Pharmaceutical Science I Skills Lab 1
PHA 3013L Professional Pharmacy Practice I: Introduction to Comprehensive Professionalism 1
PHA 3030 Social, Administrative and Behavioral Sciences I: US Healthcare Systems and Policy 1
PHA 3884 Pharmacy Forum and Colloquium V 0
Total Semester Hours 18
Courses (Spring) Semester Hours 
PHA 3568 Disease States II: Organ Systems 3
PHA 3106 Drug Delivery II – Dose Forms and Drug Delivery 3
PHA 3106L Drug Delivery II Skills Lab Compounding 1

PHA 3016 Integrated Science II: Medical Microbiology and Principles of Immunology

PHA 3010 Pharmaceutical Science II: Basic Pharmacology 3
PHA 3010L Pharmaceutical Science II Skills Lab 1
PHA 3014 Professional Pharmacy Practice II: Comprehensive Professionalism 2
PHA 3031 Social, Administrative and Behavioral Sciences II: Biostatistics 2
PHA 3885 Pharmacy Forum and Colloquium VI 0
Total Semester Hours 18
Courses (Summer Experience) Semester Hours 
IPPE I  (160 Hours)  0


Courses (Fall) Semester Hours 
PHA 4569 Disease States III: Immunology and Infectious Diseases 3
PHA 4107   Drug Delivery III: Biopharmaceutics and Biotechnology   3
PHA 4107L Drug Delivery III Skills Lab: Advanced Calculations 1
PHA 4018 Integrated Science III: Patient Safety & Toxicology 3
PHA 4019 Pharmaceutical Science III: Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
PHA 4019L Pharmaceutical Science III Skills Lab 1
PHA 4240 Professional Pharmacy Practice III: Healthcare Information Retrieval and Informatics 2
PHA 4035 Social, Administrative and Behavioral Sciences III: Health Care Delivery and Behavior 2
PHA 4886 Pharmacy Forum and Colloquium VII 0
Total Semester Hours 18
Courses (Spring) Semester Hours 
PHA 4615 Patient Care I: Introduction to Patient Care Process 4
PHA 4615L Patient Care I Skills Lab 1
PHA 4132 Professional Pharmacy Practice IV: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Personalized Medicine 3
PHA 4742C Patient Counseling, Advocacy and Education with Laboratory 2
HSC 4090 Interprofessional Education I: Patient Assessment 3
PHA 4036 Population Based Care I: Health Promotion, Wellness and Clinical Research Methods 2
PHA 4769  Self Care & Therapeutics 2
PHA 4887 Pharmacy Forum and Colloquium VIII 0
Total Semester Hours 17


Courses (Summer Experience) Semester Hours 
IPPE II  (160 Hours)  0
Courses (Fall) Semester Hours 
PHA 5631 Patient Care II: Clinical Reasoning in Pharmacotherapy 4
PHA 5631L Patient Care II Skills Lab 1
PHA 5103 Principles of Medication Dispensing and Compounding 2
PHA 5103L Principles of Medication Dispensing and Compounding Lab 1
PHA 5230 Pharmacy Law, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs 2
HSC 5091 Interprofessional Education II: Public Health, Global Health, Surveillance and Risk Assessment 2
PHA 5038 Population Based Care II: Evidence Based Medicine & Literature Evaluation Methods 3
PHA XXXX   Elective I 2-3
PHA 5888 Pharmacy Forum and Colloquium IX 0
Total Semester Hours 17-18
Courses (Spring) Semester Hours 
PHA 5632 Patient Care III: Complex Patient Care 4
PHA 5632L Patient Care III Skills Lab 1
PHA 5223 Professional Pharmacy Practice VI: Leadership, Management and Medication Use Systems   2
PHA 5617C Pre-APPE Performance Skills and Laboratory 2
HSC 5092 Interprofessional Education III: Health Care Ethics and Decision Making 2
PHA 5037 Population Based Care III: Health Outcomes (Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics) 2
PHA XXXX  Elective II 2-3
PHA 5889 Pharmacy Forum and Colloquium X 0
Total Semester Hours 15 -16


APPE Year (Three Semesters)  Semester Hours 
PHA 5917L APPE Seminar I 1
PHA 5918L APPE Seminar II 1
PHA 5919L APPE Seminar III 1
PHA 5627 Health Systems (Community) 6
PHA 5626 Health Systems (Hospital) 6
PHA 5694 General Medicine 6
PHA 5692 Ambulatory Care 6
PHA 5651 Elective Experience I 6
PHA 5652 Elective Experience II   6
PHA 5653 Elective Experience III 6
Total Semester Hours 45




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