In concert with the core mission and goals of the College, the curricular philosophy is that students be provided a comprehensive foundation in basic, social and administrative, and clinical sciences in a logical, integrated, and progressive manner, thereby enabling graduates to be successful in any setting and to become leaders in the profession.
Integrated throughout the curriculum are intentional interprofessional education (IPE) experiences (Pharmacy IPE Program) where pharmacy students learn with, from, and about students from other healthcare disciplines. Developing an understanding of what each discipline contributes to the healthcare team and learning how to communicate and work together is essential to improving health outcomes given the increasing complexity of healthcare delivery.
The Doctor of Pharmacy program is a four-year course of study. The first three years are focused on didactic instruction and introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs). Practice experiences are integrated with didactic instruction throughout the curriculum. Students must demonstrate readiness for the final year consisting of advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) through successful completion of a series of embedded assessments as outlined in the APPE Readiness Program. The fourth year consists of nine 5-week APPEs; completion of eight rotations is required. PharmD students are enrolled for two semesters each year for the first three years, and for three semesters in their fourth year. The four-year program requires nine semesters of tuition.
Once admitted to the PharmD program students are required to complete the four-year course sequence that corresponds to their year of graduation.
Below are examples of the U-M College of Pharmacy's 4-year curriculum. A list of course descriptions for the U-M College of Pharmacy can be found HERE.